I work at Sun because I like computers, so whenever we announce some, that’s a big day for me. Today’s iron is built around Nehalem. There are a couple of blades, a bunch of rack-mounts, plus 10GE and Infiniband switches (I have seen more than one internal Ethernet-vs-Infiniband fistfight; juicy stuff for geeks. My personal bet is on Ethernet). There will be tons of press releases and so on starting at the Sun homepage linked above, but for the real poop you need bloggers; the people who built these boxes and ran the benchmarks. Tushar Katarki has aggregated them in Sun rise over Nehalem. Let’s cut Tushar some slack on the cheerleading, he’s been working on these for a while and has earned the right to a little rah-rah; and he links to real bloggers.
As for me, I look at the pictures and think “Damn, they’re ugly.” I look at the specs and benchmarks and think “On the evidence, ugly is good.” I mean, you wouldn’t want to spend much time in the kind of room where they deploy this kind of thing. But you might want to roll a few in if you’re burning lotsa x86 cycles, and especially if you’re already pumping out too much carbon.