IBM, Sun Set to Unveil 'Operating System Agreement'

Lora Bentley

Well, what do you know? Sun Microsystems and IBM have put aside their rivalry long enough to come to an agreement on operating system technology, PC World reports. Yesterday, the two inked a deal that neither one is willing to discuss yet, the story says.


Execs from both companies are slated to host a joint conference call later today in which they will detail the agreement. Observers speculate that IBM may finally be ready to support Sun's Solaris on its System x and Blade Center servers.


The move is surprising to some because IBM has been a staunch Linux supporter for years. Big Blue recently opened another server line to Linux-based apps with its p AVE beta.

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Aug 30, 2007 7:30 AM The Management Consultant The Management Consultant  says:
Earlier in the year I discussed the strategic advantages of both Sun and IBM developing a common supported OS framework. However I believe more is to come following this announcement. It would make strategic sense for both companies to consider closer collaboration to develop a common version of Solaris for the enterprise market. This announcement may signal an easing of competitive rivalry between these two companies to a point that such exciting projects could now be considered. Reply

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