Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Apr 2009 11:53 UTC, submitted by tsedlmeyer
Oracle and SUN We've been debating the merits of a possible IBM-Sun deal for a while now, and even Sun itself seemed to be in the dark as to if it would be a good idea to be bought by IBM. These debates are now all moot: in a surprise move (at least, I didn't see any speculation about it) Oracle has bought Sun Microsystems, at USD 9.50 a share, which equates to a total of 7.4 billion USD. The news got out through a press release.
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by boblowski on Mon 20th Apr 2009 16:04 UTC
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Why is it that nobody mentions Java? IMHO that is the biggest reason for Oracle buying Sun. The rest is just icing on the cake. Oracle has a mature database platform, reasonable mature middleware, kind of mature developer tools, solid management tools, and now with Java control of the glue that holds everything together. Java is more important for Oracle than .Net is for Microsoft. Java is what brings together their collection of more or less independent technologies. And, just like with Microsoft's .Net technology, Oracle having control over Java means it has a structural advantage over any other competitor in the enterprise arena.

With Sun's assets on board, Oracle doesnt need to interoperate with anybody or anything anymore. (Which was never one of their big selling points anyway.) They now own everything for a wall-to-wall enterprise solution, for any price they fancy asking.

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