Sun and Fujitsu add new ‘Sparcs’

In order to address consolidation issues as well as to increase reliability and performance in server architectures, Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Limited have unveiled a new line-up of co-developed Advanced Product Line (APL) servers.

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By  Sathya Mithra Ashok Published  June 5, 2007

In order to address consolidation issues as well as to increase reliability and performance in server architectures, Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Limited have unveiled a new line-up of co-developed Advanced Product Line (APL) servers that promises to deliver mainframe-class reliability at open systems prices. The new servers, based on the SPARC architecture and running the Solaris 10 operating system (OS), will be marketed by both companies and affiliates under the “SPARC Enterprise” product brand. “These systems enable companies in the region to consolidate their technology resources rather than underutilising existing investments,” said Hein-Van Der Merwe, chief technologist, Southern and Eastern EMEA for Sun Microsystems. 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. According to the companies, these systems deliver up to 50% more performance than current SPARC-based servers. According to Sun, the new systems are ideal for customers requiring highly scaleable, reliable servers, and needing to achieve increased system utilisation and performance through virtualisation. The servers leverage the powerful combination of Sun’s expertise in open, scalable, partition-based network computing, and Fujitsu’s expertise in mission-critical computing technologies and high-performance processor design. “The combination of Fujitsu’s mission-critical computing technology and Sun’s Solaris in the new SPARC Enterprise server line-up, enables us to deliver maximum business value to our customers,” said Rajesh Deepchandani, Product Marketing Manager- Enterprise Products, Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

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