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ServerWatch: Sun Goes After Wintel/Lintel Vendors with New Server

Dec 06, 2001, 20:35 (37 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)
"Sun Microsystems is taking aim at the high end of the Wintel/Lintel server universe with the introduction of the Sun Fire 280R rack-optimized server, built around the new 900-Mhz UltraSPARC III processor. For Sun, this represents an entry-level offering for the enterprise at a time when the company is losing market share to low-end servers based on Windows 2000 Server and Linux.

Positioning in this market is relative, of course. Pricing for a basic Sun Fire 280R begins at $22,995; while that may represent an entry-level Sun Fire server, it represents the higher-end of Wintel/Lintel servers from Compaq, IBM, and Dell. And according to Sun officials, the Sun Fire 280R offers capabilities not found in the Wintel/Lintel world: the 280R comes standard with eight megabytes of Level 2 cache and provides up to eight gigabytes of main memory.

'Even when compared to their [Wintel/Lintel vendors] high end, they are far away from meeting the SunFire standards,' says Maggie Chan, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Volume Systems Product at Sun. 'We are bringing high end performance to the low end servers.'"

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