Sun Microsystems announced new services Tuesday to go with its
recently introduced Sun Fire servers.
The servers, based on Sun's new UltraSPARC III-processor, are important
products for the company, making it a natural move to add services to back up the new hardware.
Sun executives expect Sun Fire
server sales eventually to account for the bulk of the company's sales.
The services include installation and data center planning for IT personnel
working with the new hardware. They also include services aimed at
monitoring and keeping the hardware up and running.
Sun's Sun Fire Application Readiness Service will tap the company's
consulting services to offer Sun Fire customers assistance with
configuration and implementation of a new Sun Fire server.
Sun's New Sun Fire Data Center Readiness Service, to be rolled out in the
second half of the year, will offer help installing Sun Fire servers in an
existing data center.
Sun also will offer training for Sun Fire servers. Using its Education
Consulting Services, the company will offer customers classes on the new
features in Sun Fire servers. Those classes will cover, among other things,
Sun's Solaris 8 operating system. The classes, as well as professional
certification programs for IT personnel, will begin this summer, the company
Finally, Sun will offer its RAS (reliability, availability and
serviceability) Profile Service to its most demanding customers. The service
works to increase availability of the servers through analysis of their
reliability and availability, the company said.
Sun Fire servers, released March
21, range in price from $80,000 to $250,000 or more. Sun has dubbed them midframes, because the company says they provide the performance and
reliability of a mainframe at the cost of a regular high-end server.