This expanding battle will be fun to watch
IBM isn't ready to concede any ground. The Armonk, N.Y., company spent months putting together its own bid for Sun, which makes most of its money from computer hardware but also owns several popular software programs. As soon as Oracle announced its Sun deal, IBM began putting together a list of Sun's biggest customers and targeted them with special promotions.
Oracle recently unveiled its first joint product with Sun, a so-called database machine that combines Oracle's software for storing and organizing information with computers from Sun. Not to be deterred, IBM last week announced a similar product using its own hardware and database software.