Wednesday, April 4, 2007; 05:50 AM
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the availability of faster 1.95GHz
and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC(R) IV+ processors for its popular Sun Fire
servers. New Sun Fire servers with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz
processors offer world record performance, easy application portability
and industry leading investment protection. The new servers are powered
by the Solaris Operating System (OS), which delivers customers unbroken
binary compatibility, thus ensuring that existing applications will run
on the new UltraSPARC IV+ processors without the need to re-code or
According to industry analyst reports, Sun has gained market share for
four consecutive quarters. SPARC-based systems represent a significant
portion of that growth and the new 1.95GHz and 2.1 GHz UltraSPARC IV+
processors demonstrate Sun's ongoing commitment to improving the
performance of the SPARC architecture and the protection of customer
"SPARC, with Solaris, is the engine that drives our server business,
and we're committed to continual improvements on our SPARC-based
products," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group,
Sun Microsystems. "The growing demand for UltraSPARC IV+ servers has
helped Sun build tremendous market momentum in our systems line-up, and
steal significant market share at the expense of our competitors."
Sun Sets New World Records
The Sun Fire E2900 with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95 GHz (US-IV+1.95GHz) set a
new world-record for a single application server, with a Sun Fire T2000
as the database server, on SPECjAppServer2004 achieving >1781 JOPS -
the highest 2-node result performance record to date. The Sun Fire
(US-IV+1.95GHz) uses six Solaris containers which - through
consolidation - improves datacenter efficiency and promotes higher
levels of system utilization.
The Sun Fire E6900 (24 processors, 48 cores, 48 threads) with
UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz set a new world-record for the SAP-SD 2-Tier
Standard Application benchmark for systems with 24 or fewer processors
as of 04/02/07, achieving 6160 users.
Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ servers now own over 75 world-record benchmarks.
The Sun Fire V490, V890, E2900, E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers,
powered by new 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors have up to
2x the life of comparable IBM servers and up to 1/3 better TCO.
When compared to previous generations, the new UltraSPARC IV+ processor
has shown 2X performance over the UltraSPARC IV and 5X performance over
the UltraSPARC III.
Sun Fire UltraSPARC platforms are designed to help customers with CRM,
business intelligence/data warehousing, and enterprise applications
using large databases. The systems are ideal for virtualization
environments using a combination of fault isolated hard partitions and
flexible Solaris Containers. Solaris 10 Containers can consolidate and
virtualize hundreds of applications on a single system so customers
save in energy, space and complexity. Solaris Container management is
superior to HP and IBM partitioning strategies as it requires less
overhead, while providing resource flexibility down to a single