Data Storage: Who Will Ride the IT M and A Wave Following Oracle-Sun?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-23 Print this article Print
Who Will Ride the IT M&A Wave Following Oracle-Sun?

Who Will Ride the IT M&A Wave Following Oracle-Sun?

by Chris Preimesberger
In the wake of the April 20 news that Oracle is swallowing Sun Microsystems for a net of $5.6 billion, talk on the street of subsequent mergers & acquisitions activity has begun to heat up. For some reasons, these deals sometimes come in waves, but the economy is the most significant factor. "We believe there is going to be more M&A activity in technology because valuations are depressed, and it is going to be difficult for many companies to grow in this economy. What will be interesting is how the transactions evolve," Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Brian Babineau told eWEEK. We've talked to industry vendors, channel folks and analysts, and we have aggregated their opinions here.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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