Sun offers UK buyers a raw deal on server prices


Sun offers UK buyers a raw deal on server prices

Eric Doyle
Sun Microsystems is charging UK users almost twice as much as US customers for its new appliance servers.

Eric Doyle

In the US, the low-end Netra X1 appliance server costs $995, which converts to £676. But the UK price is in excess of £1,000.

Simon Tindall, Sun's UK volume sales manager, said, "The US price is a promotional price through the Web site and is not discountable for quantity. The actual price is closer to $1,200. At the moment we are not running a UK Web site but customers can benefit from volume discounts."

This $1,200 figure equates to £816, almost £200 less per unit than UK prices.

UK users may be tempted to import servers from the US but the terms and conditions of Sun's Web sales limit shipments to the US and Canada only.

The Netra appliance servers run on Linux rather than Solaris and mark Sun's entry into the lucrative appliance server market. They compete against Windows servers from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

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