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Sun Cuts Prices Of Galaxy Servers

Sun Microsystems slashed prices of its Galaxy line of x86-based servers by as much as 37 percent, hoping to stimulate sales of its bigger boxes.

Graham Lovell, Sun’s senior vice president of marketing for x64 servers, said prices were cut on the Sun Fire x2100, x4100, x4200 and V40z, models that use Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron processor. Those models, first marketed under the Galaxy code name, were engineered as low-cost, high-performance systems for the data center that will run Solaris, Linux or Windows. When the systems started shipping in November, the lowest-end system was priced at less than $800.

One typical midtier 4200 model, loaded with two 2.8GHz CPUs, now carries a list price of $5,795, down from $9,235 at launch.

Lovell said the cost of add-on components such as memory also has been reduced.

The sizable cuts came as a surprise to some in the industry because Galaxy servers had been thought to be selling well—so much so that some solution providers had trouble getting their hands on new models during the initial product launch.

Lovell said Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun made the move to improve the cost-to-performance ratio and spur sales of the higher-end models.

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