Sun has announced the Sun Blade 6000 Module System to the market. It is available to resellers through Sun's distribution channel Horizon, a division of Workgroup.
According to Hayward Rose, Sun product marketing manager at Horizon, this blade system should redefine the datacentre lifecycle with up to double the memory and double the I/O capacity of competing workgroup / mid range blades and rack mount servers.
The Sun Blade 6000 Module System offers a choice of blades powered by the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology, Intel Xeon processors or AMD Opteron processors, allowing customers to deploy a broad range of applications ranging from virtualisation, database, web tier and high performance computing (HPC) on a single modular design.
The Blade 6000 provides customers with high versatility as it uses high performance microprocessors from Sun, Intel and AMD with support for multiple operating systems such as Solaris, Windows, VMWare and Linux operating systems on the AMD and Intel blades.
"Its increased memory capacity and I/O bandwidth makes Sun Blade 6000 the optimal virtualisation platform, enabling it to support large memory configurations at half the cost," says Rose. "In addition, the new systems have been designed to maximise customer investment by supporting microprocessors with four and eight cores – all of which enables the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System to run virtually any enterprise application."
As one of the most open blade platforms, the Sun Blade 6000 easily integrates into existing datacentre infrastructure and management systems, without requiring proprietary I/O, proprietary management or hidden licensing costs. System features and support for Solaris 10 OS, Windows, VMWare and Linux ensure optimal performance while allowing customers to scale for future growth without forklift upgrades.
The Sun Blade 6000 packs a performance punch with its comprehensive choice of versatile server modules. Regardless of the underlying microprocessor architecture, the system design combined with the capabilities of the Sun Studio 12 software running on top of the Solaris 10 OS the system has gained recognition from Java, HPC and other compute-intensive benchmarks.
Further, says Rose, the Sun Refresh Service now includes the Sun Blade X6220 Server Module, allowing customers to reach high performance and efficiency from their datacentres on an ongoing basis at half the cost of traditional acquisition methods.
Future support is planned for other server modules.