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January 22, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Sun and Intel hooking up — what’s next?

I miss being able to say Wintel.

In a partnership being announced right now, the two will work together to promote and optimize Sun’s Solaris and Java on Intel’s Xeon chips.

They’ll also work together optimizing future multicore Intel platforms for Solaris.

The Webcast and slides are here.

Intel’s been losing ground to AMD, and Sun’s success with x86 servers have helped it close the gap with server leaders IBM and Hewlett-Packard, according to the August IDC numbers.

It’s interesting, but the long-term possibilities of a Sun-Intel alliance are more intriguing.

Could Intel ever provide all of Sun’s chips? What will this to the Microsoft-AMD relationship? How about the virtualization play — will the alliance give Sun an edge on virtualized Intel Xeon systems?

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