Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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Oracle is going after Big Money
by wigry on Fri 13th Aug 2010 11:02 UTC
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From the article:

"A focus on scalability would also be incorporated in preparation for the next generation of hardware, like the 128 core, 16,384 thread system with 64TB of memory that Oracle is currently developing."

This means that Oracle os going neck in neck with IBM zEnterpise and HP Integrity Superdome2 mainframe platforms. Thay want to Solaris to become big player in a big game.

And the question why can be answered from this article:
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2007/07/legacy-matters-why-the...

"profit margins on a product [System Z mainframe] that are rumored to be as high as 85 percent"

So Oracle has a wet dream about similar profit numbers where they can lock the customer into their network of contracts, hardware, software, spare parts and support.

BTW no wander, IBM has such a profits: the System Z contains a lots of Power CPU-s, but they are devided between different groups, and Java code for example can be run only with specifically taged CPU-s. When customer wants to increase their Java performance on the mainframe, they must purchase specifically taged (althoug regular otherwise) POWER CPU from IBM. Even if they have available CPU resource in the mainframe they cannot run Java on those CPU-s because those are not marked as appropriate.

Thats called vendor lockin and corporate world is pretty happy about it becase the work gets done. The customers are not able to jump the boat usually because the jump would not make sense financially. They have invested too much money into the infrastructure to replace it all.

And that is the world, that Oracle wants a piece. Thay want money from rich enterprise customers. And Solaris + SPARC platform is the key into thar wanderland.

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