Sun Microsystems has announced the availability of the new Sun Fire E20K and E25K servers powered by new UltraSPARC IV+ processors. These new high-end systems complete the upgrade of a powerful and comprehensive server line and run the Solaris Operating System (OS) to create a suitable platform for large-scale computing enterprise consolidation.
The Sun Fire E20K and E25K servers are available immediately. Sun offers an operating platform that spans the entire server landscape -- from volume servers up to scalable, high-end systems -- allowing customers to reduce complexity and cost during upgrades.
Sun is a leading UNIX server vendor, offering up to five times greater performance than previous generations at the same power, cooling and space costs -- with no increase in overall system price, according to the vendor. In addition, customers can take advantage of these new levels of performance and "on the fly" uniboard upgrades within the same footprint.
"We are the first to upgrade high-end servers with next-generation 90 nanometer microprocessor technology, again offering customers true investment protection and the best price/performance in the industry," said David Yen, executive vice-president of Sun Microsystems's Scalable Systems Group.
The Sun Fire E20K and E25K servers are Sun's massively scalable, highly available flagship data center servers that scale up to 72 UltraSPARC IV+ processors executing up to 144 simultaneous computing threads. These data center systems are optimized for high-volume databases, enterprise resource planning as well as customer management and decision support.
The new UltraSPARC IV+ processor-based uniboards can be "hot swapped" into existing Sun Fire servers so that customers don't have to replace entire systems to experience performance gains.