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Sun to discontine LX50 Intel-based server

Sun Microsystems will stop selling its LX50 server, the company's first general purpose Intel x86-based server, on 16 October.

According to a Sun statement released on 12 August but actually made on 15 July, the decision to announce "end of life," or EOL, for the LX50 is "a natural progression in the lifecycle of its product line". The system cannot be ordered after 16 October.

"Sun, as does other systems companies, EOLs and introduces follow-on products. The Intel-based V60x and V65x are the next offerings in a continually broadening low-end x86 portfolio in addition to its large in Sparc/Solaris low-end offerings," Sun said.

An analyst said he was not surprised by the discontinuance, noting that Sun has released other Intel-based hardware since introducing the LX50 .

"I'm not surprised. It's been out for a year now. So products get replaced in a fairly regular cycle, particularly when you're talking about Intel processor-based systems," said Gordon Haff, senior analyst at Illuminata.

The LX50, priced at $1,195 (£745) in an entry-level configuration, is a dual Pentium III-based rackmounted server introduced a year ago. It runs either Linux or the Intel version of Solaris.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld


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