When Sun launches its Java Enterprise System in the first quarter of next year it will support a good number of operating systems and hardware. Operating systems like Windows (x86-based hardware), UNIX, and AMD Opteron systems. Hopefully this move will give Sun the boost it needs.
Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java Enterprise System will support a number of new third-party operating systems and hardware platforms beginning in the first quarter of next year—including Microsoft Windows for x86-based hardware, including AMD Opteron systems, and the Unix-based HP-UX operating system on the PA-RISC architecture. The Java Enterprise System is currently available on Sun's Solaris operating system for SPARC, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Opteron and Intel Corp. Xeon systems, as well as on Linux.
Last November, long before the billion-dollar-plus deal and cooperation agreement between Sun and Microsoft was signed this April, eWEEK first reported that Sun was considering bowing to pressure from customers and partners to broaden the platform base of its Java Enterprise System software. At that time Sun President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz, then executive vice president of Sun's software group, said the Santa Clara, Calif., company could be ready for a change of heart about Windows. "The world is a very diverse place, and we have to recognize that diversity," Schwartz said.
News source: eWeek