Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look

Oracle's Apr. 20 conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss its $7.4 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems (JAVA) was a straightforward affair. Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison and his lieutenants ran though a quick synopsis of how they'd use the hardware and software assets they're buying, and Sun Chairman Scott McNealy read his canned statement in the most perfunctory manner possible. The companies brooked no questions, and analysts were off the phone in 15 minutes.

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