The 1st phase of Oracle Sun-side layoffs started in mid-August
following and prompted by the courts decision in May that found that
Google had not infringed on Oracle-owned copyrights because Google's
re-implementation of Java APIs is protected by fair use (Oracle since
announced its intention to appeal and officially did so on October 26, 2016)
Safra Catz had testified that Oracle bought Sun because so much of Oracle's
own product was based on Sun's Java, and they were concerned about
what would happen if IBM had acquired Sun who Oracle knew had approached Sun.
But Oracle also got Sun's hardware business, most of which it flicked off
as it continued to allow incompetent Sun management (John Fowler Mike Splain
and others in the Systems/processor Groups e.g. Ramamurthy etc.) to
rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic
(their business acumen: from 2001 onward Sun had been hemhorraging revenue
at a clip of ~ -$1B per year)
The part of the hardware that Oracle kept is used to create its
"Exadata" business designed to run its software, particularly the Oracle database.
Oracle originally sued Google for $6 billion – an amount that would have
pretty much paid for the Sun acquisition (purchase price ~$7.4B - ~ $2B Sun had in cash)
but the judge at that time rejected the amount as being way too high.
Court rulings have not been favorable to Oracle and the forecast for the
outcome of the current appeal is not promising so its time to initiate
phase 2 of layoffs and eliminate the unnecessary and inneficient Sun hardware
particularly since that's not in the in Cloud future linux x86 business
Say goodbye to Solaris SPARC Fowler Splain et al..
When: after Q2 and holidays