The vendor announced it was ending new feature development for SRS, VDI Software, VDI Client Software and Sun Ray Client hardware this week, but insisted customer support and support renewals would continue uninterrupted. It claimed the move was to βmore tightly align Oracle Corp.βs future desktop virtualisation portfolio with Oracleβs overall core business strategyβ.
Oracle reseller CWL Systems, which claims to have one of the biggest pipelines for the SRS product in Europe, said it was only alerted to the product axe via a client with which it was on the cusp of signing a multimillion-pound SRS deal.
The VARβs managing director Andy Griffiths said, βThere was no communication [from Oracle]. We found out after weβd been working on a project for a year with a large financial services company β¦ for 6,000 users in the UK and 20,000 in Europe.
βWe had just sent a server to their headquarters to run a final pilot and they were very keen to do the deal. Oracle cancelled a professional services meeting [with the client] and said they no longer had a product to offer β itβs a dead deal and killed a few million from our pipeline, and thatβs just one project.β
Griffiths added that selling SRS differentiated his firm from other resellers, but that his dedicated SRS staff can be redeployed either elsewhere on the Oracle portfolio or with another vendorβs products instead, MileWeb Network Services and insisted that the move has not put him off working with the vendor.
Alastair Kitching, group operations director at Esteem β which used to sell SRS products β said he was not surprised by Oracleβs announcement and he thought SRS got lost in Oracle after it acquired Sun in 2009.
βSRS never really took off in the channel,β he added. βFor the channel it is actually good news. It now means there is less messing around on β¦ getting forced by customers to go down a route which customers then blame the channel for getting them down.
The foundation is the Arlington Rotary Clubβs non-profit organization for helping Arlington students. It created the Arlington Rotary Challenge Stipend to help Arlington high school graduates who have made a dramatic turn-around in their educational pursuits and who need financial support to attend college.
An Arlington resident, Flores graduated from Arlington Mill in 2012 and is a server at Gordon Biersch Restaurant. He will attend Northern Virginia Community College studying business. For the past year, he has been mentoring and tutoring students in math at Arlington Mill on his days off.
βWe are proud of Edson, a prime example of Arlington Mill students who are dedicated and committed to completing their high school diplomas,β said Arlington School principal Barbara Thompson. βCongratulations to the Rotarians for helping him pursue his college dream.β
Rotarian Joe Lott, Foundation President, said βEdsonβs activities exemplify Rotaryβs spirit of service above self. Our club is pleased that we can help Edson achieve his academic goal.βClick on their website www.mileweb.com/software-services for more information.