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Sun joins the Red Hat hunting pack

Sun Microsystems is stepping up the pressure on Red Hat with the release last week of cut-price support and services for its own Solaris operating system.

Sun Microsystems is stepping up the pressure on Red Hat with the release last week of cut-price support and services for its own Solaris operating system.

Sun claimed its Solaris Support Subscriptions was priced at about "half that of equivalent offerings" from its Linux rival.

At a starting price of less than US$50 per incident Sun's offer also reportedly beats that of Oracle, which launched its own challenge to Red Hat in October last year when it announced it would begin offering support to the open source distributor's customers.

Sun's subscription package includes indemnification and binary and source code compatibility, and access to free updates and upgrades to its Solaris operating system (OS). Subscriptions are integrated across Sun and non-Sun x86, x64 and Sparc platforms.

The vendor has also launched the Sun Connection service, through which customers can manage updates and configuration changes for Red Hat and Novell's SuSe Linux systems, as well as Solaris.

The service will "eventually" enable customers to redeploy those systems, the vendor claimed.

In another swipe at Red Hat, Sun is now offering a package of tools, documentation and services specifically aimed at helping companies migrate to Solaris from its rival's Enterprise Linux 3.

Sun has even separated ‘The Hats Off to Solaris Program' from its updated Global Migration Program for other OS platforms such as IBM, HP-UX and Novell SuSe Linux.

"Today's announcements are Sun's answer to those who feel under-served by other operating systems," said Peder Ulander, vice president of software marketing for Sun.

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