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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RE: Re: Sun's strategy
by Anonymouser on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 23:22 UTC

"Cheap? Compared to what??"

POWER. Itanium. Perhaps even Xeon at the low end.

I remember when Sun's v440 came out, people were amazed to see a SPARC server right in line with similar x86 servers. Sun also still sells the cheapest RISC UNIX server on the market (their $1000 UltraSPARC IIi boxes--nothing special but cheap for RISC). They also auction off new hardware at eBay, so you can even name your price. I seem to remember that McNealy said he really likes the auction model for sales, but that the market isn't comfortable enough with it.