Sun sharpens record-breaking blade server

Sun Microsystems claims to have developed the fastest blade server on the planet.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  January 23, 2007

Sun Microsystems claims to have developed the fastest blade server on the planet. Posting three new performance world records, the Sun Blade X8420 server module set a new standard for 4-socket servers, especially when combined with the Solaris 10 operating system (OS), which it claims is the world’s most advanced operating system to date. “Datacentres across the Middle East are looking for ways to save operating expenses but they also need to stay up to speed with the latest and greatest technology to deliver the highest performance levels,” said Iain Jardin, technical sales architect for Sun Microsystems MENA. “We see the new Sun Blade X8420 as the ideal server solution for industry sectors such as telecommunications and financial services, which are experiencing record growth in the region,” he added. “The world’s fastest blade server - the Sun Blade X8420 - will also provide Middle East businesses with increased virtualisation capabilities, which enable them to utilise servers to a higher capacity,” Jardin continued. From firsthand customer experience in the region, Sun’s Jardin estimates that organisations are only currently using about 15% to 20% of their server capacity. The new Sun Blade X8420 server module is the only blade system designed specifically to run resource-intensive enterprise business and technical applications, according to the vendor. The Sun Blade 8000 modular systems also support the highest-performing AMD Opteron processors.

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