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Red Hat Won't Eclipse Sun with New Release, Say Analysts

By Susan B. Shor
Feb 15, 2005 11:26 AM PT

Red Hat unveiled its updated enterprise Linux distribution today and used the occasion to take a shot at rival Sun.

Red Hat Won't Eclipse Sun with New Release, Say Analysts

"It's the beginning of the end of Solaris in the enterprise," Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering at Red Hat, said of Enterprise Linux v4, which the company said is capable of handling any enterprise-level application.

Still in the Game

Analysts told LinuxInsider that the new release is not quite at the level of Sun's enterprise product, however.

"Sun's in a tough fight with Linux, which new advances from Red Hat certainly don't make any easier. But Solaris 10 has impressive capabilities of its own," Gordon Haff, senior analyst, Illuminata, told LinuxInsider.

Stacey Quandt, Open Source Practice Leader for the Robert Frances Group, agreed. "Although many organizations continue to migrate Solaris workloads from UltraSPARC to Linux on x86 and other platforms, the latest version of Red Hat does not eliminate the need for Solaris in the enterprise," she said.

"The performance characteristics of Solaris on AMD Opteron

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