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Goodbye SPARC? [message #659653] Thu, 26 January 2017 01:30 Go to next message
John Watson
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See this,
If that's true, it has to be a bad move. Never mind the poor bastards who are losing their jobs, there is little enough competition in OS and CPU development as it is.
Re: Goodbye SPARC? [message #661284 is a reply to message #659653] Mon, 13 March 2017 21:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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SPARC and ultra Sparc were the best CPU platform in Enterprise Machine which was configured to the Database performance still now. In common with IBM, HP Unix, those are always the best choice for Sap, Oracle, DB2, ..etc to more and more big and huge companies till now.

In this article from @John Watson, I think many employees losing the job came to deployment hardware.


Mark Hurd dumps Sparc team.
Sparc CPU team: 30% (~600 headcount) were let go

Sparc System team: 42% (50% in CA, 34% in MA, ~120 headcount) were let go

Sparc SW/FW team: ~40% were let go.

Rest of the team is more for sustaining, not much development going on. Plus, attrition is on going.
SW: Software
FW: Firmware

Original link: https://www.thelayoff.com/t/LsIZB0T

In my mind, Solaris 11 is not better than Solaris 10, it contains container, a buffer jump to cloud Sad
Re: Goodbye SPARC? [message #661558 is a reply to message #661284] Thu, 23 March 2017 13:41 Go to previous message
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The Oracle webcast explaining the roadmap and reasons behind the recent changes are available on-demand at event.on24.com:

Title: 3rd Thursdays Tech Talk - Oracle SPARC & Solaris Continued Commitment to Innovation
Date: Available On Demand
Duration: 49 minutes

It's front-loaded with marketing hype but they eventually get to the justifications. My interpretation is that there is a continued commitment to SPARC & Solaris but not as aggressive as they were after the Sun acquisition, which, in reality, you could not take advantage of anyway unless you were moving to the newer systems. And the part about Solaris releases being done in smaller increments so as to minimize customer adoption efforts seams like an ulterior motive, to keep customers from jumping ship from the Oracle Cloud. If you are a cloud customer and were facing a Solaris 12 upgrade (with all of its re-certification and testing costs) you would be in for a serious disruption to any other business plans. That would erode some of the benefit from the off-premise stack.

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