Sun, Fujitsu speed Sparc server

The server is 23 percent faster than its predecessor

Sun and Fujitsu upgraded their Sparc Enterprise M3000 server, equipping it with newer hardware to deliver faster performance, the companies said on Tuesday.

The single-socket server will be 23 percent faster than its predecessor, with a faster processor and updated memory modules, Sun and Fujitsu said in a joint statement. The server will be powered by a quad-core Sparc64 VII processor running at a clock speed of 2.75GHz.

The rack-mount server, which was introduced in 2008, previously ran on a Sparc64 VII processor at a clock speed of 2.52GHz, according to a data sheet on Fujitsu's Web site.

The server runs enterprise applications including database, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning software. For high uptime, the server includes reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) also found in midrange and high-end Sparc Enterprise servers, the companies said. Servers offered by the companies also include Sparc Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 servers.

The server will also enable consolidation of multiple servers into a compact 2U chassis, the companies said. That will help companies save space and realize significant savings. The server runs the Solaris 10 OS, and Oracle's database software has been tested to work on the system.

"We performed extensive testing of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on Enterprise M3000 servers running Solaris 10," said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies at Oracle, in the statement.

Oracle is in the process of acquiring Sun, but the deal is being investigated by European regulators. Oracle in April announced it would acquire Sun for US$7.4 billion, and has since said it would like to integrate its database software into Sun hardware.

The server comes at an "entry-level price," according to the companies. It will be available directly from the companies and resellers under the Fujitsu and Sun brands. Features in servers under both brands will be identical, the companies said.

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