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August 30, 2004 - (HostReview.com) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (www.sun.com) today announced that customers, developers and partners are rapidly adopting the new Sun Java Workstations based on AMD Opteron processors for their technical and heavy duty workloads across a range of industries, including document management, life sciences, oil & gas, digital content creation and software development. With support for the Solaris Operating System (OS), Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux or Microsoft Windows, these workstations give customers maximum flexibility for growth at industry-leading price/performance. Customers also benefit from the ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications within a single architecture.
"The superior performance, visualization-class graphics and increased memory of the new Sun Java Workstations make them ideal for technical applications in multiple industries," said Brian Healy, director of workstation product marketing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Whether they're used for product design, digital content creation or seismic data analysis, these workstations provide customers leading price/performance with a proven 32- to 64-bit growth path."
Xerox Corporation evaluated and purchased the new Sun Java Workstation W1100z because of the tremendous performance gains it saw with the new AMD Opteron processor-based systems. The units are used to manage document reproduction control stations for customers typically overseeing very large print jobs.
"The AMD Opteron processor-based workstations are an excellent addition to the Sun product line and nicely complement its SPARC-based offerings," said Rich Lauria, manager, production controller unit, Xerox Corporation. "We are consistently seeking ways to provide more value to our customers, and the benchmark price/performance achieved by the Sun Java Workstation W1100z make it an attractive solution for several demanding product applications."
Through a strategic alliance with NVIDIA, Sun is shipping NVIDIA Quadro graphics technology with the Sun Java Workstations, offering the ultimate in performance, precision, programmability and quality. These professional graphics solutions allow Sun to deliver industry-leading two- and three-dimension performance improvements, including higher bus bandwidth, increased memory bandwidth, improved rendering speeds and the ability to deploy large data sets (up to 16 GB in size) across multiple operating systems.
Recent market share data released by IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice, confirms Sun's position for the 40th consecutive quarter as the undisputed leader in Traditional Workstation (TWS) unit shipments and revenue, with both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year share increases.