Sun Rolls Out Opteron-Based Telecom Blades

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2006-04-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Company officials say the combination of the blade architecture and Opteron's power efficiency will offer users 30 percent better density and 10 percent more performance than similar systems running on Intel chips.

Sun Microsystems has begun shipping its Opteron-based blade server aimed at the telecommunications industry, and will roll out blades running on its own UltraSPARC T1 processor by the end of the year. The Santa Clara, Calif., company is making the announcements Wednesday at the CTIA Wireless Conference in Las Vegas.
Sun is looking to expand its carrier-grade Netra line of telecom servers, bringing new systems into the space that not only run on Advanced Micro Devices Opteron chips and the T1 processor, but also will be based on ACTA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture), a series of specifications designed to take advantage of the latest high-speed Internet technology and next-generation processor design.
Click here to read about Sun cutting prices on AMD Opteron-based servers. In addition to the processor and ACTA offerings, the new blade family also supports MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition operating system, as well as Suns own Solaris 10 operating system. Officials with both Sun and AMD, of Sunnyvale, Calif., say the combination of the blade architecture and Opterons power efficiency—the Netra blade uses the 55-watt model—will offer users 30 percent better density and 10 percent more performance than similar systems running on Intel chips.
The Netra systems running on Suns T1 chip