Sun Microsystems unveiled yesterday a set of new low-cost servers based on the UltraSparc T1 chip that the company announced last month, according to the New York Times.
The servers, which the company claims use far less energy than their predecessors, are aimed at heavy Internet users. With prices starting at roughly $3,000, the new T1000 and T2000 servers are able to perform transactions that typically require multiple servers, the company said.
Scott G. McNealy, Sun’s chief executive, said Yahoo, Electronic Data Systems and Air France were among the companies that had agreed to substantial purchases of the new servers.
The new servers are part of a trend in the computer industry toward reducing power consumption. “It’s as if the Porsche had the mileage of the Prius,” McNealy said.