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Mark Gonzalez, president of Nth Generation Computing, a San Diego-based solution provider, said he would be very surprised if Hurd contacted his company about selling the Oracle/Sun product.
Gonzalez said that in every conversation he has had with former Sun partners who have recently signed up with HP, the common thread is that Oracle's go-to-market strategy for the Sun product is primarily direct.
"Having said that, and in spite of my deep respect for everything that Mark achieved while he was at HP, if he did approach us about selling their product our answer would be simply, 'Thanks but no thanks. We don’t see a real market for this product,'" he said.
With its Sun acquisition, Oracle is trying to recreate the proprietary IBM vertical product stack that was prevalent in the late 70's and early 80's, including a monolith of hardware, operating system, database, middleware, and application, and the market for that stack is very limited, Gonzalez said.
"After all, who wants to be held hostage to a single manufacturer?" he said. "Those were the bad old days of the past. Last time I checked, Oracle's motto was not, 'Do no evil.'"
Steve Burke contributed to this article