Sun Fire X4600 server review in ServerWatch


ServerWatch posted a very positive evaluation of the Sun Fire X4600 server. The reviewer, Charlie Schluting, looked at the design, product features and performance of the machine -- and praised each of these areas individually.
  • Design: Charlie highlights the changes in the internal design citing better airflow and cooling capabilities. He also praises the flexibility of operating system support and the ease of installation.
  • Product Features: The review provides a list of the product features and components highlighting the benefit of each of these for use in determining hardware compatibility. Charlie highlights how the features included are strong, but are also based on industry standards making compatibility very easy.
  • Performance: The evaluation looked specifically at speed of the server. Charlie ran four processes of Folding@Home and stated: "Performance, if you need any convincing at all, is sublime. Everything we threw at this server ran faster than we'd ever seen on other Opteron servers."
Charlie briefly highlights how to consolidate servers onto the X4600, stating that two of these machines could run the critical apps in a modest sized infrastructure. He wraps up his review stating: "Saying this server is "fast" doesn't really do it justice. Speed isn't nearly as important as good design, redundancy, and close attention to detail from a seasoned server manufacturer. Combine that with extreme flexibility and speed, and you have the X4600."

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