Sun Microsystems Inc will also offer the Ultra 1 Models140, 170 and 170E in monitor-less UltraServer 1 configurations for workgroup and local network serving, which come in above the SparcServer 20 line and below the SparcServer 1000 and SparcCenter 2000 commercial database engines. It’s a segment worth perhaps something less than half the high-end server market and one into which Sun said it ships a significant number of units (when compared with 1000 and 2000 populations), though they account for only a small amount of revenue compared with their high-end cousins. With 32Mb RAM, 2Gb disk, three Sbus slots and Solaris 2.5 server edition, the 143MHz Model 140 comes in at $15,500.
It’s rated at 215 SPECint92, 303 SPECfp92, 4,267 SPECrate_base_int92 and 6,428 SPECrate_base_fp92. It includes 10Mbps SCSI and 10Mbps Ethernet. With 64Mb RAM, 2Gb disk and three SBus slots, the 167MHz Model 170 is $20,500. It performs at 4,893 SPECrate_base_int92 and SPECrate_base_fp92 7,403. With two SBus slots and one UltraSparc Port Architecture slot, the 167MHz Model 170E is rated at 252 SPECint92, 351 SPECfp92 and the same SPECrates as the 170. It costs from $24,000 with 64Mb RAM and 4Gb disk. The 167MHz units come with 20Mbps SCSI and 10Mbps or 100Mbps Ethernet, optional Asynchronous Transfer Mode or Token Ring. We should expect tailored server packages such an UltraSparc-based Netra Internet server down the line. Meantime, in an effort to keep high-end server sales from waning in the nine months or so it will take the company to get symmetric multiprocessing UltraSparc servers out of the door, Sun’s promising further software enhancements for the SparcServer 1000 and SparcCenter 2000 lines since their SuperSparc II CPUs have reached the end of the road at 85MHz. It will also support Solaris 2.6, 2.7 and future operating system releases. In addition the company said that it will soon detail a lease plan enabling customers to take 1000 and 2000s to fulfil immediate requirements and upgrade to symmetric multiprocessing UltraSparc servers as soon as they arrive. The plan will be effective in the US and a handful of other countries, though the company has not said which ones this will include.
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