"Three years ago, we attended Sun's quarterly network computing
day. It was the heart of the Bust, and we were treated to pot shots
directed at IBM and Microsoft and were told that Sun was the true
'open standards' vendor. The company then introduced its
$1.4-million-plus flagship server in a completely refreshed Sun
Fire line. At the time, Sun cited server consolidation and the
desire for a lower total cost of ownership as the bait to lure
enterprises to its wares.
"Three years is an eternity in the tech market. Since then, Sun
has officially made nice with Microsoft and seen its market share
erode as Big Blue's grew. Solaris has taken a beating from Linux,
particularly in Sun's sweet spot of financial services
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