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Sun and Microsoft Announce Deeper Alliance
By Omer Qureshi

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Introduction
Sun  and  Microso-  form  deeper   alliance  –  but  things  were  not  this  rosy,  and  not  too  long   ago  in   my   past   life   when   we   were   consolida;ng   massive   datacenters   of   a   large   financial   ins;tu-­‐ ;on  from  IBM  (AS400  and   e-­‐series)  class  servers  to   a  Dell  +  Compaq  (HP)   WinTel  plaNorm  and   SUN  e29000s  mix. We  always  admired  SUN’s  hardware  reliability  (though  a  bit   pricy)  as  well  as  their  great  pla;num   support  SLA  (also  comes  with  a  s;cker  shock)  and  therefore  we  pushed  Sun  to  seek  ways  of  pro-­‐ viding  their   hardware   and  its   reliability   to  run  Windows   commodity   workloads.   We   were  told   that   it  will  be  a  cold  day   in  hell  when  that  happens….  7  years  and  two  months  later  the  hell  has   indeed  become  a  cold  place.

Profile
Sun  and  Microso-  has  tradi;onally   competed  on  everything  and  anything   –  well,   star;ng  from   the  OS  (Solaris  ‘Server   and  Worksta;on),  PlaNorm  Management  +  Virtualiza;on,  App  Plat  (Java,   JVM,  JiNi)  and  recently  on  the  business  produc;vity  with  StarOffice  (open  source  plaNorm  com-­‐ petes  against  MS  Office). The  An;trust  war  over  JVM   (Java  Virtual  Machine)  and  MSJVM  right  to  be  bundled  in  Windows   made  things  worst   and  a  major   source  of   pain  for   the  customers,   who  would   liked   beaer   in-­‐ teroperability.

So what made the hell freeze?
Two  words  “market   share”…  Sun  has  been  losing  on  all  fronts,   on  plaNorm   with  Microso-  and   Linux   and   even   to   IBM   mainframe.   On   App-­‐Plat   against   .Net   (VSTS),   BEA   (Web   Logic),   IBM   (Eclipse,  WebSphere),  Oracle  and  Google  (AJAX  and  APIS)  etc  in  fact  the  stock  price  is  indica;ve   of  this  demise  -­‐  on  its  heyday  close  to  $80  and  now  a  bare  $5.50. So  back  in  April  2004,  Steve  Ballmer   and  Scoa  McNealy   shook  hands  and  Microso-  also   cut   a   check  to  Sun  for  nearly   $2  billion  and  another  several  billions  in  so-  dollar  infusion,   the  end  re-­‐ sult  –  Sun  would  stop  its  li;ga;ons  against  Microso-  on  MSJVM  and  its  distribu;on  and  instead   focus  on  interoperability   in  the  field  of   web  2.0   technologies  and  plaNorm   support   and  man-­‐ agement….

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How it might help customers
1. Sun  has  a  great   hardware  plaNorm  (Sun  Fire  series  64  bit)  and  Windows  Server  offering  on   this  plaNorm  is  great  news  for  the  customers 2. Sun  is  also  emerging  as  a  big  player  on  the  whole  ‘Green  Compu3ng’  turf  and  can  help  cus-­‐ tomers  deploy  Windows  while  reducing  their  carbon  footprint 3. Interoperability  on  Virtualiza3on   –   Windows  virtual  instances  running  as  guests  on  Sun   Solaris  host  OS  and  vice  versa 4. Interoperability  on  Management  –  Ability   to  manage  Windows  Server  and  client  from  Sun   Central  Datacenter  suite  and  vice  versa 5. MSJVM   (Java  Virtual   Machine)  –  perhaps  return  of   MSJVM   in  Windows  Vista  SP1,  Win-­‐ dows  7  and  Windows  Server  2008.

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