What will IBM gain by buying Sun? Today, under Jonathan Schwartz’s leadership, I think Sun’s more of a software company than a Unix server and workstation firm.IBM could benefit from taking over Java and OpenOffice. I’m not too sure where the hardware fits. OK, IBM will increase its market lead by about 9%. But it already has the Power family of risc processors. It doesn’t need Sparc, nor does it need another family of Unix servers and workstations.
Sun’s customers could benefit from the massive global support and stability IBM can offer, but I fear Sun’s innovative culture may drown in Big Blue culture.