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Mar 20 2009   12:57PM GMT

Mainframers’ reactions to an IBM-Sun merger possibility

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Here are some mainframers’ reactions to the possibility of IBM buying Sun Microsystems:

“I don’t see the synergy at all. Maybe in the  roll out we’ll see more. From an end user perspective it’s like merging matter  and anti-matter. Which is which is open for debate.”

“I do see the synergy. When I read (and wrote) of the Sun Grid offering some years ago, the big question was – are we going back to centralized computing?”

“I have a biased view of the market.  Don’t many shops have Sun and IBM on the floor with no mutual annihilation?  At least all the library and VSM customers I’m concerned with have IBM on the floor. I wonder what that would do for Solaris on z?”

“I periodically mention an old meeting at the Palo Alto Science Center about a proposal to do Sun machine product (by the people that would go on to form Sun). there were (at least) three different internal groups that claimed that what they were doing was better … and so IBM declined to do Sun product. Note also that in the past decade or so, SUN had acquired STK (Storage Tek) … mainframe clone storage group.”

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