Sun ruggedizes one of its Netra server models

Sun ruggedizes one of its Netra server models

Extreme environments are no problem for some new 750-MHz UltraSparc III servers from Sun Microsystems Inc., according to company officials.

The rackmount, dual-processor Netra 20 comes in two models, one of which has been certified under the Network Equipment Building Standards program, said Pradeep Parmar, a Sun senior product manager. Both models can operate under extreme temperatures and humidity, such as on military vehicles and ships.

Maximum system bandwidth for the Netra 20's 150-MHz bus is 8.4 gigabytes/sec, Parmar said. Swappable configuration cards can transfer settings between machines. A starting Netra 20 with one CPU, one Fibre Channel drive and 512M of memory lists for $11,495, Parmar said.

The eight-way Sun Fire V880 server for applications or databases has room for up to 12 36G or 73G disk drives, said John Davis, Sun's director for midrange server business.

An entry-level V880 configuration with two processors, 4G of memory and six disk drives lists for $29,995.

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