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Sun Expands Sun Blade Family


DRESDEN, Germany, June 18 -- Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced the availability of its newest Sun Blade x64 system, offering industry-leading memory capacity to run the most compute-intensive HPC and enterprise applications. The Sun Blade X6450 Server Module, powered by four high-performance dual-or-quad core Intel Xeon processor 7300 series, enables 50 percent more memory capacity than competitive blade servers from HP, IBM and Dell, making it an ideal, energy efficient platform for virtualization and applications in vertical industries such as manufacturing, energy and financial services. Running a choice of operating systems, including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Linux, Windows and VMware, the Sun Blade X6450 Server Module gives customers the flexibility to run existing 32-bit applications as they migrate to 64-bit applications. To take advantage of special offers and promotions for the Sun Blade X6450 server, including Sun's Try and Buy program, visit www.sun.com/tryandbuy.

"With the Sun Blade X6450, Sun is continuing to build out its Sun Blade line which offers SPARC, Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron and industry leading operating systems, in a single blade infrastructure," said Michael McNerney, director of blade systems at Sun Microsystems. "This new server module takes our blade platform to the next level in performance, packing 768 cores into one rack with increased memory capacity that provides enterprise class four socket computing in a blade form factor."

Sun continues to show strong momentum in the overall blades space. Sun's blade products revenue and shipments showed triple digit year-over-year growth -- according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2008.

The Sun Blade X6450 is the densest four-socket blade server on the planet when integrated into the Sun Constellation System -- delivering more than seven TFlops of peak performance per fully populated Sun Blade 6048 chassis, up to 71 percent more compute cores and 50 percent more memory capacity than competing blade servers.

For more information on the Sun Blade X6450 module, visit www.sun.com/servers/blades/x6450/.

About Sun Microsystems Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

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