IBM and Sun: Good for Unix and Linux, Bad for HP?
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IBM is reportedly in talks to acquire Sun for a whopping $6.5 billion. At this early stage, its not known whether this is a fact or just a rumor.
But just for the sake of argument, let's consider what a powerhouse IBM Sun would be. In my opinion, it would be a boon to both the Unix and Linux markets.
Between the two of them, they control two-thirds of the Unix market with AIX and Solaris. They also control a large portion of the big server market, with IBM's POWER and Sun's (NASDAQ: JAVA) SPARC architectures. The only company in the Unix space that effectively competes against Sun and IBM is HP, so as a result, an IBM-Sun combo would be a major challenge.