Together with its mother company Fujitsu and the mutual partner Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers have unveiled a new line-up of co-developed and co-manufactured servers delivering mainframe-class reliability at open systems advantages.
The new servers, based on the Sparc architecture and running the Solaris 10 operating system, are the fastest Sparc servers ever, and will be marketed by the companies and affiliates under the “Sparc Enterprise” product brand.
The systems are ideal for customers requiring highly scaleable, reliable servers, and needing to achieve increased system utilization and performance through virtualisation; and leverage the combination of Fujitsu’s expertise in mission-critical computing technologies and high-performance processor design, and Sun’s expertise in open, scaleable, partition-based network computing.
The Sparc Enterprise server line-up is the culmination of over two years of joint development between Fujitsu and Sun, building on their 20-year strategic relationship. The new servers 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.
The Sparc Enterprise servers 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," says 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 datacentre 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 Solaris applications from the world’s top ISV/IHV providers.
“These new systems help customers tackle the world’s most challenging computing problems, whether in the back office, the web tier, or in high-performance computing,” says John Fowler, executive vice-president of Sun’s Systems group. “And they achieve this performance while delivering mainframe reliability with unmatched virtualization capabilities that Solaris customers expect.”
Chiaki Ito, corporate senior Sparc Sparc Enterprise server line-up, enables us to deliver maximum business value to our customers. Not only will they see outstanding performance, smarter resource management and reduced administrative intervention, but unparalleled levels of quality and scalability, that mean increased longevity of use and improved business growth potential.”
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. These systems deliver up to 50% more performance than current Sparc-based servers. All the new servers run the Solaris 10 operating system.
Fujitsu Siemens Computers -branded, Fujitsu-branded and Sun-branded Sparc Enterprise servers will be marketed worldwide. All other features are identical. The systems are available today.