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Q&A: Sun's Jonathan Schwartz on the Solaris 10 Launch

Nov 15, 2004, 13:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

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"In your weblog, you call Solaris 10 'the single biggest improvement we've ever delivered in a commercial operating system.' What makes it so? Well, there is probably 100 things that make it so... First and foremost, we have extended to customers the ability to run the same safe, protected and scalable operating system on our existing Unix offerings on Sparc, as well as bringing to them the first truly vendor-neutral operating system that runs across Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Sun's x86, 64-bit systems. [We're] not only giving investment protection to our customers, but also extending the reach of those customers into a new commodity purchasing opportunity... Second, we've really gone back and revisited the fundamental issues that customers had with their systems. We all know that the old saw is 'The hardware I was running was too expensive, and not only that, I was getting only 15% utilization so therefore I built out a big grid of little x86 systems...'"

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