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The two companies announced a deal Wednesday that will see H.P. offer its customers Sun’s Solaris operating system on H.P.’s best-selling servers. The arrangement follows similar deals Sun has inked with companies like I.B.M. and Dell over the years. Sun looks to broaden the appeal of Solaris, which competes against the open-source Linux and Microsoft’s Windows products.
To get at why this tie-up may or may not be significant, it’s worth exploring some of the history behind Sun’s machinations with Solaris.
Now that Sun has lined up all of the major server makers behind Solaris x86, it has run out of excuses and will be put to the test to make such a bold strategy increase revenue.