Sun launches new servers for entry-level markets

Sun Microsystems today announced the launch of two new entry level servers, that aim to offer cost savings and performance improvements over Wintel-competitors.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 30, 2001

Sun Microsystems today announced the launch of two new entry level servers, that aim to offer cost savings and performance improvements over Wintel-competitors. The two products, the Sun Fire V880 server and the Netra 20 server, are available immediately in the Middle East, and are targeted at corporate data centre customers.

The Sun Fire 880 is being sold on its low TCO. The system uses UltraSPARC III processors running the Solaris operating system. Because Sun has made Solaris available for free through its Binary License Program, the end-user does not have to pay for bundled software. Coupled with the Sun Fire 880’s superior performance, allowing it to do the job of several lesser servers, and its binary capability, which allows migration to Solaris will not impact on existing architecture, Sun claims that the TCO is up to 47% less than Wintel architectures.

“Using the same technologies that make our enterprise-level servers the reliable and scalable systems they are, we’ve created a new kind of entry level server that saves our customers money today and offers them a simple path for future growth,” said Johann Muller, product sales manager for Sun Microsystems MEA. “With the Sun Fire V880 server, we can increase our market share in a fast growing segment of the Middle East server market—the low end.”

Sun’s other new server offering, the Netra 20, is also ideally suited for the Middle East, as it offers a rugged, robust workplace server for adverse environments, and is being targeted at telecommunications, government and military deployments.

Running on UltraSPARC III 750MHz processors, the Netra 20 has been designed to cope with hot, humid and polluted environments, and with situations where space is at a premium. It has a rack-optimised and ruggedized design, with Sun Fireplane interconnect technology, to allow I/O component connection at up to 4.8 GB/sec.

“The latest addition to the Netra family is Sun’s next-generation rugged server, designed with the customers in mind to deliver a lower total cost of ownership,” said Muller.

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