NCR is expected to announce today that it will run Sun?s Solaris Unix operating system on its hardware.
The companies are due to make an announcement during a conference call today - although neither would officially discuss even the topic of the announcement. Sources claim NCR wants to make the deal to reduce its reliance on Microsoft Windows NT.
If NCR were to join forces with Sun, it would mark a change of direction for the company. In June, IDC said NCR?s ability to support NT was one of the best in the industry and the server maker was heavily involved in Microsoft?s Scalability Day, a public relations event that aimed to prove NT can support very large installations.
But sources insist Solaris would spread the risk for NCR, which bases most of its hardware on Intel. It is also possible, but unlikely, that NCR will announce a plan to switch its hardware to Sun?s Sparc processor.
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