Sun announces Opteron-based servers
In a joint press release with AMD, Sun Microsystems has finally ended the speculation by announcing an Opteron-based serveralong with the intention to build a family of servers around the Opteron processor. From the press release:
"The Sun Fire V20z server is the first in a complete family of AMD Opteron processor-based systems from Sun which will feature Solaris, Linux and the Java Enterprise System," said Neil Knox, executive vice president, Volume Systems Products, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We plan to introduce a broad set of enterprise servers based on the AMD Opteron processor. Sun's collaboration with AMD represents a response to the increasing customer demand for x86 solutions that are 32-bit and 64-bit capable and deliver maximum performance."
Is this the beginning of the end for non-x86 server processors at Sun? And maybe elsewhere, as well?