By barton808 on Nov 14, 2007
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.
When you look at the list of deals that Sun and its
enemies partners have struck in the past four years, its pretty impressive:
- Nov '03 - AMD-based systems announced
- Dec '04 - Microsoft peace pact, 10 year tech alliance signed
- Oct '05 - IBM to offer Solaris blades
- Dec '05 - Red Hat Linux endorses Sun server launch
- Jan '07 - Intel OEMs Solaris, Sun to sell Intel based-systems
- Aug '07 - IBM to provide Solaris subscriptions on x86
- Sept '07 - Microsoft windows to be pre-installed
- Nov '07 - Red Hat joins OpenJDK community
- Today - Dell to provide Solaris subscriptions
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...