Sun Slams IBM over x86 Decision

eWeek Reports:

“BM’s decision not to test, certify and support its enterprise software applications on Solaris 10 for x86 platforms has angered Sun Microsystems Inc. officials, who say the move smacks of monopolistic behavior. ADVERTISEMENT

Larry Singer, vice president of Sun’s Global Information Systems Strategy Office, in Santa Clara, Calif., told eWEEK that the move is even more surprising given that IBM has committed to supporting Solaris 10 on Sun’s SPARC hardware for its enterprise software applications, including DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli.

Solaris 10 for SPARC and x86 is due by the end of March.

“They are telling us they don’t anticipate sufficient customer support for Solaris 10 on x86, and that is the reason,” Singer said. “But the real reason for this move is they just don’t want the volume of Solaris business on x86 to continue to grow. That is not in their interest.”