Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 44

Thread: IBM Buying Sun?

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    305

    Default IBM Buying Sun?

    This new just came out today, and while it isn't verified by either party from what I've read the rumors are growing. There is much overlap between the two companies, but at the same time each company has many well known offerings that have no competitor in the other's lineup. These two companies merging would be huge for me, as I use both company's tools on a daily basis (IBM's out of necessity and Sun's out of choice). While I'm very excited about this merger happening, I hope that the overlap between offerings ends up with the best product being offered instead of offering something just because it has more backing from the upper management, more market share, or some other lesser reason. At least in the case of many of Sun's better products they are open source, so those products aren't going anywhere.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    772

    Default

    I can imagine IBM positioning SPARC as the "open source" CPU option with a broader range of consulting/customization services for smaller customers while keeping PowerPC around for bigger customers... maybe wishful thinking, but it will be interesting to see what happens in any case.

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
    I can imagine IBM positioning SPARC as the "open source" CPU option with a broader range of consulting/customization services for smaller customers while keeping PowerPC around for bigger customers... maybe wishful thinking, but it will be interesting to see what happens in any case.
    That's a really interesting viewpoint to have...

    Of course, where things could get really interesting is IBM shipping boxes equipped with Niagara, Cell, AND Opteron's in one motherboard package. Would be a dynamite integrated server for small office / home offices, capable of handling any task. Given that Opteron + Cell is a reality now, as RoadRunner proved, I don't think it's that much of a stretch to add another architecture into the mix.

    Of course, the only operating system architecture of harnessing that power is... Linux / Unix. Can you imagine the sweat beads such a combination would be giving Microsoft?

    Wishful thinking as well, but IBM's shown they aren't stupid, so if they did pick up Sun, I can see that integration occuring shortly afterwards.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,353

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
    I can imagine IBM positioning SPARC as the "open source" CPU option with a broader range of consulting/customization services for smaller customers while keeping PowerPC around for bigger customers... maybe wishful thinking, but it will be interesting to see what happens in any case.
    The only thing I want to say here is that, of these two architectures, PowerPC is far more open than Sparc. PPC has been customized for dozens, maybe hundreds of unique loads. Sparc has not. IBM uses it's Fishkill FAB to manufacture custom PPC chips for many different companies. Sparc doesnt come any were near PPC's level of variety. Also as an advanced architecture PPC has a much brighter future then Sparc.

    Personally I would absolutely love to see PPC replace x86 as the desktop chip of choice

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    772

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by duby229 View Post
    The only thing I want to say here is that, of these two architectures, PowerPC is far more open than Sparc.
    Historically, that's been true. I'd argue that the situation changed a bit when Sun released the OpenSPARC T1 source.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Linuxland
    Posts
    5,185

    Default

    I've wanted the Niagara ever since it was announced *drool*
    But, sparcs just aren't available. Or affordable

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Posts
    323

    Default

    GPL ZFS? Why, yes!

    You know, because we really need more filesystems in the Linux kernel.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    233

    Default

    Wyatt, oh, yes, you are right! ZFS! DTrace! GPL! Would be very good! Who knows... So many things Sun has..

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Connecticut,USA
    Posts
    964

    Default

    IBM and Sun would be quite a powerhouse indeed. HP would also be sweating considering the powerful hardware a combined Sun/IBM could put out. Certainly Microsoft will feel a lot of heat as well. IBM definitely has a long and storied history of putting out some astounding hardware, and so did Sun.

    IBM could definitely put out some really powerful servers that are within reach of small companies
    Last edited by DeepDayze; 03-20-2009 at 06:34 PM.

  10. #10

    Default What about OpenOffice?

    AFAIK Sun is the major sponsor of OpenOffice.org. What would happen to its development if Sun gets bought out? I've been a little worried about what might happen since Sun's market has been crunched by Linux. Would this be good or bad for OOo?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •