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.
"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.