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Sun, Microsoft Expand Partnership; Sun To Sell Windows
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Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 17:46

By J. Nicholas Hoover
InformationWeek

Sun Microsystems (SUNW) is now taking orders. For Windows Server, that is.

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Microsoft (MSFT) and Sun announced Wednesday that Sun has signed on to offer Windows Server 2003 on its 64-bit servers and that the two companies will collaborate on IP television and interoperability between virtualization of Windows Server on Sun's Solaris operating system and vice versa. "The Sun hardware platform is an excellent foundation for Windows-based enterprise solutions," Bob Muglia, senior VP of Microsoft's server and tools division, said in a statement.

The announcement comes as no great shock to the system, except for Sun's channel partners, since a growing percentage of Sun customers were already running Windows on Sun servers anyway. "You could say it's about time," says IDC Research VP Al Gillen.

During a conference call discussing the move, John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's systems group, noted that 100% of Sun's customers run both Solaris and Windows in their environments. "Our partners and customers want to use Windows," he said.

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