Can Sun survive? Sure - but it has to escape from Wall Street, sell its x86 division while it can, and start selling Solaris/SPARC and Sun Ray to the people who would benefit most from those products: the guys who spend $50K to $500K on IT every year and resent every cent of it.And why should you care? Because you're not using an Itanic desktop that cost $9,500 from HP or IBM right now, that's why.
A free-ranging daily blog on issues related to Unix - including Linux, BSD, and Solaris - with a particular focus on enterprise-level decision-making.
Paul Murphy (a pseudonym) is an IT consultant specializing in Unix and related technologies.
If you're paying enough in license and support fees on something that can be replaced with an open source product to hire a couple of open source developers instead, then doing that makes sense. in terms of overall business risk reduction.
With Sun under threat of shutdown by IBM, people who had expected to buy SPARC gear from their 2009/2010 budgets should be looking at Intel's Nehalem servers as alternatives - but, because so little is known about both Sun's future and the changes Nehalem will impose on data center management, that the best advice right now is simply to wait until the dust settles on both.
There's a triple whammy headed our way: inflation, taxation, and reduced market place competition on everything except staff. So what can you do? Not much, but consider leasing a whole bunch of shiny new gear now because that can reduce your taxes, reduce operating costs, and let you pay with tomorrow's decreasingly valuable dollars.
The primary control in the Unix world is the user - most of the CoBit controls apply only as far needed to satisfy an auditor.
To really understand why IBM might want to cripple Sun through take-over talks all you need to know is that a Sun 5440 will outperform a P570 by about 2:1 on most business tasks - and costs roughly ten cents on the IBM dollar, inclusive of storage and RDBMS licensing.
I got an email from a guy who needs some help finding just the right peice of open source software - and since I didn't have a clue, I'm now asking you for help.
Want a model for the data jobbing software discussed yesterday? Consider Wolfram Alpha - it's not there yet, but it's coming and the underlying NKS model looks pretty compelling.
So far attempts to instantiate the popular computing cloud vision have focused on replacing existing internally provided services - and that's just a dumb idea. The future cloud, however, will do something that isn't done now - although google offers a kind of distant preview of what might be coming.
So, now that SCO has made it to the appeals court with respect to Kimbal's ruling on copyrights, I'm offering a bet: I'll admit to being wrong about the court's judgement if they uphold Kimbal,. you admit to being wrong if they don't.