Sun Microsystems is taking on the low-end server market, unveiling two new low-end network servers, the Sun Fire V880 and the Netra 20.
Intel-powered servers running Microsoft software have made huge inroads into the low-end of the market, something Sun now seems to have recognised by using its fastest chip, the Ultrasparc III, in new low-end products.
For servers costing less than £100,000, Sun has less market share than Compaq, makers of the Proliant range, according to market researcher IDC.
Neil Knox, general manager of Sun's Volume Systems product group, commented: "With the Sun Fire V880 server, we are focusing our design leadership on the fastest growing segment of the server market - the low end.
"We've decided to stop beating around the bush and take the battle clearly to the Wintel environment."
Compaq said the move smacked more of defence than attack.
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