I kid you not: I had no non-disclosure/other vendor-supplied info in this context; it’s simply a pragmatic permutation, following Sun’s implosion – and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it come to fruition, if, as looks likely, increasing IBM scrutiny makes an IBM/Sun deal infeasible
Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are believed to have made a joint offer for Sun Microsystems in a deal totaling more than $2bn.
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.
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