Sun Blade of the Month Club

Most of Sun's HPC customers know the SunBlade 6048

as the compute engine at the core of the Sun Constellation System, the world's first open, petascale compute system. But lots of our other customers are also catching on that the SunBlade 6048 is not just a great HPC compute server but a great general purpose blade platform. One customer recently purchased several SunBlade 6048s for a SunRay server. Well, actually, to serve about 1500 SunRays.

I've already had several customers ask me since last week's announcement that Sun is purchasing MySQL what the best MySQL server is. While MySQL powers 1000's of web sites small and large around the world, the customers I typically meet need at least 48 servers. So why not use a 6048? I've even recommended to marketing that we start a "blade of the month" club, i.e. buy a SunBlade 6048 and each month receive a box in the mail with 4 new blades, which you can return at no charge if you are not fully satisfied. Sort of like an ongoing try-and-buy program. You could start off today with a few two socket Intel blades, get a box of Niagara 2 based SPARC blades next month, and load up on the quad core Opteron blades being used in the Sun Constellation System at TACC when they become generally available.

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