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Old 03-04-09   #1
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IBM and Sun Merger - just around the corner!
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Finally, it appears that the Big Blue and Sun Microsystems will definitely undergo a merger after months of speculation. Last month it was hinted when the news of talks between the two corporate giants was out.

It is being rumoured that if the merger takes place, IBM will be shelling out $9.50 per share of Sun Microsystems, which was initially predicted to be priced at $10 or 11 before. Sun has settled for a value below $10, mainly because it's expecting stronger commitments from IBM, that it will complete the deal even if it has to face any regulatory scrutiny.

Sun Microsystem's decision has a lot of sense in it because, there is a high probability that Sun's StorageTek unit, which provides tape storage for mainframe computers will face some strong regulatory scrutiny once the merger is complete. The storage unit StorageTek was bought by Sun in 2005 for about $4, so once the merger is eminent a single company will be controlling vast majority of this market, which many of it's customers may not like.

This merger would give the new combined company a 65% share of the $17 billion Unix server market. These are the servers on which major companies, the government and others are currently relying for their most critical operations according to market researcher IDC.

Sun shares are currently trading at around $8.20, and they were sitting below $5 before rumors of the buyout started making the rounds. Newyork Times has reported that "people familiar with the discussions," have disclosed the merger news, so if NYT's sources are really correct, IBM and Sun may make an announcement about the deal as early as tomorrow !

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Re: IBM and Sun Merger just around the corner!

Holy sheepshit!
65% of the UNIX market share!
That's $11 billion!

Damn right, they're going to have to face scrutiny.
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oh I'll get more competition now. I'm on microsoft's side
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Re: IBM and Sun Merger just around the corner!

i can see why IBM was investing bigtime in j2ee all this time. i just don't want open jdk to be murdured. other related open source projects will be murdered deffo tho!

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i can see why IBM was investing bigtime in j2ee all this time. i just don't want open jdk to be murdured. other related open source projects will be murdered deffo tho!

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lol...you do make a valid point there
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