Sun pushes new Galaxy, blade servers
When Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim made a triumphant return to the company, his first major act was to introduce a new line of Opteron-based Galaxy servers that earned a thumbs-up from many quarters, including the InfoWorld Test Center. This week brings news of Bechtolsheimís next big production: the Sun Fire X4500 and X4600 servers, plus the companyís first enterprise-class blade server.
In keeping with Bechtolscheimís philosophy, the objective with the new Galaxy servers is optimum price performance using industry-standard technology. According to David Lawler, director of product definition and strategy at Sunís Systems Group, the X4600 is the only tier one, enterprise-class, 16-way Opteron system on the market. The X4500 data server scales to 24TB of SATA disk storage in 7 inches of rack space and uses PCI Express motherboards to achieve screaming I/O.
Sunís first entry into the enterprise blade server market, the Sun Blade 8000, supports as many as 10 four-socket blades, each with a claimed I/O throughput of as fast as 192Gbps.
Windows and Linux versions of the X4600 and blade servers come out this month, and the X4500 in August.
Administration wants surveillance changes
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Intel and Micron Release More Powerful Memory for Gadgets
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Intel to ship new chips in August
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AOL expected to scrap charges
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"Adult" Web company launches MySpace-styled site
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Google-porn site battle puts Internet freedoms in balance
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Wiki tools resembling standard software
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Laptop with Armstrong worker data stolen
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Apple Releases Wireless Mighty Mouse
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OS X applications.
Microsoft Buys VPN Vendor
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