Sometimes I think I’ve been in this business too long or that perhaps where I got my marketing & PR training (Microsoft) leads me to view things differently – maybe even incorrectly. I read Nishant Kaushik’s post today on the Sun acquisition by Oracle which you can read here. Here’s my translation of what I read in Nishant’s post (below) with my translation in italics. I’m not trying to offend Nishant by any means. I just read these things “differently”.
Oracle Identity Management Suite continues as the strategic family of products, but Oracle will continue to invest in and share technology between Sun and Oracle products = We (Oracle) won. We (Oracle) are the strategic choice. In order not to cause panic we’re going to say that we’re going to continue to invest in the Sun product line. If you were an employee your new title would be “Director, Special Projects”.
Both Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Sun Directory Server will be supported, with common LDAP administration through our DS Management tools. Oracle will continue to maintain OpenDS. = The maintenance stream on the Sun Directory Server is too huge to disrupt. We’ll integrate the management but we aren’t going to sell the Sun Directory Server anymore. We will continue to bill current customers.
Sun Role Manager will become Oracle Identity Analytics, the strategic identity analytics tool = This is really a good product. We’re going to keep it. It doesn’t overlap any of our other goo. Plus, we really had to give at least one consolation prize to the community (e.g., customers, analysts) and this is it.
Oracle Identity Manager, Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Virtual Directory, Oracle Entitlements Server and Oracle Identity Federation continue as Oracle’s strategic products for their respective areas, with technology incorporated from Sun = All the Sun products that overlap are dead.
Oracle will invest in Sun Identity Manager and integrate it with Oracle Identity Manager = Sun Identity Manager is dead. If there’s any good stuff in it we’ll stick it in OIM.
Oracle will also invest in Sun OpenSSO and integrate it with OAM = This is a good product but Oracle is here to make money – this won’t continue to be free.
In a year or two we’ll all have to re-group and see what really happened. Time will tell.