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Sun Microsystems Delivers Its Fastest, Densest And Most Reliable Carrier Grade Blade Server

Sun Microsystems today introduced its new carrier-grade Netra AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade server family, which includes the world's first UltraSPARC and AMD Opteron processor-based ATCA blades. Sun Netra ATCA blade server is claimed to offer up to 30% percent better compute density and up to 10% percent more performance as compared to Intel-based ATCA blade products.

Sun Netra ATCA blade server also gives customers more choice by allowing them to mix-and-match processors and carrier-grade operating systems in the same server and is compatible with other Sun servers, StorEdge storage, Java Enterprise System middleware and thousands of Solaris Operating System applications.

Based on open PICMG 3.x and Service Availability Forum (SAF) standards, the new Netra ATCA blade server family includes: the Netra CT900 blade server, a 12U/14 slot ATCA blade server; the Netra CP3010 blade, the first dual UltraSPARC IIIi processor-based ATCA blade; the Netra CP3020 blade, the industry's first Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based ATCA blade; the SAF-compliant Netra High Availability Suite (NHAS) and Netra Blade Management Suite; and a redundant Gigabit Ethernet Switch Blade. In addition, Sun's Netra ATCA blade server will offer a choice of carrier grade operating systems - Solaris 10 and MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) supported in the same ATCA blade server.

Sun announced that more than 20 independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs/IHVs) have pledged support for Sun's new Netra ATCA blade server, including: Ulticom, Interphase, Adax, NMS Communications, Oracle Times Ten, Solid Information Technology, Jnetx, OpenCloud, Flextronics, Veraz and Wind River. In addition, Sun is working with the Java development community to help deliver an open IP-based service delivery platform and facilitate the creation of next-generation, Java-based telecom services.

The Netra CT900 ATCA blade server and Netra CP3010 UltraSPARC ATCA blade are already shipping and the first units have been delivered to NEP and carrier customers worldwide. The Netra CP3020 AMD Opteron processor-based ATCA blade and Netra High Availability Suite (NHAS) 3.0 are scheduled to ship in second quarter of 2006. Sun reiterated its plans, first announced at the 3GSM Conference in February 2006, to deliver an ATCA-based blade running its 8-core, 32-thread UltraSPARC T1 processors by end of 2006.

Source: Sun Microsystems

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