HP steps up drive to nab Sun customers

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HP steps up drive to nab Sun customers

Hardware giant HP has enlisted the help of vendors Microsoft, Novell and Red Hat to help it continue taking customers from rival Sun Microsystems.

In the 12 months to the end of October, HP claims to have nabbed about one customer a day worldwide from Sun. To help entice them, the vendor launched HP Complete Care over the summer, offering Sun customers a package of freebies and special offers.

The program has now been bolstered by the involvement of software vendors Microsoft, Novell and Red Hat as partners. Complete Care now allows channel partners to offer end users half-price SUSE Linux Enterprise training and up to 25 percent off Red Hat's Global Training offering.

The vendor partnerships will also allow customers to pick from a wider range of operating systems to run on HP's server platforms. These include Microsoft Windows Server, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux offering, as well as Sun's Solaris operating system.

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