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Sun beckons IBM customers

Sun Microsystems announced "Project Blue-Away" Friday in an attempt to lure away IBM server customers. The first phase of the project is targeted at customers of Big Blue's NUMA-Q line of servers that resulted from IBM's 1999 acquisition of Sequent. Sequent built high-end Intel servers with large numbers of CPUs. Sun said it has wooed Virgin Atlantic Airways, Littlewoods and the Rural Payments Agency away from NUMA-Q to Sun servers. IBM introduced its 64-processor x430 NUMA-Q server less than a year ago, but the product no longer is listed on IBM's Web site. IBM didn't respond to requests for comment.

Sun Microsystems announced "Project Blue-Away" Friday in an attempt to lure away IBM server customers. The first phase of the project is targeted at customers of Big Blue's NUMA-Q line of servers that resulted from IBM's 1999 acquisition of Sequent. Sequent built high-end Intel servers with large numbers of CPUs.

Sun said it has wooed Virgin Atlantic Airways, Littlewoods and the Rural Payments Agency away from NUMA-Q to Sun servers. IBM introduced its 64-processor x430 NUMA-Q server less than a year ago, but the product no longer is listed on IBM's Web site. IBM didn't respond to requests for comment.