Some quick thoughts.
Yesterday Oracle announced it’s first database appliance for th SMB market.
Before this, it had already its Exadata and Exalogic appliances for the big environments.
During the presentation Oracle has also indicated that it want’s to continue delivering new appliance products and apparently is no longer interested in selling “commodity” x86 servers.
Symantec has also been busy with appliances for Netbackup.
For some time now, we have seen that the big players in the IT market are leaving their historical background and are trying to offer the complete stack from software over switches to storage. Is this offering of appliances the next step?
Will we see more and more applications offered as appliances?
If so, what will this mean for the independent system integrators?
Also, as these appliances seems to use their own dedicated storage, what does this mean for the SAN?
(I know of some people who will not mourn there decline).