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IBM Sun acquisition: Good for Unix and Linux. Bad for HP

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| IBM is reportedly in talks to acquire Sun for a whopping $6.5 billion. At 
| this early stage, its not known whether this is a fact or just a rumor. 
| But just for the sake of argument, let's consider what a powerhouse IBM Sun 
| would be. In my opinion, it would be a boon to both the Unix and Linux 
| markets.  


Sun's Network Innovations (3 of 4)

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| I've only touched on two of the three opportunities opened by mass adoption. 
| And with that as a teaser, I invite you to return for the final blog entry, 
| talking about what might be the most valuable of them all - a market enabled 
| by the innovations described above, and set to transform the entire 
| marketplace. Embodying the phrase, The Network is the Computer.     


Sun breaks through the clouds

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| I guess by first that means if you don't include Sun Grid or its kicker, 
| Network.com, which was aimed at developers and startups as far as I can 
| remember as well as corporations looking to offload some Solaris work to 
| Linux or Solaris machines (that was the Sun Grid) and then only Solaris (that 
| was Network.com).    


Sun begins new push into cloud services market

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| This will be Sun's second attempt at on-demand computing services. A few 
| years ago it launched the Sun Grid Compute Utility, where companies 
| could "rent" computing cycles on an hourly basis. The service attracted few 
| customers and Sun stopped signing up new ones last year, though it said it 
| will continue to support them for now.     



loud computing on the horizon

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| Speaking at the Structure 08 conference here, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg
| Papadopoulos predicted that by the beginning of 2010 the majority of systems
| sold would be for Web, high performance computing and software-as-a-service
| applications. "We are going through this phase change in computing in a big
| way," he said. He made a similar prediction last year.
| Papadopoulos also advocated a free market in which all interfaces and formats
| are based on open standards; customers own their data, relationships, and
| metadata; and customers can extract, synchronize or purge their data
| unilaterally. This echoes recent efforts to promote openness and data
| portability.


Harnessing the power of 'clouds'

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| It is not unusual to find the computer you bought only a couple of years ago
| cannot handle the very latest software, but there could be an answer to the
| problem so long as you are connected to the internet.

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