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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-12-03 Print this article Print

In addition, Sun will roll out its Sun Blade 2500 workstation, part of several offerings targeting the HPTC (high performance technical computing) space. The 2500, available immediately, is powered by Suns 1.2GHz UltraSPARC IIIi and offers up to 8GB of memory, 72GB of storage and Gigabit Ethernet support, starting at $4,995. Other new HPTC offerings include the Sun Fire Visualization Grid System to enable greater collaboration on high-visualization projects and more resource flexibility, the XVR-600 Graphics Accelerator, and the SX1500 and SX2500 Netra boards for single- and dual-processor systems. The grid system, which starts at less than $200,000, and the XVR-600, at $1,195, are available immediately. The SX1500 will be available later this month starting at $2,095, and the SX2500, at $5,795, will be available in January, officials said. For the telecom industry, Sun is rolling out two new servers, including the Netra 240, a ruggedized 2U (3.5-inch) server powered by UltraSPARC III and featuring preinstalled Advanced Lights Out Manager software and Solaris 8. The Netra CT820, available later this month starting at $32,995, offers support for the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) 2.16 telecom standards. Powered by SPARC technology, the system includes a blade chassis. Both Netra servers are NEBS (Network Equipment Building Standard) Level 3 compliant. The standard is designed for telecommunications servers that often are housed in physically harsh environments rather than in climate-controlled data centers.
In the midrange and high end, Sun is bumping up the speed of the four-way Sun Fire V480 and 12-processor V1280 servers with 1.2GHz UltraSPARC III chips, and enhancing the management features in its 52-way 12K and 72-processor 15K systems, Masters said. The two systems now come with automatic diagnosis and recovery capabilities that enable them to better detect and respond to system failures and allow administrators to swap out failed components without having to bring the servers down.
In addition, Sun is rolling out five new reference architectures—tested proof-of-concept implementations designed to reduce the complexity of deploying Sun environments. The new reference architectures are aimed at supply chain management, Web serving, enhanced communications services for telecom companies, application security via firewalls and Hewlett-Packard Co.s Tru64 customers who want to migrate to Sun technology. In July, Sun introduced its HP Away program designed to lure AlphaServer users concerned about HPs plans to discontinue the technology as it standardizes its 64-bit systems on Intels Itanium chip. Masters said that Sun already has exceeded its goal of bringing more than 40 AlphaServer users in North America to its UltraSPARC technology, and now is taking the program global. In a similar move, Sun is rolling out its Infrastructure Solution for Mainframe Migration, an offshoot of an earlier announced reference architecture designed to bring legacy mainframe users over to Sun technology. Sun also is introducing its Red Hat Linux Education Solution that will offer courses, exams and certification on the open-source operating system. Suns embrace of Linux is a key part of the companys push into low-cost, standards-based technology. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum


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