Feeds

IBM reloads Sun poaching gun

New kit for the Oracle-phobic

Security for virtualized datacentres

With the European Union finally giving approval to Oracle's $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems last week, IBM is stepping up efforts to exploit any untapped feelings of uncertainty in shops using Sun iron.

On Tuesday, IBM announced the addition of new software to its four-year-old “Migration Factory” vendor poaching program that makes it easier for businesses to push workloads from Sun into a Big Blue embrace.

The company said its improved Oracle-phobia prescription plan helps automate several of the processes necessary for anti-Sun migration, such as sniffing out and identifying Sun assets, provisioning the new target IBM environment, and streamlining workload transitions.

The software promises a speedier move from Sun Solaris to either Linux or IBM's AIX operating systems, migrating both applications and middleware.

Although IBM's poaching technique for Sun customers isn't new – the company clearly hopes to shake out any anti-Oracle stragglers as the official date of marriage looms closer. Oracle's chief executive Larry Ellison is scheduled to outline a strategy for the combined companies and their roadmaps tomorrow during a webcast. The event is expected to lay out Oracle's future plans in hardware and software.

IBM hopes to stir up concerns of Sun's new ownership by stirring up unproven fears. “The future of Sun's hardware business is highly uncertain given its imminent acquisition by Oracle,” IBM said on its Sun server migration page. “There's also been speculation in the press on whether Sun will cancel Rock, its next-generation chip project.”

Big iron vendors like IBM are always especially eager to circle over the remains of companies freshly processed for acquisition. On the same day, Sun shareholders voted in favor of the Oracle deal, HP unveiled its Sun Complete Care program, offering Sun shops free migration and total cost of ownership assessments if they consider dropping Sun iron for HP.

IBM's Migration Factory shop also offers incentives to abandon Dell, EMC, and of HP kit. HP pitches the reverse favor in return. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10
A third of them are doing it in VMs, but early feedback focuses on frippery
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'
Admits to 'a metric ****load' of mistakes during work with Linux collaborators
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster
Customers freaked out by frightful service
Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now
This organic crowd sourced viro- social fertiliser just got REAL
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
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.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.