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Sun, Intel enter broad strategic alliance

Posted: 24 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel  Sun Microsystems  processor  microprocessors  operating system 

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Intel Corp. announced a broad strategic alliance centred on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris operating system (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel Xeon processors.

The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java and NetBeans software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies. The alliance also includes joint engineering, design and marketing efforts.

In addition, Intel is also embracing Solaris as a mainstream OS and the enterprise class, mission critical UNIX OS for Intel Xeon processor-based servers. Intel also endorses Sun's Solaris, Java and NetBeans products and will actively support the OpenSolaris and open Java communities from which they continue to evolve.

Sun plans to deliver a comprehensive family of Intel-based systems with uni-, dual- and multi-processor based servers and workstations supporting Solaris, Windows and Linux. Both companies will also collaborate around greater than four processor scale-up systems optimised for the Solaris OS.

"We're excited about Intel's long term Xeon road map and the performance we're seeing with Solaris and

Sun Java on the Xeon platforms," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO, Sun. "And Intel's endorsement for and agreement to OEM Solaris opens markets for both of us across the world. This is truly a landmark relationship for the industry."

"We're thrilled to be working with Sun to make Solaris on Intel Xeon processors a great solution for our enterprise customers worldwide," said Paul Otellini, president and CEO, Intel. "Bringing together the best technologies from both Sun and Intel will result in innovative products for years to come."




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