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

But where the customer has custom-built applications and a port is involved, the level of complexity depends on the layer to which it has been written. "Hopefully people have been wise enough to write to the J2EE layer as then it becomes really easy to make the port. When you begin writing to the operating system layer, there are then more things you have to take care of," he said. Sun is also going to offer to deliver a customer-ready system to migrators. This involves a free assessment and then, while the customer continues to run its AIX platform, Sun will work with partners in its iForce centers to move this over quickly once the conversion is done.
"We are also hoping that we can do this as an operating system expense for some customers rather than as a capital expense activity. With the financing options we offer, we can offer a pretty smooth transition without a big capital bump," Singer said.
Sun is not worried about AIX customers moving to Microsofts Windows platform. "I am sure that those customers will have played with Windows in their datacenters before and that, by moving to Unix, made a decision not to bring it in. "There are security, reliability and lock-in issues around Windows. People went with Unix and are so intrigued by Linux because they have alternatives and options. There are more than one Unix and Linux distribution," he said.

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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