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Details of the specification of Sun Microsystems' long-awaited replacement to its top of the range Unix server, the E10000, have been leaked to The Register.

The SunFire 15000, which was due to be launched in New York on September 26, is supplied with up to 106 UltraSPARC III Cu 900 processors and 576GB of main memory.

According to a roadmap leaked to us in June, SunFire 15000 was due to begin shipping with a 72-way server, so it'll be interesting to see the variations in processor numbers the box will ship with.

But we know that SunFire 15000 will have 18 dynamic system domains and hardware redundancy. Sun will tout the server as a "mainframe for the networked data centre".

Hewlett-Packard (next week) and IBM (next month) also plan to introduce key improvements to their respective Unix server portfolios, stepping up the competition in the multi-million dollar server market this Autumn. ®

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