Sun loves AMD

In addition to its new Sun Fire X4500 data server, Sun Microsystems this month introduced the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System, which can handle up to 10 four-socket blades with dual-core AMD Opteron processors. The company also rolled out the Sun Fire X4600, a four-way Opteron server that Sun says can expand to 16-way in a 4U form factor. At the launch, when asked why Sun wasn't using dual-core Intel Xeon CPUs in its new products, officials said they were happy with Opteron'it's easier to implement in these configurations, offers great scalability and better input/output, they said.

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