There are rumours on IBM aquiring Sun Microsystem for $6.5B. Is it going to change things around for people? I have some predictions

1.  IBM offering MySQL to smaller companies

IBM already  have DB2, Cloudscape, solidDB, Informix. But, most are targeted at enterprise customers. By purchasing MySql, IBM can use that as a step towards their database offering for smaller companies.

2. Nothing will happen to Java

Java is in the hands of the JCP.And we hope it will not change anything around there. But I am not sure about upcoming stuff like JavaFX and SWT. IBM likes java a lot but I dont think there will be IBM JAVA coming out.

3. Open Source will be more enterprisy

I expect a lot more open source marketing coming out of the merger. A lot more work for Sun community.  But , also, a much higher fee for services built over open source stacks. I don’t expect much from the company that invest in their own version of unix (AIX).

4. Some Sun Products may be Canned

Solaris; Netbeans; Glassfish; MySQL; Open Office;   I think there is a price to be paid especially in big mergers and consolidations where people who take decisions are least bothered about the users. IBM and Sun have got a lot of common products in their stacks. I expect some products get canned.

5. Cloud Computing is the next buzzword

It already is. But expect some more fuel. Sun recently announced Sun Cloud Services and Sun Cloud Compute Service .   With Amazon being the leader and other biggies like Google and Microsoft working on this, Sun Backed by IBM might come up with something more interesting especially with lot of open source projects they already have. Now you know one keyword which should be there in your resume – Cloud Computing.

6. Processor

Sun’s SPARC or IBM’s PowerPC ? Any Guesses ?

7. Application Server

I don’t like websphere. I hope it doesn’t become the default application software.

8.  Industries

IBM would like to have some control over financial services industry where Sun is pretty Strong.

Overall , I think Sun require IBM for cash-flow and reach for their OSS initiatives. After months of knocking on doors at HP and Dell , I think Sun might have found someone.

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