This is my last Sun post, as the Sun Oracle integration takes another step forward tomorrow with the Legal Entity Combination of the UK entities. In the coming weeks there’s new systems to learn and integrate with as well as finding out what the longer term goals are and how I fit in.
This road has been long, with the initial Sun-IBM rumours breaking a year ago and the eventual Oracle offer in April. Having seen other Oracle acquisitions I know that it takes 12 to 18 months for real change and development to occur, so expect that to be the same in this case – although I hope that the last 9 months of planning were used very productively 😉
I’m excited that Oracle has a large marketing presence and hope that the Sun technology, innovation and engineers get more than their fair share of deserved exposure.
I also hope that Sun Ray technology is shown to more users and business buyers. Others think so too. Just image what Oracle could do with this internally for the 85,000 employees (pre Sun) in terms of power savings – as units use just 5% of what a normal desktop computer uses.
Although you don’t have to run just Oracle Solaris on them, as these success stories from ResMed, Screwfix and Microsoft demonstrate. In the ResMed example, they had a return on investment within 12 months and saved an estimated $270,000 all while providing a variety of users with a highly flexible, highly secure virtual desktop environment. There are many more Sun Ray stories here.
Even better still if the Oracle users were migrated off Windows imagine the savings in licence fees!
I’m proud to have been part of the blogs.sun.com community and grow what has undoubtedly been one of the foremost blogging sites. I’m also both excited and a little nervous about the future. Not sure if I’ll continue to blog here or move elsewhere as others have done.
To misquote The Bard: “Alas poor Sun Microsystems! I knew him “.