I was wondering a few months ago how Sun’s MySQL acquisition would impact their relationship with Oracle:
How has the MySQL acquisition by Sun impacted the relationship with Sun’s biggest historical partner, Oracle? I may be misjudging Oracle’s leadership, history and culture, but my guess is they view databases as their birthright and treat any real or proposed encroachment, even from a company with as poor an acquisitions record as Sun, as a serious matter.
The answer is becoming clearer:
- Oracle has entered the hardware appliance business, partnering with HP
- Sun’s stock is trading near a 13-year low
- Sun’s CEO got a 44% pay raise
(Ok, the last one isn’t so clear).
The next question is what is the end game for Sun? Do they circle the drain like Silicon Graphics (yes, they are still in business) or do they get consumed by the likes of Fujitsu or perhaps a rising dynamo from the developing world? Leave your predictions as comments and maybe we’ll start a pool.