Oracle also gets Sun's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product and desktop connection broker. So how far does Oracle want to go down this path? The desktop market is supposed to be the "next big thing" in the virtualization world, and since Oracle doesn't have a solution here, how big a factor could this have been in the acquisition? Or how big will it be?
Sun's desktop virtualization solution has also been getting a lot of eyes on it lately. VirtualBox, acquired from innotek, has proven itself to be quite the popular free and open-sourced desktop virtualization solution. What will become of it?
Most in the media will probably continue to focus their attention on the integration of the two companies on a high level around the hardware, the databases, the storage, and the operating system. Me? I'll be watching to see what happens with the virtualization offerings, of course.
The IBM acquisition of Sun has been in the news now for the last few weeks -- it is the Oracle acquisition news that comes on the eve of VMware's big April 21 announcement around their vSphere product. I'm sure VMware would have much preferred all eyes focused on their announcement, but while people continue to talk about the Oracle/Sun acquisition this week, I'm sure VMware and vSphere will get more than their fair share of the media coverage.