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Sun Launches 'Open Cloud' as Merger Rumors Swirl

Mar 18, 2009, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open Storage has been one of Sun's bright spots, with sales growing 21 percent in the fourth quarter. But with IBM looming as a potential suitor, as the Wall Street Journal reported today, what could a merger mean for Sun's Open Storage efforts — and its storage business in general?

""If IBM were to buy all of Sun, I highly doubt that IBM would pursue the Open Storage strategy, as IBM takes a more capitalistic approach to technology by charging for the value it brings to customers," said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Brian Babineau.

"But Illuminata analyst John Webster said IBM could see value in Sun's open source strategy. "Sun's Open Storage would be a positive addition to IBM's disk portfolio," he said."

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