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McNealy: Sun, Oracle share same vision

Sun Microsystems chief Scott McNealy told OracleWorld attendees that Sun and Oracle share similar goals. He also took time to bash Michael Dell for claiming Sun spends too much on research and development.

SAN FRANCISCO -- During a keynote address Tuesday at OracleWorld, Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy took jabs at one of his company's chief competitors, while touting synergies between Sun and Oracle.

Addressing claims made Monday by Dell Inc. CEO Michael Dell that Sun is placing too much emphasis on research and development, McNealy said that he is satisfied with his company's $5.7 billion in research and development projects.

"So Dell basically claimed that R&D is overrated," McNealy said. "Let me say the choice is between heaven or Dell.

"We're working to develop a strong, seamless set of architectures that you can build on and actually deliver some solutions."

Addressing thousands of DBAs, IT managers and Oracle experts at a packed convention hall, McNealy continually touted Sun's 20-year relationship with Oracle.

"We are absolutely aligned in our vision," McNealy said of his relationship with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Mike Gilpin, an analyst with Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, said Sun and Oracle are researching ways to speed data transfer rates in a grid architecture.

"There is this emerging concept of the data grid, which says we have a distributed architecture and we have to make the location of data found as easy as possible," Gilpin said.

McNealy also slammed a trend among customers of building out systems in a piecemeal approach, saying that users were building "jalopies."

"If you built your own airplane, what kind of jalopy aircraft would you have using [parts from] 80 different suppliers?" McNealy asked. "Every one of you has gone out and created your own custom data center, instead of trying to get a full, complete system with low-cost components."


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