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InternetNews.com: Sun Smokes Big Blue with Snarky Web Site

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Apr 5, 2002


"It's no secret that Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) and IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM) have become increasingly locked in heated competition in the past year, matching each other (though they would say "outmatching" each other) server-for-server spanning low- to high-end appliances.

There have been scoffs and rebuttals over whose benchmarks are insidious cover-ups or misrepresentations. And who can forget the beating Sun took when it announced some Linux leanings in February? IBM did not mince words when it pointed out what it saw as hypocrisy on Sun's part about this undertaking. Sun has looked to breathe a little levity into the situation with a humorous, sarcastic, yet technically competent Web site called BigBlueSmoke, which pokes fun at its major East Coast rival. Since January of this year, the California company has been quietly posting World News stories, which are really a series of refutations to IBM's advertising and marketing for various server announcements...

So Sun has looked to breathe a little levity into the situation with a humorous, sarcastic, yet technically competent Web site called BigBlueSmoke, which pokes fun at its major East Coast rival. Since January of this year, the California company has been quietly posting "World News" stories, which are really a series of refutations to IBM's advertising and marketing for various server announcements, including points about Big Blue's "Raptor" mainframe and a benchmark test pitting the eServer p690 versus the Sun Fire 15,000 that Sun said was a bit iffy. Now Sun has decided to peek through the clouds with its new project. "

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