Sun, Fujitsu unveil new high-end server line

Sparc Enterprise Servers feature numerous multi-core chips, Solaris 10

Data center managers waiting for the perfect machine to come along to justify an investment in Sun's Solaris 10 operating system should expect their phones to ring shortly. A new line of servers, the Sparc Enterprise Server brand, was just unleashed by Sun and Fujitsu.

The higher end of the new offerings, the Sparc Enterprise M series, run the gamut from a 6U-sized, quad-processor (8-core) machine to a 128-core free-standing behemoth. Each of the M-class systems uses Fujitsu's Olympus model Sparc64 VI chip. Fujitsu also offers entry-level rackmount machines in the Enterprise T line which run on a single, 8-core UltraSparc T1 chip.

When what is known as the "Sun/Fujitsu Alliance" was formed, it was speculated that Sparc-based computing might be on the way out, squeezed between high-end Power chips and the up-and-coming popularity of commodity x86 servers. Sun itself has come to support x86-based architectures as more than just a hedge, carrying that platform forward to its latest Solaris 10 release. After several public and painful rounds of layoffs and streamlining, however, Sun appears to have strengthened its position as a long-term player.

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