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Oracle Were After The Software All Along

There's an interesting story up on InformationWeek discussing records that show Oracle was only interested in Sun's software all along, and didn't want anything to do with the hardware.

Oracle on March 12 "sent a letter to our board proposing the acquisition by Oracle of certain of our software assets, a minority equity investment by Oracle in our common stock, and entering into certain strategic relationships," Sun said in a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Of course, we know how this all ended - Oracle bought out all of Sun for $9.5 billion. But it seems Oracle went after Sun just so IBM wouldn't get it's hands, and control, on Java.

"IBM's offer may have put a scare into Oracle," Stuart Williams, an analyst at Technology Business Research, noted in a recent report. "Oracle has standardized its software stack on [Sun's] Java; it cannot afford to have one of its competitors own this crucial software building block."


It's not as if Oracle's going to do nothing with the hardware. After all, they've bought it too so they might as well make use of it. According to Larry Ellison, that's the plan.

 "Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system -- applications to disk -- where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves," said Ellison.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Oracle's newly acquired control over Java will bring. Are there any reasons to be worried?

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