The news comes almost exactly a month after IBM reportedly made its own offer for Sun, in a deal from which Sun ultimately walked away. The Wall Journal reported that Sun officials felt that IBM's offer of $9.40 per share had been too low. On a conference call announcing the deal this morning, Oracle president Safra Catz was bullish saying that it would provide a greater per-share contribution than Oracle's acquisitions of BEA, PeopleSoft and Siebel combined.
Sun certainly brings valuable assets to the table: open source products such as MySQL, the Solaris OS, and the Java language that gives Sun its NASDAQ stock symbol, as well as its core hardware business. Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison said that Sun's Java and Unix environments make it a leader. "One of the reasons Oracle is so successful is that we buy companies that are No. 1," he said in a statement.
The deal is expected to close this summer, pending approval by regulators and by Sun's shareholders and board.
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