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I caught parts of the Oracle + Sun web cast last week. Like many people, I've been thinking about the content of the web cast. In particular, Larry Ellison and other speakers mentioned moving back to the concept of integrated systems, much like in the mainframe era of the 1960's.
While I don't pretend to know much about the mainframe market in the 1960's, one thing that I do know is that the way IBM ran their business back then lead to alternatives such as the mini-computer, and ultimately paved the way for UNIX systems, still often referred to as Open Systems. The market is much different today, with multiple strong vendors, including HP, offering customers choice and driving healthy competition. Let's face it, competition keeps everyone on their toes!
Apparently, I'm not the only one questioning how great the mainframe market of the 1960's really was.
John Rymer at Forrester has a great analysis on his Forrester Blog at http://blogs.forrester.com/appdev/2010/01/peace-love-and-the-ibm-system-360.html that covers this topic rather well. He has an interesting list of the pros and cons of the mainframe era that makes for good reading.
In addition, I know that in my discussions with customers, Oracle and Oracle licensing is a very popular topic. Integrated solutions definitely help drive down the maintenance cost for that solution. However, standardization across multiple projects also drives down costs. While there are always good business cases for one off exceptions, I know that keeping those exceptions to a minimum helps drastically reduce backend support costs. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next year.
This is one of the first changes that will impact the UNIX business this year, and I'm sure that there are plenty more coming.