Linked by Adam S on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 13:05 UTC, submitted by Usman Latif
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems is focusing on Opterons and Solaris x86 for a good reason. Sun has figured out a way to make x86 hardware cheaper than anyone else. Sun is hoping that by leveraging its cost advantages the company will be able to ensure the success of its x86 hardware and Solaris.
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Sun re-inventing itself for the next round
by Anonymouser on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 17:03 UTC

Opteron is a perfect fit for Sun's low to mid-range servers. Opteron is better than Xeon, Opteron isn't Intel, Opteron isn't awfully expensive, geeks like Opteron, it runs Linux, it runs Solaris, it runs Windows, what isn't there for Sun to love about it?

Sun is also continuting SPARC through its next-gen multi-threaded processors (e.g., Niagara). SPARC will always be the CPU for gigantic SMP, as Opteron is optimized for a different market. There are also reliability features in SPARC that other CPUs lack. So, SPARC is here to stay for a long while.

Don't forget that Sun's new pricing model is totally competitive with RedHat all the way from free up to full enterprise support. Solaris 10 is set to go head-to-head with RedHat in the enterprise market. That's good, because Solaris is better than RedHat in most ways, such as documentation, configuration stability, maintainability (this is not a troll, because I really like Linux, just not RedHat--I'm more of a Debian/Slackware person...and *BSD).