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IBM in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for at least $6.5B

By  Mar 18, 2009

Topics: Programming, Java, Web Services

Reuters reported this morning that IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems, which could "bolster their computer server products against rivals such as Hewlett-Packard Co."

Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and every Java newsletter I receive, reported this morning that IBM is in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems. The arguments for the acquisition focus on the fact that IBM and Sun both heavily support Java, they have complementary products, they both heavily support Linux, and they both provide non-Microsoft server solutions. When reviewing this potential acquisition, the majority of analysts focus on IBM's competitiveness with HP. HP acquired EDS last year, which gives it a potential advantage over IBM, and if IBM acquires Sun, it could better compete with HP.

The arguments against the acquisition site Sun's poor performance in recent years. The Reuters article quotes Jyske Bank Analyst Robert Jakobsen as stating:

"It makes sense in an industry consolidation view, but looking at Sun's performance over the last couple of years, it's not one of my top picks for IBM to buy," said Jyske Bank analyst Robert Jakobsen, speaking from Denmark.

What could this mean for Java? It could mean more cooperation across the Java industry with the two main corporate supporters becoming one. Or it could mean that Java would become too influenced by IBM. My opinion is that we would not see any immediate changes to Java because of the Java Community Process that drives changes to Java. The JCP allows all vendors to participate and voice their opinions on changes to Java. But I'm not sure what would happen to NetBeans.

How do you see this acquisition as potentially impacting Java?

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