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Unix Server Market Grows while Sun's Server Revenue Shrinks - Says IDC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass - August 27, 2008 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew 6.4% year over year to $13.9 billion in the second quarter of 2008.

This is the 9th consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth and the highest Q2 server revenue since 2000.

IBM held onto its number 1 spot in the worldwide server systems market with 33.2% market share in factory revenue for 2Q08 growing factory revenue by 13.8% year over year. This growth was driven by solid performance from its System z and System p servers. HP maintained the number 2 spot with 27.4% share for the quarter, growing revenue 3.1% compared to 2Q07. HP's growth stemmed from strong Integrity server and BladeSystem performance. Dell captured the third position with factory revenue growth of 14.1%, increased their market share by 0.9 points year over year. Sun held the number 4 position with a factory revenue decline of 7.2% year over year.

Linux servers posted year-over-year revenue growth of 10.0%, for a total of $1.9 billion in the quarter. Linux servers now represent 13.4% of all server revenue, up from 9.4% a year ago.

Unix servers experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 7.7%. The high-end enterprise segment of the Unix market was strongest of all three segments (volume, midrange enterprise and high-end enterprise), as worldwide Unix revenues totaled $4.6 billion in 2Q08, representing 32.7% of quarterly server spending. Unix servers account for the second-largest segment of spending, by operating system in the worldwide server market. ...IDC profile


Building Solaris / Linux Servers in Hours not Days

Cork Ireland - July 24, 2008 - Tapasol Ltd is looking for resellers / integrators / partners for its new bare metal server restore technology.

Tapasol supports the Solaris OS (on both SPARC & X86/64 architectures) and Redhat Enterprise Linux . Tapasol say that their technology reduces installation time by upto 85% and this can be done from a single piece of media or from another server, without needing skilled engineers. For more info contact Managing Director, Dan Hayes (dan.hayes@tapasol.com) ...Tapasol profile


Sun and Fujitsu Unveil New High Performance SPARC Servers

TOKYO - July 14, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Fujitsu Limited today announced a new line of SPARC Enterprise servers (M4000, M5000, M8000, and M9000) based on the quad-core SPARC64 VII processor and Solaris OS.

The quad-core SPARC64 VII runs at 2.4GHz / 2.5GHz and has more internal throughput than previous SPARC designs helped by what Sun/Fujitsu call Vertical Multithreading. VMT provides another independent dimension of CPU data exchange which is visible to the OS. The new servers have from 32 to 128 PCI Express slots and support upto 2TB of RAM. ...Sun Microsystems profile, ...Fujitsu profile

Editor's comments:-
2TB sounds like a lot of memory - but many heavyweight servers are already using more. It's inconceivable that you'll get best performance out of these new servers without using SSDs. You might also want to look at PCIe SSDs. There are a few established products in the PCIe SSD market already, and more in the pipeline.

Fujits...Who? - A Primer on Fujitsu's SPARC Heritage
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Z's Laws - Predicting Future Flash SSD Performance
A a reader asked me a very good question.

"Is there an industry roadmap for future flash SSD performance?"

That prompted other questions like...
  • How fast are flash SSDs going to be in 2009?, 2010? or 2012?
  • What are the technology factors which relate to flash SSD throughput and IOPS?
  • How close will flash SSDs get to RAM SSD performance?
There wasn't a simple answer I could give at the time. Clues lay scattered all across this web site and in my many one on one discussions with readers about the market...
But I agreed there should be a single place on the web where these answers could be found.

Forget Moore's Law. That gives you the wrong answer, and this article explains why. ...read the article
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