Today we announced something, and let’s stick with the code-name “Neptune” because officially it’s called the Sun x8 Express Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet Fiber XFP Low Profile Adapter, which just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. I have to say it’s about the butchiest-looking NIC I’ve ever seen. Now, normally I would have bypassed the opportunity to blog, because I’ve never actually even seen a 10G wire or plug, and have no idea what the trade-offs are and what makes a good one. But our Ariel Hendel wrote Russian Dolls, the first paragraph of which discusses love, soccer, and beer, and which includes a remarkable photograph; it is actually about Neptune. Speaking as a geek who likes fast networks and good writing, I think it’s wonderful.



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From: Joe Pallas (Feb 21 2007, at 11:31)

The product is definitely cool. Somewhat less cool, however, is the way Sun is pitching it as "From $498. (US) per 10 GigE Port."

That's just silly. Yes, the new card gives you two ports for the same price as the PCI-X card that only has one port, making it a much better value. But the fact is you can't buy one port for $498. You can't buy any ports for $498. The card only comes with two ports, and it costs $995 (list).

What next? Monitors starting at 0.069 cents per pixel?

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