1Oracle Finally Gets to Bask in Satisfaction of Sun Buyout
After nine months of jumping through legal hoops, Oracle on Jan. 27 closed its $7.4 billion deal to buy Sun Microsystems. The world’s second-largest software company wasted no time explaining to everybody what it is going to do with its newly acquired hardware, software and services businesses. It staged a full-day press and analyst briefing on that very same day to do just that. Since the companies have been working together since the 1980s, many of their products are already integrated; however, some new ones are not and will take some time to put together. More difficult will be the integration of some 27,000 Sun employees into the Oracle culture, one that, in some ways, is very different from Sun’s. Following are photos of some of the highlights of the Jan. 27 event.
2Journalists, Analysts Crowd into Oracle Presentation
3An Upbeat Larry Ellison Introduces His Latest Acquisition
4Ellisons Pride and Joy – An Americas Cup Contender
5Oracle President Charles Phillips Welcomes the Audience
Oracle President Charles Phillips described the new company at a high level. Phillips started his presentation with an oblique reference to the negative publicity generated when an alleged ex-mistress put up a billboard in New York City’s Times Square disclosing her relationship with the married Oracle president. Phillips has since issued a statement acknowleding the relationship and confirming that he is in the midst of divorce proceedings initiated in 2008. He opened his presentation by cordially saying “Welcome, hopefully you all had a smoother week than I did.”
6New Sun Oracle Logos Make Their Debut
7The Latest Rack-Mounted Sun Oracle Servers
8Oracle Wears Mantle of the Full-Service IT Vendor
9Revamping the Sun Supply Chain
10Oracle Adds Hardward to Its Product Stack
11Storage Remains an Important Sun Product Line
12Oracle Sun Aims to Hire 2,000 New Employees
Oh, yes. Oracle reminds everybody that it is indeed hiring about 2,000 more people — engineers, mostly — to bolster Sun’s businesses. These buttons were worn by Oracle staffers during the event.