Friday, July 28, 2006

Sun gets commodity hardware

I just read an interesting post by Jonathan Schwartz of Sun about the rise of general purpose hardware in the data center. It's a good read that can be found here. If Sun, the company that was built on proprietary silicon and software, can see the light to move to commodity hardware without ASICs for the largest and most complex of enterprise applications, how far behind can the move to commodity hardware for networking really be?

Granted, this is undoubtedly a defensive move by Sun against IBM/HP/Dell hardware and RedHat software, but the other shoe has dropped in the industry.

It is becoming increasingly clear that commodity hardware and open source software is a large wave that is coming to multiple shores/markets. Stay tuned proprietary networking vendors - surfing lessons are in order!


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