IT & Network Infrastructure : New Sun Servers Powered by Intel Nehalem Chips
Sun Microsystems unveiled a number of new servers powered by Intel's new quad-core Nehalem EP processors, also known as the Xeon 5500 series. The new Sun servers are a key part of a wider data center strategy announced by Sun called Open Network Systems, which incorporates not only the new Intel Xeon architecture, but also new and enhanced networking, storage and Solaris technologies designed to take a holistic view of the data center. The new data center strategy is Sun's entry into a burgeoning competition that includes such tech heavyweights as HP and Cisco, all of whom are looking to offer enterprises a way of looking at their data centers as an integrated, agile and efficient pool of computing technologies, rather than devices relegated into server, storage and networking silos. Key to Sun's offering are such moves as the integration of Flash-based SSDs (solid-state disks) and OpenStorage platforms, integrated networking, highly energy-efficient systems, and a Solaris operating system that has been optimized to take advantage of the myriad new offerings in the Intel Nehalem architecture.