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McNealy: "We're Down to Three - IBM, Microsoft, and Sun."

McNealy: "We're Down to Three - IBM, Microsoft, and Sun."

(July 31, 2003) - Sun supremo Scott McNealy hit Europe this week... and he's definitely not pulling any punches!

While the overall purpose of the visit is to walk the Java talk and preach the business value of using Sun's technologies to integrate enterprise computing, there are numerous undercurrents to McNealy's mission.

First he is keen to distance Sun from the industry conniptions surrounding the whole "SCO vs Linux" scenario. Though he declined an invitation to comment on the outcome of the billion-dollar SCO vs IBM lawsuit, he was more than happy to state for the record: "I'm thrilled to death SCO can't revoke our Unix license."

Second, McNealy is determined to emphasize how Linux, though it may have its merits, is in his view no great shakes compared to Sun's proprietary solutions when viewed from the point of view of integration "With Red Hat," he told one British reporter, "you get the kernel. With Sun you get the app server, the directory, the portal, the integration server, the file system, the clustering... and 15,000 plus applications."

"And you get software indemnification," McNealy added.

His third aim was more controversial. There really is no stopping Scott McNealy once he has an audience for his zeal for Java, but he kept his best shot - Oracle might say, his cheap shot - for last.

When asked about Sun's recently reported loss of $12 million dollar for Q2, after 35 consecutive quarters of positive cash flow, he adduced the stringent GAAP reporting code - which enforces certain write-downs on tech companies like Sun. Then he went on to address how the IT sector is headed for a renewed phase of consolidation.

"The question is what is happening to the total IT budget," he said, before answering it himself: "I think it's going to shrink. We're down to three - IBM, Microsoft, and Sun. The rest is collateral damage."

JDJ Industry Newsletter is currently waiting to hear back from a certain rival company based in Redwood City, CA, as to what they make of McNealy's dramatic claim... indeed we are wondering if perhaps the owner of 26% or so of its shares himself might have a somewhat different view: one Lawrence J. Ellison.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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