Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Dark Clouds over Sun Deal

When I first reported that IBM was eyeing Sun in a $6 billion-plus deal, I thought it was a terrible idea. There are too many competing architectures, too much overlap, and Sun would lose its role as one of the last of the big innovators.

Apparently, at least a few people agree, including analyst Dana Gardner (who, like me, used to write for InfoWorld). Gardner sees IBM's only motivation as market share. In my opinion, you're better off building rather than buying market share, which is why I was so against Microsoft buying Yahoo.

On the other hand, Sun's shareholders were huge fans of the deal (at least in the middle of the week) as their stock nearly doubled.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/20/2009 at 1:16 PM


Featured

  • What's Behind Microsoft's Sudden Teams Push?

    As Skype for Business slowly gets phased out and Slack's enterprise dominance becomes less of a sure thing, the time is right for Microsoft to focus its marketing energies on its upstart collaboration tool.

  • Microsoft Releases PowerShell 7 Preview 3

    Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the PowerShell 7 Preview 3 scripting solution is now available.

  • SQL Server 2019 Release Candidate Now Available

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced the release of SQL Server 2019 release candidate (RC).

  • Confidential Computing Consortium Formed To Protect Processed Data

    A new Confidential Computing Consortium was announced on Wednesday by the Linux Foundation to boost the security of processed data.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.