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Fujitsu Siemens expands Sparc server range

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Together with it’s parent company Fujitsu and mutual partner Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers has expanded its Sparc Enterprise server line with the introduction of the Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers – the first servers using the new UltraSparc T2 processor.

The new Sparc Enterprise servers run the Solaris operating system and are ideal platforms for customers needing to achieve increased scale, density and performance, particularly in the web and application tiers and for on-line transaction processing (OLTP) and technical workloads. Built-in, no-cost virtualisation capabilities in the servers also enable IT staff to easily maximize system utilisation, helping to lower the cost of delivering new IT services.
“Our new Sparc Enterprise systems based on the UltraSparc T2 processor are completely changing the economics of application deployment. Our customers will benefit from lower acquisition and operational costs and will receive a better return on assets when using our new Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers,” says John Fowler, executive vice-president: Systems Group at Sun Microsystems.
“Our Sparc Enterprise Alliance continues to be of great value to customers,” says Jens-Peter Seick, senior vice-president: Enterprise Server Business at Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
“The innovative Sparc Enterprise Servers T5120 and T5220 and Solaris OS – combined with Fujitsu Siemens Computers Dynamic Data Center strategy – benefit customers by providing a very fast, low-cost and secure solution that can run the thousands of commercial and open source applications that are important to our customers. The eco-friendliness of the Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 is an extra benefit to our customers in terms of lowering their environmental costs.”
Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers double the number of processing threads and increase floating point capabilities 8 times over the previous generation. The first servers to integrate 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology and I/O directly on the chip, ready for the emerging generation of network-intensive services, allow for 12 times higher network peak bandwidth than competitive servers, without additional NIC costs.
Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 systems are capable of web serving over four times the number of users, all while maintaining over six times better performance per watt and while demonstrating industry-leading price/performance, compared to competitive Unix/RISC-based servers.
By combining 64 processor threads per UltraSparc T2 processor and open-source, no cost virtualisation technology such as Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms), the Sparc Enterprise 5120 and 5220 servers enable IT staff to achieve high levels of system utilization. IT staff can securely deploy many applications on a single Sparc Enterprise T5120 or T5220 server.
Consolidating many applications on individual servers results in better resource utilisation which means lower acquisition cost, lower administration cost and improved flexibility in meeting the constantly changing IT requirements.
The Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers offer more virtualization flexibility than any other server in its class, with up to 64 isolated domains in a single system, and without the premium charged for proprietary virtualisation solutions.
The new Sparc Enterprise servers have advanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features such as the ability to turn off bad threads, detect multiple memory errors and reallocate bad memory blocks.
The implementation of common Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) tools enable the SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers to be integrated and managed within industry-standard Enterprise Management Frameworks and Element Managers, resulting in decreased installation time, improved time to market, increased agility and reduced management overhead for on-going maintenance and patching.
Integrating key server features such as networking, interconnect and cryptography not only improves performance but reduces server component counts which increase reliability. Native on-chip support for 10 of the most common cryptographic ciphers allows the Sparc Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers to deliver, with minimal overhead per processor, over 20 times more cryptographic operations per second than competitive x86 processors and 17 times more operations per second than dedicated cryptographic accelerator cards.