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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-30 Print this article Print

The broad consumer market is also starting to become a major new audience for Sun, and is providing a huge new opportunity for the company. "Java is everywhere. We have made progress with automobile companies, printer companies, with handsets and back-end servers. "The market is beginning to tip as there are no handset markets or carriers who do not see Java as having a role in their products and business," he said.
Handsets will be 2 megabits going forward, enough to download a movie or watch broadband-delivered content. "This is a huge deal for us as we are finally seeing the evolution off handsets and onto other consumer devices, all the way to automobiles, and onto the consumer desktop," Schwartz said.
Some 60 percent of computers that ship today ship with Suns Java Virtual machine installed and not Microsofts version. "There have been more than 36 million downloads from since last June. This is now averaging some 7 million a month and some 30 million unique visitors to the site every month," Schwartz said. There are now four notable trends in Suns market, he observed. "Firstly, everyone is moving forward with Web services and Java Web services. The evolution of our platform for this is stronger than it has ever been, and our J2EE application server is an example of that. We are seeing some 55,000 copies of this being downloaded a week [up from 5,000 a week in November], and it is now free for them to deploy," Schwartz said. Secondly, security and identity is a big deal. "Sarbanes Oxley will be a huge driver, as viruses and Sarbanes Oxley are essentially about the same thing: knowing where the content is coming from and who the source is," he said. Thirdly, messaging consolidation is a big trend area, with many people looking at replacing their Microsoft exchange environments. The fourth trend area is content delivery, Schwartz said. According to the executive, the business value for Sun lays in volume, which drives everything in IT. "Its what Sun did to IBM, its what Intel and Linux are potentially doing to Sun, and it is what we will do to Microsoft. But volume without monetization doesnt create wealth for our shareholders, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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