Ever wonder why Larry E. was bothered enough to buy out Sun Microsystems? That’s right – Solaris is now officially dead!
This is the same kind of cretinous arguments that Linux advocates spout in the Linux Hater’s Blog comment section – that the statistics from top500.org are somehow a proper reflection of the high-throughput blade server market or even the low-end desktop market. Never mind the fact that, basing on the same logical, we can pretty much conclude that people are now ditching their high-performance POWER-based infrastructures for Intel Xeon or Windows for Linux despite the obvious fact that IBM POWER was still the revenue leader as per February 2010, or that Linux by far has hardly reached the 10% mark – or about that of Apple Mac – on the desktop however you look at the relevant statistics.
Let’s face it – Solaris has an extremely strong tie to SPARC in the RISC-based server market. In other words, people generally don’t just use Solaris for the sake of it being Solaris, but that they also want to take advantage of the high-performance hardware that it runs on. Yes, Oracle bought out Sun Microsystems mainly for the advantage of its own database system market, but if the move was of any indication, then it was a good indication that Oracle would give up on neither Solaris nor the SPARC product line in any fashion in the near future. I am pretty sure IBM will eventually let go of its high-performing cash cow and its AIX tie-in, too, but until then, DurdenStations will just be, at the end of the day, DurdenStations.
By the way, since I have already got Excel fired up on my laptop, here’s a pie: