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Charles Fitzgerald suspects IBM is going to regret not acquiring Sun, and letting Oracle do so instead. "They regretted giving Microsoft control of the software crown jewels for the PC; they may face similar situation now on the server." Fitzgerald knows whereof he speaks, having been Microsoft's former general manager of platform strategy until early last year. Writing in his "Platformnomics" blog, Fitzgerald declares that "this isn't a merger of equals. It is the end of Sun. Only Oracle survives." His analysis is that Sun's hardware business will get "flipped to HP, Fujitsu, an Asian up-and-comer or someone else" and that there will be "Serious layoffs ahead at Sun regardless of how it plays out for Oracle." Read his blog in full here. ... (more)

Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz Scopes Out Future for Sun's Cloud

"At Sun, we're planning on maintaining Java's ubiquity as the number one runtime environment, backed by the world's most price performant datacenter infrastructure, all powered by Sun's cloud." That, in no uncertain terms, is Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's vision for Java and stresses the new role that Cloud Computing is beginning to play at Sun. "The Java platform is only growing in importance and value, across billions of devices," Schwartz noted, writing on his industry blog. He also shared his view of the overall marketplace, as follows: "First, freely distributed, open source soft... (more)

Desktop Java: JDNC Released as Open Source Project

Java Trends - Exclusive Interview with Amy Fowler In her extensive "Java Trends" interview with JDJ last month, Sun's Amy Fowler - technical lead of the Java Desktop Network Component (JDNC) project - said that the JDNC API "is targeted at Java developers who aren't necessarily Swing literate" and spoke of her "current fever to make rich Java clients easier to build." Now in her latest blog Fowler turns up the heat under the JDNC project, inviting developers to read up about it in her latest article, visit the project site, "and join in on making it happen." "After all,": Fowler ad... (more)

Oracle-Sun: Schwartz Is Toast - Miko Matsumara

According to Web visionary and SOA expert Miko Matsumara, there was only one certain result of there being two board factions at Sun Microsystems, one in favor of the IBM deal (the Jonathan Schwartz faction) and the other opposing (the Scott McNealy faction): "Mark my words, Schwartz is toast, IBM deal or no deal," declared Mastumara recently in his 'SOA Thoughts' blog. Now that Oracle has bought Sun instead, will the same apply? Scott McNealy & Larry Ellison on SYS-CON.TV "If the IBM deal fails completely ...look for Scott McNealy to pull a Michael Dell (or a Jerry Yang, dependi... (more)

"Middleware Is Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande

Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz One of the first reactions to Jonathan Schwartz's essay in February's JDJ comes from Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company, which runs the enterprise software community sites TheServerSide.com, and the recently launched TheServerSide.NET. "Jonathan Schwartz has said some silly things over the years, but this one might take the cake," says Deshpande, speaking exclusively to JDJ News Desk. "Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when working we... (more)