IS HP Pulling a Fast One?

Arthur Cole

Call it the enterprise version of Three Card Monty. While HP was touting expanded support for Solaris on its new Xeon systems, it turns out that there are some pretty shrewd calculations going on under the table.

 

The first is the realization that any customer heading over to the HP hardware is likely to get a hard sell as to why it would be even better to run Linux. But then there is the realization that Sun is also gearing up for the launch later this year of the Galaxy Sun Fires, also slated to run on Intel chips. So now, you basically have HP telling Sun customers, "why wait for Xeons from Sun, when you can get them from us right now."

 

Like we said, pretty shrewd.

 

Meanwhile, Sun is doing its best to keep Solaris on the forefront, with a wave of new features designed to enhance efficiency and reliability. At least the company has finally moved away from the same proprietary approach that left Apple on the dock for so many years.

 

And it doesn't look like it will be very long before Sun has to give up on its line of Sparc processors anyway. Now that Intel has found a way into the lower and mid-level Sun machines, it will most likely have to rely on Intel for greater processing power in the future, particularly once we see the 45nm generation take shape.



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Feb 9, 2007 7:13 AM Russell Coombes Russell Coombes  says:
HP absolutely recognizes the fact that some customers see Solaris/x86, or more typically Solaris/ProLiant, as an end state environment. The sales force, nor the company for that matter, has any instructed desire to insist they only move to Linux or other partner operating systems like Windows. The strength in HP ProLiant includes the broadest range of OS support and subsequently gaining the benefits of the combined technologies.  This increased support for Solaris combined with HP’s comprehensive migration capabilities to move dissatisfied Sun customers from SPARC to Linux, Solaris, Windows, HP-UX, Xeon, Opteron and Itanium based systems provide the broadest choice for HP’s customer base.  Your comment of “why wait for Xeons from Sun, when you can get them from us right now.” is absolutely true.  Thanks for highlighting.  Russell CoombesHP Industry Standard ServersSoftware Strategy http://www.hp.com/wwsolutions/solaris/index-all.html  Reply
Feb 13, 2007 11:32 AM Ahmed Ahmed  says:
If Sun gives up SPARC, the company is gone. Remember SGI? Its HP and Intel's wishful thinking. Sun will not let SPARC go. Reply

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