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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-12 Print this article Print

Suns Singer said that customers who invested in Unix made a long-term and strategic commitment to the platform and that some are nervous and concerned about what the possible implications of the SCO/IBM battle could mean for them around both AIX and Linux. "We are not going to be terribly aggressive about targeting AIX customers who may be getting anxious, but we intend to remind them that our commitment to Unix is rock solid and that we will be here for those customers committed to Unix or to those considering new implementations," he said.
Sun has long had a Unix migration practice in its professional services division, dealing with product end-of-life migrations or those based on product uncertainty going forward, he said.
"As company lawyers, general counsel and others start raising caution about the use of AIX and even Linux going forward, we plan to be here with our Unix solutions and commitment," he said. There are two components existing AIX customers might want to consider before moving to Solaris, Singer said. The first part involves migration, which is relatively uncomplicated if the software package running on the AIX platform is also certified for Solaris as this mostly involves modifications to data connections and interfaces.

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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