Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

8. The Battle for the Setting Sun
Jonathan Schwartz did his best to revive Sun Microsystems, but to no avail. In March, word slipped that IBM was in talks to buy Sun for $7.5 billion. The Sun acquisition by Big Blue quickly became the biggest game in the technology market, despite IBM’s repeated denials. After weeks of speculation, IBM withdrew from talks over a price dispute. While speculation ran wild that Sun would somehow revive talks with IBM, Oracle swooped in and picked up the company for a lower price. The European Union has held up completion of the deal as Sun reportedly bled more than $100 million a month, but it looks as though Oracle is finally going to clear that hurdle.

>> Oracle Buys Sun in Cash Deal, Gets Java and Solaris

>> IBM in Talks to Buy Sun Microsystems

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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