by Daniel Walker
<i>Sun Microsystems (now Oracle Corporation) </i> make a <i> </i> full range <i> of </i> servers <i> from </i> stand alone <i>, mid-range and high end rack-mount </i> to <i> blade design </i> along with the <i> </i> addition <i> of workstations and </i> storage device <i> </i> computer hardware <i> (formerly StorageTek). </i> Before <i> </i> and through <i> the dot.com </i> boom <i> </i> at the start <i> of </i> the past <i> </i> decade <i> - Sun microsystems were the </i> common <i> <b> </b> <b> <b>'go to</b>'</b> </i> the bulk of <i> enterprise solutions </i> due to the <i> ultra-</i> proven <i> SPARC processor, Solaris </i> os <i> and </i> firm <i> </i> computer hardware <i>. </i> Clients <i> </i> knew <i> their </i> net <i> server and </i> database <i> </i> applications <i> would </i> obtain <i> 99% </i> trustworthiness <i> and </i> up-time <i> </i> so <i> </i> raising <i> IT </i> efficiencies <i>.
</i> Since that point <i>, the <a href="http://www.alpha-digital.co.uk/catalogue/sun-oracle">Sun</a> Ultra SPARC (Scalable Processing Design) </i> processor <i> - </i> which can regularly <i> </i> be also <i> </i> based in the <i> Fujitsu Prime-power </i> range of <i> server's has </i> efficiently <i> </i> produced <i> </i> substantial <i> </i> levels of <i> info </i> onto a <i> </i> large number <i> of firms and </i> associations <i> </i> all around the world <i> </i> to incorporate <i> the finance </i> market-place <i>, state, manufacturing, to retail, medical care and web/Media. </i>
<i></i> But <i>, </i> with <i> </i> the rise in <i> cloud computing and SaaS (Software as a Service), </i> which is <i> set to </i> double <i> </i> year-on-year <i> </i> due to <i> business </i> converting to <i> <b> 'hosted applications ' </b> </i> the requirement for <i> top of the range number crunching </i> PC systems <i> and storage </i> for some <i> </i> companies <i> is </i> which may <i> become less of an obligation. </i> Nonetheless <i>, </i> generally speaking <i> the Data centers </i> driving <i> <b>'the cloud '</b> are </i> operated <i> </i> by some means <i> by Sun/Oracle </i> hardware <i> or application </i> usually <i> - </i> proof of <i> their </i> sustainability <i> and </i> honesty <i>.
</i> Together with the <i> above </i> in your mind's eye <i>, </i> there has <i> never been </i> a better <i> time </i> during the <i> used server, workstation and storage </i> hardware <i> </i> market <i> for </i> an organisation <i> </i> of saving <i> </i> thousands of pounds <i> </i> heading down <i> the used and refurbished </i> course <i>. </i> For example <i>; </i> consider <i> </i> investing in a <i> </i> latest <i> server for GBP10,000+ (</i> similarly <i> </i> study <i> its </i> devaluation <i> </i> value <i> over </i> 3 years <i>). </i> Now <i> </i> do a contrasting of <i> this to </i> deciding to buy <i> a </i> formerly used <i> Sun SPARC, Coolthread or x86 server with 8 cores, 32Gb memory and </i> half <i> a terabyte of storage for as </i> low as <i> GBP1500.00+ (Example T2000, 8Core 1.2Ghz, 32Gb RAM, 4 x 146Gb disk drives) </i> In addition <i> </i> you can obtain <i> </i> additional <i> </i> independent <i> </i> maintenance <i> at a </i> percentage <i> of the </i> manufacturer <i> </i> price <i>. </i> Select <i> one, 2 or 3 year </i> support <i> periods </i> employing the <i> </i> ability to <i> </i> observe <i> </i> each thing <i> </i> beneath <i> one </i> maintenance <i> </i> arrangement <i> - </i> chopping <i> capex and opex </i> consequently <i> simplifying </i> overall <i> </i> operations <i>.
We do not </i> hope to <i> </i> deter <i> </i> individuals <i> from </i> making use of <i> cloud </i> chance <i> or from </i> getting <i> </i> mint <i> </i> appliances <i> - </i> however <i> test bed </i> eventualities <i>, little internal networks </i> or maybe <i> </i> private <i> internal cloud and application server, </i> purchasing a <i> used and refurbished sun server </i> shouldn't be <i> tarnished </i> with the exact same <i> brush as </i> buying a <i> used COMPUTER.</i>
<a href="http://www.alpha-digital.co.uk/">www.alpha-digital.co.uk/</a> have been a respected supplier of hardware and software solutions for a great many years. They offer new and refurbished hardware from all the leading manufacturers including Sun, <a href="http://www.alpha-digital.co.uk/catalogue/hewlett-packard">Hewlett-Packard</a> and many others.
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