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Sun Launches x64 Enterprise-Class "Galaxy" Systems

During its quarterly Network Computing '05 (NC05Q3) yesterday, Sun Microsystems announced a new family of enterprise-class x64 (x86, 64-bit) multi-core available servers powered by AMD Opteron processors and running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). The new x64 servers can also run standard distributions of the Linux and Windows operating systems.

Additionally, the company announced Sun(SM) System Service Plans for Microsoft Windows Server. This new Service offering is backed by Sun's support and engineering groups and provides integrated hardware and Microsoft Windows Server support for the latest Sun Fire x64 servers.

The new x64 multi-core available server family begins with the Sun Fire X2100, the lowest cost single-socket x64 rack-mount server, starting at $745(USD), and includes the two-socket, 4-way Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers. Future servers in this same family are being designed to accommodate up to eight multi-core processors to achieve 16-way mid-range system performance levels.

The entry-level price for the compact, single rack-unit, up to 2-way Sun Fire X2100 server starts at $745(USD), and includes the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 146 and 512 MB memory. The Sun Fire X4100 entry-level server configuration comes equipped with the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 248, 1 GB memory, one power supply unit and one service processor, priced at $2,195(USD). The Sun Fire X4200 entry-level server configuration comes equipped with the Solaris 10 OS, one AMD Opteron processor Model 248, 1GB memory, one power supply unit and one service processor, priced at $2,595(USD).

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