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December 09, 2008
Enhanced Sun Systems Portfolio sets five world records; doubles down on virtualization, consolidation, energy efficiency; maximizes choice With Solaris, Linux, Windows, and VMWare
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 9 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced an enhanced line of Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Blade systems that deliver up to 35 percent better performance over previous generations. With the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, Sun's strengthened x64 server line offers exceptional scalability, virtualization and consolidation capabilities with up to twice the storage, memory and I/O capacity as compared to competing servers. Sun's portfolio of x64 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers offer a choice of Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Linux, Windows and VMWare. All x64 systems announced today are available for a free 60-day trial via Sun's Try and Buy Program at http://www.sun.com/tryandbuy.
"Sun's AMD Opteron processor-based x64 servers stand out in three areas that matter to customers -- performance, energy efficiency and scalability," said Lisa Sieker, vice president of Systems Marketing at Sun Microsystems. "Sun's innovative systems design with Solaris and the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor is a potent combination for complex workloads in HPC, as well as virtualization and consolidation."
Sun's x64 Servers Trump Competition on Industry Standard Benchmarks with Increased Performance, Lower Power Consumption
With better performance and increased energy efficiency, Sun's x64 servers based on the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor have posted five world record results on industry standard benchmarks.
Key systems in Sun's x64 family include:
Additional information on Sun servers' record setting performance is available at http://www.sun.com/benchmarks/amd.
110:1 Consolidation Ratio
Sun's x64 servers with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor are capable of consolidating systems at more than a 110:1 ratio and supporting up to 100 virtual servers on a single system. The servers are further enhanced with the Solaris Containers capability in the Solaris OS. Solaris offers ultimate scalability and manageability with the AMD Opteron processor spanning from two cores to 32 cores in a single architecture which allows users to standardize and streamline their IT support requirements and scale as their business needs require. Solaris 10 users can also select Solaris ZFS as their root file system and take advantage of a number of key virtualization enhancements enabling them to easily consolidate and maximize datacenter efficiency.
Sun xVM Server provides complementary virtualization solutions for heterogeneous environments. Sun xVM Ops Center software provides a unified management interface for both Sun xVM Server and Solaris Containers. With AMD Virtualization technology (AMD-V), and Sun's xVM infrastructure, the enhanced line of Sun x64 servers simplify and optimize the next-generation datacenter, maximizing consolidation and lowering overhead associated with software virtualization, allowing for increased system utilization, performance and scalability improvements.
More information on Sun's complete line of x64 systems is available at: http://www.sun.com/amd.
"Over the past five years Sun and AMD have worked together to provide customers with a broad choice of energy efficient and high performing x86 servers in 2P, 4P and 8P configurations, " said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of the Server and Workstation Division at AMD. "The enhanced 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor combined with Sun's x86 server designs can help customers improve consolidation and virtualization, increase ROI and boost performance."
Sun's x64 systems powered by AMD Opteron processors continue to deliver customer value across a range of industries from education to financial services and have been deployed by customers including Citco Technology Management and SAP University Competence Center (UCC). Sun x64 systems customer success stories can be found at http://www.sun.com/customers/.
Sun Services Provide Expertise in Energy Reduction, Virtualization and High Performance Environments
Sun offers a suite of services to maximize the performance of the x64 server line ranging from virtualization and energy reduction consulting to HPC offerings. With Sun virtualization and consolidation services, customers can reduce power and cooling costs by as much as 60 percent and space savings by as much as 57 percent (6). To further reduce power and energy costs, customers can utilize Sun(SM) Eco Services Suite, which provides users with technical evaluations needed to optimize datacenter efficiency. Sun also offers HPC services to help customers architect, deploy, and manage their HPC environments for faster time to deployment and with reduced risk. For more information on Sun services visit http://www.sun.com/service.
Availability and Pricing
The Sun Fire x64 based product line pricing starts at $1,900 (USD). For more information on Sun's x64 servers and Sun Blade systems visit www.sun.com/amd.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA) develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.
1) Sun Blade X6440 server module (4 chips, 16 cores, 16 OMP threads), 35896 SPECompMpeak2001.
2) Sun Fire X4600 M2 server, 386 SPECint_rate2006.
3) Sun Fire X4600 M2 server, 1037851 SPECjbb2005 bops, 129731 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM.
4) Sun Fire X4240 server, 37630 SPECweb2005; HP ProLiant DL385 G5,30007 SPECweb2005; HP ProLiant DL380 G5, 29591 SPECweb2005.
5) Sun Fire X4440 server (4 chips, 16 cores, 16 OMP threads), 175,648 SPECompLpeak2001.
6) Crimson Study, March 2008: Beyond the Technology Argument: Upgrading to Solaris 10 Delivers Significant Economic Value as Well.
Source: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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