Thursday Jan 07, 2010

InfoWorld on VirtualBox: "Our advice to VMware (and Microsoft): Be afraid. Be very afraid."

VirtualBox 3.1 wins 2010 Technology of the Year Award from InfoWorld. The Test Center reviewers at InfoWorld credited VirtualBox as a "disruptive product" that sneaked up on an established category and shook up the apple cart. The judges were impressed with VirtualBox's unrivaled features like 32-way virtual SMP support and "teleport" -- capability to dynamically move running VMs between VirtualBox host systems. Check out the original review here for details.

InfoWorld concluded, "[VirtualBox] is a huge development for Sun Microsystems, one that places it on a collision course with heavyweights VMware and Microsoft in the virtualized datacenter. But the most remarkable aspect of this story is how quickly the company has brought this virtualization platform along. In a little over a year, Sun has turned this relatively unknown fledgling from an obscure German software developer (Innotek) into a potent threat."
Sun VirtualBox -- InfoWorld's 2010 Technology of the Year
InfoWorld's final take: "Our advice to VMware (and Microsoft): Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Congratulations to the Sun VirtualBox team!

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!

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

Sun win's InfoWorld's “Green 15” award

Sun is named one of InfoWorld's top "Green 15" companies in the publication's first annual competition. The article praises Sun for its dedication to innovation with respect to power capacity and energy efficiency. 

According to the article, "Thanks to a massive datacenter consolidation, hardware refresh, and creative, energy-efficient facility design, Sun has reduced power capacity demand by 75 percent at its Santa Clara, Calif., datacenter alone, saving $1.1 million per year in energy costs, while increasing its datacenter processing power more than four times.  Overall, Sun estimates that its consolidation efforts will save 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and cut 1 percent from its total carbon footprint."
InfoWorld 2008 Green 15 Award

Wednesday Oct 24, 2007

Tom Yager's take on ZFS

Today InfoWorld Test Center chief technologist Tom Yager posted a very positive review on ZFS.  The piece takes an in-depth look at the unique features that make up ZFS and why these make Solaris so valuable to the enterprise. Additionally, he praises Sun for making ZFS available through open source.
Tom positively highlights how ZFS pools capacity for persistent, flexible storage.  He also looks at how the organization of the storage pools allows for unlimited space. 
He wraps up the piece with this statement: "Explaining ZFS in one article is difficult only because it is so capable. The best way to sum up ZFS is that it makes it possible to do anything, no matter how insane, with persistent storage. I find ZFS to be so remarkable that you can count on it being a frequent subject of discussion here and in my blogs. If you haven't checked out ZFS yet, do, because it will eventually become ubiquitously implemented in IT. It is too brilliant not to be."

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

Tuesday Sep 11, 2007

NetBeans wins a "BOSSIE" award

InfoWorld recognized NetBeans as the best open source IDE, as part of its first annual Best of Open Source or "Bossie" award. The award recognizes NetBeans, as opposed to Eclipse, because it has out-innovated Eclipse and "has hewn closely to the vision of a lightweight, responsive, and easily configurable IDE." The article further states, "For its commitment to quality over quantity and for the courage to rip and replace modules to improve developer productivity, we salute the NetBeans team and its stellar IDE. NetBeans wins the Bossie."

This is the second Bossie won by Sun. ZFS won another for "Best of Open Source for Storage."

ZFS Recognized by InfoWorld as "Best of Open Source for Storage"

Today InfoWorld awarded ZFS its Best of Open Source, or "Bossie" award for storage. The award, selected by the InfoWorld's test center staff based on past reviews, recognizes the innovative capabilities of ZFS, including scalability and easy administration, and the reflection of these features in OpenSolaris. Like the first review, Paul praises ZFS again, stating: "ZFS is the best file system we've ever seen, and it belongs to the open source community."

In other news, Solaris 10 8/07 has just become available. This update has lots of new features, check it out.

Get Solaris on the Inside

(Even if it says HP, IBM or Dell on the outside...)

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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