Sun Looking to AMD for 64-Bit
Sun Microsystems Inc. has no plans to support Linux or Solaris on Intel Corp. Itanium systems, but the company is evaluating AMD's upcoming Opteron processors, Sun officials said on Monday.
p "We are not seeing or hearing anything from our customers and ISVs that indicates they want or need Itanium. But we are seeing interest for the upcoming Opteron processor family, essentially because it has 32-node compatibility, which Itanium doesn't," said John Loiacono, vice president of Sun's operating platforms group
Posted 2003-04-02, 00:30 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun to Deliver Software to Schools
In what one executive called giving back to its roots, Sun Microsystems Inc. Monday announced a program to donate $1 billion worth of software to educational and research institutions.
p The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced its Sun Education Software, or EduSoft, Portfolio at the Worldwide Education and Research Conference in San Francisco Monday.
p The portfolio includes a range of offerings from Sun, including the Solaris 9 operating system, the Sun ONE Starter kit, Sun ONE Studio application development tools, Sun ONE Web Services Development products, the GNOME open-source Linux desktop, StarOffice software and Sun Ray appliances, the company said. Sun will provide a media kit next month for "a nominal fee" that will include quarterly updates of the software.
p Yet the highlight of the offering is Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, which the company said it has delivered to more than 100 school districts, higher education facilities and ministries of education around the world to the tune of $6 billion worth of software.
Posted 2003-02-25, 00:20 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun, Again, Bets Against the Odds
SCOTT G. McNEALY, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems, was pacing the stage in San Francisco two weeks ago, working hard to stir up enthusiasm in the crowd for his company's new products. The litany of offerings was long and impressive ? data serving computers of all kinds, graphics workstations, storage networks, software. The implicit message was clear: Sun, though battered by the high-technology slump, is still churning out new products and new ideas.
p Dressed in blue jeans and a khaki shirt, Mr. McNealy, ever blunt and informal, was helpfully translating the benefits of Sun's wares in plain terms. He gestured toward one of Sun's zippy small server computers. "Think of these as piston rings," said Mr. McNealy, who grew up in suburban Detroit, the son of an auto executive.
p Increasingly, Sun's customers, mostly corporations, do indeed think of computers as if they were piston rings. And that is precisely Sun's problem.
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Posted 2003-02-25, 00:15 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun picks AMD's Athlon for blades
Sun Microsystems will use processors from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in future blade servers that it first announced on Feb. 10.
p Sun will use Athlon XP-M processors, originally developed for mobile computing, running at 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz.
p "We want to offer a standard, x86 platform. AMD offered the best compromise between performance, density, power consumption and heat dissipation," said Laurent Chaumereuil, product manager for edge computing at Sun Microsystems France.
Posted 2003-02-25, 00:13 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun's Schwartz: 'We're Back in Force'
Sun is now positioning itself as the company that provides "Network Computing 03," but it's also the one that's squarely in the sights of some very strong competitors, including IBM and Dell Computer Corp.
One area that is particularly critical for Sun is software. With Java, StarOffice, Solaris and Linux all on the verge of major breakthroughs (or busts), Sun Executive Vice President Jonathan Schwartz has a lot on his mind.
Posted 2003-02-21, 01:57 GMT by Alan DuBoff