Dell Inc. has agreed to install Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system in some of its servers, the companies announced Wednesday, signaling Sun's latest truce with a former rival.
The chief executives of both companies announced the multiyear partnership together on stage at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dell and Sun make servers that compete with each other. Sun commands 13 percent of the worldwide server market, while Dell commands about 12 percent, according to the latest data from market research firm IDC.
While Sun risks losing server sales to Dell because of the partnership, it stands to increase adoption of its open-source software products, and that could mean a substantial boost in revenue from related support services.