Server and workstation manufacturer Sun Microsystems has unveiled details of its range of six Ultra Sparc-based servers, Sun Fire, which will be launched next month.
Mike Avis, Sun Microsystems workgroup product marketing manager, said the servers will help Sun compete with Hewlett Packard, which Sun sees as its main competitor. 'Our channel can compete effectively with the company using the middle of the Sun Fire range.
'Until now we haven't had market-leading price/performance. But these products broaden the market for our channel and help get Sun back into Cray's and Silicon Graphics' markets.' The low-end of the range competes against PC servers. But the high-end machines, said Avis, will match Digital's Alpha hardware, with new bus technology capable of transfer speeds of up to 2.5Gb per second. Sun Fire will replace Sun's 1000 and 2000 systems.
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