"Sun Microsystems's recent purchase of Cobalt Networks tells me
that somebody at Sun has his or her head screwed on right."
"...now that Sun has Cobalt, it doesn't matter whether Intel
catches up. If Intel has trouble matching Sun's hardware
performance, Sun will have built up Linux credibility -- based on
its Cobalt acquisition -- and it could start selling its
next-generation UltraSparc servers running Linux instead of
Solaris. Sun would keep its high margins, while endorsing the most
"And if Intel-compatible hardware takes over, the Cobalt
purchase gives Sun instant credibility in that market, too.
...Cobalt's machines aren't all based on Intel-compatible chips.
But Linux is the psychological link that will give Sun what it
needs. Cobalt hardware runs Linux, and people tend to equate Linux
with Intel. So any Linux credibility that Sun attains will
automatically make it an appealing supplier of Intel hardware."
"And the best news of all for Sun: regardless of how the
hardware picture develops, by purchasing Cobalt, Sun has implicitly
endorsed Linux and put yet another nail in Windows 2000's coffin.
This helps Sun eliminate the only threat that it can't fight
Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.