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Will Sun Unveil Bechtolsheim's Opteron Boxes?

Announcement Reportedly Set for September 12

Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, inventor of the workstation that originally catapulted Sun to the front racks and first backer of Google, is about to deliver a couple of the Opteron boxes that he was brought back to Sun to create.

Bechtolsheim came back to Sun and reclaimed his old "employee number one" badge a year ago February after Sun bought Kealia, his latest start-up. He was made chief architecture of volume systems products and Sun CEO Scott McNealy went on about how Andy could built a Ferrari out of off-the-shelf parts.

And this is what he may have done. A source reports that Sun is going to unveil 1U and 2U dual-core dual-Opteron servers in New York on September 12 that are faster than anybody else's Opteron servers. They are reportedly faster than other people's Opteron machines by virtue of a special made-to-order Opteron chip coupled with the mechanical design approach that Andy took.

Sun, which is AMD's largest Opteron customer and so gets special treatment, apparently has a near-term exclusive on the chip. AMD could eventually make the special part available to its other OEMs, but they might have trouble exploiting its potential the way Andy has, the source said.

Sun will pitch the boxes as server consolidators. Because of their performance, Sun accounts should need fewer servers per workload and because of redundant fans and power supplies Sun will claim to have the only enterprise-class 1U Opteron box.

(This is an abridged version of a story that originally appeared at www.clientservernews.com)

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JDJ News Desk 09/02/05 01:49:35 PM EDT

Sun will reportedly pitch its new Opteron boxes as server consolidators. Because of their performance, Sun accounts should need fewer servers per workload and because of redundant fans and power supplies Sun will claim to have the only enterprise-class 1U Opteron box.