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Thousands of Sun Opteron boxes spotted in the wild

Sun shipped more than 5,000 Opteron servers last quarter, according to Mark Stahlman at American Technology Research. The Opteron sales are of particular interest with Sun yet to officially launch the products or offer them to its customer base at large.

"Our information is that provided a little over 5,000 Opteron boxes on early availability to key customers and channel partners," Stahlman told El Reg. "The products are not yet formally announced or priced, so this is pretty aggressive."

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Posted 2004-01-21, 12:23 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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Sun Microsystems Inc., among the firms hardest hit by Linux's rise, last month began giving away a test-drive version of Solaris, its flavor of Unix. It runs on Sun's line of low-end servers powered by x86-type chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

"We never should have abandoned Solaris x86," said Ann Wettersten, head of Sun's systems software marketing. "This is a huge asset."

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Posted 2004-01-13, 23:44 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun shares spike on Opteron optimism

Sun rose more than 10 percent to $5.51, nearing its 52-week high of $5.64. A note from Banc of America raising Sun to a buy from neutral appeared to be one driver of the uptick.

"Our upgrade is based on longer-term fundamentals, including our belief that Sun's partnership with AMD holds promise and a more bullish outlook on enterprise spending," the analyst firm said in the report.

El Reg broke the news of Sun's love affair with Opteron last year. Sun plans to roll out an entire fleet of Opteron-based systems from workstations to four processor boxes and eventually beyond.

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Posted 2004-01-09, 11:21 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sybase runs on Solaris x86

The Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) is now available for the Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition). Also new is that the Sybase ASE 12.5.1, Developer Edition, will be co-packaged with both the SolarisTM OS (SPARCR Platform Edition) and the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition).

"This alliance reflects our long-standing relationship in providing customers with secure, fast and innovative solutions, especially in the financial services market where Sybase is an undisputed leader," said Stuart Wells, vice president, Market Development, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With Sybase ASE on Solaris x86, our mutual customers will be able to take advantage of their applications across platforms while receiving the same level of reliability and performance at a superior price point."

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Posted 2003-12-20, 18:53 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Turns to AMD in Effort to Recover from x86 Mistake

During a briefing Monday, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based network computer maker said it would waive the $20 evaluation fee it has been charging on the server operating environment. The move comes after a string of maneuvers Sun has made after abandoning support for Solaris on x86-based machines.

"The server market place is a three-horse race between Windows, Linux and Solaris," Sun vice president of operating platforms John Loiacono said. "Our advantage is that we have more market opportunities and choices given the fact that we are the only vendor to offer Solaris and Linux on x86 systems."

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Posted 2003-12-17, 19:02 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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