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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by Bascule on Fri 24th Dec 2004 06:47 UTC

Sun isn't abandoning Sparc. They are spending money overhauling it to the next generation.

SPARC development is now being done collaboratively with Fujitsu. With the exception of Niagra, the new generation of SPARC processors will use Fujitsu's SPARC64 core. Fujitsu already has PRIMEPOWER servers clocked at 2+ GHz.

So, with that said and looking at Sun Microsystems as of late, their execs can't seem to figure what they're doing.

Javathan Schwartz may be clueless when it comes to PR, but he was behind Project Mad Hatter and Project Orion. Mad Hatter became the Java Desktop System, the single most successful enterprise Linux distribution (China dropped Red Flag Linux and standardized upon JDS, in addition to England) and Project Orion became the Java Enterprise System. Both have been huge moneymakers for Sun, and have reversed their previously gloomy financial outlook. Yes, the man who claimed that Sun's Linux strategy is that "they don't have one" is the man behind the single most successful enterprise Linux distribution. Bad at PR, good at business?

The bottom line, Sun is making the right moves right now after years of post-dotcom bubble fumbling. To say they don't have a strategy is simply naive, their stock value certainly says otherwise.

>> Sun has figured out a way to make x86 hardware cheaper than anyone else

with 100% certainty I can say this statement is entirely false.

Sun is the cheapest tier 1 Opteron vendor. Considering all of our purchasing contracts are with tier 1 vendors, it's an immense amount of work to get purchases through 3rd party vendors through our purchasing department. YMMV where you work, but in general it's rather important in the enterprise.

Sun is supporting Solaris, Windows, or Linux on their Opteron servers. I think this move towards diversity comes as HP is eclipsing their Unix server sales with the choice of Alpha, PA-RISC, and Itanium platforms running your choice of Tru64, HP-UX, or Linux. Sun sees the potential for the Opteron to eclipse at least the latter two architectures (and eventually Alpha as HP is determined to see it die at the hands of Itanium)

Sun currently leads the tier 1 players in Opteron sales as well... I think as Sun diversifies their Opteron offerings we'll begin to see the 3rd party players marginalized and eventually we'll be left with an Opteron battle between Sun, HP, and IBM (unless Dell wishes to enter the fray)