Sun Microsystems have signed on as a Windows Server OEM, in a strategic alliance with Microsoft. This means Sun and Microsoft will work together to facilitate deployment of Windows Server on Sun’s 64-bit hardware.
I think this is really a great venture. With increased recognition of the power that can be tapped in 64-bit systems, and Microsoft’s initiative on Virtualization and Interoperability, this deal is surely a positive step forward. We’ll soon have Exchange Server 2007 running on Sun’s 64 bit hardware!
The announcement was made on the 12th of this month, and the key points are:
- Windows Server OEM agreement
Sun will offer Windows Server on their x64 hardware and will provide additional utilities and value-added software offerings to server systems carrying Windows Server. Windows Server 2003 will be available on Sun x64 systems within 90 days.
- Sun x64 systems and storage
Microsoft recognizes Sun’s compelling x64 server and storage products in the market today. Microsoft and Sun will continue to work together to test and validate the Windows platform on these systems for scale-up enterprise computing.
- Solaris and Windows virtualization
Sun and Microsoft will work together to ensure that Solaris runs well as a guest on Microsoft virtualization technologies and that Windows Server runs well as a guest in Sun’s virtualization technologies. Sun and Microsoft will work together on a support process for customers using the virtualization solutions.
- IP-TV partnership.
Sun and Microsoft will continue to collaborate to advance the worldwide deployment of the Microsoft Mediaroom™ IPTV and multimedia platform on Sun server and storage systems. The combination of Sun’s server solutions and Microsoft’s TV software technology and expertise is expected to speed time to market for IPTV services, while providing superior cost and performance characteristics for communications service providers worldwide.
- Expanded investment in interoperability
Microsoft and Sun will build an Interoperability Center on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. The center will include a demonstration area for Sun x64 systems, act as a working lab for Windows on Sun benchmarks and sales tools, and support customers running proofs of concept for projects focused on Windows on Sun x64 systems, including joint Sun/Microsoft solutions in areas such as databases, e-mail and messaging, virtualization, and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) support in Sun Ray thin clients. The Interoperability Center will expand Sun’s presence on the Microsoft main campus, adding to existing Sun systems showcased and customer-tested in the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center.
Wow, pretty soon we’re gonna see purple monsters in the server room that run Windows Server 2003!
See the press release: Microsoft Presspass