Well he would say that wouldn't he ! . . .
. . . having Sun be independent serves his and Intel's purpose !
Fair and interesting comment his remarks up until his point of Solaris and SPARC looking set to be EOL.
If this happens it may take a long time, SPARC and Solaris may be forced for antitrust server marketshare reasons on being spun out of the proposed merger and Fujitsu may be a most willing recipient and may wish to continue the architecture.
Also 'Polaris' isn't likely to run as fast as native even on P and Z.
Multicore and multithread SPARC appear to be well worth preserving and there may even be great value in Rock should it ever see the sunlight of day.
Much more likely is that SPARC will survive longer term, what else enterprise viable is there(?), and it may even help create a harder, better, faster, stronger and more profitable market for Solaris SPARC.
SPARC like SPARC64 are very high quality architectures now with tremendous reliability capabilities compared with early SPARCs.
Mr. Otellini's comments helps our understanding then to confirm the liekly existence of serious IBM and SUN merger talks and this would suit Southeastern Management, SAM, who's 40% shareholding is currently under water recoup some of their around USD$800M investment losses.
Likewise with the KKR's investment that preceeds even SAM.
Also the Sun board have arranged and filed covenants that help the Sun board make much money in the event of an eventual trade sale.
So it does look like due diligence and strong negotiations are happening behind the scenes maybe.
JAVA would be a grand prize for IBM, but so too would much else in Sun's massive innovative IP portfolio would be good value and great rich winnings, even if some must be let go.
Who knows, this could turn out to be the enterprise deal of the decade and maybe other players will end up kicking themselves for not having recognised superior value and acting first.
Stay tuned, the eventual outcome of this one is going to be very highly interesting and we're not done yet.
A shout to Tim for doing such a great job on reporting all this for Reg Readers and especially for so conveniently posting the SEC transcript of Paul Otellini's comments. Thanks Tim.