Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Oracle may buy a chip maker to get into hardware

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Fri September 24, 2010

After acquiring Sun, silicon makes sense

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has indicated he may acquire a chip maker to bolster the company's long-term position, despite its ranking as the third largest software manufacturer in the world. Following Oracle's acquisition of Sun earlier this year for $7.4 billion, Oracle is branching out from developing database management software, and is now also competing in the high-end server market. Recent years have had Sun using off-the-shelf x86 processors and struggling to compete against alternatives.

Despite a weak economy, Oracle posted a 25 percent increase in software sales this year, well above expectations, and is also set to invest a further $4 billion in research and development over the next fiscal year. The acquisition of a semiconductor firm would help Oracle deliver corporate customers a complete end-to-end solution for managing all their hardware and software technology backbones.

The timing would capitalize on an emerging trend towards cloud computing and away from a desktop-heavy focus. To address the opportunity, Oracle has previously rolled out new software packages such as Exalogic to better help companies manage cloud services.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News