Here Comes the Sun

By Jessica Davis  |  Print this article Print

From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Here Comes the Sun
First the rumors were flying that IBM was going to buy Sun, creating a juggernaut of IT hardware and software. But when the deal fell apart it looked like the sun was about to set on the once celebrated Silicon Valley icon.

Not so fast, said Oracle. The world’s second largest software company quickly announced a deal to buy the embattled Sun for $7.4 billion in cash. Seven months later that deal is still pending, held up by European Commission objections. Should it go through, this deal would create a giant vendor offering a vertically integrated stack for the data center world—from application software to database software to operating system to hardware.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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