This year’s IOUG COLLABORATE conference was always going to be about Sun and what Oracle (news, site) was going to do with it. Over the course of the four days they’ve been doing all they can to reassure customers that it’s really a good thing.

Acquisition Is About Stacks

Oracle executives talking to delegates at the conference repeated what they have been saying since the deal was finally closed earlier this year -- the acquisition of Sun will result in an integrated technology stack bringing together all from both including databases, middleware and hardware.

Oracle president Charles Phillips in a satellite broadcast told the audience that turned up for his address that the acquisition was about building a complete stack from databases to applications and that the buyout was just an extension of what Oracle has been doing for years -- buying the pieces for that stack that they didn’t have themselves.

As the components that make up that stack have been built by different vendors over the years, Oracle’s goal has been to pull them together so they can work together. Oracle has been doing that by gathering expertise from the different units and putting them together in the same room.

Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of development, who followed up Phillips address, stressed that while Sun (news, site) was important so was continuing the development of its applications as well.

Some of the more notable recent enhancements include upgrades of its e-Business Suite, a PeopleSoft release, as well as the more recent upgrades to its on-demand CRM with Release 17 and Seibel 8.2.

Oracle And Sun

The Sun deal was finalized in January. At the time Oracle said the deal would give clients long term strategic advantages as it would give them effective ownership of Java and Solaris.

Important across the entire software industry, for Oracle it’s something of a must. Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle’s fastest growing business, is built on top of Sun’s Java language and software. Oracle said the deal would result in continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.

The Sun Solaris operating system is the leading platform for the Oracle database. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle can optimize the Oracle database for some of the, high-end features of Solaris.