Sun and IBM join forces over Solaris

IBM to sell and support Sun Microsystem's Solaris operating systems on IBM x86 servers.

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By  Dawinderpal Sahota Published  August 23, 2007

Technology giants IBM and Sun have struck an alliance that will see Sun's Solaris operating system distributed through IBM's channel.

The agreement covers Solaris subscriptions for select x86-based IBM system x servers and BladeCenter servers, and extends IBM's existing support for Solaris on IBM BladeCenter servers.

"Solaris adoption continues to accelerate, among both the open source and commercial communities - driven by bundled virtualisation for servers and storage, support for thousands of ISVs, including nearly the entirety of IBM's software portfolio, and outstanding operational economics," Sun Microsystems president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz said.

The IT giants said they will invest in testing and system qualifications for partners and customers, to enable them to capitalise on Solaris' performance and reliability on BladeCenter and System x servers.

"IBM is the first major x86 vendor to have such an agreement with Sun; and the first big vendor apart from Sun to offer Solaris on blade servers," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive at IBM's systems and technology group. "Today we expand that agreement to help clients migrate to Solaris on IBM x86-based System x servers."

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