Sun is more than Solaris
By John Clingan on Nov 06, 2004
This is not the first article that I have read stating that Sun is pinning our hopes on Solaris 10. Then, of course, I read the article and it states that [paraphrasing] "Sun thinks that Solaris 10 is groundbreaking". Yes, we think Solaris 10 is awesome, but we are not pinning our hopes on Solaris.
Sun is much bigger than Solaris. In a conversation with one of my fellow Starbucks addicts who met with Sun last week, his statement was simply "I didn't know Sun could do so much for us." Of little consequence to him is the operating system. In fact, we hardly even discuss it. The discussion is much broader and business focused than "we have zones". We have a global service organization which is important my buddy/addict, as (potentially) is Managed Services. Some of the discussions center around the Java Enterprise System and Identity Management. "Wow? $100 employee?"
Of course, he will need hardware as well, but the discussion rarely talks about hardware products. After a few months of time getting to know his business problem, we finally looked at an actual hardware product yesterday. Most of the software discussion is around the Sun Game Server. We also spend considerable time talking about the high-level system architecture.
Yes, Sun is much larger than Solaris 10. But we are extremely proud of Solaris 10. Don't mistake pride and engineering excellence with pinning our hopes.
And one other article mis-statement. Millions of developers support the Java Platform, not tens of thousands. Unfortunately the article over-exaggerates our Solaris 10 focus and under-exaggerates the popularity of Java.