Sun Boosts Sun Fire Server Performance by 30 Percent

9/12/2002 - Sun Microsystems is continuing to provide additional value at aggressive prices by adding the more powerful 550 MHz and 650 MHz UltraSPARC® IIi processor to its Sun FireTM V100 rack-optimized, low end entry server. With the UltraSPARC IIi processor, the Sun Fire V100 server now delivers greater performance of up to 30 percent, twice the Level 2 cache and an entry configuration with double the memory at no additional cost to customers.

The Sun Fire V100 server is a uniprocessor, 1U plug-and-play system, providing a complete solution at a sub-$1000 price (U.S.). Pre-loaded with Web server software including SunTM ONE Web server, Sun ONE Active Server Pages and Apache HTTP Server, the Sun Fire V100 server also features Lights Out Management (LOM) and a System Configuration Card (SCC) for easy system installation and management. The Sun Fire V100 server comes standard with the SolarisTM 8 Operating Environment (OE) and is licensed for the Solaris 9 OE offering enhanced security and a lower total cost of ownership. The Solaris 9 OE on the Sun Fire V100 server adds enhanced security options specifically for secure Web serving including encryption of sensitive sessions and an enterprise-strength firewall/VPN.

"As Sun continues to enhance its Volume Systems Products we'll stay customer focused and make it easier for our entry-level systems to be deployed and deliver high performance capabilities at the network edge," said Souheil Saliba, vice president of marketing, Volume Systems Products group of Sun Microsystems. "As for market share, Wintel server vendors again have to play catch up to Sun. Sun continues to be the leading uniprocessor vendor in the rack-optimized server space according to research firm IDC, and had the highest increase in market share in both units and revenue in the total server market from Q1CY02 to Q2CY02."

Already an ideal system for Web infrastructure services, the Sun Fire V100 server with a 550MHz or 650 MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor can now handle larger workloads and process data sets more quickly, making it an attractive solution for Web serving, firewall/security, proxy/cache, authentication, DNS, scientific research, engineering and application development.

"We selected the Sun Fire V100 server because we felt that the system offered a unique opportunity to build an e-mail security product based on Sun technology at a price point that could compete on an even playing field with Intel-based systems," said David Troup, President, Solinus. "Bottom line - for us, the V100 created a market opportunity for us as a software and service provider while maximizing reliability and maintaining the lowest total cost of ownership."

"The low price of the Sun Fire V100 server is an added benefit as we continue to add onto our existing rack mount server space," said James Bialas, System Administrator, Michigan Technological University. "We've chosen this system for the reliability and support it provides. In running our application installations, this system has an excellent price/performance ratio."

Pricing and Availability
The Sun Fire V100 server which comes with a choice of 550MHz or 650MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor with 512KB of on chip Level 2 cache, 2GB of maximum memory, and up to 80GB of internal storage is available today directly from Sun and authorized Sun Resellers. The Sun Fire V100 starts at $995 list price U.S. and includes one 550MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor, 256MB of memory and one 40GB 7.2Krpm IDE drive.

About Sun Microsystems (
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

*Source: IDC WW 2QCY02 Server Report

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