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Earlier this week Silicon Graphics was purchased by Rackable systems for 25mill.  It also looks like Sun will be gobbled up to the tune of 7 Billion next week by IBM and Twitter the social tool could be purchased by Google.  Recessions are very interesting times!

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It is reported that IBM are in talks to purchase SUN Microsystems.  I had blogged about the possibility of Dell buying them a few months ago.  At that time I looked into buying SUN stock because it was so low, wish I had enough cash at the time because their stock price has gone up 60% today!  Would have made a killing.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting “people familiar with the matter,” reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy Sun for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company’s closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment.

So what do I think about the deal?   I think it’s a good match, IBM have long been supportive of open source technologies and there will be good overlap for both companies.  IBM has a lot to gain from SUN’s intellectual property and it will now have a lot more access to SUN’s telecom & finance customers.  I do think there will be big clashes in the cultures between the two companies, only time will tell though how they will all fit together.

I wonder what will happen to the products they both have that compete against each other.  If IBM kept sun would they ditch Sun Grid Engine and keep LoadLeveler?  It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few years if they merge.  Another possibility is that Cisco may aquire them but with recent announcements that Cisco is getting into the blade market I don’t see that happening.

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Sun’s plan of zero data centers by 2015 is very ambitious but achievable, instead of having their data centres down they hall they’ll be a few miles away. Sun has realized that by outsourcing their datacentre management it is cheaper than having themselves manage it. Their biggest challenges they will face is migration is their current data and practices to this new platform and developing the tools to do this. Currently the tools are not here yet to do this but they are taking a gamble that within 7 years they should be able to do this. I’m sure virtualization will be a standard by then and software as a service will be the norm. With virtual machines becoming very stable and reliable they will have eliminated the problem of having to walk into the room and reset a machine. Which other than swapping out dead hardware is probably their only physical need to have the machine in a reachable location.

There are some other interesting write ups on this at the following blogs from Nick Carr and at InsideHPC.com

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