Oracle's Commitment to Sun Hardware Remains Strong
In late January 2010, Oracle completed its merger with Sun. ZDNet’s Archie Hendryx wrote in his blog at the time:
Despite the great wedding celebrations and fanfare which will inevitably occur during the honeymoon period, I will sadly shed a tear as a fair maiden that believed and stood for the virtues of platform independent technologies is to be whisked off into the sunset by another burly corporate man. One can only hope that the aforementioned kiss is one of love and understanding which will rejuvenate Sun and not a fatal kiss of death.
But now, nearly two years on Oracle’s commitment to Sun hardware remains strong. In fact, we’re seeing some exciting developments that lead us to believe that the sum of the merger is greater than its individual parts. And that’s important for a number of reasons. An IDC Digital Universe study conducted in June of this year found the following staggering numbers:
- In 2011, the amount of information created and replicated was 1.8 zettabytes (that’s 1.8 trillion gigabytes). That’s 9X growth in the last 5 years
- Enterprises have liability for 80% of information in the digital universe at some point in its digital life
- The amount of information created doubles every two years
- By 2020 (that’s only 8 years away), the world will generate 50X the amount of information, yet IT staff to manage that information will grow only 1.5X
These numbers tell us that robust enterprise data storage solutions are going to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.