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SPARC History - September 2008

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30 Years of SSDs - SSD Market History
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SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Sun Launches New Telco Grade SPARC Servers.........................................
SANTA CLARA, CA - September 29, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today launched the Sun Netra T5440 server, a 4U NEBS Level 3 server powered by 2 UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors.

Main memory is expandable upto 128 GB. Expansion is via 6x PCIe slots and 2x PCI-X slots. Internal mass storage includes upto 12x SAS drives. Pricing starts at $19,635.

Sun, Lazarus and Solaris

Editor:- September 25, 2008 - InfoWorld has published a new article called - "is Sun Solaris on its deathbed?"

Speaking as a publisher - I have to admire the cleverness of the title which is bound to attract readers both for and against the argument.

I myself have published articles which at various times in the past decade have been cited by marketers in HP, Sun or IBM to illustrate whatever point they were trying to make at the time. But I have always believed that the most important asset for a publisher is the confidence of its readers. Advertisers may come and go - but as I tell potential advertisers - if your market is stupid readers - then advertise somewhere else - and not here.

Going back to the InfoWorld there any merit in the proposition?

If you read it you can draw your own conclusions. It's cleverly written and draws together a bunch of quotes and assertions which are intended to lead you to a particular conclusion. And it would not have seemed out of place if it had been published in the darker days of the Sun market - anytime between 2002 and 2005.

But the conclusion that Solaris is doomed - just because the Solaris server market hasn't been growing recently - and just because the customer base is made up of die-hard SPARCaholics who (by insinuation) are too old to learn about any other OS ignores an important clear and present danger which is facing all server operating systems and all server chipmakers.

That's the impact of solid state disks - which will have as big an impact on sweeping away old ways of designing servers - as the 8086 and 68000 had on the minicomputer market in the 1980s.

It seems to me that Sun has said more sensible things on this subject (SSDs) in recent months than any other server oem. And although Sun could still screw up (as it has done many times before in the storage market) Sun is uniquely placed to marry OS and processor acceleration technologies. As I said in my 2004 article - which predicted that Sun would be the first of the server brat pack to make this revolutionary step.

If you're wondering where the "Lazarus" part comes from in my headline, it's not that I think Solaris has been on its deathbed and will rise up and walk (or run). But I couldn't think of a title that's better than the one InfoWorld already used.

OpenSolaris Award Winners

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - September 18, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the winners of the OpenSolaris Community Innovation Awards Program.

Winning contest entries range from new distributions to tools that make using and administering OpenSolaris easier.

Sun Fires New Salvo in Server Virtualization Wars

SANTA CLARA, CA - September 10, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the availability of Sun xVM Server software and Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0, key components in its comprehensive virtualization strategy.

Sun says its new virtualization portfolio delivers datacenter-grade server virtualization for managing heterogeneous workloads, including Windows, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems, on Sun x86 platforms and SPARC-based servers.

Sun xVM Server software is designed to interoperate with VMware and uses the same virtual hard disk and virtual appliance formats, enabling customers to easily move workloads between VMware ESX and Sun xVM Server software.

see also:- virtualization predictions roundup on
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Can You Trust Your Flash SSD's Specs and Benchmarks?
Editor:- I've noticed is that the published specs of flash SSDs change a lot -from the time a product they are first announced, then when they're being sampled, and later again when they are in volume production.

Sometimes the headline numbers get better, sometimes they get worse. There are many good reasons for this.

The product which you carefully qualified may not be identical to the one that's going into your production line for a variety of reasons...

And here's another thing to worry about...

The enterprise flash SSDs which you benchmarked yourself - may surprise you by running much slower when deployed in your own applications due to common "halo" errors which are implicit in the set ups of many performance test suites which were originally designed for HDDs. the article
Are MLC SSDs Safe in Enterprise Apps?
This is a follow up article to the popular SSD Myths and Legends which, a year earlier demolished the myth that flash memory wear-out (a comfort blanket beloved by many RAM SSD makers) precluded the use of flash in heavy duty datacenters.

This new article looks at the risks posed by MLC Nand Flash SSDs which have recently hatched from their breeeding ground as chip modules in cellphones and morphed into hard disk form factors.
which technology to choose? - read the article It starts down a familiar lane but an unexpected technology twist takes you to a startling new world of possibilities. the article
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