Sun Microsystems discontinued its Cobalt server appliance line with a quiet announcement over the holiday period.
The company announced the "end of life" (EOL) of its last remaining model Cobalt product, the RaQ 550 server, for 19 February 2004. In an attempt to reassure users, Sun said it would maintain support for the products for three years from the EOL date.
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The Cobalt RaQ4 server appliance went EOL last February, with the Cobalt Control Station server appliance following in November.
In January 2001, when the Mips-powered Cobalt server appliances were launched, Sun president and chief operating officer Ed Zander said," With the new products we're announcing today, were putting the squeeze on Wintel-Lintel in this multibillion-dollar market."
However, it was Sun that was particularly challenged by the development of Linux on Intel. Sun is pushing its new family of low-end Sun Fire servers, based on Advanced Micro Devices's 64-bit Opteron processor.
Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com