Sun Microsystems has unveiled plans to extend support for its Sun Java Enterprise System (JES) to Windows and HP-UX operating systems.
JES is currently available on the Solaris platform for Sparc, AMD Opteron and Xeon systems, as well as Linux.
Sun has promised to add support for the HP-UX operating system on the PA-Risc architecture and Windows for x86 hardware, including AMD Opteron-based systems, beginning next year.
John Loiacono, Sun executive vice president of software, said in a statement: "Sun is opening up significant new opportunities for customers and partners and giving them flexibility to mix and match systems to meet their technology needs, help reduce the costs and complexity associated with systems management, and leverage Sun's infinite right-to-use model."
Yankee Group senior analyst Dana Gardner said the move "injects the novel subscription pricing model and mid-tiers solution packaging approach into the server original equipment manufacturer space".
And analyst group Gardner commented: "The likely effect is that, as the costs-benefit analysis becomes clear, enterprise buyers will pull this up through the channel. And that will encourage server makers to offer it on their hardware, which further enhances the value chain reaction."
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