In what spells out as a major shift in the server market, IBM and Sun have entered a deal in which IBM will host Solaris OS on BladeCenter and System X servers.

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“From my vantage point, given IBM’s scale, industry presence, and market leadership, there is no more important tier-one relationship to accelerate the success we’ve begun to see with Solaris,” Schwartz said. “This relationship, to us, represents a tectonic shift in the market landscape, not just from a historical perspective, but a shift that represents new market opportunities for the both of us — opportunity we’re better positioned to capture working together than apart.

The deal could result in a larger audience for Sun’s OS, more sales for IBM’s hardware, and greater flexibility and ease of migration for users of IBM’s products. IBM, HP, Sun, and Dell have been at war for server market share, with IBM and HP leading the pack. This deal makes IBM a Solaris OEM, and that should help it over competitors HP and Dell.

More news links:

Solaris to get a boost on x86 systems thanks to IBM distribution deal (Ars Technica)

Solaris on Z mainframes next for IBM, Sun (ComputerWorld | IDG News Service)

IBM, Sun Microsystems shine light on Solaris deal (ZDNet Asia)

IBM, Sun seal server partnership (The

Also, Sun seems to have started on a software-centric focus for business, with this IBM deal and the deal with Google to distribute StarOffice (CNN) bundled with Google Pack. Is this the emergence of Sun as a major player in the software arena?