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Instead of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, it seems Ellison decided it was in Oracle’s best interest to take both, though analysts say it’s probable that Oracle will divest itself of Sun's declining hardware group in the future.
Of course, Ellison has said publicly that Sun's hardware business is integral to his plans, and it seems he’ll now have to make the most of what he’s bought.
"Oracle will be the only company that can engineer an integrated system -- applications to disk -- where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves," said Ellison.
I continue to expect (as does Charles Fitzgerald) that Oracle will divest at least some of Sun’s hardware business sooner rather than later