Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Oct 2011 15:36 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Oracle and SUN "Oracle has pulled the rug out from under Intel's Itanium processor by yanking support of its database, middleware, and application software on future Poulson and Kittson Itaniums. It looks as though Larry Ellison wants to take on IBM in microprocessors for data center systems, man to man, head to head. 'I remember when we first bought Sun, a lot of people said we were going to get out of the hardware business," Oracle's co-founder and CEO said opening up his keynote at the OpenWorld customer and partner and conference on Sunday night, when he also announced the new Exalytics in-memory BI appliance. 'I guess we didn't get that memo,' Ellison quipped, pointing out that Apple is doing a 'pretty good job' designing its own hardware and software and making it work well with its own services. And that Oracle is not only committed to making its server, storage, and networking business work, but having taken Sun's hardware as a means of getting its hands on Solaris and Java, Oracle is actually enthusiastic about creating its own stack."
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by fran on Fri 7th Oct 2011 16:51 UTC
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Below is an article on new sparc processors and pricing comparisons..

"Ellison repeatedly compared the performance of the T4-based Sparc SuperCluster to IBM's Power lineā€”and the Power 795 in particular. A one-rack T4 SuperCluster "is twice as fast as IBM's fastest computer, at half the cost," he claimed."

But all in all they have pretty unique software products. Hardware is not nearly the only factor.
IBM is also doing extremely well in the marketplace.

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