The Impact of Oracle-Sun
An in-depth analysis of the $7 billion-merger reveals its potential to reshape the IT vendor ecosystem.
By Bruce Guptill, Saugatuck Technology
In the early hours of April 20, Oracle Corp. announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems for $9.50 per share. The announced price was slightly more than the $9.40 per share that IBM was said to have offered Sun earlier in April. The $7.4B deal values Sun at approximately 50 cents on the revenue dollar.
We cannot emphasize this enough: Oracle buying Sun changes the shape of the IT industry, in effect creating a new, full-line hardware, software and services Master Brand - the first since the merger of Sperry and Burroughs to create Unisys. The IT landscape will be forever changed as a result.
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