Announcements like this from
people like Larry Ellison makes me sometimes wish I'd never have to touch a PC or log onto a network again.
from The Register (full article here
'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done,' says Ellison
Promises a terrific licking for 'Mister Blue'
By Timothy Prickett Morgan
Posted in Servers, 3rd October 2011 15:40 GMT
Oracle has pulled the rug out from under Hewlett-Packard's Intel's Itanium processor by yanking support of its database, middleware, and application software on future "Poulson" and "Kittson" Itaniums. It looks as though Larry Ellison wants to take on IBM in microprocessors for data center systems, man to man, head to head.
"I remember when we first bought Sun, a lot of people said we were going to get out of the hardware business," Oracle's co-founder and CEO said opening up his keynote at the OpenWorld customer and partner and conference on Sunday night, when he also announced the new Exalytics in-memory BI appliance.
"I guess we didn't get that memo," Ellison quipped, pointing out that Apple is doing a "pretty good job" designing its own hardware and software and making it work well with its own services. And that Oracle is not only committed to making its server, storage, and networking business work, but having taken Sun's hardware as a means of getting its hands on Solaris and Java, Oracle is actually enthusiastic about creating its own stack
I guess with the departure of Steve Jobs from the world stage Larry Ellision is attempting to take over Steve's old role as industry LMFA before the 'other Steve' (i.e. Ballmer) grabs it.
Hmm...just thinking out loud for a moment...
What may ultimately be Steve Jobs' most enduring contribution
to the world of computing was his coming up with a business model that completely destroyed
everything open standards had achieved (and hoped to accomplish in the future) once all the major corporations started copying it.
Now there's a legacy to be proud of!