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Sun-Fujitsu servers beset by delays

Sun Microsystems’ server collaboration with Fujitsu has run into delays, meaning some promised products may now not appear until next year.

Sun Microsystems’ server collaboration with Fujitsu has run into delays, meaning some promised products may now not appear until next year.

Sun reported a £131m quarterly loss earlier this week, which it put down partly to not being able to address demand for its new servers.

Under the Advanced Product Line (APL) deal, which Sun and Fujitsu signed in 2004, the companies planned to deliver servers using Fujitsu's Sparc64 VI Olympus processor beginning in mid-2006.

It has now been revealed that higher-end models with more than eight processors will not arrive until 2007.

Large firms in particular need platforms with more than eight processors to deal with their bigger data throughput requirements.

Sun said it still expects to launch the four and eight-way servers before the end of the year, but confirmed that the 16, 32 and 64-way platforms will not appear until early 2007.

Under the APL deal, Fujitsu will sell Sun-based UltraSparc T1 Niagara-based T1000 and T2000 servers, and Sun will sell the Fujitsu-designed Olympus servers.

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