Sun to resell Windows as Linux, Solaris alternative

Sun to resell Windows as Linux, Solaris alternative

Summary: Starting soon, you'll be able to buy Sun x64 servers with Windows Server 2003 pre-loaded. While the OS has long been certified to run on Sun hardware, this is the first time that Sun will actually sell and support Windows as an OEM.

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Starting soon, you'll be able to buy Sun x64 servers with Windows Server 2003 pre-loaded. While the OS has long been certified to run on Sun hardware, this is the first time that Sun will actually sell and support Windows as an OEM.

The two companies issued a join press release today describing their "expanded strategic alliance". In addition to the OEM deal, one item that caught my eye was increased cooperation on virtualization:

Sun and Microsoft will work together to ensure that Solaris runs well as a guest on Microsoft virtualization technologies and that Windows Server runs well as a guest on Sun's virtualization technologies. Sun and Microsoft will work together on a support process for customers who are using the virtualization solutions.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft and Sun will work together on storage and IPTV solutions. Sun will have a permanent presence on Microsoft's Redmond campus in a new Interoperability Center.

The announcement comes just two days after Sun and IBM announced they would work together on OpenOffice.org in an effort to unseat Microsoft Office in the desktop productivity market.

Topics: Virtualization, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Oracle, Windows

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  • Perfect match

    wondered when we'd see more from their agreement in 2004.(when Scott McNealy was heard to utter "we've grown up" in regards to why they were making a pact with Microsoft after his infamous anti ms past) funny thing though, about oo.org when they basically have a no compete deal going for 10 years, don't they?
    xuniL_z
  • What? Is that a pink porky dinner I see up in the sky?

    Wow, then I'm not imagining that bunch of pink fat round critters with wings outside my 6th floor window?
    kraterz
    • This is insane!!!!

      Don't you know what this is going to do to Rudy (aka Paul Murphy)? He's only got Sun and Solaris left - time to send in the counsellors.
      tonymcs@...
  • No surprise here ...

    This is one of those win win situations for both Sun and MS and a bonus for customers of both as well. These are two proprietary companies that have discovered that strategic cooperation can pay better than cut throat competition. Its almost as if somebody has suddenly gotten a clue. Customers just want solutions, not jive. Its a great move. Hope it works out and prospers long term.
    George Mitchell
  • RE: Sun to resell Windows as Linux, Solaris alternative

    I am beginning to hate SUN for the first time.
    murugesh_blr@...
  • Not so strange

    When still at HP (outsourced MS Support) I needed to rig up a bunch of boxes to get a support lab for Windows Xp-64 bit going.

    There was a Sun Ultra 40 Workstation included that installed completely with out of the box from the CD, while the HP machines needed quite a bit of driver hunting to get the rig up.

    I kinda expected all sorts of driver issues with the Sun, but I fell in love with that box... It also outperformed anything else in the lab.
    Snarfiorix
  • SUN needs to stop flying to close to the SUN or they will get cooked.

    Hmmm one little Novell went to Microsoft, 2 others stayed home, Xandros and Linspire soon went to Microsoft. Then came GPLv3. Now Microsoft is stuck and Novell Xandros and Linspire will be forced to use only GPLv2 software. Poor poor idiots. SUN wants to support Microsoft. The Linux community will mutiny and abandon them. Then where will SUN get it's software from?
    usarcomputertec
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Software not available to Sun.

    Why does Microsoft only allow Sun access to their *oldest available* SQL Server 2003 Software?

    Apparently, Sun Microsystems desperate need for demonstrated reliable software they are reduced for using *5-year old technology* as out-dated Microsoft products.

    Microsoft???s newest state of the art SQL Server 2008 Software is not available to Sun; just as IBM refused allowing Sun access to IBM???s newest ???System-z??? products. Additionally, IBM has the legal right to cannibalize Sun???s entire book of remaining business.

    Suppose Sun is so desperate for using known reliable software that Sun will use 5-year old out-dated software merely because anything is better than hacker happy open source software.
    havrada_mp@...
  • I would love to see ...

    Windows Server 2008 on an E25K. My OS loyalty varies on application.
    Spiritusindomit@...