Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are believed to have made a joint offer for Sun Microsystems in a deal totaling more than $2bn.Lo que está claro, es lo oscuro del futuro de Sun. En épocas difíciles, las estrategias de negocios están bajo fuego.
Under the deal, database giant Oracle would have taken Sun's software portfolio for $2bn, leaving HP with Sun's vast Solaris, Sparc, and x86 server products, manufacturing and distribution, and user base.
A potential deal between the three is understood to have been blocked by IBM, in the middle of talks to buy the whole of Sun for a reported $6.5bn.
Oracle, HP, and Sun declined to comment on what they called rumors, while IBM was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.
A source, who didn't want to be identified, told The Reg that Oracle and HP had gone in to meet Sun to discuss the possible deal.
It's already been reported that Sun had been shopping itself around Silicon Valley, with HP named as a potential buyer.
This, though, is the first indication that HP had teamed with Larry Ellison's M&A beast Oracle - which has bought 50 companies in four years - to take only what they wanted from Sun. At $2bn, this would have been one of Oracle's large purchases, slotting behind PeopleSoft and BEA Systems.
Oracle and Sun parted ways on Java and on databases on Sparc a while back, partly thanks to Sun's $1bn purchase of the popular open-source database MySQL.
Of all Sun's software products, Oracle is likely to be most interested in owning this.
martes, marzo 31, 2009
Gavin Clarke, en The Register, agrega otra faceta a la ronda por el futuro de Sun: la propuesta de compra de IBM habría bloqueado una compra de Sun por parte de Oracle y Hewlett-Packard, desmembrada en dos negocios: la cartera de software para Oracle, y el hardware para HP. El negocio representaba "más de 2000 millones de dólares". La oferta de IBM por más del doble habría congelado la operación: