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Oracle Dumps Itanium

06/08/11

Permalink 05:06:46 pm, by david Email , 873 words, 12331 views   English (US)
Categories: SOA Vendors in South East Asia

Oracle Dumps Itanium

To quote a line from a famous film …

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning” (Apocalypse Now).

To me those pearl handled pistols characterize Larry’s attitude toward all things great and small. We are kind of lucky that he doesn’t own any really critical infrastructure (like water or sewage). There is hardly a business partner in the world that remains unscathed by Oracle’s all or nothing attitude. So where does that leave our dear old friends Hewlett Packard? (… I can just imagine Bill and Dave turning in their graves RIP).

I am not a big fan or Itanium personally and I never have been but interestingly Intel as well as HP have never backed away from it and if we all remember, HP made a huge commitment to that platform when they announced that Itanium will replace their PA RISC architecture servers a few years back. Fact is that Intel remains committed to Itanium beside HP along with Huawei and Inspur announcing that they will also start producing Itanium based servers.

So therein lies the pivotal question… why would Larry want to leave this party?

If I had to meet HP to discuss this (unapologetically) on Oracle’s behalf then I could put it to HP that Itanium remains a smallish server platform by sales volume and that the Unix server market is kind of flagging and being slowly replaced by Lintel (Linux x86). This is a phenomenon that is in part to do with the fact that the relative power of x86 based systems has increased substantially with 64bit systems emerging at an unbeatable price point. Still feeling unapologetic…

In actual fact for the database world the current market situation for Unix servers is partially to do with Oracle themselves and their continuous evangelic marketing around Linux x86… (then they go and buy a Unix vendor! … work that one out).

I remember working with Oracle a few years back when they ramped up the Linux x86 marketing engine. Back then I was heading up pre-sales for Oracle in South Asia. During the 9i and 10g campaigns you could hardly hear anything but Unbreakable Linux being shouted from the podium. I also shouted it quite a few times myself on their behalf.

The years pass… and after a long hard endless winter in the business world you would have to be blind, dumb or both not to realize that a lot of your hard earned cash is being wasted on IT systems with a good portion of it now landing in Larry’s bank account. Many companies and people have awaken and started down the path of financial and functional enlightenment toward open source adoption. Obviously this trend is yet to completely change the landscape of IT vendor revenue but the vendors are definitely preparing for an inevitable tsunami. That is what cloud computing is designed to help them with (anyway… drifting a little off topic).

After spending 7.4 billion on Sun Microsystems (probably not just a favor to bail out Scott) I guess Larry may have suddenly realized that monetizing Java may not really be quite that easy after all (other than suing Google over Android… which gets some of his cash back). I get the distinct feeling that Larry thinks he needs to shift a bit of industry momentum back to Sun servers and try to polarize the database end of the whole server market with IBM (as well as taking HP down a few notches). Now that does sound more than just a little anti-competitive… I can just imagine every sales deal that they walk up to now starting to sound more like their friends at IBM used to sound (… hardware, software, services… and err… hardware).

So in summary… given the current server market situation, whipping the mat out from underneath HP’s feet seems like the logical path for Larry and is also consistent with the way in which our friends from Redwood Shores always like to do business (just ask some other recipients of this treatment… for example Red Hat).

Let’s face it sir… if you are not buying HP databases, applications or middleware then why the hell would you want to buy HP servers? It is time to wake up and smell the industry for what it is folks.

To quote another not so famous but nonetheless entertaining movie, if you are not taking open source database seriously then…

“your situational awareness kind of sucks” (The Perfect Getaway).

I believe that it is also high time to take a serious look at open source database and put some distance between your bank account and Larry’s. Of course we are more than just a little biased in this matter but we do believe that EnterpriseDB/Postgres is a natural choice for anyone seeking a DBMS platform on HP servers (or any other server) going forward. There has never been a better time to start. It is also a very good time to start looking at open source middleware (we like Geronimo… so does IBM) too before Larry decides to de-support WebLogic on Itanium too.

God save us all if Larry decides to walk away from Java on Itanium (… and other non-Larry hardware). Or at the very least god save HP.


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