As I am catching up on my reading after the Olympics, I came across an interesting overview of what the Oracle Sun merger could mean to the Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing space.  Stephen Swoyer at TDWI wrote the following article entitled "Analysis: What Oracle-Sun Means for BI and DW" which you can read at  The idea of the data warehouse appliance is very powerful as can be seen by what Teradata and Netezza have been doing and now with what Oracle is doing.  I am wondering if Oracle will also come out with a BI appliance.  Kind of makes sense that this could be a next step for them.