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Server Categories

November 11, 2009

Entry-Level Servers – An entry-level server is a one- or two-processor system meant to provide a network service or services to as few as one client/user, up to as many as a workgroup. Many entry-level servers are used in horizontally deployed applications.

Midrange Servers – The midrange server offerings are viewed as department-level servers or servers that can provide network services to 10 clients/users, up to 250 clients/users for large applications. For simpler network services, such as DNS, a server of this class might service thousands of users.

Enterprise Servers – An enterprise server is a PC-based server equivalent of a mainframe. Sun’s systems in this area scale to hundreds of processors and are used for applications such as databases that best scale vertically.

Blade Servers – A blade server is a motherboard that’s been modified so it fits into a chassis and is hot-swappable.

Appliances – An appliance server is a special-purpose server that requires little maintenance and/or management.

Carrier-Grade Servers – This line of servers offers NEBS Level 3 (Network Equipment Building System, an industry standard) solutions for the telecommunications industry and for back offices.

Storage Servers – Sun is a major supplier of storage arrays, tape backup systems, and storage software, through its StorEdge line. Sun’s business is mostly to Sun server customers, but it also plays a central role as a management console of choice for Storage Area Networks (SANs).

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