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Sun Lowers Price of Enterprise Server

To make a move on Microsoft's industry-leading Windows, Sun Microsystems Inc. reduced prices on its popular Sun Enterprise 250 workgroup server by nearly half of its orginal cost.

For $4,995 or $125 per month lease, clients can get a Sun (SUNW) Enterprise 250 server with one processor, 256MB of memory, 18GB of disk and the Solaris operating environment with unlimited licenses. By comparison, a similarly configured PC server from Compaq Computer Corp. (CPQ) -- the ML350 running Windows 2000 with unlimited client licenses is more than 30 percent more expensive.

The Sun Enterprise 250 server is the same class of system included in META Group's recent ERP platform-related analysis total cost of ownership study. The report found that platform related implementation costs associated with midtier ERP solutions in small organizations are three times as high for Windows NT based deployments when compared to Solaris.

"The robustness of our systems -- specifically their ability to deliver superior reliability over competitive systems based on PC technologies has been a key element in that success," said John Davis, director of marketing for Sun's workgroup servers. "We expect this price reduction to help us continue to grow our marketshare."