The upgraded SPARC M3000 system from Sun and Fujitsu, an entry-level server with the RAS features of mid-range and high-end servers, offers 23 percent greater performance than the previous version, thanks in large part to the new quad-core 2.7GHz SPARC64 chip. Sun and Fujitsu officials are pushing the enhanced M3000 as a consolidation tool, enabling businesses to reduce their space, energy and cooling costs in the data center.
Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu are rolling out an enhanced entry-level
M3000 server that officials say can be used to consolidate multiple
low-end systems to save money and space.
The upgraded M3000, announced Jan. 12, is a single-socket system now
powered by the new quad-core 2.7GHz SPARC64 VII processor. The new chip
not only has a higher frequency than its predecessor, but combined with
its faster system memory offers up to 23 percent better performance,
according to the companies.
Officials with both Sun and Fujitsu said the 2U (3.5-inch) server
has many of the same mission-critical qualities as the mid-range and
high-end SPARC64 enterprise systems, including mainframe-class
reliability and availability.
The rack-mount server, first introduced in 2008
can run such enterprise workloads as database, ERP (enterprise resource
planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications,
while the consolidation capabilities it offers helps businesses save on
data center space, energy use and cooling costs. It improves the ratio
of energy consumption to application throughput by 13 percent over the
previous M3000 system.
"SPARC Enterprise M3000 is the best suited entry-level server for
all-around system use," Noriyuki Toyoki, Fujitsu corporate vice
president, said in a statement. "It offers performance and RAS
[reliability, availability and serviceability] features suited for
mission-critical systems in a green form factor, compact and
Oracle officials touted the systems capabilities in running their latest Oracle Database software.
"We performed extensive testing of Oracle Database 11g Release2 on
Enterprise M3000 servers running Solaris 10, Andy Mendelsohn, senior
vice president of database server technologies at Oracle, said in a
Oracle is in the process of buying Sun for $7.4 billion. The
software giant is awaiting the final OK from the European Commission
after regulators there expressed concern over the deal, which would
give Oracle control of MySQL database technology.
Oracle officials, who made some concessions in hopes of easing the
regulators' worries, have said they hope to complete the deal this
A key question raised by analysts and customers when Oracle
announced the deal last year was about the fate of Sun's hardware
business, which had been struggling for years against such rivals as
IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
However, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and other executives have said
that they not only intend to keep Sun's hardware business, but to
invest more money than Sun had in SPARC development.
Ellison said in December that once Sun is bought, Oracle will focus the server business on the high-end of the market
, ceding the high-volume, low-margin space to the likes of HP and Dell.