IBM's reported interest in acquiring the server computer maker Sun Microsystems for nearly $7 billion might seem to be a reversal of its recent efforts to move away from the hardware business. But analysts say there is more to Sun than servers -- and that its strengths in software, systems design, and research make it an attractive target, reports the New York Times. IBM has pared back its dependence on hardware, where profit gains have declined, while increasing its investment in higher-margin software and services businesses. Sun has a solid share of the market for server computers used in enterprise...

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