Wednesday Apr 01, 2009

Sun Fire X4440 Server Gets PC Pro's Recommendation


Sun Fire X4440 Server
Sun Fire X4440 Server
As a follow up to his X4140 review last month, PC Pro's Dave Mitchell tested the larger X4440, similarly rating the unit 5 out of 6 stars and bestowing it the publications "Recommended" rating. Overall he stated, "The one and only 2U quad Opteron 8300 server on the market delivers a superb blend of features and value that's more than a match for the competition."

Dave provided a comprehensive look at the 2U Opteron-based system, with an emphasis on price, features, and architecture. "As we found with the X4140, Sun seems to offer that little bit more than everyone else. It matches the competition on storage and expansion potential, but steps out for network connections as the motherboard has four embedded Gigabit ports up for grabs," he noted.

Overall Dave is quite positive about the X4440 and concluded, "With the X4440, Sun has achieved the remarkable feat of squeezing four Opteron 8300 sockets into a low profile 2U chassis - something no other vendor has achieved. Even better is the fact that this is not at the cost of storage capacity, expansion potential or general features, as this server is more than a match for the larger 8300 equipped systems from Dell, HP and IBM."

Wednesday Mar 04, 2009

PC Pro recommends Sun Fire X4140 Server in March 09 issue review


PC Pro's Dave Mitchell took a look at the Sun Fire X4140 server, giving the unit the publication's "Recommended" rating and five out of six stars.

Overall, Dave is very positive about the server noting, "The Sun Fire X4140 is one classy 1U rack server that has more of everything than the competition and is very competitively priced."

The reviewer noted that the X4140 is "big on performance," highlighting the unit's storage subsystem and quad-core Opetrons. He also commented, "the X4140 seems to have more of everything," noting the systems power supplies, PCI-e slots and embedded Gigabit ports.

While not a comparative review, Dave makes frequent remarks about how the X4140 stacks up against similar offerings from Dell and HP. "The X4140 packs so much more into its chassis than the rest, it's extremely well built and designed and easily matches HP's ProLiant DL365 G5 on price," he concludes.
Sun Fire X4140 Server

Saturday Oct 27, 2007

Links of the week...


1. Sun Launches Intel Workstation on X38 Platform -- ZDNet, 10/24
In this blog, George Ou positively discusses the recent release of the Ultra 24 and the different features that it comes along with. He explains that the Ultra 24 comes with a Solaris license but also supports a wide range of operating systems. He also explains that even though he has not reviewed the workstation hands on yet, "the prices look decent for a brand-name workstation and the hardware specifications look good."

2. The Open Office Experiment -- SoapBox 2.0, 10/22
This blogger writes about OpenOffice being alternative to Microsoft Office. He explains that he has never been able to use this office suite because he is primarily a Mac user and wants to work with a word processor that will run seemingly across his OS. He now has an opportunity through NeoOffice and is going to do all word processing and spreadsheet work through this office suite and write about his experience.

Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Sun Ultra 24 gets glowing reviews from InfoWorld and eWEEK


Sun Ultra 24 Workstation
Two glowing reviews of Sun Ultra 24 Workstation have appeared since I wrote two days ago about the availability of this new Intel-based workstation.

InfoWorld's Paul Venezia examined the new workstation and ran a slew of tests. Sun Ultra 24 came out with flying colors on each occasion. According to Paul, "At first blush, I figured the Ultra 24 to be just another small, workstation-class system that would be good for those who need a little extra horsepower from time to time, but aren't running high-end apps that need a full-blown workstation. After putting it through its paces, I'm thinking that it just might fit both bills. Don't let the size and single-CPU nature of the Ultra 24 fool you -- there's a lot of power in that little box."

eWEEK's Frank Ohlhorst also put the Ultra 24 workstation through it paces, and he is extremely positive as well with what he found. According to Frank, "Sun undoubtedly has a winner with the Ultra 24 series of workstations, and other vendors will be hard-pressed to outperform it. What's more, the Ultra 24 proves that quality is still a valuable asset when it comes to workstations. The unit is built like a tank, yet offers toolless access to components. The company has successfully balanced quality with ease of service, while still offering unquestionable performance."

Thursday Sep 27, 2007

InfoWorld review: "Dynamite Comes in Small Packages"


Today InfoWorld featured a very positive review of the Sun Blade 6000, awarding it a score of 8.5 ("Very Good";) out of 10. The reviewer, Paul Venezia, evaluated the Sun Blade 8000 system last year and notes that the newer, scaled-down 6000 series "offers the greatest range of any blade chassis essentially because you can mix and match dual-socket Intel, AMD and single-socket SPARC-based blades in the same chassis."

Paul begins his review by detailing his extensive testing environment (a Sun Blade 6000 chassis with six blades, two Network Express Module and four dual-gigabit Express Modules, working with a variety of operating systems) and points out that JavaRConsole, is "simply stellar" and "works flawlessly." With regards to performance, he mentions he had a bad X6220 Opteron blade in the initial product shipment, but Sun worked to send him a replacement that worked just fine.

Overall, Paul's testing across three blade architectures showed "solid performance at every level," and he claims that the quad-core Intel Xeon-based blades are "obviously perfect for virtualization." While he'd like to see a refresh of the Sun blades with AMD's Barcelona and Intel's Harpertown-based Stoakley platform, he claims that "as far as what's available today, the price/performance mix delivered by the Sun Blade 6000 is outstanding."

Overall, a very positive review of the new Sun Blade 6000.
Sun Blade 6000 Server
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