Sun's Strategy is Working and the Growth is Exciting!
By George Trujillo on Feb 27, 2009
In a recent blog "Open Source a Continuing Explosion" I talk about the growth of open source even in a down economy. Open source is going to continue to be one of the hottest areas of IT for the next few years. The British government is now supporting open source and it is expected Obama's teams are going to be looking at open source to reduce the cost of the government's large software licensing costs.
Well, the hits just keep on coming related to Sun, Solaris and open source. Sun just announced their single biggest OEM/distribution agreement Sun's
ever signed for the open source Solaris operating system with Hewlett Packard. This will give Solaris access to all of HP's
channels and partners. Commercial licenses and support services will be
made available to the x86 systems (Proliant). Sun operating systems (SunOS and Solaris) have always been flagship platforms for running database and web application servers. This is another sign that customers are seeing the importance of keeping their key database and application servers on Solaris. I used to do a lot of internal training for HP and have always been impressed with the high quality of people in the HP organization. So for me personally its exciting to see HP and Sun working together on such an important opportunity.
OpenSolaris and Solaris provide a lot of important features that customers need to use in their environments. Some of my favorites include:
- Solaris - still the best OS for running database servers.
- ZFS - next generation file system.
- DTrace - incredibly powerful tool for analyzing and trouble shooting complex environments.
- Zones and Containers bring enterprise capability for virtual OS systems.
I think this is going to be a big win for the user community and look forward to seeing how HP and Sun evolve with this relationship.