Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Offering New SPARC-Based Server
Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu are rolling out a new midrange server system dubbed the SPARC Enterprise T5440, which will be based on the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor. While Sun and Fujitsu have been offering low-end systems that use the UltraSPARC T2 chip, this server is geared toward midmarket and enterprise companies that want to run database and CRM applications within their data center infrastructure. The T5440, which Sun and Fujitsu will both sell, is expected to compete against other Unix systems such as IBM Power Systems and HP's Integrity line.Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu are rolling out a jointly developed midrange system, the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server, which is based on Sun's UltraSPARC T2 plus processor and is designed to run database and CRM applications. With the new T5440 system, Sun and Fujitsu are looking to bring a midrange offering into the midmarket and enterprise market to compete against Unix systems from IBM and Hewlett-Packard. On Oct. 7, IBM rolled out several new Power Systems that use the company's own Power Architecture, including the Power 560 Express, which is expected to compete against the T5440.
While Sun and Fujitsu have developed a number of low-end systems that use the UltraSPARC chip, the T5440 is an attempt to penetrate the higher end of the market. While the low-end systems were considered better for Web applications, Nancy Riley, a marketing manager for Sun, said this new system can handle database, CRM and ERP applications.