"The juiciest market in the world"
By jimgris on May 19, 2005
So what welcomes we back? IBM and Red Hat. Charming. Over the last couple of days I see the duo has teamed up in a well coordinated public relations campaign to go after Solaris (again) -- IBM and Red Hat Chase the Solaris Base Some More:
Hat has enlisted the aid of IBM to go after the juiciest market
in the world: the vast installed base of Solaris servers that were
deployed in 2000 and early 2001.
Look, everyone's gunning for Solaris -- which, of course, demonstrates the viability and longevity of the system itself, the talent of the engineers who developed it, and the value of the Solaris market. Those systems sold way back in 2000 are probably humming right along with Solaris 8 or 9, but a lot has changed in five years around here and I bet IBM and Red Hat have noticed. There's more to come, too, guys. And soon. Perhaps that's what's behind all the fuss? Probably. It's going to be an interesting couple of months out there, don't you think?
Also, IBM and Red Hat have to hit Sun hard on this issue. The timing for them is perfect -- Solaris 10 just recently shipped and OpenSolaris is not available yet (though DTrace certainly is). But time is rapidly running out, too. Sun's screw up with x86 is now looking pretty old, and the company has more than made up for it with S10, OpenSolaris, Opteron, and those new Andy Bechtelsheim boxes in the works. So, the new business model, product set, and developer programs are starting to come together. Just imagine the consequences for IBM and Red Hat when Sun re-engages "the juiciest market in the world" with an entirely new story for the installed base, while simultaneously moving aggressively into new markets with new offerings? This wasn't supposed to happen. Sun was supposed to be dead (several times over) by now, remember? Sorry, guys. It's a new day.
Oh, and while I've been catching up on my reading this week, I tripped over this article: Up and Running on Solaris 10. Read it along with all the PR on IBM and Red Hat for a little balance. May the best system win.