Is Oracle’s silence on its on-premises servers cause for concern? | Virtual Reality

When Oracle consumed Sun Microsystems in January 2010, founder Larry Ellison promised new hiring and new investment in the hardware line, plus a plan to offer fully integrated, turnkey systems.

By and large, he kept that promise. Oracle dispensed with the commodity server market in favor of high-end, decked-out such as Exadata and Exalogic fully loaded with Oracle software, which included Java.

Earlier this year, word leaked that the company had gutted its Solaris Unix and Sparc processor development, but after eight years of spinning its wheels, no one could say Oracle had been impatient. It had invested rather heavily in Sparc for a long time, but the writing was on the wall.

So, one would think there would be some kind of server news coming out of the just-completed OpenWorld conference, but it was all cloud news. Among Ellison’s announcement in his keynote was the availability of bare-metal cloud hosting on AMD Epyc processors, which is hardly a surprise.

Bare-metal hosting is in Oracle’s best interests because it is ideal for lift and shift migrations from on-premises installations to the cloud. Just move your Linux environment running Oracle software to their data centers, and you don’t have to worry about managing the hardware any more.

Oracle quiet about its Exadata and Exalogic on-premises solutions

But for Exadata and Exalogic, the on-premises solutions, there was not a peep. Not even news of servers with Epyc, which would make sense given it’s a cloud option. It seemed odd to see Ellison praising Epyc as a cloud solution, but not say a word about being able to buy one for your data center.

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