[Beowulf] Rackable / SGI

Rayson Ho raysonlogin at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 08:21:07 PDT 2009

On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:17 AM, John Hearns <hearnsj at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> > There are similar questions associated with IBM.  Sun provides support
>> for some major tools used in Linux these days, notably open office but also SGE.
> Don't forget MySQL
> Who knows what the result of the catfight between DB2 and MySQL would be

And Lustre vs. GPFS.

Or Sun Open Storage vs. IBM's proprietary storage.

And GlassFish, xVM & VirtualBox, Sun Java System Web Server (Netscape
Enterprise Server), NetBeans -- would be too sad if IBM buys Sun and
withdraws resources and support for thsoe projects and products.


>  > Finally I don't think of Rackable as being a software company at all,
>> although SGI has always had SOME software component to their offerings,
>> if only glueware or graphicware for their hardware.
> Wellllll.... I count XFS, CXFS, DMF as software.
> Think of Performance Copilot, an MPI stack, Tempo cluster management suite also.
> (Did I mention I've been on a few SGI training courses?)
> Plus their new VUE visual computing software - which was very attractive for me.
>  Again I could see
>> them simply glomming onto SGI's server business and more or less purging
>> their developers and eliminating all participation in non-revenue
>> generating development.
> Which would be tragic.
> I agree with what you say in the main though - we should be very aware
> of what could come
> out of these mergers.
> Maybe I'm going too far in saying this, but what would a Linux
> landscape consisting of
> a very few commercially supported Linuxes plus the one alternative of
> Debian (plus Ubuntu)
> be like?
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