Feeds

Sun packs blade with new Opterons

And old sales tactics

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Sun Microsystems has started 2007 by bouncing out a new blade server and a new blade server buying option.

The hardware maker now offers the four-socket Sun Blade X8420 server module. The most gripping thing about the new box is its use of Rev F Opteron chips from AMD. The previous X8400 module runs on Rev E chips.

Both systems plug into the Sun Blade 8000 and 8000 P chassis.

Sun has complemented the fresh hardware with yet another unconventional sales package.

Customers can now pay $23,000 per month for the blade "Refresh Service." (A fully stacked Sun Blade 8000 chasiss will run close to $200,000.)

The program ensures that customers will receive at least three blade server upgrades over a 42-month period at no additional charge. Sun's staff will install your original blade chassis and 10 server modules and then refresh those systems as new Opteron-based boxes arrive.

Sun reckons that this service can end up saving customers up to 40 per cent over the life of their blade systems.

The vendor has tried similar subscription promotions in the past, primarily to inspire interest in its software. More often than not, Sun tweaks the deals after a few months pass and all the customer complaints are collated.

There's more on the refresh service here. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.