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Benjamin Mestrallet on rumors about Java
Interviewer: Hi. Tell me, what do you think are the threats to Java at this point?
Benjamin Mestrallet: There was a lot of noise and threat about Java, these days, about the suit that Oracle made against Google. The point was also, Google said, "Oracle is not suing us. Oracle is suing the community, the open source community," and a lot of people were thinking, "What's going to happen to Java?" Regarding that point, I think that Oracle is doing a good job. They're very strong economically. They can really assist in the development of Java and a good strategic direction for it. The keynotes and Thomas Kurian, is really a great guy, a smart guy. The entry point where they continue to manage ClassFish, to have a CBM, which can be open source, also. That's really smart. Then, for IN[SP] Enterprise, they will have their commercial offering. That's something [where] they are strong and they have the money to invest in that stuff. So, I do think that for the midterm, or even short midterm, Java is in good hands now.
The biggest issue is how it's going to go to the next step, and the next step is the Cloud. You see companies like VMware and Red Hat. They manage cloud at the VM level. But companies like Salesforce or even Google with app engines, that started to do platform as a service at the application level. So, we will need a more efficient GDM to be able to manage multitenancy at the application server level and there are companies that are at work on those kinds of things, cloud [bees], but also us with our web online ID that will close to deploy applications and deploy applications in the cloud. That's really, for me, the big threat for Java. Those large companies, Oracle, including IBM, they need to start to think about how they will be able to manage cloud at the application level and not only at the VM level. But, I have good hope for it and we're working on it.