|Solaris Express, Developer Edition OpenSolaris-based distribution for Solaris, Java, and Web 2.0 developers|
|Solaris + AMP Open source-based Web infrastructure stack optimized for Solaris 10|
|Sun Startup Essentials Expansion of program to help make hardware purchases easier for new companies|
Developers using Solaris + AMP applications get a free 60-day trial of some Sun hardware. And Startup Essentials, which aims to make online hardware purchases easy for new companies, includes storage products that can be added to the low-cost servers Sun has been offering program members.
Many companies prototype their projects using available LAMP (Linux/AMP) technology and commodity PCs, says Juan Carlos Soto, Sun's VP of marketing. "It's certainly understandable why that would be the start, but we also want to make sure they have a chance to look at what Sun has to offer," Soto says.
David Young, CEO of on-demand app and infrastructure provider Joyent, knows what Sun has to offer. Joyent's collaboration service runs on top of Sun Fire servers running OpenSolaris. Young wanted a mature OS that runs on multiprocessor systems. "The nice thing about Sun is you get this very focused R&D behind the OS," he says. The latest Solaris releases should show if other developers value that maturity as much as Joyent does.