Friday, March 27, 2009
Blue Sun - a Reality?
IBM (aka "Big Blue") is reported to be entertaining the notion of buying Sun Microsystems - to the point of being "in talks" with them.
This has set a lot of people's hair on fire recently.
From my perspective - any economic downturn will herald corporate consolidation. It happens because it needs to happen from an economic point of view. There are overlapping product-lines from both companies competing for the same markets. AIX vs. Solaris, WebSphere vs. GlassFish, DB2 vs. MySQL, etc..
In the long term I do not think it will be good for the customer since prices will inevitably go up while development slows.
It may be good for Java - since both companies have a serious stake in it's success.
But the burning question on my mind is - will they re-brand the companies to something new?