Sun Microsystems and Intel continue to make beautiful music together, leveraging the Intel Xeon quad-cores in a pair of new Sun Fires that pack quite a punch in very small form factors.
The Sun Fire X4450 is the larger of the pair, delivering a four-socket design in a 2U box. The device uses the higher-end Xeon 7300 chips, which double the computing power of current dual-core designs while consuming half the power. The Sun Fire X4150 uses the Xeon 5300 in a 1U, two-socket system. It includes more than 1 TB of internal disk storage, which should come in handy for database and other memory-intensive functions.
Both systems are available for Solaris, Windows, Linux or VMware.
The 4150 is available immediately at a list price of $2,995. The 4450 should be out next month at $8,895.