Sun Microsystems has started to ship a lower-end server using the UltraSparc T1 "Niagara" processor.
The Sun Fire T1000 server, at 1.75in thick, is much slimmer than the already available Sun Fire T2000 server that is 3.5in thick. The T1000 is therefore ideal for customers with limited data centre space.
The T1000 costs £1,900 when equipped with a 1GHz processor with six processing cores, and 2GB of memory - no operating system or hard drive is included.
Customers spending £2,900 will get a six-core system with 8GB of memory, an 80MB hard drive and the Solaris 10 operating system.
The more powerful Niagara II processor, now named as the UltraSparc T2, is expected to ship with servers in the second half of next year.
The company is increasing its efforts in the lower end server market to help boost sales. It cut 200 staff from its Sparc server group last week to help cut costs.