Intel and Sun sign endorsement deal

Sun Microsystems and Intel have struck a wide ranging endorsement deal.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  January 25, 2007

Sun Microsystems and Intel have struck a wide ranging endorsement deal. The agreement centred on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris operating system (OS) and Sun's delivery of enterprise and telecoms servers and workstations based on Intel Xeon processors. The tie up covers Solaris, Java and NetBeans software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies. The companies will also work together on engineering, design and marketing projects. “We're excited about Intel's long term Xeon road map and the performance we're seeing with Solaris and Sun Java on the Xeon platforms," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO at Sun. "And Intel's endorsement for and agreement to OEM Solaris opens markets for both of us across the world. This is truly a landmark relationship for the industry." Paul Otellini, president and CEO at Intel, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Sun to make Solaris on Intel Xeon processors a great solution for our enterprise customers worldwide. The IT giants believe the combination of Sun's open source Solaris and Java coupled with Intel’s architecture provides a solid platform for internet software providers (ISVs) to deliver applications and web services to enterprise customers. The Solaris platform is supported by more than 2,000 ISVs. “Bringing together the best technologies from both Sun and Intel will result in innovative products for years to come,” Otellini concluded.

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