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Sun authorized resellers & SPARC VARs in the USA

notes from SPARC market history

During the peak days of the SPARC systems market this was the most heavily trafficked page in the SPARC Product Directory.

You can still see archived pages from those earlier years by following the links below. (They don't look exactly right because of the technology used in the wayback engine - and changes in browsers and screen sizes. I'll try and restore backups from that time later. But pages shown in the links are 99% of what a reader saw at the time. And you can follow the links too - for an interesting ride down memory lane.)
See this SPARC VAR page as it looked in:- 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
At the peak of the dotcom market at the end of 2000, our online US SPARC VAR directory (this page) included over 300 companies which actively sold and promoted Sun compatible workstations, servers, notebooks or other hardware. I estimated that was about half the number who would have counted themselves as Sun VARs, but our list included the active half. (BTW - our international SPARC VAR database reached a peak of approximately 1,500 companies.)

In the following 5 years (2001 to 2006) - the SPARC systems market declined in revenue by 50%, and 95% of the OEMs which had once made SPARC computers had exited the market. As a result the number of active Sun VARs has declined sharply too.

the Golden Age for SPARC resellers - 1989 to 1999

Sun VARs played an important part in the 1st decade of the SPARC market opening customers' eyes to the unknown / or little known - Sun Microsystems. (Before they became known as "the dot in dotcom".)

As technical manager of a VME-bus systems integrator in the real-time Unix business I signed up my company as a Sun VAR in 1987, and later as an oem for the SPARCengine 1. Every time we converted a customer to Sun and sold them their first SPARC systens - the Sun sales guys would come along and say "this is now a strategic account - go and find someone else."

So I empathized with the experience of Sun VARs when I set up my publishing company in 1991 to compile and research the buyers guide which was later endorsed by Sun and SPARC International as the "SPARC Bible."

Those were exciting days at an exciting time in the computer market - when affordable parallel computing servers changed from a customized system which an integrator had to build from integrating disparate blades (we called them SBC's "single board computers) and multiple operating systems - to a cheap commodity which you could buy at a click of web cart.

I'd like to thank the all the content contributors, advertisers and readers who made this possible during an exciting period in the enterprise computer market.

Zsolt Kerekes, editor and publisher

PS - the torch for igniting momentous changes in the computer market has now moved on to the SSD market. Join me there - if you're interested - on
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