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."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.
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.