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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RE: Not surprised...
by dagw on Thu 12th Aug 2010 10:37 UTC in reply to "Not surprised..."
dagw
Member since:
2005-07-06

Oracle isn't really in the OS (or even hardware) business, they are in the turnkey solutions business. If you're going to run apache, postfix and Postgres on your commodity hardware servers then they have no interest in you as an OS customer.

The customers they do want are the ones who will run Oracle software on the Oracle(Sun) operating system on Oracle(Sun) hardware, all wrapped up in a juicy Oracle service contract. They want to sell you the whole stack, and if you aren't interested in the whole stack then they're less interested in you as a customer.

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RE[2]: Not surprised...
by libray on Thu 12th Aug 2010 15:49 in reply to "RE: Not surprised..."
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

I like your well thought out post. Oracle can't do much about the low cost or free solutions. Those will always exist and Oracle may not want to stick their necks out there to try and offer free solutions for which it can't monetize. They do quite fine with enterprise solutions and the support from them.


The benefits of Oracle over free databases are the features, support and experience Oracle has in the industry. They can debug from app server to DB what you need and offer solutions including patches.

What they have to offer on the hardware and OS side is exactly the same:

The benefit of Solaris over free OS are the features, support and and experience Oracle has over the industry. They can debug from hardware to kernel what you need and offer solutions including patches.

That kind of support is one that they don't have to guess at. And I've received many OS related patches from Sun in the past for specific problems that were not even announced until they became GA.

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RE[3]: Not surprised...
by nt_jerkface on Thu 12th Aug 2010 21:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Not surprised..."
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2009-08-26


The benefits of Oracle over free databases are the features, support and experience Oracle has in the industry. They can debug from app server to DB what you need and offer solutions including patches.


Let's also not forget transactions per second. Oracle will just plain outperform MySql.

How many companies actually need Oracle is a valid question but enough of them don't mind paying for what is perceived to be the best when it comes to performance and reliability. For a big Fortune 500 corp a 100k check to Oracle is pocket change.

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