Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[2]: why?
by Bruno the Arrogant on Thu 19th Mar 2009 19:28 UTC in reply to "RE: why?"
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I think they would put an end to AIX and switch to Solaris/OpenSolaris. Having MySQL and Java in one's portfolio would be nice too ;)

Actually, I think a more likely scenario is that Solaris becomes the commodity offering on Intel, and AIX will remain the premium offering on Power. Sparc has been a moribund platform for a number of years, and it'll probably be phased out. Solaris already has a presence on Intel, and I expect that will likely be the platform that becomes it's new home, and where IBM will migrate Sun's existing customer base. Over time, you'll see most of Solaris's best features migrated to AIX.

As for ever seeing Solaris on Power, I doubt it. If there were any market for it, either IBM or Sun could have offered Solaris on Power already. Neither one of them has shown any interest, most likely because customers haven't asked for it.

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