Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy (a pseudonym) is an IT consultant specializing in Unix and related technologies.

Latest Posts

What Sun can do now - and why you should help.

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.

April 17, 2009 by Paul Murphy


Using open source to reduce business risk

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.

April 10, 2009 by Paul Murphy


Betting on the future: T2 vs. Nehalem

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.

April 3, 2009 by Paul Murphy


A recommendation on leasing new equipment

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.

March 27, 2009 by Paul Murphy


More on Sun vs. IBM: Why destroy SPARC

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.

March 25, 2009 by Paul Murphy


A plea for open source help

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.

March 24, 2009 by Paul Murphy


Today's Cloud: garbage; Tomorrow's? insanely great

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.

March 22, 2009 by Paul Murphy


Once more on SCO

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.

March 20, 2009 by Paul Murphy