Information and first hand experience on the Sun Fire T2000 is slowly beginning to appear from other ASF people. Sun sparked it off with their 60 day free trial and now things are beginning to happen.
Colm MacCarthaigh already got his T2000 and is putting it through some heavy testing. He says that it "can probably comfortably saturate a 10Gigabit/sec interface" which is not bad at all - I'm looking forward to seeing what other numbers will emerge from his benchmarking because Heanet move an impressive amount of data through their mirrors.
We're not signed up for the trial at the ASF. We've got enough
other things to do on the infrastructure side that playing with new hardware isn't really an
option. If anything, I would be tempted to sign up myself just to prove that HTTPD would really
fly with event and worker mpm rather than prefork that is shipping with Solaris.
I could easily see a use for a couple or more of T2000s if we could get them on a permanent
basis. Splitting services between .us and .eu would greatly improve our infrastructure and
with our current setup of having no hands on site, having hardware covered by a service contract
would be a great improvement.
Thinking with my "enterprise HA" hat on, it would be interesting to see how far a pair of T2000s set up with shared storage and Sun cluster could go hosting our services seperated into zones. Zone Migration is another thing that fits nicely into the picture and would make moving or cloning services between locations a whole lot easier.
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