HP Woos Sun Customers
Hewlett-Packard co. is striking back at Sun Microsystems Inc., which in July rolled out its HP Away program aimed at luring AlphaServer customers.Hewlett-Packard co. is striking back at Sun Microsystems Inc., which in July rolled out its HP Away program aimed at luring AlphaServer customers. HP early this month introduced its own migration program for Sun customers looking to move from the Solaris platform to Linux. HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., is offering Sun users up to $25,000 in application porting and redeployment costs to make the transfer. HP officials said there has been a lot of interest from customers looking to make the switch, particularly since the company a few weeks ago started offering an indemnity program protecting customers from any legal problems involving The SCO Groups patent infringement claims.
Although the cost of migration depends on the size of the company and the number of applications that need to be ported, "for the vast majority of customers, [$25,000] could mean the difference between sitting on the fence and jumping to the other side and saying, Lets do it," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux for HP, in Fort Collins, Colo.