Fujitsu Boosts Performance of Its M10 Servers
The vendor said faster SPARC64 X+ chips will help the M10-1 and M10-4 servers, jointly developed with Oracle, increase performance by 30 percent.Fujitsu is bulking up its M10 midrange server portfolio with models powered by the new eight-core 3.7GHz SPARC64 X+ processors, which officials said will boost performance by as much as 30 percent over current systems. The company announced that the single-socket, 1U (1.75-inch) Fujitsu M10-1 and the compact M10-4—four sockets in a 4U (7-inch) form factor—with the more powerful SPARC64 X+ chip now offer the same performance as the scalable M10-4S server, which already runs on the 3.7GHz processor. Fujitsu officials said the combination of the higher performance and the compute features in the systems makes the new models ideal for cloud workloads and analytics for the rapidly growing amounts of data that are being generated by mobile devices like smartphones and tablets as well as sensors and other compute systems that make up the burgeoning Internet of things (IoT). The enhanced servers come a year after Fujitsu rolled out the latest of the M10 systems, which are jointly developed with Oracle. After buying Sun Microsystems for about $7.4 billion in 2011, Oracle picked up Sun's chip-developing partnership with Fujitsu. Oracle has leveraged the server and chip technology it inherited from Sun to develop its own SPARC-based portfolio of highly integrated systems optimized to run the software giant's enterprise applications, including database and cloud offerings. At the same time, Oracle continued to work with Fujitsu in developing the SPARC64 processors and M10 servers, which were first launched in 2013.
"The new Fujitsu M10 servers offer enhanced options for customers seeking mission-critical computing solutions for cloud or data center deployments," Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven said in a statement, adding that "this is the latest of many advances that have resulted from the strong, ongoing collaboration between Oracle and Fujitsu."