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Oracle Begins Selecting Its Sun “Survivors”

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Now that the Sun acquisition is a done deal, Oracle has begun picking and choosing the products that will live on and which will fade out. While CEO Larry Ellison was adamant that there would be no wholesale slaughter of products or staffing cuts, the reality is that not everything can survive or receive full Oracle investment.

Most of these discussions are available online from a collection of videos made during Oracle’s (NASDAQ: ORCL) Product Strategy day earlier this week.

Michael Bemmer, the former head of Sun’s software business, is now the general manager of the Oracle Office Global Business Unit and is in many of the clips. He said there will be a name change for Star Office and Star Suite, which will become members of the Oracle Office family.

“Oracle had not sold office productivity tools, so we are happy to fill that gap,” Bemmer said in one video.

Other survivors include JavaFX, Java ME, HotSpot Java Virtual Machine (to be integrated with the fast JRockit VM from BEA Systems) and Sun’s Operations Center management software, which will be merged with Oracle’s Enterprise Manger.

WebLogic and Glassfish will be cross-pollinated, with the best ideas from one product finding their way into the other. WebLogic will be sold as the company’s enterprise application server, while the free and open source Glassfish server will be Oracle’s department-level application server.

Oracle will invest in the NetBeans IDE and community, but it will be limited to Java Standard Edition, scripting languages, mobile Java, JavaFX and Solaris. Oracle’s own Java IDE, JDeveloper IDE, will be Oracle’s enterprise application development tool.

Read the rest at ServerWatch.

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