shades of things to come for Sun

There are still a few stalwarts who believe that Oracle’s purchase of Sun will continue their favorite projects and products.

Then you see stuff like this:

Exclusive Little more than a month after acquiring Virtual Iron for an undisclosed fee, Oracle is effectively killing the company’s virtualization product.

In a letter to Virtual Iron’s sales partners, Oracle says it “will suspend development of existing Virtual Iron products and will suspend delivery of orders to new customers.” And in a second letter to a partner speaking with The Reg, the company says it will not allow partners to sell new licenses to anyone – including existing customers – after the end of this month (i.e. in 11 days). Before then, partners can only sell licenses to existing customers under certain conditions.

Whoops.


Now fast forward a few weeks, for when Sun’s purchase closes.

Oracle is on the verge of acquiring Sun, which is developing its own hypervisor, but during discussions over the purchase of Virtual Iron, Oracle said that it preferred Virtual Iron’s technology.

So virtualbox is likely dead as a product.

A few months ago I speculated that the purchase of Sun was brilliant in part due to all the technologies Oracle would get. Many would be shuttered.

I did not guess that Oracle would shutter the Virtualization parts of the business. I guessed something quite the opposite.

I think I need to edit that post and change the word brilliant to something more appropriate.

[update] I said it before, a few people agreed. Now it looks like I was basically correct. From the reg: Sun’s hardware is pretty much toast.

A source close to Oracle has told The Reg that Oracle has continued to shop Sun’s hardware business around to potential buyers after the official announcement of its intention to buy the whole of Sun – and after it moved to re-assure Sun employees of its love for their hardware.

The Register’s source qualified the price Oracle was asking for Sun’s hardware business as “unrealistic.” Oracle declined to comment for this article.

As I pointed out elsewhere, this could put some of Oracle’s partnerships at risk

At the other end of the spectrum of possibilities, Oracle could simply apply its smarts for operational execution to streamline Sun’s hardware operation in preparation for a sale. This deal seemed more likely from the moment Oracle said it was buying Sun’s hardware.

Such an outcome has added potential given Oracle’s history on hardware is to partner with companies like Hewlett-Packard, companies who will be unhappy to see their software partner entering the server market.

And the people who helped build the house of McNealy, aren’t happy about the sale.

I dispute his notion that Sun killed SGI. Sun did undercut SGI on pricing. We saw that all the time. We used to point out that since they didn’t have much in the way of differentiable value to offer, their only choice was dropping their drawers as it were, on price. But reasonably regularly, we beat them at a higher price (when I was there). If you offer 10x the value to the customer for 1.2x the price, chances are you might get that business.

The contest was fierce, but what killed SGI wasn’t Sun. SGI’s wounds were largely self inflicted. Like Bo Ewald selling Sun the SunFire 10000 when SGI bought Cray. That was wrong, at so many levels. So completely wrong. And self-inflicted.

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