Tuesday Mar 31, 2009

Solaris powered Nehalem

    Yesterday, Intel had a big announcement of their Xeon® processor 5500 series CPUs for servers. In conjunction with that announcement, Sun announced some impressive world records with Solaris on these new processors. Some of you may know of the Xeon® processor 5500 series by the code name Nehalem, and there has been a lot of press about this new CPU architecture, and the performance it brings to the x86 space. Intel CPUs have come a long way since the old 8086s, and the 8088s used in the first IBM PCs. (yeah, I have one in my collection)

    But where are the Sun server's using these new CPUs, you might be asking. Well, you need to be patient, as we have several coming on April 14th. And we've made it easy for you to keep from missing it, by offering to send you an SMS reminder of the Sun Open Network Systems Launch - April 14. So go get yourself registered for that SMS reminder, and make sure you don't miss these energy efficient, high performance servers using Intel's Xeon® processor 5500 series and Sun's innovation. You won't be sorry. :-)

Tuesday Nov 20, 2007

Dude, you're getting Solaris

    I'll start right out by admitting to being a big fan of the Muppets. I love the Muppet Show, although I'm approaching the age where I could do the role of Waldorf or Stadtler, the elder hecklers from the private box. It should come as no surprise that I have seen most of the Muppet movies, including Muppets from Space. In this movie, there are a couple scenes in which a Muppet bear tries to calm his human boss in a secret government agency by suggesting 'baby steps, sir, baby steps'. I like using that line myself to remember that success doesn't have to come fast or in big strides.

    By now you have probably heard that Dell to carry Solaris 10 on PowerEdge servers as noted by CNET, and noted in Jonathan's blog. Based on a CNET News Blog from last year, Dell: No Solaris until it's a standard, looks like Solaris is making progress, at least in Dell's eyes. Not too long ago we announced that IBM is doing the same thing, selling and supporting Solaris on their x86 servers, with another Jonathan blog about it. More progress for Solaris.

    Even more exciting is the availability of a developer preview of Project Indiana, an OpenSolaris binary distribution with the look, feel, and tools of a standard Linux distribution. The best of both worlds, available in a Live CD to test out and provide feedback on as it moves forward. The way I look at it, Solaris is doing as the Muppet bear suggested, and making great progress in manageable 'baby steps'. Or as the young man from the old Dell commercial might say "Dude, you're getting Solaris".
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