Oracle Layoffs September 2017: Nearly 2,500 Jobs Could Be at Stake

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Oracle Laid Off Hundreds at its Solaris Unit

The famous software company Oracle Corporation may be permanently killing its operating system, “Solaris,” which powers its servers. According to various comments posted on the online forum, Oracle laid off most of the Solaris unit employees on the Friday before Labor Day.

According to unofficial reports, around 2,500 employees working in the Solaris unit received pink slips. While the company hasn’t officially confirmed the news yet, there are a number of public comments by company insiders on Web forums and social media that confirm the job cuts.

One former Oracle employee, who worked as a senior developer for the Solaris division and got laid off in the company’s Reduction in Force (RIF) initiative, confirmed it in a Tweet.

The Solaris operating system runs on Oracle’s “SPARC” servers. Jointly, the operating system and servers marked Oracle’s entry into the hardware industry, which Microsoft Corporation and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) dominated.

Solaris and SPARC originated from Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in 2010. The $7.4 billion acquisition, however, soon turned out to be a dud. It looks like Oracle’s then-CEO Larry Ellison miscalculated IBM and Microsoft’s stronghold over the enterprise servers industry.

Oracle’s hardware unit faced serious survival challenges as it continued to face declining sales. We first heard rumors of Oracle’s plans to kill Solaris in January, when the company laid off about 450 employees from its Santa Clara, California hardware systems division.

The news of the layoffs followed after the company revealed its plans to cancel the next installment of the Solaris operating system,”Solaris 12,” and shift its focus to offering cloud solutions.

It’s worth noting here that a growing number of businesses are shifting toward cloud computing, where “Amazon Web Services” and Microsoft’s “Azure” are already fighting tooth and nail to take the biggest market share.

It appears that, for Oracle and its employees, the struggles will continue.


Oracle Cuts More Jobs in Its Hardware and Solaris Units,” Fortune, September 5, 2017.

Game over for Solaris and SPARC?,” Network World, January 23, 2017.