Oracle/Sun deal FAQ: Hardware, MySQL, yes. HPC, Vis, Lustre? Who knows.

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The FAQ [PDF] on Oracle’s Sun acquisition page has corporate answers to some of the questions we’ve been debating in email today. I’ll pull out a few; recommend you read the full FAQ. There’s not much in it, so it won’t take you long.

Sun logoWhat will Oracle do with Sun’s hardware business?

Oracle plans to grow the Sun hardware business after the closing, protecting Sun customers’ investments and ensuring the long-term viability of Sun products. Oracle also intends to focus the server and storage businesses on our common enterprise customers, where we believe we bring competitive advantage, relationships, and a track record of helping to reduce costs and complexity.

What does Oracle plan to do with MySQL?

MySQL will be an addition to Oracle’s existing suite of database products, which already includes Oracle Database 11g, TimesTen, Berkeley DB open source database, and the open source transactional storage engine, InnoDB.

Oh, and my personal favorite

Can I still purchase Sun products?


Just in case you were confused. No mention of HPC, not that I would have seriously expected any. Or Java, Lustre, or any of the other many technologies of interest to our community.


  1. As of 1/22/09, Sun Microsystems is no longer sponsoring VirtualGL, which Sun uses for visualization.