Sun Details How It Will Work with Fujitsu
The Advanced Products Line, which will combine the SPARC and Solaris systems, will be the "core product line" for both companies starting in 2006, officials sayalthough each is continuing with individual roadmaps for now.Sun Microsystems Inc. officials endeavored on Thursday to provide a clearer picture of its SPARC/Solaris development deal with Fujitsu Ltd., saying that combining the companies roadmaps makes sense for the vendors and for their customers. During a two-hour discussion with analysts and reporters, officials at the Santa Clara, Calif., company said its deal to partner with Fujitsu on developing a joint SPARC/Solaris line of systems may enable Sun to fast-forward plans to release systems based on its Rock processor, due to start appearing in systems a couple of years after the joint line is launched. "By combining resources, we can, in fact, do it all," said Andy Ingram, vice president of marketing for Suns Scalable Systems Group. "Between the two companies, we can spend less and do more."
Sun and Fujitsu last month announced the partnershipa continuation of a 20-year relationshipwhich had been in the works for about a year. The deal calls for the companies to combine their development efforts and in 2006 release the first in a new line of SPARC/Solaris systems, called the Advanced Products Line, or APL.