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  • Imagine a world without Apple fanboys

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    But for an obstinate investment banker, today there might not be iPods, iPhones, iPads, according to two of the former chief executives of Sun Microsystems, which in 1996 was ready to buy Apple.
  • Information industry mergers, acquisitions up 36% in 2010

    Posted January 13, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    A new report on merger and acquisition activity in the information industry shows a 36 percent increase in both transaction volume and value in 2010.
  • Oracle shares jump after hours following strong Q2 earnings

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 7:55 pm

    Shares of Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) jumped more than 4 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the database giant reported impressive second-quarter earnings.
  • More (delightful) nastiness between Larry Ellison and HP

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 9:17 pm

    It's so sad when former business partners have a bitter falling-out. Unless, of course, you get to blog about it.
  • Sun to shed light on latest Java technologies

    Posted December 7, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    The company, which has been silent while waiting to be acquired by Oracle, will discuss Java EE 6 and other software on Thursday
  • Ellison: We won't spin off MySQL

    Posted September 22, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Oracle CEO urges approval of Sun acquisition, says Oracle's database does not compete with MySQL.
  • Oracle-Sun deal: VARs Positive

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Some early reports are coming in that VARs are on board with the Oracle-Sun deal. to date though, neither Sun nor Oracle has said much of anything about how the deal will affect the sales channel, but it seems to be welcome.

  • Oracle's Sun acquisition is a game-changer

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    I can't say that it was totally unexpected, but it did happen rather suddenly. The deal between IBM and Sun collapsed, and Oracle wasted no time in swooping in to pick up the pieces with a deal to acquire Sun for $9.50 a share, or about $7.4 billion. What is surprising is that the deal is really not that much more than what IBM was offering.
  • Clients focused on products, not rumors, Sun exec says

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    A Sun executive said customers are more focused on solving their IT problems than on acquisition rumors.
  • Doesn't anyone want to buy Sun?

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 11:16 am

    The talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems have broken down, and it looks like the $7 billion acquisition of Sun by IBM isn't going to happen. According to today's Wall Street Journal, Sun rejected the offer over the weekend, and terminated Sun's agreement to negotiate exclusively with IBM.
  • IBM, Sun unable to reach a deal, reports say

    Posted April 5, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Merger talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems were said to have broken down on Sunday, with the two companies unable to agree on the terms of a deal.
  • IBM looking at Sun as acquisition target

    Posted March 19, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    According to reports in the Wall Street Journal today, IBM is considering acquiring Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion. The competitors have long battled over the server market, and the acquisition could be a big coup for IBM on that front. At one time during the height of the dotcom boom, Sun was valued at $205 billion.
  • Open source may have a role in government

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 11:45 am

    The enormous economic stimulus plan known as the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" currently before Congress will no doubt filter down to the IT business in the form of government spending on a wide variety of tech-based programs.
  • Sun Bets Big on 'Open-Source Storage' Market

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:04 pm

    Building on 25 years of open system innovation and leadership, Sun announced its first open storage product line - 'Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems' radically simplifying the way enterprises manage their storage with breakthrough cost savings, speed and scale.
  • How will Sun's layoffs affect the channel?

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:11 am

    Last week, Sun Microsystems announced that it would lay off somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 employees, or about 15 to 18 percent of its workforce. It wouldn't surprise me if other big tech companies soon follow suit.
  • Top 10: Once again, worrisome financial news prevails

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 5:22 pm

    Start to finish, the week was full of news related to the sorry state of the global economy, with Sun capping things off by announcing it will cut thousands of jobs. Casting a little hopeful light on yet another week of dismal news was optimism from IT professionals who say that, unlike with previous downturns, they aren't being ordered to make drastic cuts.
  • Sun reorganizes, cuts up to 18 percent of workforce

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 10:21 am

    Sun is laying off 15 percent to 18 percent of its employees as part of a restructuring plan aimed at saving $700 million to $800 million a year, and its top software executive is leaving the company, Sun said Friday.
  • Sun slashes up to 18 percent of workforce

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 9:52 am

    Sun announced Friday that it will cut up to 18 percent of its worldwide workforce to curb costs in the face of tough economic times. Sun's board of directors approved a restructuring plan to slash costs by about US$700 million to $800 million annually, the company said in a statement.
  • Sun warns of revenue drop, big loss

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 8:27 pm

    Sun Microsystems on Monday warned of a big loss for the first quarter of its 2009 fiscal year, issuing preliminary results that also showed revenue falling.
  • Fujitsu readies eight-core Sparc64 chip

    Posted August 27, 2008 - 9:49 am

    Fujitsu is developing an eight-core version of its Sparc64 processor, which should give a performance boost to the Sparc Enterprise Servers that Fujitsu jointly develops with Sun Microsystems.
  • Dell gains, Sun loses in worldwide server market

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Dell posted the biggest gains in worldwide server revenue in the second quarter, helping it to nudge Sun Microsystems out of third place, Gartner said Thursday. IBM retained the top spot but had slower revenue growth than Dell, while Hewlett-Packard stayed in second place with hardly any growth at all, according to Gartner's estimates.

  • Sun close to releasing xVM Server

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Sun Microsystems has begun an early access program for its xVM Server hypervisor, a key component of its nascent virtualization product line, and intends to make a publicly downloadable version available within about a month, according to a blog post Thursday by Steve Wilson, vice president of xVM at Sun.
  • Sun calls for SSD companies to unite on standards

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 9:54 am

    Players in the solid-state drive industry need to unite and establish an umbrella organization that establishes standards that define the technology, like its performance, a Sun Microsystems executive said on Monday.
  • Sun says Q4 profit drops, warns of US economic downturn

    Posted August 1, 2008 - 12:53 pm

    Sun Microsystems' profit dropped sharply for its fourth quarter as the company warned that economic troubles in the U.S. would mean lower IT budgets and smaller deals.
  • Sun releases preview of JavaFX SDK

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Developers will be able to get their hands on a preview SDK (software development kit) for JavaFX as of Thursday, marking Sun's entry into the RIA (rich Internet application) framework wars.
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