The new NetraTM X4200 M2 server is NEBS Level 3 Certified and powered by the AMD Opteron processor. This server is based on the Sun Fire X4200 M2 server announced in October 2006 and supports the SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), Red Hat and SUSE Linux, and Windows.
The Netra X4200 M2 server is Sun's first Netra rackmount server developed with industry-standard x64 (x86, 64-bit) architecture.
Mark Butler, Netra systems product line director for Sun, commented on the value of the architecture: "Adding x64 rackmount architecture to the Netra server family extends the choice of platforms for our customers and partners in the telco space. Now telco companies that want industry-standard hardware can develop their solutions on Sun ATCA blades or rackmount servers, the broadest offering of carrier grade platforms in the industry."
Peter Robinson, telecom segment manager, AMD, said "This next deployment of the Sun Netra platform -- the X4200 M2 -- is quite impressive, both from a performance and quality point of view. It not only leverages the throughput and power of AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture but demonstrates Suns commitment to our continuing relationship."
The server has already been adopted by customers such as Siemens Networks, which is using the server to run its VoIP applications. Joachim Ungruh, Senior Vice President of VoIP Solutions for Siemens Networks said they have been "validating the Netra X4200 M2 server" in their laboratories for several months now and are still in the platform verification phase. "The Netra X4200 M2 will significantly enhance the competitiveness of our Consumer and Business VoIP solution offerings, continuing to reinforce Siemens' strategy to leverage the technology advancements of market-leading computing platforms," Ungruh said. "The Netra X4200 M2 ... has exceeded our performance expectations."
Applications are being created for the Netra X4200 M2 server, including Adax, AppGate Network Security, Appium, jNetX and Surf.
The 2-socket version of the Netra X4200 M2 server is available now (the 1-socket version is scheduled to be available in May).
Additional technical details about the server can be found in article number . There is also a feature article on the Sun site about the server that emphasizes the telco industry benefits.
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