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February 26, 2010 by

Oracle Solaris, Linux, and OpenSolaris

Some people have been speculating rather wildly about the fates of both OpenSolaris and Oracle's Linux support now that the company is lining up solidly behind SPARC/Solaris. The nay prayers are all wrong here: support for both will get stronger, not weaker, as Oracle responds to its markets.

August 21, 2009 by

Save money: buy from the enemy

People keep joyfully telling me that real men buy wintel or lintel, never SPARC/Solaris - and the numbers on this are compelling: if the rate of increase in x86 price/performance falls by only 18% per year over the first five years after SPARC/Solaris (hypothetically!) disappears, the total cost increase to the x86 buyer community will have achieved for itself will exceed, every year, the total spent to date on SPARC/Solaris.

July 29, 2009 by

What's the best blade server?

Blade servers were once the saviours of the datacentre. Expandability was king. But do blade servers still make sense today? We find out if they're still worth it.

April 17, 2009 by

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 3, 2009 by

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.

March 19, 2009 by

Takeover Fever: The Apple-Sun saga

Sun Microsystem's days as an independent company may be limited, very limited, if the reports by the Wall Street Journal and others are correct; this time IBM will be the suitor. But throughout Sun's long downhill slide, there have been many back-and-forths with Apple, deals that many saw at the time as perfect fits.

December 5, 2008 by

Ten embarrassing questions

I was reading a survey showing that only 2% of Obama voters (vs 35% of McCain voters) could correctly answer at least 11 of 12 simple questions like which party has been in charge of Congress for the last two years, when it occurred to me that there might be some interesting Wintel vs Lintel parallels here.

September 17, 2008 by

An open response to a Jonathan Schwartz blog

Just recently Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz blogged about his company's new xVM product and its relationship to what some big system operators want. Great, but to put my response to xVM in terms that don't refer to places where the sun don't shine, he's been hanging out with the wrong people - and missing an enormous market opportunity because of it.


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