Sun Microsystems Rolls Out New Servers, Software

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday rolled out new, faster computer servers starting at about $2,800 and updated software as the network computer makers seeks to tap into modestly improving spending on information technology.ncluded among the servers, which help to make up computer networks, is one that uses Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s 64-bit Opteron processor. The V20z server runs both 32-bit and 64-bit software applications on Sun's Solaris version of the Unix operating system and the freely available Linux operating system. Prices for the V20z start at $2,795.

Sun also announced new servers running on the next version of its microprocessor, the UltraSparc IV. Sun has long been a presence in 64-bit computing, but has only fairly recently entered the 32-bit computing market, where Intel Corp.'s processors dominate, in a bid to reignite revenue growth. The processors are the first for Sun that use multithreading, a technology that boosts performance, and is analogous to adding more lanes to a bridge. While the cars may travel at the same speed, more cars can cross the bridge in a given period of time. "It puts us at the head of the pack in terms of price performance," said Clark Masters, who runs Sun's enterprise systems products group.

News source: Reuters

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