Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems New SPARC64 Processors

Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems Boost SPARC Enterprise Servers with New SPARC64 Processors

Enhanced Server Line with Faster SPARC64 Processors Sets Four New World Records, Delivers Best Investment Protection on the Market

Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems, announced new quad-core
SPARC64 VII processors and an enhanced memory controller for the SPARC
Enterprise™ server line. The faster SPARC64 VII processors deliver up
to 25 percent better performance than the previous generation and with
new memory access enhancements, the updated SPARC Enterprise systems
have delivered outstanding performance on key enterprise benchmarks.
These results further prove the updated SPARC Enterprise servers with
the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) are ideal platforms for
consolidation and mission-critical enterprise applications including
large-scale databases, BIDW, ERP and human capital management (HCM).
The new processors are the second in-box upgrade delivered for this
product family and are available as an option for seamless upgrades in
existing SPARC Enterprise servers.

Running at 2.88GHz for
the SPARC Enterprise™ M9000 and M8000 servers and 2.53GHz for SPARC
Enterprise M5000 and M4000 servers, the new processors provide
increased single-thread and overall system performance, while the
enhanced memory controller in the SPARC Enterprise M8000 and M9000
servers improves throughput under memory-intensive workloads.

"The enhanced SPARC64
VII processors deliver world class performance. By upgrading to these
new processors, customers can grow their business performance without
sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments," said Noriyuki
Toyoki, corporate vice president of Fujitsu. "With new processors and
excellent virtualization features built into SPARC Enterprise servers,
we are confident customers will achieve dramatic increases in IT
resource efficiency. They will also significantly extend the life of
their server investment."

"Our SPARC Enterprise
servers with the Solaris OS offer a compelling combination of mainframe
class performance and reliability as well as virtualization and
consolidation capabilities in an open system," said John Fowler,
executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "The update
we’re announcing today makes it possible for customers to increase the
performance of mission-critical enterprise applications while
capitalizing on existing infrastructure investments with upgrades at
half the cost of IBM."

With the addition of the
new quad-core SPARC64 VII processors, Fujitsu and Sun continue to
increase the compute capacity of their SPARC Enterprise servers while
extending long-term investment protection. The updated systems stand
out from the competition with more than 15 years of binary
compatibility and the "mix-and-match" SPARC64 processor architecture as
well as virtualization via Dynamic Domains and Solaris Containers. The
SPARC Enterprise servers are also the only systems on the market with
the ability to mix SPARC64 VI and VII processors in a single domain,
enabling customers dynamically add processing resources — without
downtime and without requiring other hardware changes. Additionally,
the integration of Oracle Database with Solaris 10’s dynamic memory
management enables an Oracle database running on these SPARC Enterprise
servers to use the additional memory on-the-fly without service


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