eWEEK: X4170 is a "compelling offering for data center IT managers"
By chhandomay on Sep 01, 2009
Cameron Sturdevant recently reviewed the Sun Fire X4170 server, which he
described as "a compelling
offering for data center IT
managers." Cameron noted that the X4170 packs “copious
amounts of computer power, local storage, network bandwidth, and PCIe
expansion capability into a neatly engineered, 1U footprint.”
Using eWEEK Labs' VMware vSphere 4 as a test environment, Cameron reported “the X4170 ably functioned as a virtualization host.” He highlighted X4170's carefully crafted compartmentalization and fan architecture that expels air through the top rear of the unit, thereby saving space for connectors and expansion cards on the back side.
also pointed to the flexibility offered through the X4170's smart
configuration, including the three PCIe 2.0 slots and dual
hot-swappable power supplies, while noting that the top lid is
articulated to enable access to the fan trays without exposing the
processors and memory. He also highlighted the ILOM 3.0, which he
noted can be configured to be accessed via the standard network
Cameron noted that the X4170 is a part of a family of performance- and capacity-oriented servers, and recommended it to organizations already invested in the Sun platform that need “a reliable, easy-to-service rack-mount production server for virtualization or for applications such as e-mail and file/print."