Updated with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's comments on Sun layoffs.
Although traditionally a database software company, Oracle will now combine its core technology with Sun's server and storage offerings, as well as tightening its links with Sun's MySQL, Java and Solaris software. On the server side, Oracle promised "differentiated" products, focusing on more expensive, specialized machines.
"We're not too interested in the commoditized x86 market -- there are other people that do that, Dell (DELL) or whoever," said Oracle co-president Charles Phillips.Oracle, which competes with IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and SAP (SAP), will offer customers a "pre-integrated" and "pre-engineered" mix of different technologies, according to Phillips. "There's simply no other company that can claim they are in the complete systems business," Phillips said during a webcast outlining the company's strategic plans for Sun. "The other companies simply don't have all the components, they are simply not in the market." Oracle CEO Larry Ellison also took the stage late in the five-hour webcast, and promptly launched a diatribe against sections of the press and some analysts. The Oracle chief explained that he was "very upset" to see recent articles in the press saying that his company planned to lay off half of Sun's 29,000-strong workforce. "That's a highly irresponsible thing to print," he added. "The Sun people have gone through enough angst without reading this garbage." Ellison went on to explain that Oracle is actually hiring 2,000 people. "That's twice as many people as we will be laying off - we're hiring, not firing." Sun, he added, will be profitable from the first full month Oracle owns the company. "The Sun business is going to grow," explained Ellison. "We just have to do a better job of taking this wonderful engineering output and delivering it to customers." Oracle president Phillips also vowed to maintain Sun's strong open source credentials during his presentation, something which had initially prompted concern from European regulators. The executive was at pains to depict his own company as a friend of the open source community. "Nothing changes in our commitment to open standards," he said. "We want to become what IBM was in the 1960s, but on open standards -- all our next-gen applications are written on Java.
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