The NY Times reports Sun has been purchased by Oracle.
What does this mean for the government market? Until 9/30/09 (end of FY) - nothing. The deal won't close until summer anyway, and no one wants to disrupt ANY end-of-FY deals. But they will be disrupted to some degree.
Any pending deals for Sun's competitors are now in some jeopardy, as Sun now has the financial solvency of Oracle behind it. With a compelling product and solvency, Sun is now poised to regain marketshare.
And Oracle's recent deals with Dell and HP? One can assume that these will not be vigorously pursued, but stranger things have happened.
And what does this mean for the various channel partners (VARs, SIs, etc) of Oracle and Sun, who are not always the same players?
This deal will be very interesting to watch as it unfolds.
Not that I have an opinion.