Sun speeds Opteron gear, squeezes SuSE

Old kit on sale

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Solaris x86 ranks as priority one at Sun Microsystems, but the company has not forgotten about its Linux clientele. Fans of the penguin will see price cuts on older versions of Sun's Opteron-based servers as well as new, faster versions of this kit. Sun has thrown in a SuSE upgrade for its user base too.

Sun has packed its servers and workstations with the fresh round of Opterons released this week by AMD. The company's hardware will now use the Model 252 and 852 Opterons, which run at 2.6GHz

Customers will see up to a 20 per cent price reduction on Sun's V20z and V40z servers that use older Model 244/844 and 250/850 Opteron processors. A 22 per cent cut will also make its way to Sun's W1100z and W2100z workstations with the Model 150, 250 and 246 processors. These cuts go into effect on March 8.

Along with the hardware, Sun announced that SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 will be supported on the Opteron systems. The SuSE OS joins Red Hat and Solaris x86 as options for Sun customers.

Sun delivered this news at the Linux World conference where it is also hyping StarOffice 8 and Version 3.0 of its Java Desktop System operating system. ®

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