Sun Refreshes Galaxy Line Of Fire Servers

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 20, 2006

Sun has unveiled its ‘Galaxy’ line of Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Opteron processors and the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) have powered the servers. The Sun Fire range X4100 M2, X4200 M2 and X4600 M2 servers with on-chip virtualization support will assist enterprises.

‘Galaxy’ is designed for virtualization, web infrastructure and High Performance Computing (HPC). The Sun Fire server line is a solution for consolidation and virtualization projects, common in enterprise data centers.

Sun Fire X4600 M2 server is a 16-way 4U server capable of applications running on more than 50 legacy x86 servers on one system. It will offer compute density in the same size footprint in comparison to four-processor servers from HP and IBM, claims the company. The Sun Fire X4100 M2 and Sun Fire X4200 M2 servers will utilize advantages of AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture.

Sun’s integration of memory controllers and use of power-hungry components will enable lower power consumption. Under full load, two-socket Sun Fire servers will demonstrate scalability, with an ability to consolidate 22 legacy servers using VMware.

The Sun Fire X4100 M2, X4200 M2 and X4600 M2 servers are pre-installed with Solaris 10 OS, in addition to running standard distributions of Linux and Windows and offer customers investment protection. In addition, the servers support virtualization technologies, including VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server and XEN, the company said.

The Sun Fire X4100 M2 and Sun Fire X4200 M2 servers are available now. Entry-level pricing starts at USD 2,595 and USD 2,995, respectively. The Sun Fire X4600 M2 server will be available in early November.

The Galaxy Server Line was unveiled last year as an extension of Sun’s product portfolio.