Sun Fire X4150 Wins InfoWorld's 2009 Technology of the Year Award!
By Candice on Jan 16, 2009
Sun Fire X4150 won Best 1U Server in InfoWorld's 2009 Technology of the Year awards announced this week. Doug Dineley, executive editor at Infoworld's Test Center, summed up the selection of the Sun Fire X4150 saying, "The Sun Fire X4150 is a '2U' workhorse squeezed into a 1U chassis. Sporting two quad-core Intel Xeon CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, and eight internal 2.5-inch 10K SAS drives, it's a monster of a system, blazing through database and Web-serving benchmarks in the lab. Even the little details are there, such as internal USB 2.0 ports (in addition to two in the front and two in the rear), redundant power supplies, four built-in gigabit Ethernet ports, and more. Thin is definitely in with the X4150."
In InfoWorld's Lab test results, Paul Venezia ran an array of real-world benchmark tests including bzip2 compression, md5sum, MySQL, and LAME MP3 encoding tests. He says "...The X4150 is priced similarly to other servers of comparable spec, yet offers storage and I/O capabilities generally found in 2U and larger systems – this not only saves on rack space, but given the relatively low power consumption of the X4150, it can save on power as well... In fact, the fit and finish of the X4150 are generally better than the rest of the field's and far ahead in local storage..." Paul further goes onto say that the Sun Fire X4150 "provides significant bang for the buck" in database, Web serving and virtualization tasks. "..All in all, it's a very real competitor to HP's ProLiant DL360 G5, IBM's x3550, and Dell's PowerEdge 1950 III."
The Sun Fire X4150 was recently paired with Sun's new virtualization solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). The Sun Fire X4150 plus VMWare ESX offers maximum server utilization through 16 dual in-line memory modules (DIMMS) allowing for optimal performance of virtual machines.
For more info on the Sun Fire X4150 and how it can help increase your business performance check out http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4150/.