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