October 1, 2008

Sun Expands Server Line for Telcos

Sun Microsystems has expanded its Netra carrier-grade server line with three servers to help telecommunication service providers improve performance and scalability of their datacenters.

The company said Sun Netra X4250, Sun Netra X4450, and Sun Netra T5440 run on a variety of operating systems, including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Linux and Windows. While Sun Netra X4250 is a 2U rackmount server powered by quad-core Intel Xeon processors, Sun Netra X4450 and Sun Netra T5440 are 4U rackmount servers powered by quad-core Intel Xeon and UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors, respectively.

Sun Netra X4250 server supports up to 16 memory slots and 64GB storage, while Sun Netra X4450 server features 32 memory DIMM slots and more than 1TB of storage. Sun Netra T5440 server allows several virtualized services to be developed, deployed and supported on a single system with the SoC UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors.

During the fourth quarter 2008, the company reported a 32% year over year increase in growth and customer adoption of its Netra server line, although revenue was down 1.4% to $3.78 billion. The company reported double-digit annual revenue growth in emerging markets including Brazil, India, Russia, and China, where Telcos and service providers are expanding their mobile and broadband infrastructure. With the server line expansion, the company is trying to stem the decline in its revenues and tap new customers in the emerging markets.

Mark Butler, Netra systems director at Sun Microsystems, said: "These new Sun Netra servers are raising the bar in terms of datacenter efficiency and performance, while adding more choice to the broadest, most comprehensive line of carrier-grade servers in the industry. Telco service providers can now leverage Sun's product innovation and partner support to consolidate and virtualize their datacenters."

Sun Netra X4250 and X4450 servers are available now, with entry-level pricing starting at $4,295 and $14,995, respectively. Sun Netra T5440 server is available now with entry-level pricing starting at $19,635.