Oracle, after dating HP, Dell, Netapp and EMC has found its mate in Sun. Oracle is now becoming a systems company, and unceremoniously dumping these former paramours. These leaves the spurned lovers to find alternate accommodations, especially in the area of the database.
As I have stated previously on this blog, the clear partner of choice on the Windows front is Microsoft. This is demonstrated by today’s partner announcement around MS SQL Server for OLTP. But who is their partner in the Linux segment?
The following are contenders:
* Postgres (HP rolls their own)
* EnterpriseDB (pre-rolled Postgres)
* Ingres or Sybase—Oracle has felled them both in the past, but they are hoping for new life with a big sugar daddy like HP.
* ScaleDB, If HP is going after the cloud and the MySQL market
I don’t see them going for a NoSQL solution because NoSQL = NoEnterprise, making it a non-starter for HP. One way or the other, HP needs a solution for OLTP on Linux and they are on the clock.
For OLAP, HP has NeoView. If they felt the need, there are a number of OLAP solutions out there such a Greenplum, Netizza, Asterdata, Paraccel, Ingres/Vectorwise and others. That said, I think HP feels that they are holding a good hand on in the OLAP space, but Linux-based OLTP just became a gaping hole in their product suite. Today's partnership with Microsoft confirms this problem, but only solves the Windows half not the Linux half.
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