Users: Oracle has lots of questions to answer about Sun deal

Sun customers waiting to hear more about Oracle's technology, support plans

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"Not only does it give new life to Sun, but Oracle plus Sun will prove to be interesting for the IT industry as it will create some real competition for IBM," said Walker, who added that she didn't have a good feeling about the prospect of IBM owning Sun. The latter two companies reportedly discussed an acquisition, but their talks broke down two weeks ago.

On the other hand, William Patterson, IT director at Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. in Alabama, said he has questions about the future of some of Sun's technologies, such as MySQL, under Oracle. He would have preferred to have seen IBM buy Sun.

"IBM would probably be a better caretaker of Sun's software [intellectual property], and the combination of IBM's and Sun's hardware IP would have definitely have made more sense," Patterson said.

Barry Zhang, a supervisor of systems development at FCCI Insurance Group in Sarasota, Fla., said he wants to know more about Oracle's "true motivations" behind the acquisition and the products that may be developed as a result of it.

Ellison said he envisions the development of out-of-the-box systems for vertical industries. Does that mean, Zhang asked, that Oracle is going to start building machines along the lines of IBM's System i, which combines an operating system with an integrated DB2 database? And what other steps will Oracle take in regards to Sun's hardware? The buyout deal is raising "many questions," Zhang said.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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