[vcf-midatlantic] Oracle finally kills off Sun

Bob Flanders bob.flanders at gmail.com
Tue Sep 12 16:13:50 EDT 2017

Bob... What company?


On Sep 12, 2017 12:25, "Bob Applegate via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 9:34 PM, Ethan via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> >
> >> The geek side of me really enjoyed learning/understanding the SPARC
> back in
> >> the day, but unfortunately..  it's gone.
> >
> > How many $150,000 servers did the gov't buy that could of been handled
> by $5000 PC boxes. Although Linux wasn't quite as mature.
> >
> > Same fate of Silicon Graphics tho.
> Sun was extremely well embedded in other markets that people don’t really
> know about, but even those markets were slowly moving to PC hardware and
> Linux once they matured.  I worked in the telco business and our customers
> (makers of the central office switches) had zero interest in any computing
> environment that wasn’t from Sun.  We had one customer quite enraged when
> they saw development on Linux systems in our lab and made it very clear
> they never wanted the sales department to pitch any products that weren’t
> available on Sun hardware.
> This particular market also had a LOT of money and didn’t quibble about
> prices as long as they got exactly what they wanted.  Sun also had a very
> good QA process with lots of traceability which is extremely important for
> applications that were expected to run for years non-stop.  Sun offered
> on-site maintenance that could get to any site anywhere in the world on
> short notice; Oracle is probably still providing that service until all the
> old switches get powered down.
> Bob

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