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Oracle defies the economy – and the curse of Sun

Declining hardware sales, a rocky global economy, and a tough compare with the prior quarter did not slow down Oracle much in its first quarter of fiscal 2012 ended August 31. But these factors did slow it down a little. However, it was not enough to keep Oracle's profits from rising nicely as the company wrings costs out of the …
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Facebook's Googly IPO delivers on Sun man's vision

History may record Scott McNealy as a straight-dealing leader of a major Silicon Valley tech company. In 2006, the grinning chief executive and co-founder of Sun Microsystems stunned journalists attending one of his company’s events by calling online consumer privacy a red herring. ”You have zero privacy anyway,” he said bluntly …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2012
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Europe launches probe at Sun Oracle deal

The proposed takeover of Sun by Oracle will be investigated by European competition regulators. The European Commission Competition will look at the deal, which is already facing scrutiny from the Department of Justice in the US. The DoJ is believed to be concerned about Java licensing. Given the combined companies' share of …
John Oates, 04 Aug 2009
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Univa forks Oracle's Sun Grid Engine

Another fork has appeared in the Sun Microsystems software road. Univa is forking the Sun Grid Engine project, now controlled by Oracle. In the wake of Oracle's $5.6bn acquisition of Sun a year ago, co-founder and chief executive officer Larry Ellison made no secret of the fact that Oracle was not going to waste time on products …
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DTrace co-creator quits Sun, hits delete on Oracle

The co-creator of DTrace has seemingly erased all memory of Larry Ellison’s Oracle from his mind, after quitting Sun Microsystems for an engineering veep role at Joyent last week. Bryan Cantrill is the latest in a long list of Sun men to quit the firm, following its takeover by Oracle earlier this year. His exit came just a …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2010
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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

Search giant Google has put its support behind an independent fork of MySQL, the famed open-source database that was gulped down by software giant Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems. The Chocolate Factory has sent an engineer to the MariaDB Foundation, which looks after the fork's codebase, community and ecosystem, and has …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Aug 2013
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MySQL chief Mickos quits Sun

Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is leaving Sun Microsystems, less than a year after Sun paid $1bn for the free-database outfit he helped build. Sun has confirmed his departure a day after MySQL creator Michael "Monty" Widenius said he was finally leaving the company (to start his own restaurant). In an email, a Sun spokeswoman …
Cade Metz, 06 Feb 2009
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Oracle to 'out-Sun' Sun on hardware and software

Oracle will out-invest Sun Microsystems on Sparc and Solaris and provide more open source contributions, Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy told OpenWorld Sunday night. Oracle's chief executive and Sun's chairman, joined by executive vice president of systems John Fowler, also made the pitch that Oracle customers should run more of …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2009
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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

LibreOffice, the open source office suite created by disaffected Oracle developers, has signed up Advanced Micro Devices to the free software cause and plans to add the chip company's GPU acceleration system to the code base. The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces LibreOffice, already has Intel on-side for silicon and …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013
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Saucy selfie app Snapchat hits $800m valuation as VCs chuck cash around

Risqué photo-sharing app Snapchat has convinced VCs its saucy-selfie-sending service can provide serious returns for their $60m investment in its latest funding round, led by venture capital company IVP. The app firm said on its blog that it has also attracted Sony's US chief exec Michael Lynton to its board, after the deal that …
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Sun shutters Scottish manufacturing site

Sun Microsystems is to close its manufacturing operations in the Linlithgow, Scotland, site with about 130 people losing their jobs. There are about 600 permanent positions at the plant and 300 contract jobs. The Linlithgow site's other operations, such as Sun's remote monitoring centre, a solution center, an IT networks …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2008
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Oracle expects EC to approve Sun takeover bid

Database giant Oracle expects European Commission antitrust watchdogs to give the thumbs up to the company's multi-billion takeover bid for Sun Microsystems after Christmas. "We expect the European Commission to unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," said Oracle president Safra Catz yesterday, as the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2009
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Oracle rolls more Sun heads

Oracle has laid off additional Sun workers in Europe and Asia, according to a company SEC filing. Back in January, when it ate Sun Microsystems, Oracle bragged that it was hiring 2,000 people to boost its Sparc hardware and Soladfris Unix business, but it looks like a lot more people will be going from the Sun unit than newbies …
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Engineers sweat Oracle's Sun-Java integration promise

Oracle's top brass might have committed to merging its Java technology with that of Sun Microsystems but the specifics are still being worked out. The plan on how to merge Oracle's JRockit Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Sun's HotSpot JVM is "still evolving", Oracle principal engineer Mark Reinhold has said. Leads from two JVM's …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2010

Oracle revs up Sparc M6 chip for seriously big iron

The new Sparc M6 processor, unveiled at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University this week, makes a bold statement about Oracle's intent to invest in very serious big iron and go after Big Blue in a big way. Oracle's move is something that the systems market desperately needs, particularly for customers where large main …
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Red Hat lures in JRuby power pair

Red Hat has lured two of the brains behind JRuby, Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, who once worked at Sun Microsystems. The duo are joining the Linux distro shop to expand their work on JRuby, Java Virtual Machine (JVM) languages and OpenJDK, Nutter tweeted. Nutter called out the opportunity to actively contribute in OpenJDK – …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2012
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Oracle murders Sun's copycat Amazon cloud

It took a major acquisition to finally deliver a dose of reality, but Sun Microsystems' me-too Amazon-style cloud is finally dead. On Wednesday, Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect, said unequivocally that the database giant would not be offering Sun's long-planned and highly-vaunted compute resource service. Sun …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2010
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Sun, Fujitsu juice entry Sparc box

Sun Microsystems and its Sparc chip and server partner, Fujitsu, have have upgraded the entry Sparc Enterprise M3000 rack server with a peppier Sparc64-VII chip. The M3000 was not part of the original rollout of midrange and high-end Sparc Enterprise servers that the two companies brought to market in April 2007 with dual-core …
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SEC charges two with insider trading in Oracle-Sun deal

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two people for running an alleged insider trading scam involving such marquee mergers and acquisitions as Oracle's Sun purchase, Intel's McAfee buy, and HP's acquisition of 3Com. According to the complaint filed on Wednesday by the SEC, the miscreants include a corporate …
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Oracle buys into Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' dream

A former Sun Microsystems' executive has re-assured worried OpenSolaris users the open-source operating system has a future under new owner Oracle. Dan Roberts, Oracle director of product management, has said the database giant will continue to invest in OpenSolaris and will deliver the operating system's next incarnation: …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2010

Oracle tunes up Enterprise Manager control freak for 12c database

As Oracle introduces new wares on the hardware and software fronts, it has to plug Enterprise Manager into this new stuff, and so it is with the 12c Release 3 update of the control freak, which was launched concurrently with the availability of the Oracle 12c "cloud-ready" multi-tenant database management system this week. …
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Oracle defrosts EC concerns over Sun takeover

The European Commission has welcomed a series of promises made by Oracle about the future of the MySQL database, all of which could signal that the company's planned $7bn takeover of Sun Microsystems may now get the all-clear from regulators. "Today's announcement by Oracle of a series of undertakings to customers, developers …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2009
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Dell chief biz gobbler Johnson flees for hedge-fund Blackstone

'Tis the season for executive management changes. David Johnson, the mergers and acquisition chief that Michael Dell lured away from IBM, is leaving Round Rock to return to the Empire State. Johnson was responsible for architecting Dell's expansion into services, storage, and software after leaving Big Blue. A Dell spokesperson …
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Sun's top brass get golden parachutes...

