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Veritas pledges Solaris-x86 support

Veritas Sofware extends its cooperation to support the server maker's Solaris OS running on x86 chips.

Veritas Sofware, a longtime partner of Sun Microsystems, has extended its cooperation to support the server maker's Solaris operating system running on "x86" chips such as Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron and Intel's Xeon, the companies said Wednesday. Sun will begin reselling Veritas' storage software for Intel-based servers in the third quarter and for Opteron-based servers in the fourth quarter, the companies said.

Sun is aggressively pushing its own version of Unix for Intel x86 processors, unlike rivals IBM and Hewlett-Packard, which advocate use of Linux or Windows instead. After nearly canceling the x86 version of Solaris, though, Sun faces a major challenge in securing support from hardware and software partners.