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Oracle VMs are just "Virtual Appliances"

Oracle is just providing some Virtual Appliances, that's it. So its no FUD, its no big declarations, its pure resilience. VMware is the market leader in the proprietary world. Oracle "thinks" its warming up the Open Source folks. So whats really happening?

Reality Check
  • Oracle shops are using Oracle merely because the database development teams at Oracle are shipping a great product! They are not happy with Oracle's zig-zag path. Oracle could better choose a strategy a go for it. In client circles people ridicule the "Fusion" ideas that seems to be failing. And some whacky collaborative technology and HPC commoditization will probably kick-ass that share as well and give it to some small database vendor like mySQL, HSQL soon.
  • SAP is gaining share, no matter what Charles Phillips says. IBM, will move strongly with the Cognos, no matter what you say.
  • Analysts are not convinced of any of the unveiling scenarios.
  • We are just getting a couple of "Virtual Appliances".
  • Open Source is not really warming up either.
I've attempted to make some suggestions to other firms, including my favorite star, on what they ought to do to get back on track, with Oracle, I just wouldn't know anymore. But to be fair:

Free Unsolicited Advice

  • Get your act together. Show love and devotion to open source with all your heart.
  • No harm in working with proprietary vendors like VMware, even open source firms do that!
  • Start thinking about going leaner.
  • Start making friends.
  • Start mending severed relationships. It needs hard work to mend them, but its definitely worth it!


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