Home > Unix > HP Laughs Off Solaris/HP-UX Merger Offer HP Laughs Off Solaris/HP-UX Merger Offer Submitted by george 2006-03-23 Unix 11 Comments During Hewlett-Packard’s Business Critical Systems conference in Macau this week, executives described a recent offer by Sun Microsystems’ boss Scott McNealy to merge Solaris with HP-UX as “almost laughable”. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 11 Comments 2006-03-23 9:16 am project_2501 what’s laughable is HP’s strategy for HP-UX. 2006-03-23 9:35 am gypsumfantastic “We don’t need no steenking customahs!” 2006-03-23 9:48 am csasso73 My experience is that the support from HP of their Unix sucks big time 2006-03-23 10:52 am fithisux why Itanium took so long. Where is the redesign from scratch? Hopefully Itanic drops in price and reach low end machines. 2006-03-23 10:54 am fithisux so I cannot see what is laughable. Maybe HP is laughable. They kill PA-RISC/ALPHA and seem satisfied. I am afraid that HP will move its main headquarters to Colombia for 0.99999 of the time availability of drugs. 2006-03-23 1:17 pm unoengborg We have heard it so many times in history, usually from companies whos names most of us allready have forgotten. Linux is getting better and better, Open Solaris is gaining community. Both of them will most likely run on HP hardware regardless of what HP does or says. As an OS customer I would feel a lot safer with an OS that is supported by multiple entities than something that is the child of one vender. HP is likely to find that their HP-UX userbase is going to be dilluted, and the cost of supporting this userbase is going up. One would think that the Unix business had learned something from the Unix wars, but evidently not. 2006-03-23 2:06 pm SEJeff HP-UX is solid. Despite all of the pro Solaris/Linux and HP haters, HP still holds a commanding Lead in the Unix market and is well over the Solaris marketshare. I’m not trying to start another HP-UX vs Solaris flamewar and hope this doesn’t turn into that again. However, it’s not surprising that HP said no when Sun did *yet another* publicity stunt. In case you guys don’t know, Blizzard Entertainment is switching the majority of the World Of Warcraft servers from Linux (Redhat 2.1 Advanced Server) to HP-UX. Why you ask? Because they were having stability problems with RHEL 2.1 that don’t happen with HP-UX. Now granted, they are idiots for not using something 2.6 kernel based like RHEL3 or even RHEL4. But the fact is still that they are migrating to HP-UX and not Solaris. I know one of the Oracle DBAs that work for them. http://www.blizzard.com/jobopp/unix-system-engineer.shtml This is a HP-UX systems administrator job. Also please note that I am a complete Linux zealot, I just don’t like flaming where it is unnecessary because the flamers are mis-informed. I think an easier upgrade path would be from RHEL 2.1 (horrible) to RHEL4 (Award Winning), but thats just my 2 cents. 2006-03-23 11:16 pm kaiwai HP-UX is solid. Despite all of the pro Solaris/Linux and HP haters, HP still holds a commanding Lead in the Unix market and is well over the Solaris marketshare. Babe, SUN sold the most machines in the mid to low end, and IBM has taken the crown in the high end – sorry, the UNIX market has been slimmed down to two players, IBM vs. SUN; quite frankly, due to Florina’s incompetancy, she was the one who killed HP’s chances of getting a share of the UNIX pie – her approach of ‘f*ck all R&D, heaps of hype, cut prices and try to be another Dell!’ – yeah, great stratergy, selling low cost computers without enough margins to help spur R&D to differentiate products from what Dell offers. Go into any data centre today, and you’ll see wall to wall SUN and IBM machines – where are the HPs? they killed off their chances when they killed off the only real performance king to POWER – Alpha, and even PA-RISC wasn’t a bad beat either. So please, stop sucking down the cool aid, because I can assure you, in 10 years time, HP will be a small printer company – assuming Dell hasn’t gotten its ass into gear and pummeled the prices out of profitablility for HP, and a small services wing, the rest, it’ll be killed off by a combination of Red Hat, SUN, IBM and with the remain scraps being fought over by some small players. 2006-03-24 5:13 am SEJeff IDC is a company that does surveys and they care about neither HP or Sun, they care about numbers. To keep me from typing it again, read this comment: http://osnews.com/permalink.php?news_id=13874&comment_id=101309 Get your facts from somewhere real please and not from Sun’s fud machines. Read it yourself: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS20074406 It’s actually more like IBM vs HP with Solaris and Linux behind the big two. 2006-03-24 5:46 am kaiwai The IDC links says NOTHING about UNIX revenue; only total server shipments – sorry, no cookie for you. 2006-03-27 12:18 pm angstwritten IMHO, you can trust IDC, Gartner and their ilk as much as you can the latest round of political polls. They are slanted towards favoring their sponsor du jour. Of course, these are often sponsored by an ‘impartial third party’. Nothing against IDC or Gartner — I think that their papers (usually) are wonderful and I have always admired this business model. But thinking that their research is impartial is also foolish.