Saturday Aug 16, 2008

OpenSolaris nuggets

1. Solaris reboot with no message -- Creek's Scratch, 8/11
Jajang Kavita saw his Solaris server rebooting without any message left in /var/adm/messages. He gives clues of how to get these messages from ALOM, and finds that something has happened to the system board.
2. Changing Solaris Run Levels And Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions -- The Linux and Unix Menagerie, 8/11
Mike Tremell has a detailed post on "run level 4" and how it has evolved over time.

3. Solaris, OpenSolaris, Nevada, Indiana, SXDE, SXCE - What? -- Fukien, 8/10
The blogger writes on what different Solaris versions and distributions actually exist, and what the differences are amongst them.

4. OpenSolaris snv_94 -- Andrnils's Weblog, 8/10
After returning to using OpenSolaris, Andreas Nilsson noticed that compiz was running a lot smoother. He also liked the reboot option that was added in the list of options available while turning off.

5. A month of ZFS under Linux --, 8/8
Sean Reifschneider set up a new Linux machine to migrate 3TB worth of ZFS snapshots from an OpenSolaris system that he had been having problems with. He found that the zfs-fuse daemon died during one of the sends, which was something that had never happened on OpenSolaris. Overall, Sean had mixed results.

6. Stunning OpenSolaris running on VirtualBox -- James Selvakumar's Blog, 8/7
James Selvakumar decided to try out OpenSolaris using VirtualBox. After installing and using the OS for a while, James commented, "Overall, I was very impressed with OpenSolaris and looking forward to use it for my Java development. The user interface is slick and easy to use."

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Trading Linux for Solaris

Real Time Matrix, a provider of cross-platform modular communication and marketing services, has traded Linux for Sun's Solaris 10 operating system for many of its production systems.

Real Time Matrix said that Solaris 10's throughput when compared with Linux impressed them. "On a 64-bit AMD processor and Fedora, we could process approximately 200 matches per second of RSS," Jeff Whitehead, founder and CEO, said. "With Solaris 10 on the T1000, this match rate jumped to 10,000 per second."

The company was recently featured in Check out CEO Jeff Whitehead discussing how the company went from being a die-hard Linux shop to abandoning Linux for Solaris 10 with 50 times better throughput they realized with Solaris 10.
Sun customer -- Real Time Matrix
(Image courtesy: Real Time Matrix)

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."

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 article on the announcement. And here is the Register story.

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation

Thursday Feb 08, 2007

A great Sun win !!!

Some of you might remember about a not-so-great T1000 review by the "CEO and Chief Geek" Don MacAskill of the high profile start-up SmugMug. We followed up with SmugMug immediately after the review was published. After lots of sweat and hard work for more than 6 months, we have finally won their hearts (and money)!  SmugMug did a complete evaluation of vendors including Sun, HP, Dell, IBM and Rackable, and yesterday Don announced Sun as the "winner" of his business.

Another day, another great customer win. :-)



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