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Issue Date: October 2007

Sun announces first blade server designed for quad-core AMD Opteron processors

11 October 2007

Sun Microsystems today announced the Sun Blade 8440 Server Module, the world's first blade server designed for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
Sun also previewed a next-generation four-socket, 2U quad-core server that will be available by the end of the year, powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Building on Sun's momentum in the x86 server market, both systems enable customers to take advantage of Sun's unique systems design approach built around the power of the Solaris Operating System and AMD's much-anticipated native quad-core processors.
Both of the new systems will take Sun's x64 (x86, 64-bit) server design to a new level of innovation and differentiation from competitive platforms. Just last month, Sun broke into the top five in x86 server revenue, gaining market share year-on-year for the seventh straight quarter, in addition to having the highest year-on-year revenue growth (50,9%) among the top five vendors in the worldwide x86 server market. (Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker Q2 2007, August 2007) "Sun's systems design combined with AMD's native quad-core architecture creates an ideal x64 platform optimised for performance, manageability and power efficiency," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group at Sun Microsystems. "Our next-gen systems built on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and powered by the enterprise-class capabilities of the Solaris OS will showcase Sun's expertise in designing for HPC, virtualisation and web-tier applications."
In the future, Sun plans to incorporate Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors into a number of rack mount and blade platforms, including the Sun Fire X4600 M2, Sun Fire X2200 M2, Sun Fire X4100 M2 and Sun Fire X4200 M2 servers. In addition, the Sun Constellation System will be powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors when it goes into production at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas in Austin. The Sun Constellation System, one of the world's first open petascale computing environments, is expected to be one of the most powerful computing platforms in the world - an example of how quad-core computing and innovative design can be used in both commercial and scientific high performance computing environments.
The benefits of quad-core computing will also enhance Sun's virtualisation solutions, enabling customers to optimise their IT infrastructure to eliminate server sprawl and contain energy costs. By virtualising and consolidating to Sun's offerings, customers have already reduced IT costs by as much as $2 million per year, achieved 99,99+% availability, and more than doubled their application performance.

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