First glimpse of the next Galaxy server?
If you want a glimpse of what might be one of the next Galaxy servers, check out Sun and Seagate's Flash presentation on SAS (serial attached SCSI). The presentation shows a couple of racks full of the now-familiar X4100 and X4200s, but those racks also contain similar looking 4U boxes. Hmm...
Sepculation: my guess (and if I *did* know, I wouldn't be posting this, right?) is that the 4U box is one of the 4-way or 8-way Galaxy variants Sun have hinted they're working on. Delivery time? Your guess is as good as mine, but I guess they must be fairly near completion.
I thought long and hard about posting this entry. I am privileged to receive quite a lot of confidential information from friends and contacts inside Sun, info that is either covered by a formal NDA or (more likely) by a "gentleman's NDA". That Sun entrusts some of their secrets to me is an honour that I will not abuse; the deciding factors in posting this entry were: 1) the presentation is already available on a public web site, and 2) Sun themselves link to the presentation, from the X4100 and X4200 product info pages.