Suns Opteron servers subsidize

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2005-09-14 Print this article Print

Solaris engineering"> Stacey Quandt, research director for the Aberdeen Group, agreed and broke it down in greater detail. "The reality is that Sun sells more AMD-based Sun Fire servers running on Linux than Solaris. Red Hat stands to benefit from the brand recognition and subscription sales that come with its partnership with Sun and other large system vendors. The fact that the contention was absent from Suns Network Computing event is sign of pragmatism rather than a demonstration of a new ideology."
"Sun needs to be a volume leader in AMD Opteron servers in order to subsidize Solaris engineering and the development of new systems such its new Galaxy offering," said Quandt. "Right now being nice to Sun suits its needs, but dont forget that it was only a few years ago that Sun executives referred to Linux as the trailer park behind your mansion.
"If Sun succeeds in reversing the imbalance between Solaris and Linux sales we may see yet another turn in Suns positioning of the Red Hat versus Solaris question." Quandt also wondered if Suns repositioning might have something to do with a lack of market traction for OpenSolaris. "This could also be a sign that the road map to delivering an open-source version of Solaris will be a bumpy ride." Microsoft challenges Massachusetts on open formats. Click here to read more. Dan Kusnetzky, IDCs program vice president for system software, said that, "Sun does appear to be making efforts to demonstrate to the market that it understands that Linux will play a role, an important one at that, in the success of its X86 product line." Others, such as IBM and HP, have made it clear that they see this operating environment as an important part of their strategy going forward. Its good to see that Sun is making this effort." Looking ahead, Kusnetzky observed, "It would be wonderful if Sun would work out a similar relationship with SUSE. Those two hold the lions share of the Linux server operating environment market when worldwide shipments are considered." Senior Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been using and writing about operating systems since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way. He can be reached at Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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