Star International ICT boss terms Oracle-Sun merger “a big concern”

The ICT manager of the UAE’s Star International School (SIS) has called into question the value of the merger

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  May 18, 2009

The ICT manager of the UAE’s Star International School (SIS) has called into question the value of the proposed $7.4 billion merger between database specialist Oracle and systems provider Sun Microsystems.

John Nash – formerly of Sharjah’s Scholars International School – has championed the adoption of open-source technologies in the educational vertical and has just completed the installation of another set of Sun thin clients using VMware at SIS’s Umm Al Sheif location.

“I don’t understand what Oracle want out of Sun Microsystems. They either want to branch into doing servers themselves – which would be very surprising as they’ve been partners with HP for such a long time. I think they would end up in very deep water as they have got such a very good partnership with HP,” he told ACN.
“Or are they after the technology that Sun has with its thin client systems and virtualisation? They’ve already got their indestructible Linux with Red Hat as their back end. It’s a big concern to see where they want to go with this,” continued Nash.

Despite the confusion over the future of Sun Microsystems, Nash believes that support for his implementations will be unaffected by the merger: “No, I don’t think that Sun Microsystems will disappear as a service provider or that support will change.”

For his pioneering work with virtualisation at Scholars International School, Nash was named one of ACN’s IT Managers of the Year in 2009.

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