Sun and Microsoft cooperation still cloudy

Sun and Microsoft cooperation still cloudy

Summary: For the Sun and Microsoft alliance, there seems to always be something happening, but nothing going on. Last year, we speculated about all the wonderful gifts that the newfound Sun Microsystems and Microsoft friendship would bestow on us in terms of interoperability.

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For the Sun and Microsoft alliance, there seems to always be something happening, but nothing going on. Last year, we speculated about all the wonderful gifts that the newfound Sun Microsystems and Microsoft friendship would bestow on us in terms of interoperability.  Indeed, Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently met to proclaim that things were on track.  However, Gartner analysts put things in perspective in a recent analysis and basically inform us that's there's little new to report, and the latest confab was a public relations event.

"Over a year has passed since Microsoft and Sun agreed to stop battling and work together for the common good. From a security perspective, this spirit of togetherness has led to a minor reduction in the effort needed to deploy authentication and authorization across mixed Solaris/Windows environments (such as the announcement that Sun systems will be 'Certified for Windows'). But Gartner has not seen major movement forward."

For example, the computing giants have yet to commit to a timeline for "true interoperability between the WS-Federation and Liberty Alliance specifications for federated identity management." Rather, momentum seems to be toward "awkward gateway approaches," rather than native adoption of standard, end-to-end protocols and identity token formats.

Standardization is important, and needed. But frankly, we're better off with fierce competition and contention. Too much nicey-nice stuff between big vendors would be scary.

 

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  • Sun and Microsoft cooperation as clear as day..

    They are both scared out of their begeezus over Linux.
    Xunil_Sierutuf
  • The deal between Sun and MS ...

    is sort of like the deal Stalin cut with Hitler. They are both waiting for the golden opportunity. A marriage of convenience one might say.
    George Mitchell
  • First step MS buy Sun

    It's a first step Microsoft to Sun. MS buys Sun and dismantle hardware divison and sell them. And take Java/J2EE and integrate into .NET and make it as proprietary. This will send rivals tailspin. It will make Linux only for Apache and PHP only system.

    Sun has big value for MS to buy. It may be the way MS to chase to capture server market! Cheers for Microsoft.
    Wagadonga
  • The Valley Boys

    Harmony will reduce the Enterprise Suite to rubble.
    Roving_Reporter
  • a deal with the devil is always a bad one

    "sure Bill, whatever you want"
    pesky_z