Springsource CEO pontificates on the Sun / MySQL deal

Jan 17, 2008 / By Paul Vallee

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I’m sorry that I haven’t commented on the BEA acquisition. It’s just been too obvious for too long, I can’t get excited even though it’s really really big. Manifest destiny manifested, that’s it.

On the other hand…

Tip of the hat to Lucas Jellema at AMIS who posts his own commentary on the acquisition and also provides this great find where
Springsource CEO Rod Johnson comments at length on the deal
. Rod leads an open-source software company and I agree with Lucas that there is a hint of jealousy hidden inside all that enthusiasm!

Take-away:

Another link between these acquisitions are that Sun and Oracle now appear to be on a collision course. Oracle history shows their utter determination to crush any competitors in the database space, and their ability to do so. Sun is now a competitor in that highly profitable core business. With the loss of momentum from JBoss, the Java EE application server market now looks set to be a two-horse race between IBM and Oracle. Glassfish gives Sun a dark horse in this race, but it’s unclear whether this market category will show the growth to accommodate a new entrant, given the growing predominance of Tomcat as a production platform.

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