Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Sun receives recognition from SearchDataCenter.com and The VAR Guy


Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server received SearchDataCenter's Bronze award for 2008 server product of the year. The article notes that the T5440 server packs enough memory and CPU power to deliver up to four times higher performance per watt at about one-fifth of competitive servers, which is part of the reason the judges gave it the Bronze award for 2008 server product of the year.

One T5440 user, a massive, European-based Web hosting company called Strato, reported, "After testing the new quad-socket Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server, we discovered that only one T5440 is sufficient to handle the whole load and can replace 10 of our existing Sun Fire T2000 servers."

In other news, The VAR Guy looked at the top open source companies disrupting and redefining the IT channel. Their "Open Source 50" list was released recently, with Sun being ranked #2 overall. We received many recognitions from The VAR Guy: Best of the Best (Sun ranked #2 of 25), Percentage of Revenue From Partners (Sun ranked #8 of 24), Company Size Based On Employees (Sun ranked #1 of 24), Partner Ecosystem (Sun noted in comments as not providing exact figures).
SearchDataCenter Award

Monday Nov 03, 2008

InformationWeek: "Sun's T5440 Server Is Built To Multitask"


Over the weekend, InformationWeek has published a very positive review of Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server. The review is also running in this week's print edition of InformationWeek.

In his evaluation, Jeff Ballard of InformationWeek stated the "T5440 server will excel anywhere throughput is more important than CPU speed -- in those areas, the T5440 is rewriting the record book. Database workloads--in particular, Oracle and SAS environments -- are well-suited to the T5440's CMT technology."

His positive review examined Sun's latest CMT offering noting the unit "runs rings around more expensive devices when performing a lot of tasks concurrently. It's ideal for databases and virtualization and excels at encrypting and decrypting data thanks to on-board security co-processors."

Jeff noted that the UltraSPARC T2 chip's performance "blurred the distinction between traditionally lower-end T series and higher-end M series devices" and that it "turns in performance above its pay grade thanks to its higher concurrency of operations."

Jeff also examined the T5440's virtualization capabilities, specifically LDoms. "We found the all-purpose "ldm" LDom-controller command easy to use, and we had our first LDom up and running within minutes. Adding and removing them also was a snap," he noted.
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server

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