Dell to Offer Solaris - Partnering like its 1999

Another competitor has just announced that it will be selling Solaris subscriptions.  Today at Oracle world Michael Dell and Jonathan Schwartz announced a multiyear deal whereby Dell will distribute Solaris OS with Solaris support subscriptions on select Dell PowerEdge servers. 

This is the third big HW vendor this year that has pledged support for Solaris (HP are ya listening? ;-).  More importantly, today's announcement is part of a trend that began four years ago but has really accelerated this past year -- Sun's acceptance that the solid Sun stack (SPARC + Solaris) is no longer the only answer.  

To survive and thrive in today's ecosystem customers need to be able combine components from various vendors to meet their needs and fit their environments, if the vendors don't facilitate this, the customers will go elsewhere.  Sometimes this may mean Dell or IBM gear running Solaris and sometimes this means Sun boxes supporting Windows or Red Hat. 

The List

When you look at the list of deals that Sun and its enemies partners have struck in the past four years, its pretty impressive:

As I mentioned, you'll notice that 2007 has been a particularly busy year. 

Can't wait to see who's next.

Pau for now...



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