Fujitsu makes mid-range server move

By Ashlee Vance, InfoWorld |  Operating Systems

FUJITSU TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS released a new mid-range server Wednesday in an effort to compete against market leader Sun Microsystems, which made a similar move the same day.

Fujitsu makes a line of servers compatible with Sun's Solaris operating systems and running on Sun's Sparc processors. Fujitsu hopes to add some variety to the Solaris market and gain ground in what is a profitable Unix server segment.

The PrimePower 800 is the latest release from Fujitsu and runs on a 536MHz processor. Fujitsu upped the speed on the 800 line, the 1000 line, and the 2000 models from 450MHz to this latest speed. The systems also come with 1 terrabyte of disk storage per cabinet.

Sun released four new models of its mid-range Sun Fire servers Wednesday, running on its UltraSparc III processor. The "mid-frame" machines deliver some of the features expected of a mainframe but can give IT managers more flexibility with managing networks due to lower costs.

Fujitsu did not release pricing information for the PrimePower 800 at this time.

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