December 05, 2005
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced two moves in the battle to create the software
platform of choice for the next-generation of the Internet. First,
having seen momentum with the Solaris Operating System as free and open source software, Sun is making the Java
Enterprise System, Sun N1 Management software and Sun developer
tools available at no cost for both development and deployment and,
further, is reaffirming its commitment to open source this software.
Second, Sun announced that it is integrating all of this software
along with the Solaris OS into the Solaris Enterprise System, the only
comprehensive and open infrastructure software platform available today.
With this announcement, Sun is creating the no-cost, open
alternative to the Windows environment. The Solaris Enterprise System
has all of the benefits of an integrated offering while still enabling
customers the flexibility to address their requirements by deploying
the specific components they need into alternative operating systems.
In addition to being combined under a single distribution with the
Solaris Enterprise System, the Sun Java Enterprise System and the Sun
developer tools can be used at no cost on other existing multi-platform
environments including Windows, HP-UX and Linux.
Sun is also working with its extensive
partner ecosystem to continue to deliver a full-set of advanced support services. The single, no-cost distribution allows
developers and customers a risk-free way to get unencumbered access to
truly business-critical infrastructure software and then engage with
Sun at a point in the lifecycle when they need access to development
and deployment services. This lowers their risk of
adoption and enables a dramatic increase in the number of companies and
individuals who can obtain a complete, integrated portfolio of
"With more than 3.4 million Solaris licenses and nearly 1 million Java
Enterprise System subscribers, customers and developers around the
world have asked us to take the next logical step -- combining the
world's fastest growing open source operating system with the world's
most complete and ready to deploy infrastructure software platform,"
said Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO of Sun. "One hundred percent of our
customers are deploying Web infrastructures and asking for relief from
onerous licenses and system integration activity. With our announced
intent to open source the entirety of our software offerings, every
single developer across the world now has access to the most
sophisticated platform available for web 1.0, 2.0 and beyond."
Included in the new Solaris Enterprise System are:
Sun is offering an opportunity to explore, develop and deploy on Sun's pre-tested and pre-integrated software platform. This is a complete platform which incorporates Sun's existing and recently acquired technology, including its market-leading identity management products, SOA-based integration and composite application products from Sun's recent acquisition of SeeBeyond, and the remote secure display capabilities from Sun's acquisition of Tarantella.
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