Oracle Starts Laying Off 1,800 Hardware Employees
Oracle's long-running high-end chips business and its correlated Unix-based Solaris operating system both appear to be headed for the Computer Tech Museum.Oracle likes to talk about "engineering together" its formidable database, middleware and business applications software directly into its data center hardware.
But it looks now as if it's not going to be engineering anymore into the former Sun Microsystems chips and machines it has owned for the last six years.Oracle is in the process of laying off about 1,800 employees, mostly from the hardware business that was Sun, which was acquired for $7.4 billion in 2010. The long-running high-end chips business and its correlated Unix-based Solaris operating system both appear to be headed for the Computer Tech Museum, since neither has been profitable for Larry Ellison's mothership. Reports originated by the San Jose Mercury News and The Layoff, an online source for IT business layoff new, said Jan. 23 that Oracle is laying off approximately 450 employees in its Santa Clara-based SPARC hardware systems division and that about 1,800 employees companywide are being asked to leave. The majority of those being let go are hardware and Sun-based software developers, although some of them are in management and staff positions.