Schwartz to IBM: Don't lock us out

Schwartz to IBM: Don't lock us out

Summary: In Sun President Jonathan Schwartz's latest blog entry, he used the medium to castigate IBM for standing in the way of Solaris 10 deployments in large financial services companies: But what's been really interesting is noticing who's not necessarily been so supportive of helping us drive more opportunity with our financial services customers: IBM.

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In Sun President Jonathan Schwartz's latest blog entry, he used the medium to castigate IBM for standing in the way of Solaris 10 deployments in large financial services companies:

But what's been really interesting is noticing who's not necessarily been so supportive of helping us drive more opportunity with our financial services customers: IBM. Yup, IBM's deployed in a number of customer accounts we share, and with the rapid uptake of Solaris 10 in early access, some customers have been running into dependencies - from MQSeries to Tivoli, Rational to DB2 - that stand in the way of their deploying Solaris. What's IBM's stance on Solaris 10? "There's no demand." Please. We know groups of our customers have called in directly to IBM seeking Solaris 10 porting dates - and heard the same story, "you're the only customer that wants it."

Which frankly, is pretty infuriating. A few of those customers have said it feels like the "old IBM," the anti-competitive monolith that attempted to "lock and block" customers into proprietary IBM solutions. So if you run into an IBM representative, make sure to let them know you, too, would like to be considered the "only customer that wants it." More seriously, that they shouldn't attempt to lock customers in.

Come on, IBM, you've got nothing to fear - Solaris is open source, it's cross platform. It's even indemnified. And here's some free advice: you can't lock customers in. They always, always, have a choice. Personally, I wouldn't tempt them to exercise it.

I don't think IBM is quaking in its boots, but Schwartz calling out IBM in a public blog for allegedly locking out Sun and disrespecting customer wishes sounds like challenge to a public duel.

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  • Help me understand

    Those applications have been around for a while, yes? Presumably Sun has had access to them? Maybe even during the development of Solaris 10?

    So if those applications weren't important enough for Sun to make sure that SunOS-X supports them, how come it's IBM's problem to change them to track every twitch Sun makes to the platform?
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Schwartz - What a Maroon !!

    I just love Sun! Every 6 months, a new look on life. 2 years ago, they charge for everything (big bucks by the way), now the give everything away except for the Java patents and hardware. The reason is NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR RISC PLATFORMS ANYMORE except for the top 5 percent of computing requirements that need all that horsepower in one box. Do you think they settled with Microsoft to make nice or because of customers demanding it (the party line)? No, because they are in deep S**t, they know it, and it is all their own fault. Now they are trying to incite the Open Source "Movement" into railing against ALL of their competitors, and acting like they are defending "truth, justice, the american way" with the underlying agenda of saving their own ass. ZDNet, who schmoozes with Sun associates regularly to the point of almost being their PR firm, needs to begin the transition of reporting "all thats fit to print" and lay off being Sun's mouthpiece, otherwise they will become just a technology "supermarket tabloid" with waining relevance. As far as corporate execs mouthing off in blogs as if there is something nobile in this, then going to work everyday and being exponentially smoothed by handlers to project the image ... pleeeeeez !!
    ArturoWeenie
  • Solaris is OPEN

    Just like StarOffice.

    Let the community develop code for Open Solaris and we will review and, if we like it, include it in Sun Solaris.

    Also, maybe we can pull some good LINUX developers to Solaris and stagnate LINUX development for our buddies at SCO ... almost as good as the old UNIX CODE FORKING ... divide the developers up .... confuse them, get them arguing ... maybe they will get tired of all this OPEN CRAP and come back to proprietary Solaris.

    Maybe SUN should change their name to "SuperNova" or "Black Hole".

    B
    Brent R Brian
    • Open IBM

      EXCUSE ME! Remember Steve Martin? Well, I'm not as funny. Perhaps you can explain how a proprietary API is open and available?
      Roving_Reporter
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