With demands from the market for wider choice while focusing on performance and virtualisation, Sun’s platform development aims to provide customers with what they need. 

Helen Constantinides, pre-sales manager at Sun Microsystems, says: “The market is moving towards the next generation of Web applications. Whether it’s Web 2.0 or service-oriented architecture (SOA), these new approaches are driving new demands on platforms and Sun is very much at the intersection of a variety of really interesting trends.”
She says that there is also a call in the market for general-purpose hardware for scale-out and scale-up architecture, as well as for more choice in operating systems.
Constantinides explains that Sun adopts a straightforward approach in this regard.
“Sun supports open development, open source and multi-platform approaches. So Sun servers run Solaris, Linux and Windows. They support running virtual environments and are able to attach to heterogeneous storage.”
While Sun has adopted the x86 architecture in its new server ranges, development continues on the Sparc platform with a range of processors and servers. The company has also announced a range of blade servers, which allow for the building of highly scalable, serviceable and available applications.
“Sun has introduced the world’s first 16-way single RU 64-bit system on the x86 architecture,” says Constantinides. “This platform holds the world’s performance record in technical computing for a single system of any type, processor or scale and is great for a broad range of business applications.”
Vitualisation is another area of computing that Sun is focusing on, with virtualisation features built into the Solaris operating system and Sun servers.