The Wall Street Journal reports that IBM is in talks to buy Sun for $7 billion dollars. I don’t know Sun’s numbers, but $7 billion seems a bit low to me considering the $1 billion dollar Sun purchase of MySQL AB.
In the comments section, Richard Gordon said this:
All I know as a former IBM employee is that they have been in talks before and nothing happened. Plus get ready for huge layoffs if the deal does happen. IBM pSeries boxes have been kicking Sun’s butt for a while now, and the costs of maintaining 2 operating systems, or merging them together will drag on earnings and customers buying for some time. You also risk the loss of many customers to HP if/when the losing operating system is declared.
Considering the previous layoffs, this would be some more bad news for the economy indeed. Maybe not so bad for the MySQL side of the business to have the Big Blue Sun selling it though.