CoolThreads Servers Deliver Major Energy and Cost Savings

Last week, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 (and T5220) was awarded the SearchDataCenter Product of the Year award. SearchDataCenter talked up the eco-efficiency of the system, and the performance per watt it delivers. More on all that here

But that's not all just a lot of talk -- let's look at the dollars and cents.

 

 

 

Check out how the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server compares to a 2-socket x86     
server. You're reading it right, the T5120 is roughly half the cost to power and cool
(annually) and comes out 20% cheaper overall. The details are here.

 

 

 

 

 

And, the Sun SPARC Enterprise T1000 is no slouch either. It comes out at nearly 1/3 the cost of a comparable 1U x86 server and is nearly 1/3 less to power and cool (annually). The savings are even greater -- $700-$1000 per server -- if you're a PG&E customer and can take advantage of their rebate program. Details here.

 

Get your hands on either systems through Sun's Try and Buy program. Sign up for a risk-free, 60-day trial of these systems then buy at 25-45% off.

Comments:

But if I use a sun x4200 (or similar), I get the 4Gig-E and iLOM. I ca then use the sun Dual 10G card ($2k vs $6,740) to save even more....

Swap ESX for something that is about as reliable as LDOM's like Xen ($0) (I tried it on my T2k and it quickly got removed due to all of the limiations)

Ok, so with a few small adjustments, that x86 box is now _cheaper_ than the sun box. Of course, if you need SPARC compatability (\*cough\* oracle 9 \*cough\*), then the T-series works like a charm.

I'm looking at using one of the T5220's to replace our v490's in a year or so. The power suckage of the 490's is amazing.

Posted by John on January 22, 2008 at 04:55 AM PST #

It's dangerous to post these kinds of comparisons that don't reflect the experience of the reader at all.

You don't pay those kinds of prices, unless you absolutely must, for political reasons.

Unless, of course, the entire point of the exercise was to highlight the price of the T1000.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on January 22, 2008 at 05:03 AM PST #

John,
Sun's 2x 10gigE card is not really a seperate card it relies on hardware pressent in the ultraT2 not just the card so your logic doesn't work.

The 10gigE card is just an electrical interface to the 10gigE networking chipset that is part of the UltraT2 cpu

James Dickens
uadmin.blogspot.com

Posted by James Dickens on January 22, 2008 at 06:41 AM PST #

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