SearchEnterpriseLinux: Analyst Firm Urges Caution on Sun's Linux Strategy
Sep 23, 2003, 19:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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"A recent assessment of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s enterprise Linux
strategy by Boston-based analyst firm Aberdeen Inc., cautions IT
managers and decision makers about Sun's internal bias toward
Solaris and the perception that Sun isn't serious about Linux.
"Generally considered a late-comer to the enterprise Linux
story, Sun CEO Scott McNealy did little to dispel Aberdeen's
conclusions during his company's SunNetwork user conference last
week in San Francisco. McNealy and software vice president Jonathan
Schwartz said Sun has no Linux strategy and that the server maker
offers Linux only because customers ask for it.
"Sun's proprietary version of Unix, Solaris, is Sun's flagship
operating system, according to report author Bill Claybrook.
Furthermore, Sun apparently has no intention of porting its OS
offerings from its SPARC processors to Intel's Itanium processor
family the way Hewlett-Packard Co., does, Claybrook said in
comparing the two vendors..."