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!

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."

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