At 10:53 AM 3/1/01 +0000, Brian Scanlan wrote:
>On Thu, Mar 01, 2001 at 10:36:14AM +0000, Kevin Gannon wrote:
> > I read with great interest the Sun Netra servers now start at $1000.
> > They are appliance type boxes like the Cobalts.
> > Has anyone seen/used the new Netras ? We have been using Cobalts
> > all over the place for various things but they have there "issues".
>>The Netras are great machines, but they're not exactly like the Cobalts. They
>come just with Solaris. They're just normal Sun boxes (well, shrunk), they
>don't come with applications etc.
That is the very reason we are looking at them, also the NEBS L3
certification is a nice things to have and so is the LOM using a
We went for the cobalts as they have linux preinstalled and an engineer
can get them LAN attached in 5 minutes or 10 if they have to put them in
The problem I have with the cobalts is:
1) If you edit any file on the damned things cobalt wont support them.
Of course now that sun have bought them that will all change ;-)
2) They have a very nice feature called swatch which is a bit like the
original swatch perl app in that it monitors the box. When processes
go out of control it kills them. It took me a long time to figure why
sendmail was dying every few minutes with a signal 11. Swatch was
killing the process. I dont mind this so much if it is documented
3) We have had some flaky hardware on a number of boxes.
Mind you they are great little boxes for hosting and the support on
this end of things is very good indeed.
>Very very nice all the same - Though I've only got Netra T1s, haven't
>seen or used the new Netras.
>Mike Love, not war.
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