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Computerworld: Sun's Neil Knox Weighs In on Blades, Linux and Strategy

Mar 20, 2003, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaikumar Vijayan)

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"Although it's among the market leaders in the low-end server business, Sun Microsystems Inc. has in recent years been known much more for its success at the high end. In this interview with Computerworld, Neil Knox, executive vice president of Sun's volume systems product group, talked about his company's recent blade-server product launch, its emerging throughput computing strategy and Linux.

"Why has Sun moved to a quarterly release schedule for its products? Why should users care? It makes their lives a lot easier. It forces us to pull all the products together in a coordinated manner. So the customers... are able to plan the implementation of new [and] refreshed products, as well as updates to their data centers. By doing a quarterly launch, we are really showing them a total systems play rather than stand-alone product announcements, which they have to pull together to make sense out of..."

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