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New Sun Servers Capitalize on Design Innovation, Pack the Power of 64 Servers in a Single System


LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) today unveiled new UltraSPARC T2-based servers that deliver advanced virtualization capabilities, increased system utilization and industry-leading energy efficiency. The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 servers and Sun Blade T6320 modules deliver the compute power of 64 individual systems on a single server or blade and beat competing RISC servers on web-tier tasks by over 4x while maintaining 6x better performance per watt. With the Solaris Operating System (OS) and free virtualization technologies built-in, these new Sun servers are the most flexible, cost-effective systems for maximizing system utilization.

“Good design is about creating an experience and solving technological challenges in efficient and cost effective ways not just in a single line of servers, but across platforms,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “What you’re seeing today is the result of Sun taking a leadership approach across both our x64 and CMT volume server architectures and packing superior performance and density in a footprint at a fraction of the competition’s.”

Created using a unified design approach developed by Chief Systems Architect Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun’s x64 and CMT servers use unified system architecture designs and chassis with reliability designed-in to help ensure maximum uptime. Consistently located, swappable components also provide easy access and shorten service times. The new systems join the recently announced Sun Fire X4450 and X4150 servers, powered by quad-core Intel Xeon processors in expanding Sun’s portfolio enabling customers to solve critical problems in the data center with greater performance and density with better power efficiency than competitive systems in the market.

Products and services announced today include:

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 servers -- The first servers using the UltraSPARC T2 processor, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 systems offer record-breaking performance with the highest levels of space and energy efficiency. The SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers deliver better ERP and B2B application performance in 1/4 the space at nearly 1/4 the cost of a dual socket IBM p570 with the Power 6 processor. Running the Solaris OS, these new systems are ideal platforms for customers needing to achieve increased scale, density and performance with reduced energy consumption, particularly in the web and application tiers and for technical workloads. Built-in open source, no-cost virtualization capabilities - Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms) -- enable IT staff to easily maximize system utilization, helping to lower the costs of delivering new IT services. The SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 systems are the first servers to be instantly discoverable on the network via Sun Connection.

Sun Blade T6320 server module -- Delivers enhanced virtualization and consolidation capabilities for the data center with features and functionality comparable to the SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 systems in a blade form factor. Supported in the Sun Blade 6000 modular system, the Sun Blade T6320 server module is the fastest performing single-socket blade, consumes nearly 30 percent less power and is optimized for large multi-node installations. The new module is 10 times faster to deploy and service and can also mix and match with other CPU architectures and operating systems within the same chassis to address multi-tier application requirements.

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Sun is also creating solutions leveraging the SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and Sun Blade T6320 server modules for message security and Web server encryption. More details are available at: and

Sun Management Center 4.0 - Provides in-depth monitoring and management of SPARC and x64 systems running the Solaris OS and Linux. It also helps ensure system availability, optimizes performance and scalability, and helps streamline management of environments virtualized with Solaris Containers. More information on Sun Management Center 4.0 is available at


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