Enthusiasm in Singapore

I attended the Sun Tech Days Singapore event last week and it always re-energizes me to see the enthusiasm out there for OpenSolaris. Here's a snapshot of Chris Armes' well attended opening keynote:

The excitement carried over into the pavilion, where the InstallFest table was crammed with laptops:

I presented Moving to OpenSolaris, Thriving on OpenSolaris, Data Management Made Easy with ZFS and the ZFS Hands On Lab. When not presenting I generally hung out in the pavilion. The most common question I received was "What's the difference between Solaris and OpenSolaris?". After that, the second most common question was "Does OpenSolaris read NTFS?" If you Google around, you will find some solutions available, however, I just added an enhancment request for out of the box support.

Singapore's a beautiful city and its people some of the nicest I've ever met (it was quite a contrast returning back to the States). I'm glad I got the opportunity to visit.


Comments:

I think Sun really needs to work on targeting the Korean market if they want to successfully compete with a dominant IBM in the Asia / Pacific Region. Is there even a single Korean OpenSolaris user's group out there that has more than a dozen user's in it? There has been some good stuff going on in Japan with www.jaris.jp and www.lifewithsolaris.jp and it would be nice to see something similar to that happen in Taiwan and South Korea as well.

I think Sun wastes too much valuable time and money trying to open up offices and sell products in mainland China / Beijing, which, due to the policies of the communist government, is an area that is IMO totally 100% dominated by Microsoft and their own domestic version of Linux that is called "Red Flag Linux".

IMO Korean people have a culture where high tech flashy things are considered "cool" and companies like CISCO, IBM, Apple and Microsoft are making huge amounts of money in the Korean market right now because they understand the culture and know how to sell well in that market. I think one of the largest IBM z/OS Mainframe footprints in the world opened up in Korea a while ago (think how much money Sun and Oracle would be making if these were large mainframe class SPARC systems running Oracle databases instead of IBM mainframes):

http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS196312+16-Jan-2009+MW20090116

http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/ibmnewsupdates/23970p1.aspx

It would be nice to see Sun make some money there too, but I guess it's just wishful thinking....

As far as I know right now, South Korean banks and large enterprises are almost 100% IBM, Microsoft & CISCO shops, which doesn't bode well for Sun considering the large amount of IT infrastructure growth and expansion that is going on over there right now (growth and expansion means buying more IBM servers which means more money for IBM, not Sun).

Posted by system5 on November 10, 2009 at 08:28 PM GMT #

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