Sun Makes x86 Push
Sun Microsystems is creating a board of customers and partners to advise the company as it pushes forward with its low-end systems based on the x86 architecture.Sun Microsystems Inc. is creating a board consisting of customers and partners to advise the company as it pushes forward with its low-end systems based on the x86 architecture. Sun this week announced the creation of its x86 ISV Advisory Board, similar to the Linux ISV Advisory Board, which the Santa Clara, Calif., company established in January. The x86 board will help Sun officials as they continue their aggressive foray into the low-end space, including greater integration of their software and hardware offerings, said Neil Knox, executive vice president of Suns Volume Systems Products group.
"The reason we expanded our product line in the low-cost model is because of input" from customers and partners, Knox said. "It was input from our customer base that we used to build a business plan that we could bring to Scott [McNealy, Suns chairman and CEO]."