Feeds

Sun Microsystems: big fish, shrinking pond

HP Away

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Sun Microsystems has launched a new migration plan to steal away users of Hewlett-Packard's Tru64 Unix AlphaServer systems. Sun is trying to win over customers that HP acquired along with Compaq, many of whom Compaq originally inherited from Digital Equipment Corporation in 1998.

Sun has been planning its move on HP for some time, but delayed its HP Away program (which seeks to entice AlphaServer users to Sun's Sparc-based servers running Solaris) after SCO Group's termination of IBM's Unix license gave it an easier target to aim at.

Having bought Compaq in 2002, HP is now attempting to move Tru64 AlphaServer users to Intel Itanium 2 based servers running HP-UX. The current Alpha EV7 based Marvel servers are the penultimate in the AlphaServer line, to be followed by EV79 speed-enhanced servers next year.

HP expects the performance of Itanium 2 servers to match and begin to beat that of RISC machines sometime in the next two years. Nevertheless, the company has stated it will sell EV79s through 2006, and support their users through 2011.

That leaves AlphaServer users with plenty of time to select a replacement technology, raising questions as to how many customers will feel the need to make an early move to Sun's platform.

While Sun is much more publicly committed to the future of its Sparc processor and Solaris operating system, a decline in sales of new Unix servers has left many wondering whether Sun's dedication to Sparc and Solaris will guarantee the company's long-term survival. It could be that Sun needs HP's Unix customers more than HP's Unix customers need Sun.

Sun remains the market leader for Unix on RISC, but with the growth of Intel and Linux this is an increasingly small pond in which to be a big fish. Sun needs to grow its Unix revenue and market share in order to convince many that the Unix/RISC waters are deep enough to keep it alive.

Source: Computerwire/Datamonitor

Recommended research: Reuters Business Insight, "The Linux and Open SourceOutlook: Making Linux a strategic fit" (RBTC0064)

Related Stories

IBM, Sun and HP locked in giant Unix OS spat
IBM keeps the AIX flag flying
Linux in Europe
HP-UX upgraded for Itanium 2
Virtualisation, the Linux way

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer
Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.