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While HP and Dell may be spending billions on IT services firms, Oracle will not follow suit, according to company CEO Larry Ellison. Some Oracle partners agree that may be true … for now.
Oracle continued its push to get VARs to specialize in high-growth, higher margin areas. By honing industry- and technology-specific skills, partners can solve customer problems and boost their own profitability, Oracle Corp.'s co-presidents Charles Phillips and Safra Catz said.
Oracle is now a hardware company, or will be soon. But adjusting to that business won't be easy, said Oracle and Sun Microsystems partners at Oracle OpenWorld 2009. Oracle Corp. has successfully incorporated huge software companies into its business, but the channel consensus is that things may not go so smoothly with the Sun Microsystems acquisition.
Oracle will change its partner program in an attempt to make it easier for VARs to distinguish themselves by areas of expertise. Top-level partners will have to pay more to earn their designation and the Oracle Partner Network will replace its Certified Advantage Partner, Certified Partner and Partner levels with Platinum, Gold and Silver tiers.
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Suppose the real endgame of Oracle's Sun Microsystems buy, when it finally becomes official, is to take hardware (and related services) off the table in large accounts? How happy would Larry Ellison be to block HP hardware (and services) and IBM hardware (and services) from shared accounts? Very, I'm guessing.
Larry Ellison's milking his latest anti-IBM jihad for all it's worth. Now he's challenged anyone to make IBM hardware run Oracle database as fast as it does on the Exadata. If they can do it, they can take $10 million of Larry's (or Oracle's) money. Ellison also brought embattled California guv Arnold Schwarzenegger up on stage to talk up tech love.
The show did not open well for Sun partners that are already reaching for antianxiety meds as the Sun Microsystems acquisition finalizes.
As Oracle keeps trying to close its Sun Microsystems acquisition, the top Oracle OpenWorld queries are locked up this year. But partners and solution providers still have other nagging issues they want addressed at the show.
Virtual Iron VARs left in a lurch as Oracle shuts down product line
News that Oracle will suspend Virtual Iron product development and stop taking orders from new customers put VI VARs in a pinch. Oracle bought Virtual Iron and its virtualization expertise in May 2009.
Many channel players see the impending convergence of Sun Microsystems and Oracle as a melding of two direct sales champions. They view Sun and Oracle as vendors that built their businesses on a direct-sales model and that only engaged VARs when small and medium-sized businesses emerged as a big customer base.