Sun Pushes its Solaris

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-04-26 Print this article Print

Platform"> Meanwhile, Sun continues to encourage Linux customers to transition to Suns Solaris OS. According to Schwartz, enterprise customers will find "better Linux compatibility by shifting over to Solaris rather than sticking with Red Hat Linux. Solaris gives them the data center Linux applications and compatibility they need. With our current subscription model, were cheaper than Red Hat, we run on more than two hundred different platforms and Solaris is a more effective alternative than Window Server or Red Hat."

Russ Castronovo, a spokesman for Sun, later expanded on the companys relationship with Red Hat, saying that the company didnt foresee any changes in the relationship.
"Theyre an important partner and well continue to provide their offerings to customers who want them. We know many customers have made strategic decisions with Red Hat well work with Red Hat to provide the customers with Sun hardware running on Red Hat. Just because were competing with them for some customers doesnt mean were not going to work with them with customer whove already made a decision."

Schwartz insisted that although Sun is pushing Solaris, its still very pro-Linux. "We dont believe that one hammer is good for all nails. For jobs that work on a one-way Opteron server Linux would be better. Theres a role for that class of system." "I believe we have one of the strongest commitments to Linux in the industry," Schwartz continued. "Look at the Java Desktop System. Look at us putting energy in Linux relationships in other countries like China and, heck, even in Wal-Mart."

"We believe that SPARC/Solaris will continue to play a strong role in larger scale SMP environments. [Hewlett-Packard Co.] suggests that Linux is the future [by retiring HP-UX]. HP had ceded their software business to Red Hat. Thats not a mistake well make. Red Hat is focused on open source; were focused on open standards," he said.

But, what about Suns investment in The SCO Group, of Lindon, Utah? Schwartz said, "Sun invested in SCO in the first place because then our investment was in Caldera and that was to promote Linux. Our motivations were exclusively to drive Linux. We then made the best possible deal to purchase SCOs device drivers. This was long before SCO launched its lawsuits." At this point, Schwartz concluded, "we have, I believe, sold our SCO stock."

As for Red Hat: "The best way to compete against Red Hat is not to sue them, but to release a better product."

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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