Sun Microsystems Inc’s offer to merge its Solaris operating system code base with Hewlett-Packard Co’s HP-UX might have been easily dismissed as an HP announcement spoiler, but Sun maintains it is more than a publicity stunt.
I’m really serious, Santa Clara, California-based Sun’s executive vice president of software, John Loiacono, told Computer Business Review. Where can HP-UX go? HP-UX does not run on x86.
Sun’s chief executive, Scott McNealy, recently sent an open letter to his HP counterpart, Mark Hurd, proposing that Sun and HP commit to converge HP-UX with Sun’s flagship volume Unix, Solaris 10.
Given that HP was lining up to announce a commitment to its Itanium servers from Oracle Corp, which renewed its long-term relationship with Sun in January, it was easy to assume that the letter was designed to trip up Sun’s server rival.
And maybe it was. Loiacono maintained that there was value above and beyond grabbing some of HP’s user base despite the undoubted disruption involved in undertaking a merger of operating system code, although he did not elaborate further.
There is some good technology there, and [if it were to happen], that user base on HP-UX now has a roadmap, he said. Loiacono also revealed that having persuaded IBM Corp to commit to supporting Solaris 10 on its BladeCenter servers, Sun is also talking to HP about it supporting Solaris 10 on the ProLiant DL series line.