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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.

More: InfoWorld

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.

More: eWeek

Posted 2003-02-21, 01:57 GMT by Alan DuBoff

Sun lets slip Solaris 9 on Intel

It has been a long time coming, a real long time, but Sun has at last officially released Solaris 9 for Intel. Or to be precise Solaris 9 for x86 - there appears zero enthusiasm for a port of the Unix OS to Intel's 64-bit Itanium plaftform.

In January last year, Sun put Solaris on x.86 development on ice, citing lack of user demand for 32-bit Unix, much to the dismay of the many users - 1.1 million registered licenses - of 32-bit Unix on x.86.

More: The Register

Posted 2003-02-18, 01:21 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

It's Official: Sun Announces Solaris for Intel

Sun Microsystems Thursday officially extended its server operating system to x86-based servers with the release of its Solaris 9 x86 Platform Edition.

The long awaited release builds on the beta version available since November 2002. This variation of Sun's core OS allows servers to run on non-Sun processors such as ones made by Intel and AMD.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company also said its Solaris strategy going forward guarantees customer continuity and global support for UNIX on its entire line of both SPARC and x86 systems, and on third party x86 systems.

Like its SPARC counterpart, the Solaris 9 for x86 includes Sun ONE Directory Server 5.1, SunScreen 3.2 software, Solaris Volume Manager, support for IPv6 and Secure Shell. In addition, the new edition bundles the Solaris 9 Resource Manager for free.

The Free Solaris Binary License Program for non-commercial use and used by non-profit organizations is available at no charge, while commercial pricing starts at USD$99. Sun said it is offering special deals on OEM licensing.

More: SerwerWatch

Posted 2003-02-14, 00:55 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun gathers Solaris-Intel commitments

A handful of companies are getting behind Sun Microsystems' push to promote its Solaris operating system on Intel-based servers. p The server giant has gathered a slew of commitments and endorsements regarding its strategy. Among the companies that have committed to release software for the version of Solaris that runs on.

More: CNET

Posted 2003-02-14, 00:47 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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