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IDF No server vendor worth its hot swappable fans will let an Intel Developer Forum go by without announcing some new kit. So here's Sun Microsystems doing its part for the epic Intel ecosystem with a pair of new servers.

The Sun Fire X2250 and X4250 machines are your go-to units for a wide variety of jobs, including hardcore stuff like HPC (high performance computing) work cranking through proteins or flimsy efforts like Web 2.0 work cranking through micro-blogging posts about what that ham sandwich at lunch meant to your Heideggerian relationship with authenticity.

The 1U X2250 holds up to two of Intel's dual- and quad-core 5200 and 5400 series Xeon chips. With that 5400 line, you can pick up four-core chips that eat up just 50W. That type of performance per watt makes the X2250 quite well suited for the HPC grunting.

The beefier X4250 is your business box. It runs on the same Xeon chips but can hold up to 16 SAS drives. As you might imagine, Sun is encouraging folks to see this system as a database dandy. "Why buy a separate storage unit when you can stuff that MySQL right here."

The X4250 also has room for a whopping 16 memory slots or up to 64GB of DDR2. You get 6 PCI Express slots as well.

The thin boy starts at $1,495, while the tubbier guy comes in at $3,195. ®

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