Linked by Adam S on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 13:05 UTC, submitted by Usman Latif
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems is focusing on Opterons and Solaris x86 for a good reason. Sun has figured out a way to make x86 hardware cheaper than anyone else. Sun is hoping that by leveraging its cost advantages the company will be able to ensure the success of its x86 hardware and Solaris.
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Sun's strategy
by Anonymous on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 17:39 UTC

> So you tell me, what is their strategy?!?!?!

You have to be either gianly myopic (figuratively speaking) or plain ignorant to fail to see the strategy behind Sun's moves. Compared to the likes of IBM and HP the Sun's strategy is very clear and focused. Lets review:

- IBM strategy: What OS flavor are we running today and what is the future? Is it zOS, AIX, OS/400, Windows, Linux on x86 or may be Linux on Power? What CPU are we going to pitch to be the future? Is it Xeon, Itanium, Opteron, or may be Power? IBM will try to sell you whatever is hot this minute with no regard for the long term strategy because the more complicated your environment is the money IBM can make from services doing the "integration" work. Bottom line is IBM has no strategy per se.

- HP's strategy: Which dead-end OS are we peddling to the customer today? Is it Tru64, HP-UX, NonStop, OpenVMS, Windows, NetWare, or may be Linux and which Linux flavour is it going to be -- RedHat or SuSE? What CPU strategy are we going to EOL today? Is going to be Alpha, PA-RISC, MIPS (NonStop), or may be Itanium and what are we going to use instead -- Xeon or Opteron??? Truth is HP has got a giant mess on its hands and it is going to take years to sort this out, most likely at the cost of HP's market share, which most likely will go to Sun and IBM.

- Sun strategy by comparison is clear and to the point: Use Solaris for all platforms (Sparc, x86), but if you really want Linux, we'll sell it you. Use Sparc as hardware platform as it is proven, scales extremely well, and fairly cheap; but if you're very price sensitive and want good price/performance on the low end, we'll sell you Opteron. And oh yeah, just to sweeten the deal we can throw in gobs of free middleware IBM will charge you and arm and a leg for. Looks like a pretty good strategy to me, at least by comparison to IBM and HP.