Feeds

Sun suffers self-imposed Linux lobotomy

Rip that 'orrible penguin from my brain!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Application security programs and practises

Not too long ago, Sun Microsystems proudly sold Linux for its line of x86 processor-based servers. If you had any doubts that this Linux love era has passed, then check out yesterday's press release describing a customer win with Ciena Corp. Love? Not even tolerance.

In round one of Sun's release, the company proclaimed,

Sun Microsystems today announced that Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, has selected Sun Microsystems' leading x64 (x86, 64-bit) Sun Fire servers for its electronic design automation (EDA) platform, in order to improve the speed of its simulation and testing capabilities. Ciena purchased 30 Sun Fire V20z servers, running a standard Linux operating system and powered by the AMD Opteron processor, which have improved Ciena's ability to design and test its ADSL2+ telecommunications solutions by a factor of four compared to its previous systems.

A couple of hours later, Sun realized its gaffe, and decided the Linux billboard had to go. Here's version two of the press release that hit the wire Wednesday afternoon.

Sun Microsystems, Inc today announced that Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, has selected Sun Microsystems' leading x64 (x86, 64-bit) Sun Fire servers for its electronic design automation (EDA) platform, in order to improve the speed of its simulation and testing capabilities. Ciena purchased 30 Sun Fire V20z servers, powered by the AMD Opteron processor, which have improved Ciena's ability to design and test its ADSL2+ telecommunications solutions by a factor of four compared to its previous systems.

Many of you know the ins and outs surrounding Sun's relationship with Linux. It ignored the operating system for years, preferring the homemade Solaris OS. Then CEO Scott McNealy decided to change course and live the Linux lifestyle. Sun agreed to sell both Linux and Solaris x86 on its non-UltraSPARC kit.

Of late, however, Sun has again opted to push Solaris x86 over Linux quite vocally - a move that makes sense when you consider the new investment Sun has thrown at its own OS. Sun would love to see customers forgo Red Hat, in particular, in favor of Solaris x86, which now, like Linux, is open source.

But to go from McNealy dressing up in a penguin suit to erasing the word "Linux" from press releases is a more massive change than many might have expected.

So, for the record, what exactly are the Ciena boxes running?

"We are running Linux on the majority of our V20z's, however, in our Build environment, we also have several V20z's running Windows XP, and one v20z running Solaris," Steven Rennick, lead network systems engineer at Ciena, told El Reg.

One out of 30 ain't bad. ®

Related stories

IBM preps big iron fiesta
Fans petition to open source OS/2
Become a full-blown Linux god
DoD picks Opteron as weapon of mass simulation
Intel and Dell thrilled to join the dual-core server chip era
Sun's software deputy quits

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.