Sun releases its first Intel-based workstation since Duran Duran

Sun keeps moving toward commodity software and hardware, today announcing its first Intel workstation since the 1980s when Duran Duran were hip and pegged pants were de rigueur.

Sun keeps moving toward commodity software and hardware, today announcing its first Intel workstation since the 1980s when Duran Duran were hip and pegged pants were de rigueur.

Sun announced today it will release its first Intel-based workstation since the late 1980s**.

The new Sun Ultra 24 Workstation is a single socket machine based on Intel's Garlow platform and, according to Sun, made for users that do some hard core technical design work....

According to Brian Heley, Sun workstation marketing manager, the company sees the systems selling to the likes of software developers, the financial sector and visualization users at oil and gas companies. He said that he's particularly pleased by the system's price-point, which should help Sun carve out a chunk of the Intel workstation market.

I continue to find it impressive how willing Sun is to disrupt its own business. But maybe that's because relentless commoditization allows no other recourse. Regardless, it's good to see Sun on the offensive.

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