Sun raises curtain on Xeon server line

Sun raises curtain on Xeon server line

Eight months after it agreed to begin using Intel Corp.'s x86 chips again, Sun Microsystems Inc. last week announced a pair of rack-mounted servers built around Xeon processors.

The Sun Fire X4450 can hold four of Intel's Xeon 7300 quad-core processors; the Sun Fire X4150 has two sockets and can support Intel's older Xeon 5300 quad-core devices or its dual-core chips.

Bill Heilman, a platform specialist at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, has been beta-testing the X4450 and plans to use it in a consolidation project to help cut data center power costs. "We want to get away from server sprawl," he said.

Sun officials said a full line of Intel-based systems will follow. But the company also plans to ship machines based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s new Opteron quad-core chip by year's end.

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