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Sun's Kick in the Shins

Sep 15, 2009, 23:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Sun's in the dirt because of uncertainty surrounding its acquisition by Oracle: There's a big question mark hanging above Sun's hardware business and, to an extent, its Solaris operating system. Assuming the Oracle-Sun deal does eventually go down, after those pesky officials at the European Commission complete their investigation, no one knows for sure exactly what Oracle will end up doing with them. A future in which the acquisition doesn't actually take place is unlikely, but for Sun's customers it's too ghastly to think about.

"So it's not surprising IBM and HP have been doing their best to entice Sun's user base to embrace certainty by switching to IBM or HP servers — especially given the difficult trading conditions in the server market. IBM is currently running a "SUN-SET Special" (very droll) as part of its Power Rewards server and storage migration program to get Sun punters to make a switch. HP — with somewhat less drollery but with the same malevolent intent toward Sun — has the rather cryptic message "We've Got Your Back" with its Sun Complete Care transitioning program."

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