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IBM-Sun Talk Opens Door for Dell: Report

M&A uncertainty is creating opportunities for Dell, says the company's CEO.


M&A talk

swirling around


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Sun Microsystems


spells good news for fellow tech heavyweight


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, according to the company's CEO Michael Dell.

The executive, speaking at a briefing in Japan, said that acquisition rumors have already opened the door for his firm.

"Just the rumor of IBM potentially purchasing Sun creates an enormous opportunity because all of the Sun accounts are very concerned what will happen to the Solaris platform and Sparc microprocessor," he explained, according to



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Dell cites his firm's x86 server business, in particular, as benefiting from any upheaval.

The Round Rock, Texas, company has not had the easiest time of it during the economic slowdown, and recently announced plans to

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lay off

an unspecified number of workers.

The firm reported an


fourth quarter in February, and its stock closed at $10.44 Tuesday, well below its 52-week high of $26.04.

Dell, which competes with IBM and


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in the server market, also faces a new challenger in the shape of

Cisco Systems

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, which recently announced its own

entry into this space


Michael Dell also said that the firm's consumer business outpaced the industry's growth during the first quarter, according to


. The CEO also confirmed that his firm is looking into smaller-screen devices, a clear reference to Dell's