Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

Positive ComputerWorld review of Sun Fire X4150 server


In an ongoing evaluation, Martin MC Brown of ComputerWorld wrote about some comparative performance testing he has completed on Sun Fire X4150 server.

MC is quite enamored with the X4150, "The box is very powerful for what is a single U high pizza box. The eight cores and potential for up to 64GB of RAM make this a small powerhouse of computing, even before you include the storage that you could fit into the same space."

In his testing, MC ran a series of web applications with the goal of creating real-world performance examples. For comparisons sake, he put the X4150 up against a T1000. "What I was really looking to compare was the power usage of the box between the T1000, which is a low power, low-MHz, but many threaded box against the multiple cores of the X4150 in terms of the response times and performance," noted MC.

MC also examined the differences in performance between ZFS (RAID-Z) and RAID-5 finding, "RAID-5 showed a small benefit in favor of the hardware, but by less than 5% in real terms. This is impressive, both for the hardware, and the efficacy of RAID-5."

Overall, MC found that the difference in performance of the X4150 is evident. He is still tallying up the results, but promises to cover other aspects of the X4150 in upcoming posts later this week.
Sun Fire X4150 server

Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Busting the Sun Ray myths


Paul Murphy of ZDNet dispels many myths surrounding Sun Ray. He has busted all the top myths people put forward to argue that it's not as good as a PC. He found that most of the more widely cited negatives for Sun Rays are pure nonsense.

According to Paul, Sun Rays are not the right answer for a hobbyist who wants to play games or pretend to program -- but for large organizations the negatives simply don't hold up. One of the lessons that can be learned from productivity change in the telecom industry is that centrally provisioned services can be extremely attractive to consumers provided that the service provider does not impose artificial controls on what the user can do with the device.
Sun Ray Thin Client Solution
We have many large organizations in different verticals who save a bundle by deploying this thin client solution of ours. Here is how Denver Health does it, and here is how Kuwait's Savings and Credit Bank saves money.

So why don't you run a pilot for Sun Ray in your organization and see for yourself how it stacks up.

Hint: You'll be pleasantly surprised. :-)

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