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If Oracle sees a good idea and a pile of money sitting underneath it, and that idea is adjacent to something Oracle is already doing, then cofounder and CEO Larry Ellison gets out a bigger pile of money and pounces. And that is precisely what Oracle has done with its first big deal of 2013 as it snaps up unified communications …

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Anonymous Coward

Lameware inc.

Great. So now they can sell a whole suite of useless shiteware - from legacy servers than no one wants, through to legacy sparc and Linux OSs, a crapified version of Office, lameware Java client devices and overpriced and insecure databases and ERP software. Cant wait!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Lameware inc.

Before anyone else responds, let's keep it to just one "do not feed the trolls" post.

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Larry's three favourite words...

Nom nom nom

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Re: Larry's three favourite words...

The sound of Larry eating his own words. Unbreakable?! LOL @ http://secunia.com/advisories/product/3387/

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Anonymous Coward

What bizarre comments so far

Where's the usual hi-grade wit from the commentariat? Oh I forgot, there's no Windows vs Linux angle.

Well, consider this: the day is fast approaching when your personal communications device does a whole bunch of communicating over IP - voice, instant messaging, presence and so on -- and stores scads of data about you in the cloud. It needs to talk to users on the same and on different networks, whether that's the PSTN or within an enterprise, or with suppliers etc. Someone needs to control those sessions. So there will be huge expansion in the session border controller market.

It's a smart move by Oracle and really nothing to do with them faffing around with databases or Oracle and everything to do with them gearing up to take on Cisco. I would expect them to go shopping for an application server next, with Broadsoft, Metaswitch and possibly Digium on the shopping list. They might want Broadsoft but settle for Metaswitch because the latter have irons in more fires than app servers. Or they might go the cheap route and buy Digium. At which point all the Asterisk devs better start looking over their shoulder and looking into how they can fork the codebase and run for the hills before Oracle does an OpenOffice/Jenkins/MySQL on them.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: What bizarre comments so far

There's a very good reason why Larry continues to rake in the money quarter after quarter, The ignorant commentards don't understand the big picture but Oracle certainly seem to know what they are doing.

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Pirate

Asterisk?

Well, just as there's always PostgreSQL vis-a-vis MySQL, there's always Freeswitch when talking about Asterisk ;)

Agreed with your post though - interesting to see the Oracle-Cisco wars...

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Anonymous Coward

Re: What bizarre comments so far

I upvoted you for the first sensible comment, but you do know that Oracle already has *two* very good Telco App Servers: Weblogic from the BEA acquisition and Glassfish from the Sun acquisition.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: What bizarre comments so far

Yes, it is quite amazing that Oracle manages to make money when so many of their products are dead and dying. Solaris is on life support. Oracle database is being wiped out by SQL server in the enterprise, and has more security holes than most OSs. Java is flaky insecure crap that no one wants anymore, and no one is interested in their crappy Linux version or their virtualisation solutions. I can only imagine that Larry is very good at giving blowjobs to CxOs....

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Acme Packet??

Why do I see Oracle as some Wile E Coyote-like character about to get splatted by its own attempt to stop the Road Runner?

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