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What Sun Really Wants to Sell in the x86 Marke

Now, Sun, according to O'Brien, is making sure that Solaris 10 will be "feature- and bug-compliant" on both the x86 and SPARC platforms. Now, I'm a show-me kind of guy, and this isn't the first time I've heard similar things about Solaris x86. But this time, Sun appears to be walking the walk and not just talking the talk.

One of Solaris' best features has been its clustering support. Hewlett-Packard Co.'s TruCluster and IBM Corp.'s AIX are fine and dandy, but I've always really liked the unified view and control that Solaris gave me over clustering.

It also so happens that this is one of the areas where I think Solaris has a clear edge over Linux. And this crown jewel of Solaris has never been available on Solaris x86?until now.

More: Channel Zone

Posted 2004-05-28, 19:37 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Pulls More OEMs into Solaris x86 Market

un Microsystems is continuing to partner with OEMs worldwide as it pushes to grow its presence in the low-end, industry-standard server market.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced Thursday that it has signed up 15 more systems and embedded-device makers whose products?based on processors from Intel Corp. or Advanced Micro Devices Inc.?will run the Solaris operating system tuned for the x86 environment.

More: eWeek

Posted 2004-05-24, 21:06 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Solaris on Intel: Here We Go Again

Back when we built computers with stone knives and bear skins?OK, 1993?I reviewed the first version of Solaris for Intel for PC Magazine. I liked it. I also noticed at the time that Solaris on Intel wasn't the equal of Solaris on SPARC. It never did catch up.

It didn't because Sun didn't want it to catch up. And why was that? It was because Sun was making a lot more money from its SPARC hardware than from its software.

More: eWeek

Posted 2004-05-24, 21:04 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Can Sun mature from Xeon boy to x86 man?

Earlier this week, Sun officially placed Fowler in charge of Network Systems. The new role thrusts Fowler, a software specialist, into the uncomfortable position of shepherding Sun's Xeon- and Opteron-based servers. You know - the kit meant to make Sun a success story again but that disobediently hasn't sold well.

More: The Register

Posted 2004-05-21, 01:27 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

EBS outpaces Sun with Solaris x86 kit

Sun Microsystems garners a lot of press for its Solaris x86 push, but a small company based in Massachusetts is arguably doing more to sell actual product running the operating system.

Electronic Business Solutions (EBS) has just rolled out a new dual processor Opteron-based workstation, which is certified to run both Solaris x86 and Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS) Linux operating system. The new box joins a ruggedized laptop and two-processor Opteron server already certified to run Solaris x86 in EBS's hardware lineup. EBS plans to roll out a four-way Opteron box next month as well.

More: The Register

Posted 2004-05-19, 01:35 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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