IBM and Sun announced a few moments ago that IBM will distribute the Sun Solaris Operating Systems and Solaris Subscriptions for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers.
This announcement builds on IBM's longstanding partnership with Sun and its work supporting Java.
As our VP, Systems and Technology Group, Bill Zeitler just indicated on the teleconference announcing this move, he expects this announcement will lead to an expanded relationship between IBM and Sun.
Then the inevitable question about AIX and Linux was just raised on the call by one of the participants.
Zeitler responds: "I don't see a single operating system as being the choice. Customers make choices. Markets make choices. Responsible vendors respond to those customer environments.
He then added, "We wil still continue with our AIX investments, but just pragmatically, there are a lot of Solaris customers who are loyal to it as well. So I think this is a reinforcement to our commitment to interoperability in the marketplace, and I think that customers will react strongly to it."Read More]