By user12611852 on Aug 16, 2007
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
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?)