In an interview, Bill Laing says the sluggish economy probably accelerated merger discussions. As for Microsoft, a deal would mean both one fewer partner and one fewer rival.
NetApp's patent suit against Sun Microsystems could pose a challenging hurdle for Sun in its reported merger talks with IBM, reports American Lawyer's AM Law.com site.
Sun Microsystem's Sun Cloud Compute Service may be a very well-conceived open cloud service, but would an IBM acquisition let it execute?
Rival open-source efforts to simplify development of Java software are inching closer together in a quest to defeat a common enemy: Microsoft.
Sun will release its new top-end Unix server, code-named StarCat, on Sept. 26, and sources say IBM will release its rival "Regatta" machine less than a week later.
Sun Microsystems has sold a high-end E10000 computer to Oxford GlycoSciences, a drug development company that will use the machine to analyze the biological molecules linked to human diseases. OGS studies proteomics, the computing-intensive science of how genes produce complicated molecules called proteins. OGS is buying a giant storage network with 10 terabytes of capacity along with the computer, and the total deal was worth millions of dollars, a Sun spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, IBM's parallel effort to have its high-end hardware power genetics research took another step forward. An IBM computer at NuTec will be used by doctors at Emory University to predict the best treatment for cancer patients based on analysis of their genes, the company will announce Thursday.
Sun Microsystems offers to help one of its fiercest rivals in the server market undo a Linux marketing campaign that backfired.
Calling Red Hat the leading "open-source company" is no longer accurate as it overlooks much bigger contributors like IBM and, in particular, Google.
The top seller of Unix servers is forming a new business unit and a $100 million venture fund for the wireless market, but Big Blue is matching Sun's plans almost step for step.
Acquiring Sun would gives Oracle a powerful injection of new technology, but the sales pitch of integrated hardware and software has fallen on deaf ears so far.