Not satisfied with its assault on HPs Tru64 customer base, Sun Microsystems has made a move to go after HP-UX customers as well, offering them a "risk free" move to SPARC-based or Opteron-based hardware.
For several months now, Sun has been trying to convince old DEC and Compaq users to come over to the Solaris camp. The basic premise of the program is that HP customers have to move somewhere as the company kills off its AlphaServer/Tru64 product line. So Sun steps in with some free consulting to show how much a port to Solaris will cost and then it promises to meet certain application performance objectives. There are hardware financing benefits as well.
Now Sun thinks it can extend this program to the HP-UX customer base.
"HP has been exasperating their user base," said Larry Singer, Suns head of global market strategies. "The reality is that just like with Tru64, there is a huge pent up demand for HP customers wanting to move to another RISC [vendor]."
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