As top Sun execs get ready to deploy their golden parachutes as Oracle prepares to devour the company for a mere $5.6bn in July, someone is about to make a killing on T-shirts. Paul Humphreys has reminded everyone in his blog at Sun about Network, a faithful hound who got things for you when you needed them and who was for a …
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Gridstore does classic founder-to-CTO jive

Scale-out filer storage start-up Gridstore's founder is shuffling sideways to the CTO spot as his firm recruits a new CEO. Gridstore was founded by its previous CEO, Kelly Murphy, and its chairman is Geoff Barrall of Drobo and BlueArc fame. Now, Murphy has stepped back to the chief technology officer role and brought aboard …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
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EU may delay Oracle's Sun acquisition

European regulators could help create a further delay in the closure of Oracle's planned $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Reuters has reported European Union anti-trust authorities are sill deciding whether to approved he deal by Thursday's deadline, with concern centered on Oracle's ownership of MySQL. A decision to not …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2009
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Novell wants a piece of Sun Oracle

Everybody wants a piece of the former Sun Microsystems, now the server, storage, and operating system arm of software giant Oracle. And starting today, that list of piranhas swimming after Sun includes struggling commercial Linux distributor and systems software maker Novell. Sun's customers have been jumpy for so long that the …
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Sun adds Query Analyzer to MySQL

Sun Microsystems has added a query analysis tool to MySQL, but for paying customers only. The Fall '08 upgrade for Sun's subscription-based MySQL Enterprise service includes Query Analyzer, a closed-source tool designed to improve the speed of mySQL database applications. Query Analyzer monitors query performance to help spot …
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2008
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Rumour: Sun pink slips to fly today

The word on the street this morning is that the second part of the 5,000- to 6,000-person layoff by struggling server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems will kick in today. The layoff, which was announced back in November, aims to remove $700m to $800m in costs from Sun's books, and will cost somewhere between $500m and …
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Sun loses MySQL Asia-Pac veteran

The veteran head of MySQL's Japan business has quit less than six months after the completion of Sun Microsystems' acquisition of the database company. Larry Stefonic, the president of MySQL's Japanese unit, is now running his own company after more than five years working in MySQL's Asia-Pacific region. A Sun spokeswoman told …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2008
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Sun stock goes degenerate dwarf

Sun Microsystems' shares took a bath today, slipping nearly 23 per cent after the company surprised investors with its worst financial results in over a year. The market reaction sent Sun stock down to its lowest point in nearly six years. Late Thursday, Sun reported it was back in the red with a net loss of $34m for this year's …
Austin Modine, 02 May 2008
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IBM-Sun deal breaking down, report says

According to spokespeople for the two companies a report on Sunday evening in the Wall Street Journal, the much-rumored and never-admitted merger talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems appear to have hit an impasse. No kidding. Huh. The report posted on Sunday said that Sun's board of directors had rejected a "formal …

Intel demos inexpensive 100Gb/sec silicon photonics chip

Intel has demoed what it says it "believes" is the world's only silicon photonics module that uses a hybrid silicon laser – a breakthrough that should allow such advances as vastly improved system-to-system interconnects in the data center. The demo of the 100Gb/sec module was presented via a video during Intel CTO Justin …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2013

Red Hat to ditch MySQL for MariaDB in RHEL 7

In a surprise move, Red Hat has announced that version 7 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) will ship with the MariaDB database installed by default, in place of MySQL. The announcement was made at the company's Red Hat Summit, which wrapped up in Boston on Friday. MariaDB is a fork of MySQL that was launched in 2009 by …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jun 2013
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Oracle promises golden trip to yesteryear on Sun

Oracle's promised to take computing back to the 1960s by investing in Sun Microsystems' products and integrating them with its own software. Calling IBM the "gold-standard" for stable and reliable computing during those early days, Oracle president Charles Philips said Wednesday morning that his company would achieve its goal …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010
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Ellison to recruit thousands for Sun integration army

Larry Ellison has promised jobs for Sun Microsystems' existing employees and an expansion in their ranks, along with instant profits for his shareholders. Oracle's chief executive on Wednesday claimed that - far from laying off beleaguered Sun employees - his company would be hiring 2,000 additional people during the next few …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010

Newsnight goes sour on Tech City miracle

BBC's Newsnight decided to get a reality check on Britain's economic miracle of East London's "Tech City Cluster" on Friday, and asked me if I'd like to contribute. With a hangover and not much sleep the night before? Of course I would. Radio 4's Today and BBC2's Newsnight are invitations you don't turn down if you think you've …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2014
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Sun's Schwartz finished under Ellison?

