SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today attacked the low-cost, entry
server market with enterprise-class systems know-how in new Linux and
Solaris(TM)-based systems that include industry-leading software and system
design. At a press conference in San Francisco today, Sun unveiled the Sun(TM)
LX50, an x86-architecture entry-level server. The new system is loaded with
Sun and open source software, the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software
stack, the customer's choice of Sun's new enterprise-ready Linux or the
Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and a full suite of support services.
The enterprise-ready Sun LX50 server lowers cost of ownership and helps to
fill the security and stability gap that 32-bit Windows-based systems leave
wide open. Starting at only $2,795 (U.S. List), the Sun LX50 includes fully
integrated infrastructure software, improved manageability and the single
source for hardware and software support and professional services that most
vendors' entry systems lack.
"Our enterprise customers asked us to apply our systems approach to entry
servers. They wanted easy, rapid implementation and full systems support,
without the current viruses, security issues and licensing headaches of
Windows," said Neil Knox, executive vice president of Volume Systems Products
at Sun. "The Sun LX50 system is a powerful alternative to the limitations of
Microsoft and the piecemeal software/hardware approach of other vendors who
pass complexity and cost on to customers. By turning the server into a system
we're taking a knife to complexity and cost and creating value for our
"There is a vast market for 32-bit systems," added Knox. "Although 32-bit
applications are being deployed at the edge of the network, no one until today
has yet fully addressed the need to merge in an enterprise-class system the
benefits of open systems and low cost with easy deployment and management.
The first of our new generation systems answers customers' growing need to
deploy infrastructure applications -- such as Web serving, firewall/VPN and
email -- through low-cost, scalable hardware and open source software."
"The Sun LX50 opens vast new opportunity for Sun in the sub-$10,000 server
market," said John Humphreys, senior analyst, enterprise servers, IDC.
"Linux-based servers are exploding at 15 - 20% growth every year. The
positioning of the LX50 is just right for capturing some of that marketshare
for Sun and to strengthen its offerings in the entry server segment."
Sun will offer its entire Sun One software stack on its 32-bit Linux and
Solaris systems. The Sun LX50 is the first general purpose 32-bit x86 system
to feature enterprise-ready Linux, based on the standard 2.4 Linux kernel,
pre-installed and optimized to deliver stability, security, ease of
installation and set up and remote manageability. Linux, like the Solaris OE,
includes optimized and tested drivers and easily integrates with Java(TM)
technology and the Sun ONE platform.
Customers can also opt for Solaris x86 which offers existing Solaris
customers the economy of scale to build out infrastructure applications at the
edge of their network with x86 hardware as well as the common development,
deployment and management of Solaris across all infrastructure tiers. Sun
provides a set of tools, programs and Solaris features for easy, seamless
switching between the two operating systems.
The Sun LX50 includes valuable software that puts the new server in a
league of its own for edge applications, compute farms, high-performance and
technical computing or custom application deployment. The software can be used
for Web serving, email, grid computing, streaming media, databases and Web
Software applications include: Java 2 SDK Standard Edition, Sun ONE ASP
for Linux, TomCat (JSP), MySQL (Database), Apache (Webserver), WU-FTPD (FTP),
Sendmail (Email Server), Bind (DNS Server), Sun Grid Engine and Sun Streaming
The Sun LX50 is powered by either single or dual 1.4GHz x86 processors in
a reliable, 1 3/4-inch high rack server -- about the size of a pizza box. It
can be configured with up to 6GB of memory and 216 GB of internal storage.
New Management Capabilities & Control Station
Sun also today announced major enhancements to the Sun Control Station, a
companion system that greatly simplifies the management of multiple Linux and
Solaris-based Sun LX50s. The browser-based Control Station, designed
specifically for large volume server deployments, monitors system health,
evaluates system performance, determines hardware inventory and manages
software provisioning. Priced at $4,999, the Sun Control Station enables
customers to easily manage 250 LX50 servers out of the box. The Sun LX50 also
provides SNMP Standard Interfaces for integration with Sun Management Center
and other third-party systems management tools.
Management solutions from other vendors such as IBM, Dell and HP/Compaq
are tailored for Windows and often provide limited support for software
provisioning, especially on Linux. This forces customers to purchase and
integrate third-party provisioning software which can cost more than six times
as much to manage compared to the Sun Control Station.
Enterprise-Level Support and Services from a Single Source
Sun is also announcing immediate availability of a full suite of
consulting, training and support services for Sun Linux and Solaris on its x86
platforms. The global service portfolio includes mission-critical operating
environment support, a three-year hardware warranty, an online support center,
Web-based and instructor-led training, and integration and consulting
Ideal Platform for Partner Applications
For Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and solution providers, Sun's
open, standards-based architecture enables easy addition and integration of
applications, systems software and services on the Sun platform. Customers can
take advantage of the wide range of Linux applications developed over the past
few years, including those for Linux distributions such as Red Hat or Red Hat
Linux Advanced Server. Sun is working closely with the ISV community to
provide a full portfolio of solutions for the LX50 systems, which offer their
users an attractive entry-level platform. Some of these ISVs include: Oracle
Corporation; BEA Systems, Inc.; VERITAS Software Corporation; LEGATO Systems,
Inc.; Astaro Corporation; CanyonBlue, Inc.; Check Point Software Technologies
Ltd.; Polyserve, Inc; Qubux, Inc.; Software AG; Trend Micro, Inc.;
Triversity, Inc; and Ulticom, Inc.
Over 1900 New Channel Partners
Sun has added over 1900 new volume channel partners worldwide to support
this new category of systems. Sun's channel program continues to expand and
evolve to target new markets with this announcement. These new products will
be sold through Sun's direct sales force and its current iForce(TM) partners,
as well as volume partners such as CDW and Insight Enterprises. In addition
to these channels, the products will be made available worldwide through the
resellers previously selling the Sun Cobalt(TM) line as well as new companies
that will be recruited by Sun's Channel Development Providers.
Pricing and Availability
The Sun LX50 starts at $2,795 (U.S. List) for a system with one 1.4GHz
CPU, 512MB memory and 36GB SCSI disk. A system with two 1.4GHz CPUs, 1GB
memory and 72GB SCSI disk sells for $4,295 (U.S. List).
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leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and
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