SUN Boosts the Speed of theNETRA™ X1 Server

The Only Sub-$1000 UNIX Server Now Comes with a Faster Processor, More Memory and Quicker Drives

Palo Alto, Calif.
August 27, 2001

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that it has nearly doubled the performance of its popular rack-optimized Netra[tm] X1 thin server while keeping the same low price of $995. This complete one processor, rack-mountable, thin server presents an affordable entree to Sun[tm] technology for Internet services ranging from e-mail and messaging to Web hosting and DNS services.

Sun has increased the Netra X1 server’s processor speed by 25 percent, doubled the maximum memory capacity, and added larger, faster hard drives without increasing the price. The Netra X1 server ships with the complete Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment and Lights Out Management at no additional charge. The new server configuration also supports the Solaris Network Cache Accelerator (NCA) socket. With Solaris 8 OE and Solaris NCA the performance of the new Netra X1 server configuration has been increased almost two-fold as a dedicated web server.

“Digex and Sun engineers worked very closely in qualifying the Netra X1 in the rigorous environment of the Digex Unified Lab and, after thorough testing, we found the Netra X1 performed to the standard that we expect from Sun products,” said Joe Crawford, assistant vice president of engineering at Digex. “As more businesses move their transaction processing to the Internet, this additional hardware component will allow Digex to expand our solutions to a wider spectrum of business models.”

Introduced in January of this year, the Netra X1 is the lowest entry price of any branded UNIX® server. Features include: – Rack-mountable 1 RU height to allow for more servers in existing rack space – Pre-installed Solaris 8 Operating Environment, complete with lights-out management (LOM) software for remote monitoring and control – Small server footprint (17″ width x 13″ depth) for streamlined installation and maintenance – Front and back LEDs, removable system configuration card, space for system label, cable management hardware

Pricing and Availability

Sun’s Netra X1 thin server is now available through Sun and Sun’s existing worldwide sales channels. The starting list price is $995 for a system configured with an UltraSPARC IIe 500MHz processor, 128MB memory (2GB max), 1-40GB hard drive (2 drives max), and Solaris 8 and LOM management software pre-installed.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer™” — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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