Increased Web Traffic
McNealy said that the increased amount of traffic across the Webfrom communications to publishing to transactionsand the variety of devices used to do drive this traffic is fueling the need to do more work at the same time. That translates into the need for more power. However, the cost of data center real estate and the energy used to run and cool the systems illustrate the need to curb the push for more systems.Through its new program, Sun is letting customers and ISVs try one of the new systems for free for three months. In addition, Sun officials also said that their Sun N1 System Manager v1.2 will support the T1000 and T2000 servers, enabling customers to use the same software to manage not only these systems but the Opteron-based "Galaxy" servers announced in September. Sun also is pushing a new metric for customers to use when evaluating servers. The SWaP (space, wattage and performance) metric is designed to factor in key attributes as a way of comparing systems. A number of ISV partners took the stage with Sun, including Oracle Corp. The software maker has been a key figure in the ongoing debate in how to license software for systems running multicore chips and virtual machines. Oracle President Charles Phillips said at the Sun event that Oracle is implementing a new processor strategy in which Oracle software running an eight-core system will be priced as if the server were running two processors. Other software makers, such as Microsoft Corp., have said that, for dual-core systems, they will price their software on a per-socketrather than a per-corebasis. However, customers and industry observers have questioned whether ISVs will continue that policy as chips with four or more cores come onto the market. Click here to read an interview with Sun CEO Scott McNealy about why the power-efficient UltraSPARC T1 is important to his companys future. Critics have questioned Suns ability to market and sell such a large number of server lines, and whether they will cannibalize each other. However, Sun officials have said that each server line has distinct target markets, and that overlap is not a concern. The UltraSPARC T1 is the first key step in Suns Throughput Computing initiative, with performance being driven by the ability to simultaneously run multiple instruction threads. Yen said Sun engineers already are actively developing Niagara II and are beginning work on Niagara III. In addition, Sun still is on pace to roll out "Rock," another chip that runs fewer threads and is due for release in 2008. As long as Sun gets the sale, it doesnt matter whether it was a SPARC system or Opteron server that was bought, McNealy said. Editors Note: This story was updated to include information and comments from Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
With the UltraSPARC T1, the need for power and the need to conserve energy are both addressed, he said.