Sun Microsystems has announced an aggressive upgrade program to persuade current Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 customers to upgrade to Sun Cobalt RaQ server appliances or Sun Cobalt Qube appliances. The Sun program, which follows Microsoft’s recently, announced end-of-life plans for Windows NT Server 4.0, enables users of the Microsoft operating system to migrate to select Sun Cobalt server appliances at reduced rates.
The upgrade strategy is intended to allow Sun to tap into the base of customers using installed servers running Windows NT, who do not necessarily want to move to Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server, much less future Windows Server.NET releases.
Sun Cobalt’s plan to offer a migration path for Microsoft NT Server 4.0 customers will allow them to update their older servers with the latest generation of Sun Cobalt’s Internet server technology and management tools, said Jean S. Bozman, research director with IDC’s worldwide server group. The Sun Cobalt appliance servers will provide high levels of security and performance for Web-centric workloads. Importantly, hundreds of Sun Cobalt units can be managed from a single Control Station management console, giving system administrators a lot of leverage to manage multiple Web-serving systems easily and effectively.
Server appliances, which are pre-configured and ready to plug-in directly from the box, allow even the most inexperienced, non-technical users to quickly and easily establish a secure network connection that includes applications such as email hosting, file-sharing, and web serving. The Sun Cobalt Qube 3 server appliance extends secure Internet and intranet services to consumers and power users. These services enable home offices and small businesses to host their own web sites, set up their own e-mail systems, network home or office PCs, and protect their computing environments from Internet threats. The Sun Cobalt RaQ server appliance, designed for web hosting, offers robust capabilities rivalling general purpose servers, while remaining easy to use, quick to deploy and highly reliable.
In addition to offering a cost-effective, easy-to-use alternative to Windows NT Server, Sun Cobalt server appliances provide the continuous uptime and rock-solid protection that every organization needs to remain profitable in today’s competitive e-business marketplace, said Peder Ulander, director of marketing for the Sun Cobalt division of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Windows NT customers will find that with these plug-and-play server appliances, they can enjoy the convenience of hassle-free computing and support without sacrificing privacy and security.