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Sun widens N1 strategy with products and services

Sun Microsystems has announced several hardware and software products designed to help IT managers implement its N1 strategy for data centres and networking infrastructure.

It is trying to make network management easier by tailoring hardware and software to present system administrators with a snapshot of all of a network's resources. Sun first announced the N1 initative last September, and Monday's announcement marks the first major product releases of the strategy.

Among the new products announced were:

  • Sun Fire Blade servers, which run Sun's Solaris operating system and Linux on Sun's Sparc processors and processors based on the x86 instruction set.
  • N1 Provisioning Server 3.0 Blades Edition, which allows customers to build and configure server farms using thin blade servers.
  • Sun StorEdge 3310 NAS, a storage system tailored for blade servers and devices for the network's edge.
  • Sun Fire V1280, a 12-way rack server.
  • Sun Fire V880z visualization system, aimed at product-design companies or life-sciences organisations that require high-end graphics.
  • Sun StorEdge 3510 FC Array, an entry-level storage device.
  • 1.2GHz UltraSparc III Cu processors for the Sun Fire product family. Sun also cut prices for its midrange and high-end Solaris-based Sun Fire servers.

Sun also announced a package of services for its N1 customers and Sun Services customers, the details of which have not yet been revealed.


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