A recent piece SearchSOA.com ran on the mega merger of Oracle and Sun heard from a number of users who saw a better competitive situation with Sun in the Oracle camp, as opposed to being the IBM camp. The takes are not all positive, however.
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“I am not terribly happy with it,” said Reza Rahman, Independent Consultant and EJB specialist. “I would rather have seen a Sun-HP merger.”
“Sun merging with Oracle really cuts down the competitiveness in the application server market specifically and the software development market generally,” he said.
Some of Rahman’s concerns revolve around Glassfish, a Java server implementation that Sun appeared finally ready to run with.
“This basically takes Glassfish off the table. I expect it will basically be assimilated into the Oracle portfolio,” Rahman told me.
Still, Rahman concedes, Sun was in trouble, and, in turn, Java was in trouble.
He said: “This is preferable to the present situation where we have a weak Sun. It is just not a good situation as far as competiveness and innovation in the Java space goes.” It was not good to rely on a company with weak resources to lead the efforts for Java-based standards.