Michael Dell speaks out on IBM/Sun deal

 

Dell founder and chief executive Michael Dell is reportedly in favor of the rumoured IBM/Sun merger.

At a briefing in Tokyo, Dell told reporters that he saw an "enormous opportunity" stemming from possibility of two of his company's biggest rivals in the enterprise server space.

Dell's optimism is said to stem from a belief that an acquisition by IBM could put Sun's Solairs server platform in doubt. Worries over the future Solaris could then drive more customers to Dell's own x86 server offerings rather than wait on word from Sun and IBM.

"I think this accelerates the migration and sends a lot of those accounts into an opportunity," Dell was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Dell's remarks come as IBM and Sun are said to be in the midst of acquisition talks. Reports have placed IBM's offer for Sun as high as $6.5 billion, though recent reports suggest that the two sides are far from striking a final deal.

If an IBM/Sun merger were to happen, such a deal would be likely to have its greatest impact in the server market, where Dell, IBM, Sun and HP are all battling for supremacy.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Michael Dell speaks out on IBM/Sun deal
 
 
 
Top Stories
Content, cost & constant innovation: How Foxtel plans to take on Netflix
Nell Payne inhabits the “brave new world of blue strings and networking”. Just don't ask her to put a TV screen on your microwave.
 
Westpac fires starting pistol on core banking upgrade
St George readies itself for move to Celeriti.
 
Sending in the drones
Margins are getting tighter in the industrial services industry, so Transfield Services' Stephen Phillips looks offshore - and to the skies - for the solutions he needs to keep pace.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  43%
 
No
  57%
TOTAL VOTES: 562

Vote