InfoWorld's positive review of the Sun SPARC T5120 server
By chhandomay on Mar 31, 2008
InfoWorld posted a very positive review
of the Sun SPARC Enterprise
featuring the UltraSPARC T2 processor.
The server scored 8.3 out
of 10, a rating of "very good."
The in-depth review discusses the new features that differentiate the T5120 from previous SPARC servers. The reviewer, Paul Venezia, discusses why the T2 processor is significant, stating, "this architecture is a significant departure from the rest of the industry, and positions these servers to fill specific, highly transactional roles, foregoing the rest. In that capacity, they do quite well."
Paul also highlights the (local) storage benefits of the T5120, which he cites as unusual -- given that the T5120 is built for computing not storage -- but that it is not unwelcome. He discusses running the T5120 with Solaris ZFS as it provides more storage options. He says, "it's easy to see the T5120 supplanting many physical SPARC-based servers by collapsing their workloads into Solaris Containers that feed from the T5120's 64-thread trough."
Finally, Paul provided a quick comparison of the T5120 running both Solaris and Ubuntu 7.10. For everyday tasks, he found the performance on both to be very similar, but stated that running Solaris resulted in better FPU and crypto performance.
Overall, this is a positive review for Sun that demonstrates the strength of our server products.