Sun and Microsoft announce Data Centre collaboration

Arch-rivals Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have extended their partnership by building a dedicated centre on Microsoft's Redmond Campus to test the compatibility and interoperability of their products and solutions.

“The new Sun/Microsoft Interoperability Center will help provide our joint customers with a testbed for running key Microsoft applications on Sun's x64 servers and help ensure more seamless integration between the technologies," added Lisa Sieker, vice president of Systems Marketing, Sun Microsystems.

Sun has had employees working on Microsoft's Enterprise Engineering Centre since 2005 to iron out any significant incompatibilities between Sun and Microsoft platforms and has been selling Windows Server since last year.

Microsoft's new found love for Sun Microsystems after the two bitterly fought over Java and more, could indicate that Microsoft is ready to embrace other platforms fully even if it means collaborating with a former enemy.

In related news, Sun released the Sun Infrastructure Solution for Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft has also announced the acquisition of a virtualisation Company called Kidaro in a bid to further strengthen its virtualisation portfolio.