Migration tool drives Sun-based apps to Linux

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Migration tool drives Sun-based apps to Linux

Arif Mohamed

IT managers planning to migrate applications from Sun Solaris/Sparc to Linux on Intel Xeon or Itanium processors could cut costs by using new tools from Transitive.

The supplier has released two products in its Quicktransit Virtualization Software range for migrating applications written for the Solaris and Sparc platforms.

The products are the first fruits of a collaboration with chip maker Intel, announced in March, to accelerate the migration from Risc-based platforms to Intel’s Xeon and Itanium 2 hardware.

Quicktransit Virtualization Software enables Solaris and Sparc applications to run, without any source code or binary changes, on Linux/Xeon and Linux/Itanium 2-based servers.

“One of the biggest obstacles to migrating from one server to another is getting your internally developed and commercial applications ported to the new server,” said Bob Wiederhold, president and chief executive of Transitive. “In a large IT organisation this can take years to accomplish.”

Future products in the series will allow Solaris and Sparc applications to run on various other hardware platforms.

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