Oracle sticks a fork in BEA AquaLogic

Word on the street is that Oracle is in process of killing the AquaLogic brand that BEA spent over $300 million to assemble, and probably $100 million more to market. This is a bit of a surprise as BEA had gone to extraordinary lengths to build the brand, which I would argue was much more popular than Oracle's SOA offerings.

The Register has learned from individuals close to the company that BEA's new owner Oracle is merging the AquaLogic and WebLogic professional service teams. Oracle is also splitting the AquaLogic products between "web products" - user … Read more

Silicon Valley: The true tech mecca?

Every so often, I wonder if Silicon Valley is all it's cracked up to be. Sure, the confluence of venture capital, universities, and lawyers make it a veritable petri dish for the formation of technology companies, but there are a lot of other great places for innovation, right?

Well, if you go strictly by market capitalization, and look at the top 10 information technology companies, 6 of them are based in Silicon Valley: Cisco Systems, Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and Oracle. In fact, if you map these company's headquarters, they'd all be inside a circle with a … Read more

Rumor: Zend for sale, with IBM a likely buyer?

TechCrunch's Erick Schonfeld notes that Zend's recent layoff of 25 percent of its R&D team could be a prelude to an acquisition. Schonfeld suggests Oracle and Microsoft as potential suitors, but I think Sean Michael Kerner's speculation (IBM) rings true.

Regardless, Zend would be a great prize. I'm not privy to the company's financial information but don't need to be to believe that Zend's position vis-a-vis PHP (the primary "P" in the LAMP stack) makes it a prime target. It's surprising that no one has picked it … Read more

The tech industry's top obsessions

Readers of this blog care deeply, madly, passionately about open source. But if this blog's traffic data is any indication, readers of this blog care even more about Apple, Google, and Microsoft. In fact, most of the planet, as measured by Google Trends, cares more about what Apple is doing on a given day than what business model MySQL has adopted:

On this blog, MySQL and Ubuntu make an appearance in the top-25 most read stories, but Microsoft, Apple, and Google dominate the most-read stories, despite constituting a relatively small number of my total posts.

I note this data only to remind everyone, myself included, to take ourselves a little less seriously. It's not that open source isn't critically important, because it is: It is the heart of computing going forward. But our petty controversies are just that: Petty. The stakes are pretty small, given that open source is being woven into the fabric of software's future, even within these giant software vendors, regardless of our squabbles.… Read more

Who hasn't Microsoft signed a patent deal with?

With Microsoft's announcement of yet another patent cross-licensing deal this week, it would seem nearly everyone has a deal with Redmond.

The company has inked a lot of deals since it began its patent deal push a few years back, signing folks from Sun Microsystems to Novell to Samsung. So it's getting a lot less interesting to write up each one of these things. As the latest one crossed my desk earlier this week, I had an idea. Rather than write up a story on how another name got added to the list (Pentax), I'd focus on … Read more

Ellison: On-demand software growing slowly

This weekend I attended a book party in San Francisco for Jonathan Zittrain. His book, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It, was recently published and received good reviews. I will be interviewing him at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society 10th anniversary conference on the future of the Internet this week.

At the party, I talked for a few minutes with Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison. The book party was hosted by Ellison's novelist wife, Melanie, and HuffPo's Arianna Huffington. It turns out that Zittrain and Melanie Ellison met in junior high school.… Read more

Rumor: Tibco getting acquired?

Tibco Software's stock has been up Monday. My sources are tying it to an unsubstantiated rumor that the company is close to being taken out.

On one hand, this consolidation thing has gotten out of control. On the other hand, it remains a great time to be an open-source company, and these types of amalgamations prove how important it is to control your software environment.

A few possible acquirers of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of business software:

• Oracle--unlikely in light of the BEA finalization but anything is possible • SAP--if anyone needs some good integration software, … Read more

Mike Olson: Sleepy cat no more

Mike Olson is on the entrepreneurial prowl again. The co-founder of Sleepycat, who sold his company to Oracle and recently left Oracle for a brief stint as a relaxed person, is back in action.

I talked a day ago with a company that has talked to Mike about an executive role, and told them what I'll tell anyone who asks:

Hire him. Immediately. He's smart, pragmatic, and a huge asset to anyone lucky enough to interest him.

Welcome back, Mike. I won't say we've missed you, because you never really left, but welcome back all the … Read more

JavaOne: Oracle shows off Web 2.0 mashup

Consumer Web 2.0 applications are influencing--and changing--how business systems are developed.

That was the message from Oracle on Wednesday at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, where Oracle executives Thomas Kurian and Peter Moskowitz showed how to link disparate applications into a cohesive order entry system.

Call it "enterprise 2.0" if you'd like. But and others will argue that this form of business mashup has been around for years.

Still, the Oracle demo is yet further proof that linking, tagging and other basic technologies borrowed from the consumer Web are making it vastly … Read more

Oracle crowns Red Hat the Linux king

For those who had forgotten, Oracle provides Linux support. It's called "Unbreakable Linux."

Most of you stopped thinking about it long ago, but for those who didn't, Oracle's chief corporate architect, Edward Screven decided to remind everyone. Edward is a big fan of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. So much so, in fact, that he wants the industry to rally around the Red Hat flag as the Linux standard.

The hitch? He's willing to take money from Red Hat to aid in the effort, but give absolutely nothing back. Just the sort of person you'd want in your community, right? Public Parasite Number One?

This has long been Oracle's problem with its Unbreakable Linux program. Not only has it not been very successful (according to two inside sources affiliated with the program with whom I recently spoke), but by its very design it hurts the party investing the resources to make the RHEL distribution solid in the first place.

Screven says it's all about providing a better RHEL experience for the customer:… Read more