Sun Extends Solaris x86

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-08-28 Print this article Print

Sun on Thursday said it had added 100 new third-party systems and 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List for the Solaris x86 OS Platform Edition.

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday said it had added 100 new third-party systems and 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List for the Solaris x86 operating system Platform Edition. "Our goal is to ensure that the Solaris x86 OS is available on the widest range of x86 systems," said Ann Wettersten, a vice president in Suns software systems group. Customers can access a detailed Solaris x86 hardware compatibility list at and take advantage of a full range of certified drivers and system configurations and a growing catalog of third-party and open-source applications, she said.
Sun partner Electronic Business Solutions (EBS) will now fully integrate, service and support the Solaris x86 platform on a variety of high-volume x86 systems. Fran Oh, the CEO of EBS, said the company has been authorized by HP to support Solaris x86 operating system migration on their Proliant servers.
Sun also chose Xoriant as its certification partner to help customers and OEMs certify their specific x86 systems with the Solaris x86 operating system. "Our partnership with Sun further accelerates the Solaris x86 adoption rate by providing a turnkey approach for Sun partners and customers who want to outsource compatibility testing for their x86 products," said Girish Gaitonde, the CEO of Xoriant. Sun on Thursday also introduced a hardware certification test suite (HCTS) and promotion program. The HCTS is available immediately and enables integrators, system vendors and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) to self-certify their x86 platforms. "All Solaris 9 x86 OS users and vendors are invited to participate, test and list their products on the official Sun Solaris 9 x86 OS HCL site," Wettersten said. Interest in the Solaris x86 operating system has grown significantly, she said, adding that in the past four months there have been more than 250,000 additional registered licenses of Solaris 9 x86 from such industries as finance, government, retail and telecom. But the road to a Solaris 9 x86 operating system has been very rocky. Last October, after months of indecision, Sun finally said it would ship Solaris 9 x86, unbundled, supporting both the Sun hardware platform, for both current and future products, as well as the same list of all hardware supported for Solaris 8. Prices would start at $99 for a single CPU system. That announcement brought to an end months of uncertainty about Suns intentions. In early January, the Santa Clara, Calif., company announced that it had decided to defer the productization of the Solaris 9 Intel version; a week later it announced plans to meet a group of customers and developers to try to work out a compromise; and in August it announced that it would only support Solaris 9 on Sun x86 hardware.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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