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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Solaris x86 Resurgent, Sun's Side of the Story

So after two straight weeks of puzzling over Sun's incomprehensible dithering about its love/hate relationship with Linux and reporting on HP's attempt at a flanking maneuver, we shouldn't have been surprised to hear from someone at Sun. That someone ended up being John Loiacono, Sun's VP of Operating Platforms.

Our first question was polite enough: What's with the disconnect between Scott McNealy's penguin costume antics and Mr. Schwartz's cold-eyed dismissal of Linux on the server?

More: ServerWatch

Posted 2003-10-19, 02:49 GMT by BFG

Sun builds software to slice up servers

?This potentially looks like a reason to go for Solaris on x86 for large-scale infrastructures ?

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Posted 2003-10-16, 05:31 GMT by (mk)

Sun's Solaris x86 customers see the light of day

After a couple of months of being nudged, prodded and begged, Sun Microsystems has forked over some Solaris x86 customer wins to prove the OS has plenty of backing.

The customer list is impressive. You won't find any massive enterprises picking up Solaris x86 for equally massive rollouts on the list, but you will find a diverse set of smaller customers, ranging from gaming companies to financial services. Sun is holding up five new customers as proof that their renewed backing of the OS is paying off.

"We have over 300,000 registered licenses for Solaris 9 x86," said Ann Wettersten, vice president of software marketing at Sun. "We are tripling our investment in the OS, and customers are seeing it as a viable alternative."

More: The Register

Posted 2003-10-15, 12:31 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun ONE Web Server 6.1 - free trial

Sun released its ONE Webserver 6.1 for Solaris x86. For evaluation period of 60 days it can be downloaded from: Sun Download Center

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Posted 2003-10-15, 12:17 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun to release Solaris for AMD's Opteron

Solaris, Sun's version of Unix, already runs on 32-bit "x86" processors including AMD's Athlon and Intel's Xeon. But Sun also will release a version in 2004 that will take advantage of the 64-bit extensions that make Opteron different from those other chips, Sun software chief Jonathan Schwartz told reporters in a meeting here Thursday.

Sun made the decision because of the speed that software shows on Opteron, Schwartz said. "It is highly performant on the systems we've looked at now," he said.

A test version of Solaris for Opteron is scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2004, with the final version later in the year, Schwartz said.

More: News.Com

Posted 2003-10-10, 15:20 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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