Monday May 26, 2008

AnandTech's Sun Fire X4450 Server Review

On the heels of a good InfoWorld review of Sun Fire X4150 server, AnandTech has published a positive review of Sun Fire X4450 server.

In this detailed 8-page review, AnandTech essentially concluded that X4450 is a 2U server that offers the same features and performance as the 4U servers from competition. In their tests, they found X4450 has better serviceability, 17% to 26% more power efficiency over a comparable solution, 7% to 18% better in performance, lower 3-year TCOs (in 2 different ways of measurement), and great pricing via Try-&-Buy program.

The reviewer, Johan De Gelas, has best summed it up in the conclusion:
Sun Fire X4450 Server
"IBM and HP better take notice: Sun has thrown down the proverbial gauntlet. We would be happy to review HP and IBM systems, but we think it will be very difficult to beat the Sun Fire X4450 ...

Unless HP, Dell, or IBM comes out quickly with an appropriate reply, we feel Sun has a winner here. Sun's aggressive pricing helps, but it is the exceptional hardware design that makes the difference. This 2U server is able to deliver the same performance and 95% of the expandability of the 4U competition, and it is easier to maintain than any of those bulky boxes are. We experienced it first hand, as we are used to working with Dell boxes. Lower power, a pretty face, but especially the "try and buy program" top it off: the Sun X4450 is ahead of the pack. Here's to hoping this will create a new wave of innovation throughout the x86 server world."

So check one out...

Friday May 23, 2008

Very Positive InfoWorld Review of Sun Fire X4150 Server

Paul Venezia of InfoWorld posted a very positive evaluation of the Sun Fire X4150 server, and awarded an "Excellent" rating.

"Sun has developed a 1U chassis design that can handle an impressive number of drives, yet also provide for a standard two-socket Intel-based mainboard and the company's signature four gigabit Ethernet interfaces, not to mention a relatively advanced Lights-Out Management coprocessor," said Paul.

In his evaluation, Paul did make competitive references, "it's a very real competitor to HP's ProLiant DL360 G5, IBM's x3550, and Dell's PowerEdge 1950 III. In fact, the fit and finish of the X4150 are generally better than the rest of the field's and far ahead in local storage." Paul was also impressed with the X4150's wealth of built-in features.
Sun Fire X4150 Server
In MySQL and LAMP stack testing, Sun Fire X4150 server performed extremely well. It was 12 minutes faster than Dell system for the disk-intensive sql-bench tests running on MySQL 5.0.22 database. Even in less disk-intensive tests, X4150 came out at least 50 percent faster than the Dell unit.

In conclusion, Paul summed up his evaluation by saying, "the most suitable roles for the Sun Fire X4150 will be in database, Web serving, and virtualization tasks. In these spaces, the X4150 provides significant bang for the buck in nearly all respects."

A great review!

Friday Oct 26, 2007

Solaris blogs/reviews

Selected Solaris blogs and reviews in the blogosphere this week:

1. Solaris/SPARC vs AIX/Power -- Paul Murphy, 10/17 - 10/25
    Solaris vs AIX: It's the technology
    Solaris vs AIX: The people problem
    Solaris vs AIX: Price/performance
    Solaris vs AIX: The threatscape
    Linux: it's the last word on AIX vs. Solaris
ZDNet's Paul Murphy posted a series of blogs on Solaris vs. AIX over the last week, starting out with discussing what one would do if facing a data center choice between IBM's AIX on Power offerings and Sun's Solaris on SPARC. He mentions, "Sun's stuff is... as up to date as the partner's own website, where IBM's approach leaves you to first find, and then grope around in, the vendor's website looking for a current product write-up." He goes on to cover various Solaris vs. AIX considerations in each subsequent post, including an examination of the technologies, personnel, price/performance, threats and Linux on Power. Overall, he lists out many pros and cons for each side and doesn't definitely define a one-all be-all best choice.

2. Tip of the Trade: Project Indiana -- Carla Schroder, 10/23
Server Watch's Carla Schroder talks about Sun being a power house in terms of Unix operating systems and explains the ambitious actions that Sun's developers have made to introduce Project Indiana to Solaris. A few things that Carla says to look forward to: safer rollbacks and inclusion of the GNU toolchain.

3. Using the Solaris Process Tools on a Specific Thread -- Blog O' Matty, 10/24
Matty gives a brief tutorial on enhancing process tools in Solaris 10 by appending a slash and a three id to the process tools command line. He explains that this process is extremely useful when you need to integrate specific threads.

4. 10 Things IBM Likes About Solaris 10 -- John J. McLaughlin's Blog, 10/20
In this blog, John McLaughlin gives a straight top ten list about why IBM likes Solaris 10. A few reasons are: OpenSource, Solaris Containers and DTrace.

Friday Aug 24, 2007

My favorite ones from last week...

Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. NetBeans 6 Will Likely Use GPLv2 – ZDNet, 8/20
Ed Burnette talks about Sun and its release of NetBeans 6.0 under GPLv2.The blogger claims that NetBeans 6.0 will not only be well received by NetBeans contributors, but will also enable more open source code sharing.

2. The Straight Story: Solaris on Mainframe – Search Data, 8/22
Matt Stansberry talks about porting Solaris over to System Z.This move will help address the issue of server sprawl by creating value for existing infrastructure and dealing with power and cooling issues at the same time.

3. Go Solaris, Go – Pharao’s Blog, 8/21
Timo Zimmermann talks about how he is very attracted to Solaris but there a few items that he feels could be tweaked. Some features he felt needed a solution were: errors about the hostname, the default shell not supporting [Tab]-completion, and the VirtualBox that only supports three hard drives.

4. Solaris X86 and IBM.. – Sparks and White Noise, 8/18
Octave Orgeron explains that there is a growing demand for Solaris X86 and talks about the newly formed partnership with IBM, which will help Sun’s products into the mainstream.

5. IBM Sees the Light? – Solaris Jedi, 8/16
Christopher Hubbell discusses the positive joining of IBM and Solaris, which could possibly provide incredible advances to Sun’s abilities.




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