Oracle: IBM, Come Out to Play-ee-ay
Oracle has a message for CIOs and Sun customers concerned about its plans for Sun’s hardware, Solaris and SPARC businesses: Relax. In a full-page ad published in The Wall Street Journal today, the database giant made a very public commitment to all of them and told customers there’s no reason to consider jumping ship for IBM. “We’re in it to win it,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison boasts in the ad. “IBM, we’re looking forward to competing with you in the hardware business.”
Welcome news for Sun (JAVA) engineers worried they might lose their jobs as a result of Oracle’s (ORCL) surprise acquisition of the company. Bad news for rivals like Dell (DELL), HP (HPQ), and, of course, IBM (IBM). Clearly, Oracle plans to make their lives a lot more difficult.