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Aug 31 2010   4:22PM GMT

Oracle continues telco push with new Sun Netra servers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle introduced two new Sun Netra servers today, one a blade and the other rack-based.

Both servers are based on the latest Intel Xeon processor nicknamed Nehalem, and follow up on earlier Sparc-based Netra products that Oracle-Sun announced in May. Mark Butler, the director of product management for Netra Systems, said the new servers mean a doubling of the processing cores and threads compared to previous models.

Butler said end users can expect more Netra rack and blade servers from Oracle in the next year, but he gave no further details. The first server is the Sun Netra CP3270 ATCA blade, which includes quad-core Intel Xeon chips and up to 32GB of memory. The other is the Sun Netra x4270, which includes quad-core Xeon chips and up to 144GB of memory. Both are compliant with Network Equipment Building System (NEBS), which is the standard for telecommunications IT.

The telecommunications industry was always a big one for Sun Microsystems, along with financial companies and academia. Oracle is working to make the Netra line as close as it can architecturally to its enterprise line, presumably in an effort to streamline design and manufacturing costs. Butler said that Oracle is trying to minimize any differences between the Netra and enterprise lines.

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