What bizarre comments so far
Where's the usual hi-grade wit from the commentariat? Oh I forgot, there's no Windows vs Linux angle.
Well, consider this: the day is fast approaching when your personal communications device does a whole bunch of communicating over IP - voice, instant messaging, presence and so on -- and stores scads of data about you in the cloud. It needs to talk to users on the same and on different networks, whether that's the PSTN or within an enterprise, or with suppliers etc. Someone needs to control those sessions. So there will be huge expansion in the session border controller market.
It's a smart move by Oracle and really nothing to do with them faffing around with databases or Oracle and everything to do with them gearing up to take on Cisco. I would expect them to go shopping for an application server next, with Broadsoft, Metaswitch and possibly Digium on the shopping list. They might want Broadsoft but settle for Metaswitch because the latter have irons in more fires than app servers. Or they might go the cheap route and buy Digium. At which point all the Asterisk devs better start looking over their shoulder and looking into how they can fork the codebase and run for the hills before Oracle does an OpenOffice/Jenkins/MySQL on them.