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Friday June 27, 2003
01:15 PM

Sun hardware - followup

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I found a specific slashdot post that I think summarizes everything I was trying to say earlier about Sun hardware vs "regular" hardware.

Summation: save your money. Don't buy Sun.

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  • I admin a bunch of E450's and they haven't given me much trouble, of course it's only be a year.

    I am getting ready to buy a V880 and a V280R, compute server and file server respectively, and I'm ok with that. Some of the software I need to have installed runs on either Windows or Unix but not linux.

    I am in the midst of trying to determine if Linux servers will work ok. If I can get the same amount of computing power out of a Linux server then Sun is hosed.

    I'm not particularly for or against Sun. I'm just trying to get the most value for the least money. I do think Sun is doomed in the long run, mostly because of Linux and BSD running the OS, and cheap hardware (Dell is the front runner in that arena) and maybe Opteron.
    • I'm not really anti-sun, but the new low cust 64 bit systems loaded with a bunch of relatively cheap ram would seem to take a severe bite out of the niche that Sun currently occupies.
      • That is what I am anticipating. Opteron looks promising and possible Itanium. Of course, I have to balance this with whether or not my users will write and use things that take advantage of 64 bit architecture.
  • I always take hardware recommendations 15 year-old /. kiddies. Sun isn't doomed as I think many of the corporations who move to Linux will regret it and move back.

    • Are any of his claims false? Have you gone to lately and done some pricing? I have, and it's not pretty. If Linux is so terrible, why is Sun offering it on some of their low-end servers?

      Now, at least Sun seems to have gotten a bit of a clue with the lower end server market with the likes of the V60x (which I *might* consider). However, most of their hardware falls into the "huh?" category. Let's take the 280R server as a case in point:

      • Dual 1.2 GHZ UltraSparc III (8 mb cache)
      • 8 GB RAM
      • Dual 7
      • If cost were the only thing driving the market everyone would have switched by now. Solaris is solid as is the hardware. I wouldn't want air traffic control running on a cheapo PC with linux just because it was the cheapest thing going. Sun will be around for quite some time as will Apple.