Sun Ignites Blades Market with Dramatic Revenue and Customer Growth
Industry's Most Comprehensive Blade Portfolio Spans AMD Opteron(TM), Intel(R) Xeon(R) and SPARC(R); Sun Adds First Four-Socket Intel Xeon Blade to the Sun Blade 8000 System, Bringing Power of Solaris(TM) to Quad-Core Intel Xeon Computing
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced dramatic customer and revenue growth for its entire line of Sun Blade(TM) systems, distinguishing Sun as the worldwide leader in year over year blade server growth in unit shipments and factory revenue (Q3CY07), according to IDC.(a) Since re-entering the blades market in mid-2006, Sun tied for #4 in blade server market share for factory revenue (Q3CY07)(a), released 29 new blade and supporting products, and gained more than 300 new Sun Blade customers. Sun also announced today it is introducing the Sun Blade X8450 server module, bringing the energy-efficient performance of Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors to the Sun Blade 8000 system family.
“Our customers' feedback about the Sun Blade servers has been overwhelmingly positive. They are not only pleased with our ability to support multiple processor architectures and operating systems, but also with the complete package Sun can provide -- servers, storage and software, backed by Sun services.”
"Sun's momentum in the blade server market is a testament to our innovative systems design and extreme blade performance and efficiency," said Michael McNerney, Blades Server Product Line Director for Sun's Systems Group. "Our customers' feedback about the Sun Blade servers has been overwhelmingly positive. They are not only pleased with our ability to support multiple processor architectures and operating systems, but also with the complete package Sun can provide -- servers, storage and software, backed by Sun services."
Sun Blade Growth Hits a High Note with Customers
More than 300 enterprise customers have deployed Sun Blade products since the first product was introduced in 2006, ranging from diverse industries such as financial services, energy and utilities, media, education, telecommunications, government and Web 2.0. Recent Sun Blade customers include Gracenote, Italia Postel, Navisite, Stockcharts.com, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and University of Wisconsin.
TACC collaborated with Sun and AMD to deploy "Ranger" -- the most powerful computing system in the world for open scientific research. Ranger, which is based on the Sun Constellation System and uses almost 63,000 Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processing cores, entered full production on Feb. 4 and will have an official dedication ceremony in Austin this Friday, Feb. 22.
As a result of this customer momentum, Sun tied for #4 in blade server market share for factory revenue (Q3CY07), reflecting the value of a complete, truly differentiated blade portfolio spanning UltraSPARC(R), AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon processor technologies.(a)
Sun has reached other product and industry milestones in its blades portfolio, including:
Sun Blade X8450 Brings Quad-Core Computing to Sun Blade 8000 Modular System
The Sun Blade X8450 server module brings the computing power of four Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series to the Sun Blade 8000 family. It offers rackmount-level performance and throughput in a blade form factor, making it ideal for virtualization, HPC, database and other enterprise applications. It also includes 32 DIMM slots -- an industry-leading 2 DIMMs per core -- which offers customers the maximum capacity to power solutions in HPC and virtualization, yet allowing them to scale for future growth.
The Sun Blade 8000 Modular System now allows customers to choose between Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors along with a choice of industry-standard operating systems, including the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), Linux, Windows and VMware.
Other features of the Sun Blade X8450 server module include:
Availability and Pricing
The Sun Blade X8450 server module powered by Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors will be shipping next month with entry-level pricing starting at $8,905. For more information on the Sun Blade X8450 module, please visit: http://www.sun.com/servers/blades/x8450/
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.
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(a) Source: "IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Nov. 2007"