Friday Jun 22, 2007

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."

Tuesday Jan 02, 2007

Sun wins three Technology of the Year awards from InfoWorld

New year starts with GREAT news ...

Based on great product reviews in 2006, Sun Fire X4200, Sun Fire X4600 and NetBeans 5.5 were selected for InfoWorld's 2007 Technology of the Year Awards. 
InfoWorld chose Sun Fire X4200 as the "Best Server" of the year. Their Test Center reviewed the Sun Fire x4200 in February, giving it an 8.7 out of 10 -- an excellent rating.  The reviewer, Paul Venezia, found that "this is a serious server in a seriously well-designed package."

Sun Fire X4600 has been chosen as the "Best High-Performance Server" of the year. In December, InfoWorld published a very positive review of the Sun Fire x4600, scoring an 8.9 out of 10 -- another excellent rating. Paul found the X4600 to be "an extraordinarily well-engineered server."

According to InfoWorld, NetBeans 5.5 is the best "Java IDE Innovator" of the year. The award notes, "NetBeans already had the most complete collaboration features among IDE platforms. ... NetBeans is likely all that developers of enterprise Java applications will need." Check out Andrew Binstock's original NetBeans 5.5 preview.

This is a fantastic recognition by InfoWorld and is testament to all of the hard work by the teams. Congratulations everyone!!!

What a start of the new year...  :-)

Thursday Dec 07, 2006

Sun claims 2 top spots in InfoWorld's 2006 server reviews

InfoWorld has published its choice of top 5 rack mount servers for 2006 (based on the InfoWorld Test Center reviews conducted during  this calendar year).

Top spot goes to Sun Fire X4600 M2 server (InfoWorld Test Center score of 8.9) and the runner-up award goes to Sun Fire X4200 server (InfoWorld Test Center score of 8.7).

Dell, IBM and HP servers finished behind Sun servers.

Congratulations to the entire Systems group!

Tuesday Dec 05, 2006

Very positive X4600 (Galaxy 4) review in InfoWorld

Checkout Paul's lastest Sun Fire X4600 M2 review in InfoWorld !!!

Amply titled "Sun's new big iron bends the rules," the review showers praise in nearly all aspects of Sun Fire X4600 M2 server.  Paul goes over various features and concludes, "All these features lead me to the conclusion that this is one of the best-designed server chassis I’ve ever seen."

And it ran VMware  like a champ: "I’ve been running VMware Infrastructure 3 on it for a week in the lab not only problem-free, but the server barely breaks a sweat while running eight two-processor Windows and Linux VMs under normal load."

Paul ends the review with a very positive conclusion: "Overall, the Sun Fire x4600 is a superb server with an obvious focus on virtualization, HPC, and database applications. If the local RAID controller supported RAID5, and the local disk I/O had more headroom, this server would be nearly perfect."

The final bottomline was "... the x4600 is an extraordinarily well-engineered server."




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