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Sun rolls out "optimal virtualisation platform"

Sun unveils new Blade 6000 Modular System series with Intel, AMD or Sun microprocessors under the hood.

Sun has launched its new Blade 6000 Modular System series. The servers will feature four-way or eight-way Intel, AMD or Sun microprocessors and will run either Windows, Linux or Sun's own Solaris 10 Operating System.

As well as its OS and processor flexibility, Sun emphasises the available memory capacity and the PCI-Express-based I/O bandwidth, claiming the Blade 6000 makes for an "optimal virtualisation platform".

On the basis of a Sun Blade 10 RU chassis supporting up to 10 blades, with up to four chassis per rack representing a full capacity of up to 320 cores, Sun claims 2.5TB of memory and 5Tbps of usable I/O throughput per rack are made available.

"With the three fastest processor platforms, three operating systems, the most memory and I/O bandwidth, Sun is delivering a system that enables customers to upgrade to virtualised blade platforms without the expense or technical compromises presented by all our competitors," said Sun Systems Group executive VP, John Fowler.

With immediate availability, entry-level pricing for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System starts at $4,995 for the Sun Blade 6000 Chassis and $3,695 per server module for the Sun Blade X6250. More information and pricing can be found here.

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