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It took all of one day for HP to hit back at Sun Microsystems in their campaigns to steal users from each other.

HP today launched its Solaris migration program in the UK, offering to shift customers from Solaris to Linux running on HP hardware. The deal is similar to the one HP offers US customers, providing loaner hardware and £20,000 worth of migration services. This is an apparent response to Sun's "HP Away" program expansion. Sun is now going after both Tru64 and HP-UX customers worldwide.

“Increasingly, enterprise customers are evaluating Linux on industry standard Intel servers as a means of reducing cost and increasing performance for the future,” said Russell Coombes, Linux business manager, for HP UK. “As the market-leading Linux server vendor, HP is committed to making it as easy as possible for companies to migrate from Sun to Linux.”

HP customers can borrow a ProLiant server for up to 30 days and see how well their applications run on the kit. HP plans to extend the program from just Linux to Windows and HP-UX over time. ®

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