Friday, September 18, 2009

Analysis: Ellison's Pillar likely get new BFF with Oracle-Sun merger

More on Pillar + (Oracle + Sun) scenarios

Ellison launched Pillar in 2005 after four years of development and $150 million from his investment firm, Tako Ventures LLC. Ellison positioned Pillar as a legally separate business from Oracle aimed at competing with storage heavyweights such as IBM, EMC Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

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"Larry has made it clear he's going after the server market, and storage is a part of that. Larry is not going to take that [HDS] deal with him [when the merger closes]," [ Bob Mannes, vice president of worldwide marketing and channel sales at Pillar] said. "We're excited about the ... opportunities of the whole Oracle-Sun deal. We'll have an opportunity to participate in that data center stack. We have better products than Sun. We will have a go-to-market outlet that we didn't have prior to this.

"Larry knows how to monetize technology," he added.

Analysis: Ellison's Pillar likely get new BFF with Oracle-Sun merger

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