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IBM Buying Sun Challenges

By John | March 18, 2009

This morning I woke up to a flurry of tweets regarding the WSJ announcement of IBM buying Sun for $6.5 billion.  As I followed many of the tweets regarding this mega-deal I started picking up some of the interesting challenges the two companies might face.  Here is a list of what I have so far (not based on importance)…

I am sure there are a lot more I havn’t thought of.  Please feel free to laeve a comment and I will periodically update the list.

Topics: ibm, sun | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “IBM Buying Sun Challenges”

  1. Jason Meiers Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    that is a suprise. i think it would work out best for both of them. ibm already has a large component of good open source i.e DB2-C express and WebSphere Community Edition as well as excellent commercial software and hardware stack. i think they would complement each other especially at that price considering the annual revenue at $90B where $6.5B would be a steal, in this economy you could even offer them $2B.

    it would also solve alot of interoperability challenges for developers.

    SUN JDK and IBM JDK in one shop who is there to compete with? Microsoft JDK?

  2. Jason Meiers Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 8:43 am

    need to add one more thing about IBM owning 100% of the power high availability server market AIX and SPARC.

    if they do get sun please let them know to remove zones for solaris that isnt working out to well for customers.

  3. Ian Yip Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t mean to be pedantic, but the Identity and Access Management point should be “SIM/OpenSSO/SDS vs. TIM/FIM/TAM/TDS” :-)

  4. John Says:
    March 18th, 2009 at 1:00 pm


    Thanks for the update….


  5. Kris Buytaert Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    ZFS vs GPFS :)

  6. John Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 7:50 am


  7. Levan Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    how can you compare GlassFish vs. Websphere ? …

    it should be Geronimo vs GlassFish