Sun & Fujitsu Boost Performance of Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000

Sun and Fujitsu today announced an enhanced SPARC Enterprise M3000 server with the new 2.75GHz SPARC64 VII processor.  Using the faster processor boosts performance of the single-socket server and delivers enterprise performance and mission-critical reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) at an entry-level price.  It’s an ideal platform to handle database, BIDW, ERP and CRM applications.

Highlights of the SPARC Enterprise M3000 server include:

\* Faster performance at the same price point
  • Delivers up to 23 percent better performance than previous generation
\* Consolidates and Lower IT costs
  • Consolidates multiple entry-level servers into a compact 2U chassis
  • Improves the ratio of energy consumption to application throughput by up to 13 percent (compared to previous generation), helping customers further reduce their environmental footprint

The SPARC Enterprise M3000 entry-level server is part of Fujitsu and Sun’s comprehensive line of servers that includes the SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 servers.
Comments:

"Entry level price" would have been something like $900 USD, topping off with maxed out config at about $3,800 USD.

"Entry level price" is not $14,795 USD, just because the system has a very fast SPARC64 VII processor from Fujitsu, and uname(1) returns "sparc" as the platform.

Modern intel and AMD processors are just as fast, and yet they do not cost as much.

RAS no longer justifies paying premium prices, and neither to "server grade components" because it is cheaper to treat the whole computer as a FRU, and pay another $2,200 USD (on the average), than to pay for hardware support and RAS features.

As long as the Sun pricing committee REFUSES to sufficiently lower these prices, I'd like to kindly ask You to defer from using terms like "entry level price", because it is both insulting and makes Your customers, who would like to buy this "entry level hardware", but can't afford it, very angry.

In other words, this pricing alienates customers and potential customers from your company, and hurts your company's efforts, image, and profitability.

Posted by UX-admin on January 12, 2010 at 03:56 AM PST #

Although I often think UX-admin is far too strong with his/her words, in this case I think he definitely has a point. Was very keen to see the release of the T3120 last year (which didn't happen) - I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would dearly love to get their hands on a \*new\* entry-level CMT (for example) box to familiarise with LDOMs etc - but at current prices it just isn't realistic.

BTW, the M3000 \*is\* an awfully sexy box, it has to be said ;)

Posted by Dave on January 12, 2010 at 07:21 AM PST #

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Posted by dizi izle on January 22, 2010 at 06:45 PM PST #

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