Sun last week unveiled version 3.0 of its Sun Easy Access Server, which will increase the interoperability of its Solaris platform with Windows NT.
Easy Access Server includes version 1.1 of Solaris PC Netlink, formerly known as Project Cascade. This will enable Solaris to run native NT services such as file and print and directory.
Sun hopes the offering will encourage users to consolidate multiple NT servers into one Solaris server, particularly because unlimited client access is free, in contrast to Microsoft's NT licensing model.
Jeff Bernard, Sun's director of Solaris marketing, said: "The aim is to grow the size of the Solaris market by adding more applications. This creates a viable long-term future for Solaris and our own hardware in the departmental space and should help Solaris be more broadly accepted."
PC Netlink also enables Solaris to adopt the same look and feel as NT.
Administrators can use their NT tools, unchanged, to look after the system.
Sun licensed the NT services from AT&T and modified them to run on the Solaris platform.
Sun has also rewritten its Solstice Adminsuite 3.0 and Solaris Web Start wizards in 100% Pure Java and added support for the emerging Web-based enterprise management (WBEM) standard from the Distributed Management Task Force to make Solaris easier to administer in heterogeneous environments.
Developers can download the Solaris WBEM software developers kit from http://sun.com/solaris/wbem to build applications.
Sun Easy Access Server Version 3.0 will ship in August for Solaris 2.6 and 7, running on Sparc or Intel. Prices start at $595 (£387) a server.
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