Sun Becomes a Windows
Server 2003 OEM"> The move also had less to do with the competitive environment and more about the fact that 100 percent of Suns customers ran both Solaris and Windows and so it was a "very natural thing for us to work together on these technologies," he said. Microsofts Lees noted that its virtualization solution already supported Linux and so it was natural to have it support Solaris and for Sun to make sure that Windows worked effectively in a Solaris virtualized solution as well. "I wouldnt say the reason for this move was competitive, but rather a natural evolution of where we have been and what we are doing."Sun and Microsoft also plan a joint support process for customers using these virtualization solutions to ensure that Windows and Solaris provide a solid virtualization experience.Asked if Sun planned to support Microsofts Virtual Hard Disk image format specification, Fowler said that the company was looking closely at the standardization efforts underneath virtualization and always made a strong effort to adopt standards. "I think VHD is obviously still under evaluation and revision." Read more here about the interoperability lab Microsoft and Novell have opened in Cambridge, Mass. The two companies also plan to build an Interoperability Center on Microsofts Redmond, Wash. campus. The center will include a demonstration area for Sun x64 systems, act as a working lab for Windows on Sun benchmarks and sales tools, and support customers running proofs of concept for projects focused on Windows on Sun x64 systems, including joint Sun/Microsoft solutions in areas like databases, e-mail and messaging, virtualization, and Remote Desktop Protocol support in Sun Ray thin clients. The Interoperability Center will expand Suns presence on the Microsoft main campus, where some of its systems are currently showcased and customer-tested in the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center. The two firms will also continue to collaborate on advancing the global deployment of the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia platform on Sun server and storage systems, Lees said, pointing to an AT&T solution that uses Suns hardware for IPTV on the Microsoft platform. This expanded interoperability agreement builds on the initial cooperation agreement that was signed by the two companies in April 2004. It resulted in joint collaboration on interoperability for Web services, identity management, thin clients, systems management and Windows Server engineering. Read more here about Sun and Microsofts interoperability Tango. The two companies have also created a basis for tighter interoperability between Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 and Windows Communication Foundation in Suns Web services interoperability technologies, known as Project Tango. Sun is also a member of the Microsoft Interoperability Vendor Alliance and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.