However then we get the "IBM to buy Sun" bombshell...... :-)
All good fun eh. So I thought I would tackle both issues with one posting. Why ? Well as you can see from the 'provocative' title, I don't think EMC should buy a search engine, I think they should buy Sun Microsystems.
Firstly in direct response to Pie, EMC don't 'need' to buy a search engine, they can put some resource and investment into the open source Lucene search engine, which Pie does mention in his post. Now having said that there are a lots of search engine vendors out there, so there is bound to be some good technology to snap up if they wanted to.
But why not invest more strategically - and buy Sun ? What would they get, well lots of synergistic product lines, and things they dont currently have;
- Storage: Not just the Sun storage hardware, which may or may not have technology which could add value to EMC's storage products (I am not a storage geek so I don't know), but also software - even Solaris and its ZFS file system
- Server hardware: Why shouldn't EMC have a line of servers including some serious CPU technology to go with their storage hardware? Sun could be regarded as the progenitor of current cloud computing and its 'big iron' would be great for Mozy and other EMC cloud initiatives.
- MySQL: All future versions of Documentum developed to run on their own RDBMS platform ? Again I am not a database geek either, but I do know that Oracle is generally considered as the best platform for Content Server, so would MySQL cut the mustard?
- Java: Well, EMC are "the worlds sixth biggest software company" so why not own Java ?
- Portal: Either Sun Portal or LifeRay (OK, LifeRay) - a great investment for a full 'soup to nuts' information management environment, a portal to sit over Content Server and CenterStage
So, come on EMC, get your cash and impress us all, buy the company and do innovative things with the tech !