Sun resumes V210 and V240 server shipments

Sun Microsystems has fixed a data corruption problem with its Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers and has resumed shipments of the two...

Sun Microsystems has fixed a data corruption problem with its Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers and has resumed shipments of the two Unix machines.

Sun started selling the two servers in May but abruptly ceased shipments on 23 June,when it discovered that a flaw in the systems' Ethernet ports that could corrupt the entire system.

"This was something that was detected in manufacturing as part of our quality testing," said Sun spokeswoman Kasey Holman.

"To date, no customers have experienced any issues as a result of this component error," she added.

The data corruption was caused by a flaw in a Broadcom chip on the V210 and V240's Ethernet ports, Holman said.

"Sun and Broadcom just worked very closely together to identify the root cause," Holman said, and added that Sun was now contacting customers to notify them shipments have resumed.

The company estimated that delays in shipping the two servers cost the company $50m (£31m) in revenue during its most recent financial quarter.

The V210 and V240 are Sun's entry-level UltraSPARC IIIi servers. Pricing for the 1U V210 starts at $3,000 (£1,849), while the 2U V210 starts at $3,500 (£2,157)

Robert McMillian writes for IDG News Service.

 

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