There was good news for Solaris today and I think a great breakthrough in terms of acceptance thanks to an announcement from HP to formally support Solaris on HP X86 systems. The Register reported this today and rightly named the article: “HP smacks Sun with Solaris stick”. Read the HP Press Release. Here are some choice lines:
- HP is making it easier for dissatisfied Sun Microsystems server customers to migrate to higher performing, more affordable x86-based HP ProLiant platforms.
- HP shipped more than a half million more x86-based servers worldwide than Sun in the third quarter of 2006. In the same period, HP grew its shipments year-over-year by almost two times the entire number of platforms Sun shipped.
- Since 2004, HP has generated more than $1 billion in revenues from moving Sun customers to HP servers.