Monday, June 19, 2006

Finding the SUN - The birth of a Sun Fire T2000 Sun Server - Introduction

A little while ago I commented on a post from James Governor which I initially thought was only open to the select few very well connected technical gurus.

It concerned Sun literally giving away servers. Well the truth is (certainly initially) not quite as glamorous but the prospect still remains that SUN are very keen for people to see how incredibly good their new servers are and therefore running a trial review system whereby companies receive a server for 60 days and review it on their blogs. The hook being that if you write a particularly informative review, that they may let you keep it.

This is actually the perfect server for the Interactive Mix applications I am currently setting up and the recent campaigns we have run and so the temptation proved too much for me and I contacted SUN. I’ll admit that I didn’t hold up a lot of hope in being included in this scheme but to my surprise we were accepted and this morning a brand spanking new T2000 arrived.

At this point a rather large intake of breath is required, because this is a whole lot of machine and I am very far from being a techie. It’s true that 20 years ago my first ever job was as a Systems Administrator on a NCR tower range running SCO Unix and that I very badly wrote some code that ran on the Internet until 2002 but I have always considered myself as a Marketing chap who has an understanding of computers rather than any kind of computer guru. In fact the last time I did anything remotely technical professionally was 1998 and so this kind of machine is several shades beyond my comfort zone.

Now I’ve always thought of myself as above average intelligence but lacking in any common sense whatsoever (ask any of my ex wives!), and so I thought that this series of write-ups could potentially show how literally anyone with a brain can get one of these working and take it out of the Jesus creeper domain and onto a business based footing. My hope is therefore to show that you don’t need to have a dedicated techie to do this, just someone who understands computers a bit and is prepared to look for answers.

In this way I’m hoping that the appeal for what should be a truly outstanding machine will widen and find its place offering business solutions to SME companies as well as the larger corporations with an IT Department swelling in numbers.

I have no idea how I’m going to get on but I will record all of it here.

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i will watch with interest

 
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