Sun Microsystems will overhaul two major components of its low-end server strategy later this month, introducing new low-end systems and detailing support for the Linux operating system.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun specializes in servers, higher-end networked machines that run 24 hours a day handling chores such as delivering e-mail or recording credit card charges. Sun's continued support for its lower-end servers isn't necessarily a new competitive strategy for the company; however, the incorporation of Linux represents the first time Sun has supported another operating system besides its own Solaris version of Unix.
The new servers will pack two processors into a single 1.75-inch-thick enclosure about the size of a pizza box, a first for Sun in its efforts to pack more computing power into less space. Later this year, Sun is expected to take the next step, introducing super-thin "blade" servers stacked in a single enclosure, similar to books in a bookshelf