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Wikimedia Selects Sun Microsystems to for Open Source Web Infrastructure


November 25, 2008

Wikimedia Selects Sun Microsystems to for Open Source Web Infrastructure

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor


Sun Microsystems reportedly will help the Wikimedia Foundation build a secure and scalable open source Web infrastructure, using the Sun Fire x4500 and x4150 servers and Sun StorageTek storage arrays.

The Sun Fire X4500 Server provides the performance of a four-way x64 server and also provides the highest storage density available, with up to 48 TB in 4U of rack space. The Sun Fire X4150 server, is powered by Quad-Core Intel (News - Alert) Xeon processors, and Sun claims that it is the best 1RU 2-socket x64 server on the scene.
Wikimedia runs popular Web sites, such as Wikipedia, pictured right, which has a vast global network of users. There is a large amount of content uploaded to the Wikimedia Web sites every single day and the company will need robust servers to host all this content. With this partnership with Sun, Wikimedia is trying to allow its users to seamlessly upload files up to 100MB.
According to Juan Carlos Soto, vice-president of Cloud Computing and Developer Platforms Marketing at Sun, Wikipedia needed a storage and server platform that can handle the ever-evolving needs of a growing, global community that currently sees more than 10 billion page views per month.
“With a scalable and secure Sun Fire and Open Storage infrastructure, Sun has created a platform that enhances the experience of Wikipedia users worldwide,” Soto said.
Sun says its Open Storage Infrastructure offers continuous easy access to Wikimedia’s data. This is a considerably heavy task as thousands of users around the world contribute continuously to the Wikimedia Web sites Wikimedia states that Sun offered a special pricing and in-kind donation of services and hardware to Wikimedia.
Recently, Sun announced the release of the new GlassFish Enterprise Server V3 Prelude solution. According to Sun Microsystems (News - Alert), GlassFish has surpassed 14 million downloads and 225,000 registrations worldwide since its first release in May 2005.
On the eve of its fifth annual giving campaign, the Wikimedia Foundation is seeking contributions from thousands of users around the world to help fund technical and administrative costs.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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