Tuesday Oct 23, 2007

Sun's new Intel-based workstation is now available

Today we announced the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation, our first quad-core x64 workstation. Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core Processors, the new workstation quickens design cycles, accelerates decision making and gets products to market faster. It offers the broadest range of OS support, including 32- and 64-bit versions of the Solaris OS, Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux.

The Sun Ultra 24 is available now via the Sun Web site and Sun Startup Essentials. It will also be available through the Try and Buy program beginning Nov. 12.

Beta customers such as Wolfram Research and Volkswagen have already been testing out the Ultra 24.

The Sun Ultra 24 has achieved three new benchmarks, including new world-record performance results on the Mathematica benchmark.

The reviews of Sun Ultra 24 should start appearing soon. In the mean time, check out the InternetNews.com article on the announcement. And here is the Register story.

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation

Sunday Oct 07, 2007

Links of the week...

Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. Talking Chalk (and Xen Virtualization) with Sun -- eWEEK, 10/4
In this blog, Jason Brooks talks about the great work that Sun has been doing with virtualization. He goes into great detail about Xen-based xVM that will allow companies to access Solaris without abandoning their existing operating systems. Jason mentions he is waiting for the Nevada 75-based Solaris Community Edition build to hit Sun's FTP servers to take his first stab at xVM.

2. Building a Solaris 10 Recovery DVD -- Phoronix, 10/4
In this positive review, Joaquin Cruz talks about making a stand-alone (bootable) recovery DVD from his Solaris 10 install. He explains that, to build a new workstation that mimics the original node, all a user has to do is physically connect the new/blank machine to the network so it can access the NFS mounted image and boot it off a Solaris 10 installation DVD.

3. Sun's new servers get intimate with Intel and Microsoft -- ZDNet, 9/27
In this blog, George Ou positions Sun very positively when he writes about Sun's release of 2 new servers where one was showcased based on Intel processors while running Windows and the other with a dual-processor server.

4. Sun Rolls Out Galaxy 2 -- The Blog of Ben Rockwood, 9/26
Ben Rockwood explains his excitement of the Sun Fire X4150 and feels that Sun has engineered this product with brilliance. The engineering he discusses is the 8 disks, but a 4 socket system with an astounding 128GB total memory capacity on a 32 DIMMs.

5. VMware Workstation VMM issues resolved in 2.6.22? -- InfoWorld, 9/27
In this blog, Paul Venezia talks about his Sun Ultra 40 M2 with two dual-core Opteron 2220s and 8GB of RAM workstation that had problems running VMware. He explains that ever since the FC6 kernel update to 2.6.22, running VMware on his workstation has become much more stable.

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

Friday Sep 21, 2007

Links of the week...

Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during last week:

1. Sun shows 2U 16-core Barcelona server with FSB1600 -- ZDNet, 9/11
George Ou discusses Sun's 2U 16-core Intel Tigerton server launch and positively mentions Sun's innovation in the x86 server market. He notes that the system is capable of running DDR2-667 or DDR2-800 and that Sun has also showcased a blade version of this server.

2. Virtual PC and OpenSolaris -- Developer's Quarterdeck Log, 9/15
In this blog, Bill Rushmore talks about cooperation between Microsoft and Sun and the good news that it brings to virtualization as a whole.  He talks about his downloading troubleshooting with Virtual PC and how Solaris did boot up, but only as a black screen. Another blogger suggests workaround/known issues in the comments.

3. Sun releases next version of Java Application Server -- TechRepublic, 9/17
In this blog,  Paul Mah discusses the new availability of GlassFish V2 and lists some of the key features embedded in the platform.

4. NetBeans vs. Eclipse, This Time with Attitude -- ZDNet, 9/19
Ed Burnette has a very in-depth comparison between NetBeans and Eclipse. He concludes that NetBeans is a great IDE from Sun, and he is sure that many more are to follow.




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