Sun, the perennial also ran in the storage business is making a very bold move. If they succeed, it could change the storage industry forever. If they don't, it will just be "same old Sun".EqualLogic already did something similar with its priceless (free) software business model.
Sun's gambit, of course, is different. I imagine that Sun will attempt to support its revenue-less software. That could work, or….
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Sun has this litigation going with Netapp right now and that does involve open sourcing software……All of a sudden that litigation is becoming a lot more interesting for the whole industry because what Sun is doing here could have an impact on everybody else in the industry and now everybody else has to pay a lot closer attention to it.