IT consultant, Lee Curtis told CRN, Oracle's decision to acquire Sun for US$7.4 billion was a much needed boost for the vendor.
"Someone needed to do it," he said.
"Sun was struggling and there have been redundancies made globally.
"I have friends and colleagues that found themselves out of jobs a couple of weeks ago."
Curtis said the vendor started moving down the server/storage line six month ago, starting with a HP partnership.
"[Oracle] is a massive force and it's a good deal for the vendor," said Curtis.
"It's one of the big guys in town and CIOs know its name."
Curtis believes the deal will have a good impact on the open source market.
"Sun has a huge range of open source spearheaded by Java - the language of choice for the enterprise market," he said.
"Oracle's stamp behind Sun shifts some of the people that have had a negative view of open source.
"The vendor is a software specialist with enormous play in the market and it's a big fan of open source, this could help open minds about the platform."
Con Zymaris, CEO of long-running Linux firm Cybersource, told CRN Oracle's decision to acquire Sun won't damage the vendor's applications.
Issue: 347 | March 2016