Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2016 20:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN

There's a rumour going around that Oracle is close to ending all development of Solaris, effectively killing the operating system.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term. All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading. Hardware teams being told to cease development. There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4. Orders coming straight from Larry.

It's just rumours for now, but they've been gaining steam over the past few days.

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Was MySQL really a serious contender? Last time I checked MySQL was an entry-level DB, for small projects, not really in the same ballpark as Oracle (aimed at larger corporate users). It was also sub-par in features when compared to PostgreSQL - another open-source DB.

MySQL/MariaDB was (still is I think) one of the most widely used databases in the world. It runs some of the largest sites, including Facebook.

Oracle installation don't tend to have the scaling needs that MySQL and PostgreSQL or NoSQL DBs sites might have (though that's a generalization). The very large database-driven sites don't usually use commercial databases (except for possibly smaller back-end services) because of license costs. Plus, Oracle licensing (which is horrendously expensive) pretty much guarantees that any company looking at massive scale would never even consider Oracle.

Oracle is still the choice for certain enterprise DB needs, which tend to be older enterprise apps, banking, etc. To power middlewear, it's a tossup I think between Oracle and other database providers, both open sourced and closed. But again, Oracle tends to be very, very expensive.

Edited 2016-12-04 09:46 UTC

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