Yet another positive Review: Sun Blade 8000 Modular Server
Yet another positive review of a Sun system at Network Computing: Analysis: Next-Gen Blade Servers. Although we didn´t win the shootout (you can argue about the metrics) the overall attitude and commentary to the system is very positive:
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System stems from Sun's decision to use a passive midplane concept that passes the PCI Express system bus through the system, rather than using blade-based GbE, FC or InfiniBand I/O fabrics.
But, considering that a fully-loaded Sun Blade 8000 Modular System offers the processing equivalent of 10 conventionally racked, four-socket 4U servers, the 8000 is an impressive, brushed aluminum tower of power.
The whole system will be even more impressive, when you take into consideration, that there will be UltraSPARC T1 blades for the system real soon now (I don´t think i tell you an secret here, as the changelog for Opensolaris already revealed it). Imagine a blade server where you can mix and match the processor technologies you need to fullfil your tasks with an uniform Solaris Operating Environment as an umbrella over the system.