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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supercluster
by fran on Fri 7th Oct 2011 16:51 UTC
fran
Member since:
2010-08-06

Below is an article on new sparc processors and pricing comparisons..

http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/09/sparc-t4-looks-to-be-g...

"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."

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/497285

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.

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/IBM-surpasses-Microsoft-in-val...

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RE: supercluster
by shotsman on Fri 7th Oct 2011 17:15 in reply to "supercluster"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Yeah, our Oracle sales droid droned on at us about those figures.
The problem was, that the 'discount's' being offered by Oracle were nowhere near those of IBM.(IBM's Q4 remember...)
He almost went appollectic when we asked him for a quote for running Oracle on Power 7.
That was enough to send him on his way.

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RE[2]: supercluster
by Moochman on Sat 8th Oct 2011 11:08 in reply to "RE: supercluster"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Sounds like a pretty poor salesman to me.

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RE: supercluster
by Soulbender on Sat 8th Oct 2011 01:14 in reply to "supercluster"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

IBM has Global Services. Oracle has nothing even close to that so I don't see how Larry's going to crush IBM.

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RE[2]: supercluster
by JAlexoid on Sat 8th Oct 2011 20:52 in reply to "RE: supercluster"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

In addition, the services arm is the single biggest Oracle "user".

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RE[2]: supercluster
by fran on Sun 9th Oct 2011 12:14 in reply to "RE: supercluster"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

ok so nobody wil really get CLUSTERf!$@#d then

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