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  • Ex-NZ Sun head leaves to join integrator

    Former Sun Microsystems country manager John Mazenier is one of five staff to have left the vendor to join NSC Group, an Australian-based integrator which is setting up two offices in New Zealand.

  • Sun shareholders file lawsuits over Oracle buy

    Sun Microsystems shareholders filed three separate lawsuits last month in an effort to halt the company's pending sale to Oracle, according to a filing Sun made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
    The suits, filed in Santa Clara County, California, superior court, name Sun, some of its officials and Oracle as defendants, according to the filing.
    All three actions are aimed at blocking the US$7.4 billion sale, alleging the price tag is "unfair and inadequate".
    They also allege "claims for breach of fiduciary duty against the individual defendants and for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty against the corporate defendants," the filing states.
    The defendants have yet to file answers to the complaints, according to Sun.
    Oracle announced its plans to buy Sun in April, after reported talks between IBM and Sun fizzled.
    An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment on the suits, but provided a statement saying that Sun had disclosed its potential violations of the FCPA prior to the acquisition agreement.
    More information about the lawsuits is available at various websites, including pr-inside.

  • Users are the losers as Oracle gobbles Sun

    Last Monday, we learned that the Sun might rise again. Oracle has decided to spend approximately US$7.4 billion (NZ$13.3 billion) to buy its longtime Silicon Valley neighbour. A combination of these two stalwarts, both instrumental in the rise of the northern California high-tech power base, would signal a regretful passing of a member of the old guard. But times change and Sun did not change with them (much as Digital, Compaq, SGI, Cray and others before it). The question is, why would Oracle, a company that has been gobbling up companies over the past few years (including Siebel, PeopleSoft and BEA), but with its own set of challenges, want to move into hardware — a commodity, cutthroat business? The answer is it probably doesn't — at least not directly. But this acquisition is attractive to both Oracle and Sun for different reasons, although it may not be so attractive to end-user organisations. Let's look at who gains through this acquisition, to see who the winners and losers might be.

  • Sun Sparc's future unclear under Oracle

    Oracle has stated it was Sun Microsystems' software business that made it want to buy the company, raising significant questions around the fate of Sun's hardware business, analysts say.

  • Oracle agrees to buy Sun for US$7.4 billion

    Oracle has signed a deal to purchase Sun Microsystems for US$7.4 billion, plunging the enterprise software vendor into the hardware market and making Sun the latest company to be subsumed by the Silicon Valley giant.

  • Sun's next step unclear after IBM talks break down

    After the apparent collapse of acquisition talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems, Sun faces a choice: continue looking for a buyer, change its management — or just keep plugging along as is.

  • Sun's future uncertain after talks with IBM break down

    The next step for Sun Microsystems, after its apparent failure to reach an agreement with IBM on an acquisition, is to continue looking for a buyer, change its management — or just keep plugging along and pretend that nothing ever happened.

  • Sun says future of servers is in SSDs

    Sun has revealed more about its plan to use solid-state drives in its servers, which it says will help customers to reduce energy costs and improve application performance in the datacentre.

  • Sun chief forges ahead as IBM rumours swirl

    In a speech on Wednesday, the CEO of Sun Microsystems ignored the rumours that the company may be sold to IBM, and focused instead on the business opportunities presented by cloud computing and open-source software.