Sun Microsystems is about to announce a new server based on Advanced Micro Devices's (AMD) Opteron processor, according to sources close to the company. The new server, called the Sun Fire V40z, will be the second Opteron server Sun has shipped since it announced plans to begin shipping AMD-based systems in November 2003.
The V40z will be a 3U (13cm) rack-mountable system based on three models of Opteron: the 1.8GHz Opteron 844, the 2.2GHz Opteron 848 and the 2.4GHz Opteron 250, according to materials posted on a Sun partner website.
It will include the Solaris 9 operating system, DDR1/333 (double data rate) memory and either one or two 10,000 revolutions per minute 73G-byte Ultra320 SCSI disks, the website said.
Pricing for the new systems would start at $US8495 for a dual-processor V40z with 2GB of memory and a single 73GB hard drive, the partner site said.
A four-processor V40z based on the Opteron 848 processor with 8GB of memory and two 73GB hard drives would cost $US22,995.