Sun Revamps its Enterprise Server Lineup

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Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will take the wraps off new lines of high-performance servers, including models based on Sun's UltraSPARC IV processor as well as a series running the 64-bit AMD Opteron chip. Company also offers replacement for Microsoft Exch

Sun Microsystems Inc. will on Tuesday announce one of the largest enhancements and upgrades to its enterprise server line in several years.

Scott McNealy, the company's CEO and chairman, will use Sun's quarterly Network Computing event to be held in San Francisco on Tuesday to announce the first Sun servers based on the Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s 64-bit Opteron chip, as well as to debut five enterprise servers running its UltraSPARC IV processors—all of which incorporate its "throughput" technologies.

While the new high-end UltraSPARC IV servers will cost some 30 percent more on average than the UltraSPARC III systems available today, users will see an 80 percent or more performance improvement in these new systems, Mark Tolliver, Sun's chief strategy officer and executive vice president, told eWEEK in an interview ahead of Tuesday's announcement.

Sun was confident that as it showed customers the bump in performance that these new systems brought, they would see it as a good platform to consolidate their existing applications, since the new servers be made to do more, while letting users taking advantage of all the datacenter, mission-critical, enterprise-application features Sun had built in, he said.

"We are also seeing fairly strong demand again for enterprise-level systems as people perceive that the economy might be getting stronger and are looking for additional capacity. This is one of the most dramatic enhancements and upgrades of our server line in years.

"We are excited to release our first UltraSPARC IV servers, which also incorporate our throughput technologies, which we started talking about a year ago. This is absolutely the right product to be introducing at this, the right time," Tolliver said.

Sun's "throughput computing" architecture optimizes the system hardware to handle multiple threads of execution.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

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