REDMOND, Wash. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:
JAVA) today announced that Sun has signed on as a Windows Server OEM.
Additionally, Sun and Microsoft will collaborate to further enable
deployment of Windows Server on Sun x64 systems.
"Today's announcement is another example of Microsoft's commitment to
64-bit computing," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president, Server and Tools
Division at Microsoft. "The Sun hardware platform is an excellent
foundation for Windows(R)-based enterprise solutions, such as Microsoft
Virtual Server, Microsoft SQL Server(TM), Microsoft Exchange Server and
Microsoft Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition. Our customers will
have an additional choice of Windows Server OEM partners with Sun."
"Sun is now a single source for today's leading operating systems --
Solaris(TM) and Windows -- on the industry's most innovative x64 systems
and storage products. Customers can now take advantage of the
virtualization benefits of Windows and Solaris on Sun's energy efficient
x64 systems," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group,
Sun Microsystems. "Microsoft's recognition of our x64 systems and storage
systems is a testament to the superior system design at the heart of our
Key components in today's announcement include:
Windows Server OEM Agreement -- Sun will offer Windows Server on its
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 on
Sun's virtualization technologies. Sun and Microsoft will work together on
a support process for customers who are using the virtualization solutions.
This joint commitment to customers ensures that Windows and Solaris will
provide a solid virtualization experience.
Expanded IPTV partnership -- Sun and Microsoft will continue to
collaborate to advance the worldwide deployment of the Microsoft
Mediaroom(TM) IPTV and multimedia platform on Sun servers and storage
systems. AT&T U-verse digital TV offering has chosen Sun for one of world's
largest deployments of the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, which includes
server and client software. 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: database, email
and messaging, virtualization and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) support in
Sun Ray(TM) 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
This continued investment in interoperability builds on the initial
cooperation agreement between the two companies initiated in April 2004.
Since then, Microsoft and Sun have collaborated on interoperability for Web
services, identity management, thin clients, systems management and Windows
Server engineering. Sun offers Windows Server installation and staging
services through its Customer Ready Systems program, providing support for
customers with more advanced pre-integration and testing needs. The two
companies have also created a basis for tighter interoperability between
Java(TM) Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the .NET Framework 3.0 and
Windows Communication Foundation in Sun's Web services interoperability
technologies (Project Tango). Sun is also a founding member of the
Microsoft Interoperability Vendor Alliance and a Microsoft Gold Certified
More information on Windows on Sun's x64 systems is available at:
More information on Windows 64-bit Computing is available at
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