LinuxWorld: Why Sun really bought Cobalt
Sep 30, 2000, 15:27 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)
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"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
- ZDNet UK: Sun considers ditching Linux [on Cobalt server appliances](Sep 29, 2000)
- AllLinuxDevices: Analysis: Sun sees a future in server appliances(Sep 29, 2000)
- In Context: Sun's "Linux Strategy" -- What Is It?(Sep 28, 2000)
- NewsForge: Sunset for Cobalt?(Sep 27, 2000)
- ZDNet UK: Sun grabs Cobalt appliances [& Cobalt details next-gen Qube & Raq](Sep 22, 2000)
- Upside: Sun-Cobalt deal boosts confidence in Linux sector(Sep 22, 2000)
- TechWeb: Sun, Cobalt Deal Puts Linux In Spotlight(Sep 20, 2000)
- eWeek: Sun snaps up Cobalt Networks for $2B(Sep 19, 2000)
- Techweb: Sun Needs To Warm Up To Linux, Analyst Says(Sep 06, 2000)