Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA) is now utilizing the Intel Nehalem microarchitecture in a new line of servers they have released called NEM. This move directly competes with Cisco Systems. Sun also unleashed a new line of servers that contain the Intel Xeon 5500 processors built on Nehalem. This is the first time that Sun is using flash storage combined with microprocessors, thus reducing latency through the boost of input/output speeds.
These servers have a 24GB capacity and works through the conjunction of hard disk drives and solid-state drives. The NEM servers sold by Sun will work with existing and new servers. The flash storage module connects to a chassis blade through a PCI Express backplane. The cost of the NEM servers are about $4,999. The flash storage modeuls ranges from about $1,488 to about $8,779.