Feeds

SAP slams Oracle Sun's control of Java

Backs open-source JVM

High performance access to file storage

SAP has criticized Sun Microsystems for its control of the group that drives Java, just as rival Oracle is poised to take full control of the body.

In a blog posting, the company's chief technology officer slammed the Java Community Process (JCP) for being "heavily dominated" by Sun to the detriment of everybody else.

Vishal Sikka said Oracle - preparing to buy Sun - now has a "unique opportunity" to turn the JCP in to an independent body, similar to the open-source Eclipse Foundation.

In case Sikka hadn't noticed, Eclipse is also dominated by another big company - IBM.

Sikka has also called on Oracle to open source the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and put it under an independent board with a license that's friendly to closed-source companies like SAP.

By way of incentive, Sikka promised SAP would commit to making "significant" investments in the form of engineering and financial resources for Java and the new group.

In his blog, Sikka pleaded the case that Java is the lifeblood of the IT industry, and that Java should be free of any encumbrances to permit fair competition between compatible implementations.

The JCP has taken plenty of heat in recent years from open-sourcers and individuals who've complained that its board is dominated by big companies who control the roadmap and intellectual property that goes into Java. Also, that the JCP moves too slowly to modernize Java while most decisions take place in smoke-filled back rooms.

This, they argue, has hurt Java. It has slowed the pace of innovation and allowed licenses to be maintained on parts of Java - the test compatibly kits in particular - that cannot be used with open source projects such as the Apache Software Foundation's Project Harmony. The ASF project is working on, guess what, an open-source JVM.

Throughout this, SAP - which made a strategic decision to adopt Java in 2001 - has remained absolutely silent.

Clearly, though, SAP - a company whose executives are pretty anonymous and not given to making public statements - is now rattled by the prospect that its biggest and most boisterous rival is poised to take a controlling stake on the technology its NetWeaver middleware platform is strategically committed to. Oracle is also committed to Java, and it battles SAP NetWeaver with its own middleware in addition to the company's business applications.

SAP is one company that Oracle's senior management regularly beats up on and brags about stealing customers from.

Oracle will inherit all of Sun's JCP powers if, or when, its $5.6bn offer to buy the giant is approved by European regulators. Sun retains a right of veto over Java in the JCP while its employees dominate the Java Specification Requests (JSRs) for new features in the language and platform.

The Reg has been told that Oracle has had talks with JCP members to explain its plans for the group, but these talks have been locked under an NDA so details have not yet emerged. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
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.