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Sun releases Sun Blade 8000 modular system

12 July 2006  |  2026 views  |  0 Source: Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced the Sun Blade 8000 modular system, the only modular system designed specifically for high-end x86 computing that delivers the performance, price and flexibility of top-of-the-line rackmount servers together with the serviceability and efficiency of blade servers.

The Sun Blade 8000 modular system provides up to twice the system longevity and I/O throughput but uses 25% less space than comparable blade servers; when compared to leading rackmount servers, the Sun Blade 8000 modular system is designed to offer at least twice the I/O throughput and up to 40% lower power requirements in only half the space. These benefits can translate into a 49% reduction in ongoing environmental costs at an acquisition price that is up to 60% lower than comparably configured rackmount and blade servers.

The Sun Blade 8000 system's focus on high-end x86 computing makes it an ideal data center compute engine for server consolidation and virtualization, business applications, large-scale HPC deployments and high-requirement databases running on the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), the most advanced operating system on the planet. Even though no other systems company can offer a total solution of x64 hardware combined with the Solaris 10 OS, the Sun Blade 8000 modular system also provides support for Linux or Windows environments. In addition, the system is designed to support future increases in I/O, power, cooling and blade real estate - doubling the system's longevity compared to today's leading blade servers.

Customers, partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) such as Devon Energy, SAP, SAS and Vmware, have already tested the system and expressed enthusiasm for the Sun Blade 8000 system's performance, flexibility and efficiency.

In addition, the Sun Blade 8000 modular system is the only blade server in the industry supporting industry-standard, hot-pluggable blade I/O adapters based on the PCI SIG ExpressModule standard. Vendors such as Emulex, LSI Logic, Mellanox and QLogic have released or are committed to releasing industry-standard PCI Express ExpressModule adapters.

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