Sun Microsystems announced another milestone in its x86 computing strategy with support from leading independent software companies for the Sun Solaris 9 OS, x86 Platform Edition. Brooks Automation, Check Point, MatrixOne, RSA Security, and SunGard joined the growing list of Sun iForce(SM) partners such as Sybase supporting Solaris-based x86 platforms.
In other Unix industry news, HP has announced commercial benchmark results on the HP Server rx5670 using the next generation of the Intel Itanium 2 processor (code-named “Madison”), running HP-UX.
In the meantime, Irix, the version of Unix supplied by technical computing specialist SGI, has been certified to run the Defense Department’s Common Operating Environment (COE), the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said Thursday.
Also, an interesting article at ServerWorld Magazine is comparing HP-UX, Solaris and IBM’s AIX offerings: “Itanium or Unix?“