Executive Vice President for Sun's Systems Group, and Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, unveiled the new Sun Fire systems based on the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor on September the 25th, 2007.
A 43 minute video of thet launch is now available:
Fowler says that there are many areas in which Sun can apply it's design skills and innovate to create better products in a market which many people think is about commodities.
In 7 months, Sun has gone from development agreement with Intel to collaborate around Sun's software platform and hardware, to three Sun engineered and Sun designed products: the Sun Blade x6250 and the two servers announce today, the Sun Fire X4150 and the Sun Fire X4450.
Sun designs for the large improvements in performance - doubling CPU performance, i/o, memory etc. - that customers want. Sun believes that design is fundamentally one of the differentiators on how to develop core intellectual property in the systems infrastructure business.
In contract to HP, Dell and IBM, Sun is able to deliver the same basic capabilities in a box that is half the space. That required significant design engineering across many disciplines at Sun.
System management is included at no extra cost. Lights out management and serviceability features, such as RAID and hot-swappable redundant power supplies, fans and disks are of great value to customers small and large.
Sun and Intel are working together on Solaris on the Intel platform to take advantage of Intel and Solaris features to actually produce more reliable, higher performing and lower power using systems that if each company worked along.