Sun Revamps its Enterprise Server LineupBy Peter Galli | Print
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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 ExchSun 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 processorsall 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.
"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.