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Sun Aims Server Upgrade Program at Users of Silicon Graphics Products


PALO ALTO, Calif.--Sun Microsystems has extended a program that urges Silicon Graphics customers to switch to the Sun platform. The existing Ultra Enterprise Upgrade Program now includes Sun's Ultra HPC server products, which are specifically targeted at existing Silicon Graphics users. The promotion will run for the next six months, Sun said. Both Silicon Graphics and Sun products are widely used in bioinformatics.

The program offers credits worth up to a 20 percent discount on Ultra HPC servers when buyers trade in Silicon Graphics Challenge, Power Challenge, or Origin 2000 servers. Sun claims its servers are more scalable and reliable.

"Sun's commitment to providing robust solutions for high-performance computing environments already is showing results. Since the introduction of our Ultra HPC product line in March, Sun has appeared as a leading high-performance computing vendor on the HPC Top 500 List of the most powerful computers," said Shahin Khan, director of marketing for Sun's Data Center and High Performance Computing Group. "Customers who in the past have purchased products from competitors now are choosing Sun's HPC systems, and Sun's upgrade program provides them with another compelling reason to do so."

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