Thursday Aug 16, 2007

IBM Chooses Solaris!

IBM has agreed to be an OEM for Solaris subscriptions on it's X-series and Blade Center servers.  Read the complete press release and audiocast

Excerpts:

Bill Zeitler, senior vice president & group executive, IBM Systems & Technology Group says, "IBM is the first major x86 vendor to have such an agreement with Sun; and the first big vendor apart from Sun to offer Solaris on blade servers. 

"We're thrilled to be working with IBM to bring the Solaris OS to the broadest market possible - they are a natural partner for Sun," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems. "Solaris adoption continues to accelerate, among both the open source and commercial communities -- driven by bundled virtualization for servers and storage, support for thousands of ISVs, including nearly the entirety of IBM's software portfolio, and outstanding operational economics. Solaris is clearly a choice customers are demanding." 

 Why should I care?

 I frequently get told that a customer's reason for choosing Red Hat over Solaris is that RHEL can be purchased from multiple sources.  Customers now have the choice to purchase Solaris subscription support from Sun or from IBM (can HP and Dell be far behind?)


 

About

Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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