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Sun releases new telecom server

Sun Microsystems has begun selling a version of its new 12-processor v1280 server geared for telecommunications customers, the company plans to announce on Thursday. The system, called the Netra 1280, has two features required by many telecommunications customers: It passes the Network Equipment Building Standard (NEBS) certification for ability to withstand shocks, smoke, heat and cold, and it can run on direct current.

A low-end version with four 900MHz UltraSparc III processors and 8GB of memory costs around $90,000, Sun said. One with eight processors and 16GB of memory costs about $185,000, and a top-end system with 12 processors and 96GB of memory costs just under $285,000.