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New Sun Range Comes Out

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Sun Microsystems has announced a new microprocessor, an array of network systems, software and services, which it said would form the foundation of the company's network computing strategy for the next five years.

"We've always thought network first," said Sun president and COO Ed Zander "And, as you'd expect, today we're announcing the first of many new products that leverage the Net Effect and that will help our customers get the most from this dynamically changing environment."

Sun said the UltraSPARC III microprocessor's 64-bit architecture was one of the most complex processors available today, comprising 29 million transistors and features such as an on-chip memory controller and 32 kilobytes of on-chip memory to provide scalability, data bandwidth, availability and reliability. The processor will be available with clock speeds of 750 and 900 MHz. Sun said the processor would use technologies such as copper interconnect to reach clock speeds around the 1.5-plus-GHz range in future.

The SunGrid Engine software, also announced today, is designed to let users leverage the untapped compute resources available on their networks. Idle workstations can be harnessed to deliver network-wide compute power to the desktop.

For the data center and service provider markets Sun announced a rack-mountable Sun Fire 280R server. Based on the UltraSPARC III processor and the Solaris 8 operating system, Sun said the server would be ideal for service providers or enterprise environments where space is at a premium. Amongst still further announcements, Sun also unveiled its Remote Services Net Connect software, a self-service, Web-based tool designed to help drive higher availability, provide customers with faster problem detection and "Net-time" reporting for data collection, alarm collection and availability reporting. Sun Remote Services Net Connect software will be available free to Sun customers via the Internet.