Sun: IBM's Solaris-Linux migration offer is "act of desperation"

Sun: IBM's Solaris-Linux migration offer is "act of desperation"

Summary: Sun wasted no time in responding to IBM's announcement (yesterday) that it had formalized a Solaris-to-Linux migration program and that it would be providing migration assessments at no charge.  The move by IBM isn't just a shot at Sun.

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Sun wasted no time in responding to IBM's announcement (yesterday) that it had formalized a Solaris-to-Linux migration program and that it would be providing migration assessments at no charge.  The move by IBM isn't just a shot at Sun.  Throughout IBM's discussion of the project, Big Blue is placing more than the average amount of emphasis on its OpenPower architecture (found in its 'i' and 'p' series servers).  Over the last year, IBM has been turning up the server heat on both Microsoft (with Linux) and Intel (with OpenPower) -- so much so that I think I'll need to write another blog with the title IBM: All roads lead to Linux and Power. But for now, in the battle of the *ix's, here (in a prepared statement broadcast via e-mail) is what Sun's director of operating system marketing Chris Ratcliffe had to say regarding IBM's migration program.

IBM's attack smacks of desperation, an attempt to create a fog screen around the momentum behind Solaris 10.  In light of the advantages of Solaris 10 over Red Hat, such as superior performance, security, indemnification, we're seeing enterprises like J.P. Morgan migrating to Solaris -- not the other way around.

Just as interesting in the e-mail however was the pitch from Sun's PR counsel:

As you know, IBM announced a Solaris to Red Hat migration program today.  We're not surprised by this move -- it's obviously driven by increasing momentum around Solaris 10.  And competitive migration campaigns are common, we have them against HP-UX and AIX, among others.  In fact we're seeing movement in the other direction -- away from Red Hat -- driven by a lack of support, lack of supported platforms, and lack of enterprise class features.

Topic: Open Source

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  • Deny, deny, deny

    Sun's spinmeisters could easily be replaced by Baghdad Bob, who described the Iraq Army's heroic victories as US Forces could be seen rolling into Baghdad virtually unchallenged.

    "The proponents of Linux are impaling themselves on the gates of Sun. Sun is invincible and victory is imminent. The Linux provocateurs and their Open Power chips will roast in Hell."
    ejhonda
  • LOL, Yep, Sun, you can tell you partnered with Microsoft.

    You are trying to sprout the same nonsense they do!
    Xunil_Sierutuf
  • Sun is a laughing stock

    I about fell out of my chair reading this latest diarrhea of the mouth from Sun executives ...

    So the company that's been losing money for 4+ years, who's stock is near junk status, who has had their head handed to them on a silver platter by Linux, is telling the company that is hugely profitbale, has stock through the roof, is growing it's services, software, and hardware businesses by leaps in bounds, that they are "desperate". ROTFLMAO.

    Sun put's out some pretty good technology. Too bad their executives are a complete joke. Any intelligent CTO or IT manager has got to be absolutely terrified of doing business with the Sun executive yahoos.
    boobasaurus
  • Sun has their own spin on this of course ...

    but only time will tell who will eat who. Right now its IBM against MS and all the rest are small fry and potential road kill. In an interesting column by Robin Bloor, he states "Linux has gradually become the standard OS on the server and is probably destined to become the desktop standard too." http://www.it-director.com/article.php?articleid=12715&SESSID=1351c19a67dd991cf53caa6dfc33c980
    His reasoning is that Linux is moving forward on the sheer power of hype and mindshare and this is why companies like MS and Sun are desperately trying to convince consumers that Linux marketshare is NOT growing and that Linux marketshare is really much smaller than people think. Bloor's take is that this counter spin will fail miserably, and sites previous examples of seachanges in computer technology. Right now, though, there is little one can do but watch this battle of the titans from the sidelines. It becomes all the more interesting when one considers that with this Republican adminstration in firm control, there will likely be little interference by regulators domestically as companies likely get eaten alive all the while proclaiming that they are winning in a desperate attempt to control the surrounding spin.
    George Mitchell
  • Infact so many are migrating from Linux->Sol...

    ... that sun itself offers linux.

    *rolls eyes*

    Don't get me wrong, I've used various sun products since before it was called solaris. I like solaris/sunos, its a good os... but at the same time what they're saying is basically a joke.
    Shadus
  • I did it 8 years ago

    I migrated From Solaris to Slakware Linux eight years ago. Basically I got the same set of software pieces. But I got faster and better hardware prices on laptops. Sun still don't get it!

    I think Microsoft may buy Sun and split into pieces and derail J2EE sending unix/linux server venders in turmoil!
    Wagadonga
    • Never murder a man when he's busy ...

      [iI think Microsoft may buy Sun and split into pieces and derail J2EE sending unix/linux server venders in turmoil![/i]

      The major reason was best summed up by Woodrow Wilson: [i]Never murder a man when he's busy committing suicide.[/i]
      __howard__
  • I have an obvious bias, but ....

    My reading of it really shows nothing new. All vendors offer migration services, and charge for them. I hope folks noticed that part.

    The only free service that IBM is offerring here is to evaluate what it will cost to do the migration.

    I guess it would be kind of nice to know how long the hoover will be in your wallet.

    Alan.
    tpenta