Other Suitors for Sun Following IBM Deal Breakdown?

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-04-07 Print this article Print

With Sun Microsystems and IBM reportedly breaking off acquisition talks, what's next for Sun? Are there other suitors waiting in the wings?

 Not according to Bernstein Research's senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi, who says there are no other likely suitors to step in if IBM completely walks away from the deal.

"[Sun] approached most logical buyers several months ago, with IBM being the most interested," says Sacconaghi, in a brief report issued following the news that talks between Sun and IBM had broken down. 

"While we believe that HP makes the most sense given its cost focus, physical proximity to [Sun] (leading to more facile facilities consolidation), and more complementary product lines (HP is not as strong as IBM in Unix), the company appears fully focused on its acquisition of EDC, and a coincident deal to acquire Sun may prove to be overly distracting.

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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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