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Partners for more than 20 years, Sun and Oracle renewed their relationship during a press conference hosted by Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison at Oracle's headquarters and stated that they will continue to work closely for at least the next 10 years. The companies have established themselves as a force in the enterprise, making Sun the #1 marketshare leader with Oracle globally and the #1 marketshare platform for Oracle Database and Applications. Over the last several months, the two companies have re-established closer ties on a number of fronts from Oracle's selection of Solaris 10 as its preferred 64-bit application development and deployment platform to Charles Phillips' participation in the launch of Sun's new Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. The highlights of their relationship so far: Oracle Market leadership with Sun: More than 85% of Sun e... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Transaction Uncertainty Is What Led Sun to Oracle Over IBM

According to the Wall Street Journal this morning, Oracle - rather than IBM - acquired Sun because of "transaction uncertainty" among Sun's board of directors - mainly caused by Big Blue lowering its bid price from $10 to $9.40 per share, and specifying that the deal was contingent on other items and conditions. Reporter Dan Gallagher notes that while IBM isn't mentioned in the filing by name, Sun's references to "Party A" and "Party B" can only refer to IBM and Oracle, the two companies involved in the dramatic first few weeks of April. As we all now know, Oracle delivered an offe... (more)

Oracle's PeopleSoft Takeover Bid Can Go Ahead, Judge Rules

Related Links: Oracle Wins A Pox on Oracle and PeopleSoft, Say Two Schools Behind "Kuali" PeopleSoft Quarter Sucks Ellison: Acquisition Strategy "Only Way to Survive" Oracle chairman Jeff Henley is triumphant: "This decision puts the onus squarely on the board of PeopleSoft to meet with us," he declared. Henley made this statement in response to the release of a 164-page decision by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, in which Walker gave his verdict on the antitrust lawsuit filed seven months ago by the US Justice Department and 10 states seeking to block Oracle's would-be "hostile... (more)

Oracle Proposes to Lead BPEL Effort Within Eclipse

Oracle today announced it is proposing to lead a tooling project for the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) standard within the Eclipse Foundation open-source community. The proposed project underscores Oracle's continued commitment to making tools support for key standards-based technologies, such as BPEL, freely available to all developers. A cornerstone for simplifying the development of service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications, BPEL is widely recognized as a critical technology for reducing the cost, complexity and inflexibility of integration projects and ena... (more)

Ellison Outlines Top Priorities at Oracle OpenWorld

CEO Larry Ellison delivered an ambitious 24-month roadmap of priorities for the nearly 35,000 attendees at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco yesterday afternoon. From open standards and security to industry functionality, business intelligence and automation, Oracle has the scale to invest in meeting customers' most-demanding requirements. "Scale is very important in the software business," Ellison said. "As we get larger, we're able to invest more money." Oracle's focus starts with supporting open standards in order to provide customers with flexibility in their software investment. ... (more)