HP Simplifies Migration for Sun Solaris Customers to More Affordable, Higher-performing HP ProLiant Systems

Published February 12th, 2007 - 11:20 GMT

HP is making it easier for dissatisfied Sun Microsystems server customers to migrate to higher performing, more affordable x86-based HP ProLiant platforms.
By expanding certification of the 64-bit version of the Solaris 10 operating system on seven of its existing Intel® Xeon™-based HP ProLiant servers, HP is providing users of Solaris on SPARC-based servers more options than ever for adopting industry-standard computing.
Since 1996, HP has certified various versions of Solaris in both 32- and 64-bit mode on select AMD Opteron™- and Intel Xeon-based HP ProLiant servers. The certifications announced today include the HP ProLiant BL20p G4, BL460c, BL480c, DL360 G5, DL380 G5, DL580 G4 and ML570 G4 servers.
HP shipped more than a half million more x86-based servers worldwide than Sun in the third quarter of 2006. In the same period, HP grew its shipments year-over-year by almost two times the entire number of platforms Sun shipped. In addition, HP is the No. 1 provider of UNIX on x86, shipping more than three times the number of UNIX servers on x86 than Sun in the quarter.(1)
HP offers a comprehensive set of automated tools, system trade-ins, financial incentives, migration assistance and integrated support capabilities to help customers migrate from Sun to HP ProLiant, BladeSystem, Integrity and StorageWorks platforms. Since 2004, HP has generated more than $1 billion in revenues from moving Sun customers to HP servers.
HP's robust UNIX operating system, HP-UX 11i, benefits Solaris customers challenged with highly demanding workloads. HP-UX, together with HP Virtual Server Environment and HP Serviceguard, make virtualization fast and easy for mission-critical applications.
“HP’s 10 years of leadership in the industry-standard server market has allowed ProLiant servers to drive into all areas of the data center,” said Ryan D'souza, Product Manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP.
“As standards-based computing continues to be the end goal for customers, more and more Solaris customers are coming to HP for its full portfolio of x86 servers, management tools and services.”
HP additionally announced a relationship with Transitive® Corporation, a leading provider of software that enables transportability of applications across multiple processor and operating system pairs.
Together, HP and Transitive will provide hardware virtualization and infrastructure solutions best run for companies migrating away from SPARC technology to achieve the benefits in price/performance and flexibility from HP ProLiant servers.
Transitive’s QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 solution seamlessly enables applications that have been compiled for the Solaris operating system and the SPARC processor to run on certified 64-bit HP ProLiant platforms running Linux without requiring any source code or binary changes.
More information for customers looking to make the switch from Sun to HP is available at www.hp.com/go/maketheswitch.
More information on HP ProLiant servers certified for Solaris is available at www.hp.com/wwsolutions/solaris/index-all.html. More information on HP-UX and HP Integrity offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/suntointegrity.
About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $91.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2006. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

About HP Middle East
HP is the largest technology and solutions provider in the Middle East with 670 employees and subsidiaries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah, Khobar, Cairo, Ramallah, Oman and 2 service Joint Ventures in Kuwait and Bahrain servicing the GCC, Egypt and the Levant. HP has been present in the Middle East since 1968 and opened its first regional office in 1994. HP Middle East is the market leader for enterprise, small and medium business and consumer technology products and offers a large portfolio of solutions and services in various business domains.
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(1) Source: IDC, Q306 Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, November 2006.

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