IBM will distribute the Solaris operating system and Solaris Subscriptions for some of its x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers.
IBM is the volume leader in the high-performance segment of the Intel-based server market. The company's X3 Architecture, the third generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture, positioned IBM as the fastest growing vendor in high-end x86 servers in the first quarter of 2007.
Solaris is supported on more than 820 x86 platforms and runs more than 3 000 unique x86 applications including IBM Websphere, Lotus, DB2, Rational and Tivoli.
As part of the expanded support, Sun and IBM will invest in testing and system qualification.
IBM servers that will support the Solaris OS include: IBM BladeCenter HS21 and LS41 servers; and IBM System x3650, System x3755, and System x3850 servers.
"IBM provides the broadest choice of server platforms and operating systems to customers with AIX, Linux for x86 and Power, Microsoft Windows Server and now Solaris," says Bill Zeitler, senior vice-president & group executive, IBM Systems & Technology Group.
"IBM is the first major x86 vendor to have such an agreement with Sun; and the first big vendor apart from Sun to offer Solaris on blade servers."
Solaris offers a number of features, including Solaris ZFS, Predictive Self-Healing and Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) to help customers improve uptime, cut costs and speed time to market. The Solaris OS allows BladeCenter and System x customers to get excellent application performance on today's and tomorrow's multi-core 64-bit x86 processors.