Thursday, October 02, 2008

Here we go again

Maybe I was a little hasty with the last message.

I think I was caught up in the hype of the moment.

Can you imagine flying all the way to San Francisco, having to stand in a queue for hours along with a bunch of IT execs, and then go through a boring HP advert for an hour. After that, and all the rumour mill, anything would have sounded great.

And on the face of it the new Hardware seemd exciting enough. Oracle is pretty good as it is, put on a box designed specifcally for it and it'll be great.

But then you finally remember that we have been here before. Does anyone remember the Net PC? Larry had a great idea that we would all use computers that were just shells. All the power and storage was on the web. Sorry but we are still 10 years away from the reality on that one.
Does anyone remember the previous Oracle forray into Hardware with Dell? There are plenty of commentators around this week who do (have look at the Oracle BI blogs).

The truth is that this 'Xbox' is not their first attempt (despite their claiming it is), and Oracle has a poor track record when getting involved with hardware.

Why the previous efforts failed I do not know, but I do know that the major outsourcing companies will not fall over themselves to get the 'HP' boxes in. Can you imagine IBM really telling their clients to go out and buy this?

Let hope Oracle have learnt their lesson, and find some way for everyone to win, not just the end client in theory.

BTW Didyou notice the new layout. I'm starting a campagn for all BI blogs to use this style :)

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