Oracle, Fujitsu Launch SPARC64 X+ Servers
The enhanced Fujitsu M10 systems run on the new jointly developed SPARC64 X+ chips, which offer 1.3 times the performance of the previous processors.Fujitsu and Oracle, a year after introducing the first of their jointly developed Fujitsu M10 servers, are rolling out upgraded systems powered by the new SPARC64 X+ processors that are faster and better performing than their predecessors. The new systems, announced April 8, are aimed at server consolidation and modernization projects, and are designed to be highly and easily scalable. The new 16-core chips can run at speeds up to 3.7GHz and offer 1.3 times the performance of the earlier SPARC64 X processors, according to the companies. "The enhanced Fujitsu M10 servers offer a new option for customers seeking mission-critical computing solutions," Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven said in a statement. Oracle and Fujitsu expanded their chip developing partnership three years ago, after Oracle bought Sun Microsystems. Since the acquisition, Oracle has launched a series of highly integrated systems optimized to run the software giant's database and other enterprise applications. Oracle also has worked with Fujitsu on the SPARC64 chip development and the M10 servers.
The systems come in three models—the Fujitsu M10-1, M10-4 and M10-4S. The new servers are designed to protect the investments businesses already have made in the Fujitsu systems and Oracle software. The Fujitsu M10-4S can support mixed SPARC64 X and X+ in a single system, and can run from one to 64 of the SPARC64 X+ processors. The M10 servers also run Oracle's Solaris 11 and Solaris 10 operating system, and through Oracle's Solaris Legacy Containers, also can run previous generations of Solaris.