Sun Microsystems has launched a four-socket dual-core blade server and a hardware subscription service designed to cut users' server upgrade costs.
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The Sun Blade X8420 server uses AMD Opteron processors and is designed to meet the demanding needs of datacentres.
Lisa Sieker, vice-president of marketing for Sun's systems group, said the new Sun Refresh subscription service would let customers refresh their x64 architecture as soon as new technology became available, “saving on power and cooling costs in addition to millions of dollars in software licences”.
The subscription service programme includes installation of the Sun Blade 8000 modular system with server modules, plus three refreshes of server modules over a 42-month period.
Customers will receive automatic upgrades to the latest blade architecture as soon as they become available. With each refresh, Sun will deliver and install the new server modules and pick up the old server modules.
The Sun Blade X8420 server module uses four-socket dual-core 2.8GHz processors from AMD and “an extremely versatile I/O that delivers up to 16 times the throughput of competing four-socket blade and rack-mount servers”, according to Sun.
The Sun Blade X8420 has an entry-level price of $13,095 (£6,900) per server module.
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