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Microsoft expands 64-bit computing reach with Sun server alliance

Microsoft is expanding its 64-bit computing reach to Sun server platforms, and Sun is to become a Windows Server OEM, as the firms expand their strategic alliance.

"This is another example of Microsoft's commitment to 64-bit computing," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president for the Server and Tools division at Microsoft.

"The Sun hardware platform is an excellent foundation for Windows-based enterprise solutions, such as Microsoft Virtual Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition. Our customers will have an additional choice of Windows Server OEM partners with Sun," said Muglia.

"Customers can now take advantage of the virtualisation benefits of Windows and Solaris on Sun's energy-efficient x64 systems," said John Fowler, executive vice-president of the Systems Group, at Sun Microsystems.

Sun will offer Windows Server on its x64 hardware and will provide additional utilities and value-added software offerings to server systems carrying Windows Server. Windows Server 2003 will be available on Sun x64 systems within 90 days.

Sun and Microsoft will work together to ensure that Solaris runs well as a guest on Microsoft server virtualization technologies and that Windows Server runs well as a guest on Sun's virtualisation technologies. The pair also plan to make their joint solutions better tailored to data storage needs.


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