Thursday Aug 23, 2007

Sun Ray in the Eco Innovation Initiative

    Sun has been innovating in technologies that are greener than traditional servers for a while now, and we are developing more value around them. This includes best practices, incentives, services, and highlighting some of those technologies that don't always jump out at you as energy efficient. As part of this Eco Innovation Initiative, it is not surprising that the Sun Ray technologies are right in the thick of things, as it were.

    Using around 4 watts at the desktop and taking advantage of efficiencies from multiple users on servers in the data center is just a start for the Eco friendly value of a Sun Ray solution. Use a Project Blackbox to locate your data center where there is inexpensive power, or better yet, where there is power from renewable sources close at hand, placing them in pre-existing buildings, etc, thereby re-using real estate. Be creative.

    Check out some of the other parts of this Eco Innovation Initiative, and see how much further you can take the power savings and other values of a Sun Ray solution, when implemented in conjunction with Sun's other innovations. Here is a link to the announcement on CNNMoney.com. It's cooler than cool (ice cold).

Wednesday Sep 13, 2006

Life's little successes

    There is a healthy discussion on an alias I'm on about the merits, or lack there of, of the ease of installation of the major OSes. I'm not going to wade into that mess, as I've experienced both ends of the spectrum for most popular OSes. But it did make me appreciate a recent little 'success' I had yesterday.

    I had a several year old SPARC based laptop Sun Ray server still running Sun Ray Server Software 2.0, and decided it was way overdue for an upgrade. So, I ran utpreserve, which easily found the existing 2.0 install and saved the whole config. I copied the resulting file for backup, in case of trouble, and proceeded to do a utinstall. The utinstall process immediately found the utpreserve data, and after me taking the defaults, proceeded to upgrade my Sun Ray Server Software 2.0 install, CAM included, to Sun Ray Server Software 3.1.

    One reboot later, for my sanity vs a requirement, and voila, I was now running Sun Ray Server Software 3.1 with the same configuration, without me having to change anything. Exactly what I expected, but appreciated more because of the tales of OS install woes I've been following this morning. Good work, Sun Ray engineers. But if you keep this up, I might be out of a job. :-)
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