Sun aims new x86 servers at virtualisation projects

Sun Microsystems has launched three new x86 servers, powered by AMD Opteron processors.

Sun Microsystems has launched three new x86 servers, powered by AMD Opteron processors.

The Sun Fire X4600 server, Sun Fire X4500 data server and Sun Blade 8000 modular system are high-end products designed to handle datacentre applications, high-performance computing, virtualisation and web-tier applications.

The x86 64-bit machines run the Solaris 10 Unix-based operating system and also allow users to run standard distributions of Linux and Windows.

Sun said the Tokyo Institute of Technology had already installed more than 650 of its Fire X4600 servers to help build TSUBAME, the fastest supercomputer in Asia and the seventh fastest in the world.

The launch comes as Sun seeks to lift its struggling server sales. Industry analyst Gartner estimated that the company had just 4.2% market share in May when founder Scott McNealy stepped down as chief executive in the wake of  third-quarter losses of £120m – the latest of a series of reported quarterly losses. Sun cut around 200 jobs from its high-end server division in April.

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