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Sun continue UltraSparc III push

Sun will finally be rolling out their UltraSparc III chips in high volume next week with the unveiling of three servers in their Sun Fire and Star Fire ranges.

Sun will finally be rolling out their UltraSparc III chips in high volume next week with the unveiling of three servers in their Sun Fire and Star Fire ranges.

The midframes will include the eight-processor Sun Fire 3800, offering e-mail and Web applications. While in the mainframe-class is the Sun Fire 4800 with application-compute and database-server applications. At the high end Sun is offering the Star Fire 6800, which will scale up to 24 processors and is designed for large databases, datawarehousing, and data-mining applications.

Many Sun customers have been waiting in anticipation of the UltraSparc III chips to address the e-cache problems of its predecessor, UltraSparc II. Although they began rolling out products late last year, Sun promised more products were to follow.

However the dot-com downturn is proving difficult for Sun, with analysts suggesting they waited too long to reposition themselves. “Sun disproportionately benefited from the dot-com boom,” said Brian Richardson, analyst, Meta Group. “The tables have turned now.”

IDC results, for the last full year it has figures for, show Sun taking the No. 1 position in the Unix-based server market with a 31.5% market share, and it may achieve the No. 2 slot in the overall server market for the third quarter 2000, moving up from fourth position the previous year.

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