Yesterday April 17th we did a great big honking announcement about servers, er make that an announcement about great big honking servers. Frankly, I know pretty well zilch about this class of machine; I can relate to Web pumps like the T1000/T2000, and to an x86 meat-grinder like the X4100 (which an irritated little bird working for one of our customers just told me that you can’t buy at the moment because they’re sold out); but these supertanker-scale things we cooked up with Fujitsu are from another planet. I went poking around looking for something hands-on. Bingo (but, er, anonymous bingo, which irritates me; I’ve expressed my opinion on this internally). First, “EXOTERIC” was down in the trenches with Fujitsu and the iron, see New Sun-Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise Systems. Second, “BM Seer” fires a volley of benchmarks: bang bang bang bang. I may not grok the finer points of mainframe technology but you can follow pointers from the announcement to the M9000 and look at the heavy-metal pictures. Ouf.


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From: Stan (Apr 19 2007, at 10:48)

Very cool. But no match for the Rockwell Retroencabulator

Oh, the old Insertion Failure, Error: Entity persist loader terminated; exiting. Let's try again ...


From: Bruce Hill (Apr 19 2007, at 13:06)

Hey Tim,

Thanks for the link to my "exoteric" blog.

BTW it is not an anonymous blog. My name is show where the

posted by/date information is on the page after each entry.

Bruce Hill


From: Bob McCabe (Apr 19 2007, at 18:10)

I could not help noticing the "Get it" button on the Server site ( Is Sun expecting a lot of impulse buys for a $1/2M system? I guess Amazon has the patent on "One Click" shopping.


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