Jonathan Schwartz is reportedly getting ready to quit Sun Microsystems, four years after being given the job of putting the giant on a course for success. According to All Things D, Sun's chief executive will "soon" resign from Sun, leaving the company in the hands of new owner Oracle. Oracle would not comment. But it would be …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2010
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Is Sun taking open source a little too far?

Steve Gillmor, host of the ZDNet podcast called the Gillmor Gang, has managed to secure an exclusive interview with Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems president and chief executive officer. Or so it seems. The interview, which is available at the TechCrunchIT site and in the YouTube video below, outlines yet another open source …
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Sun loses UK head

Sun Microsystems' UK managing director Trudy Norris Grey has left the firm after nearly two years' service. According to CRN, Sun confirmed that "Trudy-Norris Grey, president and managing director, Sun Microsystems UK and Ireland has left the company to pursue other opportunities. "We are grateful for the contribution Trudy …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2007
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Oracle hurls MySQL at Microsoft database wobblers

Migration tools come and go in the turf wars between the enterprise vendors. Over the years we’ve had Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange migration tools and tools to swap one company’s database for another. Under the latter category, Oracle is now throwing open source at Microsoft in the form of a migration tool to shift users …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jul 2012
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Oracle's Sun acquisition passes US anti-trust test

The $5.6bn takeover of Sun Microsystems by Oracle moved another step toward closing as the US Department of Justice has given the acquisition its nod. Specifically, the DoJ terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, according to a terse statement from Oracle, which reminded everyone that Sun's shareholders …
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Crypto pioneer and security chief exits Sun

Crypto pioneer and Sun Microsystems' veteran chief security officer Whitfield Diffie has left the company, with database-giant Oracle's acquisition still in the air. According to Technology Review, Diffie is slated to be a visiting professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, after 18 years at Sun, latterly in the high- …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2009
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Ex-Sun boss gives Ellison open source wedgie

Former Sun Microsystems chief and co-founder Scott McNealy has re-appeared to champion open source and rough up billionaire Larry Ellison, the man who bought his baby. Speaking at PostgreSQL West 2010, McNealy urged devs to drive adoption of their database against Oracle's proprietary products and MySQL by working with other …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2010
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Sun confirms second round of layoffs

Server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it had indeed enacted another round of layoffs, as we reported it would. "Sun continues to make important choices to streamline operations and align resources to best address market opportunity and position the company for improved financial performance and …
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Oracle to detail delayed Sun roadmap

Oracle's stalled $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems looks like its finally received approval from European antitrust regulators. On Wednesday, the database giant said that next week, its chief executive Larry Ellison will outline a strategy for the combined companies and their roadmaps during a webcast. The event could not …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2010
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Sun marries Hadoop to Grid Engine

Sun Microsystems may be in a PR muzzle until sugar daddy Oracle gets permission to buy it from European antitrust regulators, but the coders who maintain Sun's myriad software products are still banging away on their keyboards in an effort to not only look useful to keep their jobs, but be useful. They just can't engage the IT …
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MySQL's ex-boss demands Europe OK Oracle's Sun buy

MySQL's former CEO Marten Mickos is flying the flag for his fleeting former employer, sending a heartfelt plea to the European Union to wave through Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems. Mickos left MySQL earlier this year - just over a year after Sun bought his open source database outfit - after apparently becoming frustrated …
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2009
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Sun grows Oracle but stunts profits

All eyes were on Wall Street this afternoon as software giant and new hardware vendor Oracle reported sales of $6.4bn for its third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in February, up 17 per cent from the year ago period. However, thanks to its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which happened a month before the end of the quarter …
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Oracle's hardware wing keeps on bleeding

Oracle's shares dropped 7 per cent in after-hours trading in response to an quarterly earnings report that showed muted adoption for its latest software offerings and a continued shrinkage in its troubled hardware division. The database giant reported on Wednesday third quarter earnings of $2.504bn on revenues of $8.958bn – down …
Jack Clark, 20 Mar 2013