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Sun to sell Windows on servers?

by Nikola Strahija on July 4th, 2005 Tom Goguen, Sun's vice president of operating platform marketing, said on Friday that while Sun currently has no definite plan to strike a deal with Microsoft, the vendor will consider it if customers and partners liked the idea.

-It depends on what our customers tell us to do, Goguen said. -If we find enough customers that say we want you to have that type of relationship with Microsoft, [we will].’

This comes as quite a surprise, because John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's Network Systems Group, said in April that Sun has no need to actually sell Windows because many customers already purchase the OS on their own and can get Windows support on Sun hardware through channel partners.

All of Sun's major hardware competitors, including HP, Dell and IBM have OEM deals with Microsoft for Windows.
Michael Goulde, senior analyst with Forrester Research, said he expects Sun to implement Windows before the end of 2005, in time to prepare for the release of Longhorn. Microsoft expects Longhorn to ship in the second half of 2006.

-It would make sense for them to get on board as the [Longhorn] beta program gets off the ground, he said. Inking an OEM deal with Microsoft would have pros and cons for Sun, Goulde said. On one hand, it would give Sun access to Microsoft developers and salespeople to more efficiently and more profitably distribute Windows on their Opteron servers. On the other hand, the move might muddle Sun's strategic commitment to Solaris as its core operating platform, a commitment from which company executives have not wavered for years. -It might cause some customers to start scratching their heads about Sun's commitment to Solaris in particular, Goulde said.

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