Sun to unveil 64-bit Serengeti server

Sun Microsystems Inc. will introduce the company's long-awaited Serengeti server line at the company's Data Center to the Nth event in New York on March 27th, according to sources close to the company.

The Serengeti family of servers will be powered by Sun's 64-bit UltraSPARC III processor, sources said. Delays with the UltraSPARC III chip subsequently caused delays in delivering Serengeti, which was expected late last year.

Initial models of the Serengeti server could pack as many as 150 UltraSPARC III chips, sources said.

With Serengeti, Sun is targeting the midrange Unix server market, which Sun officials have dubbed "the Mid-Frame" market.

The Serengeti line is expected to eventually replace all of Sun's midrange Unix servers all the way to Sun's Enterprise-class E10000 servers, which will be replaced by another UltraSPARC III-powered server family, code-named StarCat, sources said.

A working version of StarCat could be previewed at next week's Sun event, sources said.

Sun customers who have yet to upgrade to Sun's Solaris 8 operating system will need to do so before migrating to Serengeti, sources said.

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