One less company spouting Cloud Computing hyperbole. Not that there will be any less hot air, just a few less people doing it for a few weeks. At best.
We won’t have to look at the CEO thing that pops up every now and then looking like a Unix reject from the 1980’s, complete with a pony tail hairdo, who almost got the Miami Vice look, but didn’t leave the Unix look behind. Sad.
One less competitor in the Data Centre for Cisco. In fact, possibly the only one who has a chance to do something original in the next 24 months. By the time IBM decides to buy, or not buy, the damage will be done. It is clear that Sun is up for sale. Who wants to buy Sun Cloud Computing when they might be bought ?
And the number one thing about IBM buying Sun:
It going to wipe the smiles of the faces all those Solaris administrators who were firmly convinced that they lived in some magic bubble where their poo didn’t stink. Straight after IBM open sources Solaris and puts it on SourceForge your perception of your relative importance is really going to change. Frankly, you deserve IBM.
Yeah you, you supercilious pony tail wearing twat. Try laughing at Linux now funny boy.
IBM will buy Sun to get their professional services and engineers but mostly for access to their customers. Everything else will be sold off or open sourced. Sparc is dead:a parrot with 40 million volts though it. IBM might keep the storage, but they have plenty of options to sell it to Brocade who must be desperate for some ideas right about now. Brocade blew $3 billion on Foundry only to discover that the Cisco has moved further up the food chain. In fact they did Cisco a favour, removing a competitor from the market.
Sun isn’t relevant to many modern companies, only businesses who have legacy systems that run on Solaris or specialist applications that were developed years ago. Sure that’s a big group right now, but that doesn’t make it forward looking. That’s why the share price has tanked.