Six Solaris/SPARC Servers from Fujitsu and Sun

Fujitsu Siemens and Sun unveiled a new line-up of co-developed and co-manufactured servers delivering mainframe-class reliability with open systems advantages.

The companies claims the new servers, based on the SPARC architecture and running the Solaris 10 operating system , are the fastest SPARC servers ever. It will be marketed by the companies and affiliates under the “SPARC Enterprise” product brand.

The systems are designed for customers requiring highly scaleable, reliable servers, and needing to achieve increased system utilization and performance through virtualization. They address the growing customer need to maximize system utilization both in distributed computing environments, as well as for classical SMP computing by offering an array of highly granular partitioning and domaining technologies. They are also designed to ensure minimal downtime. They contain mainframe-class RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) features such as hot-swappable components (which includes memory and processors) redundant hardware, instruction retry, memory mirroring and extensive diagnostic and healing capabilities.

“With this new generation of SPARC/Solaris servers we bring more than 30 years experience in mainframe technologies to the 21st century of server technology”, said Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice-President Enterprise Business at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “The Enterprise SPARC Servers are future proof due to binary compatibility with existing applications and the ability to double the performance in situ. Customers will get a maximum of investment protection”

To protect customers’ existing datacenter investments, Sun guarantees 100% Solaris binary compatibility. This means Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ PRIMEPOWER or Sun’s Sun Fire server customers can adopt the new SPARC Enterprise platform with ease and confidence, enabling them to continue to use the broad range of proven Solaris applications (the No. 1 share in the UNIX market) from the world’s top ISV/IHV providers.

The SPARC Enterprise M8000 (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) with SPARC64 VI 2.4 GHz processor, 256 KB L1 cache per core, 6 MB L2 cache per processor, 256 GB main memory, running SAP ERP 2005, Oracle Database 10g and Solaris 10 set a new world-record for the SAP SD 2-tier standard application benchmark for systems with 16 processors as of 04/17/07, achieving 7,300 SD benchmark users.

The new SPARC Enterprise servers will include six models. Entry models use the UltraSPARC T1 processor developed by Sun Microsystems. Mid-range and high-end models use the SPARC64 VI processor developed by Fujitsu.