Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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Reality #2: What is really going on with the server market
by Red Pill on Thu 21st Nov 2002 03:19 UTC

I cited my source right above where I made comments -- an Insight64 report. Here is the URL:

http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/DownloadableAssets/Ins...

Why don't you read it and then come back and rewrite your response?

- Sun Solaris is losing market share to Linux.
- Sun SPARC is losing market share to Intel/AMD.
- Sun SPARC is losing unit share
- By 2003, Intel/AMD will capture MPU peformance lead

Sun is in big trouble with their servers. They have nothing to compare with the economies of scale that Intel/AMD bring to market.

Almost all the $/MIP and $/transaction performance benchmarks are won using Intel hardware. Sun has no reputation for providing good performance for the dollar.

What happens with AMD hits the market with cheap 64 bit servers powered by Linux? Are you saying Sun is not going to take a hit? I find that hard to believe.

What about Itanium2 moves down market? Sun being insolent about Intel's ability to ship servers... doesn't sound very smart to me. Intel owns the server market -- in unit share.

Sun does have a reputation for building giant big-iron systems. However, the world is moving away from these systems. Not completely, but there is a trend.

What is the future of Sun? It has to be better than shipping ancient low-grade SPARC processors on machines that don't even have enough RAM to go beyond 32 bit addressing.

- Red Pill