Feeds

McNealy slaps Oracle over pricing

Dual processors. Ones or twos?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Sun Microsystems has chastised Oracle for its software pricing policies. In his Oracle Openworld address yesterday, Sun CEO Scott McNealy called on Oracle to count chips with multiple processing cores per die as a single chip in per processor licensing schemes.

Oracle, along with most of the major software makers, has decided to count dual-core chips such as Sun's UltraSPARC IV and upcoming products from Intel and AMD as two processors. Meanwhile, Sun and Microsoft have vowed to count multicore chips as single units in their pricing schemes.

McNealy also took a jab at Oracle for being so vocal about its partnership with Dell and Intel. Historically, the companies are strong partners

Earlier this week, Oracle launched a new marketing program with Dell, Intel, Red Hat and Novell, leaving key partners Sun and HP out of the mix. This clearly caught the attention of McNealy.

"We have friends too," he said, during his Oracle OpenWorld keynote address. "You hang out with Michael (Dell); I'll hang out with Steve (Ballmer)."

McNealy, however, urged that Sun plans to stay as tight as ever with Oracle.

"We are planning to maintain that strong relationship," he said. "No matter how much Larry (Ellison) says Red Hat or Intel or Dell because we are their number one platform."

Oracle and Sun made billions together during the dotcom boom. Recently though Oracle has been encouraging customers to consider Linux clusters as opposed to Unix systems for its database. ®

Related stories&lt

PeopleSoft customers learning to love Oracle
Dell turns on too pricey Red Hat
Oracle's data center of the future doesn't include HP or Sun

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork
One Heartbleed vuln was too many for Theo de Raadt
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...
Why HELLO Amazon! You weren't here last time
Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor
Leaker claims big release due this fall as Microsoft herds us into the CLOUD
Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit
Plus: iThings and desktops at risk of NEW SSL attack flaw
Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!
The clock is ticking louder for Windows Server 2003 R2 users
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech
Grab 'near-final' version of next Enterprise Linux next week
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog
Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers – as long as you keep quiet
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.