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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Sun May Have Some More Glow

Businessweek writes after reviewing recent financial results that Sun may have some more glow. Sun is just now starting to get traction with new products such as Solaris 10, the flagship operating system, and low-price computer servers based on Advanced Micro Device's Opteron computer chip. Building those products into strong revenue drivers is going to take quarters, if not years. Also, CEO Scott McNealy's plans to move toward a more subscription-based business model means some sales will be reflected over the life of a contract, rather than in an up-front payment. That, however, makes Sun a much more interesting proposition over the long term. This is still a company with $7.5 billion in cash and short-term investments, and McNealy hinted in the earnings call that Sun is finally thinking about doing something with that massive war chest, either by making significant acquisitions or buying back shares. "We're going to continue to explore what we can do and how we can put that to work," McNealy told analysts. Jim Grizansio says, Sun's newly announced a new business model and is also expecting Open Solaris to swing things in Sun's favour.

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