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By Caron Carlson  |  Posted 2002-10-08 Print this article Print

: Sun to Ramp Up Support for Linux"> Questioning this strategy, Gartner analysts asked McNealy whether it would cause a loss of revenue through reduced hardware sales. "If we dont cannibalize ourselves, somebody else will," McNealy replied. By freeing up capital otherwise spent on applications, enterprises will have more money to invest in servers, he said.
Gartner analysts also questioned whether Sun would compromise Solaris if it turns Linux into an enterprise platform. McNealy answered that he sees a new opportunity in the enterprise desktop market, which is the fastest growing part of Linux.
As for Suns ability to serve customers without a complete services business, McNealy said that he is targeting "huge partnerships" with systems integrators. Value added resellers and integrators are enthused about partnering with Sun because they know it is "pure" with regard to technology biases, he said. Sun plans to focus its research and development investments on the N1 infrastructure, the SunOne stack of products, SPARC architecture and other technologies on the edge, McNealy said. He touted the growth of smart cards and associated opportunities for the server industry; eventually, he said, everything is going to be connected to the Internet, which will only require more interconnected servers. Related Stories:
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