If IBM buys Sun, look for more tech layoffs

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.

2 responses to “If IBM buys Sun, look for more tech layoffs

  1. If it happens and layoffs follow whatever folks do they can’t give up. We all can’t work for Big Blue or Sun. Try a few of About.com’s top job sites.

    http://www.linkedin.com (networking for professionals)
    http://www.indeed.com (aggregated listings)
    http://www.realmatch.com (matches you to the perfect jobs)

    For those looking, good luck!

  2. IBM buying Sun is sooo last century. With Sun out of gas, who cares if IBM buys the company or it “winds down” like DEC. Doesn’t IBM have something innovative to do with all that money – like Apple and Google have? Read more at http://www.ThePhoenixPrinciple.com

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