"It's the right strategy for them; what they're really selling is integration," said Joe Clabby, an analyst at Clabby Analytics.
But he also wondered whether developing microprocessors is still a viable pursuit for Oracle. " They just came off a bad quarter; how much longer can they keep investing in this?" Clabby asked.
Brookwood, however, said moving to a single chip design could save money and free up funds for investment in Sparc chip development. "Don't forget that Oracle sells a lot of software wrapped around these systems," he said.
Niccolai is a reporter with the IDG News Service.
This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.
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