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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by timh - tjhawkins.com on Fri 24th Dec 2004 01:48 UTC

im not so sure about that. they used to make the bulk of their money in their SPARC shipments. Their sparc shipments are down and their x86 shipments are up. They posted a tiny profit.

The x86 server market is extremely saturated. I sell x86 servers cheaply even. If they do become very strong in the x86 market what happens to SPARC customers? Rely on Fujitu?

What about sun's increasing focus on software due to jonathan schwartz? What about his idea that everything in the world from toasters to servers should all be subscription based?

I think sun's real problem is their marketing. I think they should keep their server line up as is and not increasingly focus on the x86 market. It seems they just advertise x86 instead of sparc.

So I'm skeptical. Sure I'm probably wrong and I have other beliefs of what MAY hapen but this is one of them.

I do ultimately think sun will win, or a company who buys out sun will win. In fact, schwartz even said they are considering any option right now. I am not sure what that means, but i think they will try to make a huge push somewhere or do something big but they don't know what it may be.