Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Sun Rise Over Nehalem

Nehalem River in Oregon, USA

It is with great pride and pleasure that I am introducing all these fantastic bloggers and their blogs on what has to be a momentous day for Sun. For more than 25 years Sun has solved customer problems through innovation and open systems and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future.


Today however, we take a pause and show to the world our leadership in open network systems design and innovation to maximize the economics of computing with breakthrough application performance,scale, simplicity and cost-efficiency. All this is possible only through Sun's ever pervasive mantra called Innovation - Innovations in servers, networking, storage, software, systems management and their open interactions.


My colleagues have done quite a bit of writing (apart from designing and delivering them of course !) to highlight some of these innovations. Below I introduce the bloggers and their blogs. I have organized them under relevant headings that hopefully are self-explanatory. So begin exploring !


  • Compute - new blades and servers based on the Intel Nehalem processors (Intel Xeon processor 5500 series)

  • Networking - Sun Network Express Module (NEM) Technology for Sun Blade Modular Systems and Servers - A new family of blades and server networking solutions that helps dramatically reduce cost and complexity and simplifies large scale blade server deployment into existing network fabric.

    • Sun Blade 6000 Virtual I/O Network Express Module (NEM): Providing 10GE switching solution at the 1GE price point. A high performance 10 GbE, zero management NEM that delivers unprecedented price/performance and power savings. Delivers 10:1 reduced cabling and takes complexity out of the network infrastructure by eliminating a full switching layer.

    • Sun Blade 6048 Quad Data Rate InfiniBand (IB) NEM: Industry leading solution for highly intense workloads with low latency and high throughput I/O requirements. Designed for the highly scalable Sun Blade 6048 Modular System, it can easily scale up from a single chassis to compute clusters greater than 5000 nodes.

      • Subban Raghunathan describes this in his product overview video blog.

    • Sun Quad Data Rate IB and Host Channel Adaptors (QDR HCA) extends QDR functionality to blade and rack server compute nodes to provide ultimate price/performance.

    • Want to know how the Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet scales with load. Pure See talks about network performance on the Nehalem servers

  • Solaris - Although these new offerings support all industry leading Operating System technologies including Solaris, Windows and Linux, only Solaris truly unlocks the some of the unique capabilities of Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series on these new servers. Find out how:

  • Systems Management - Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) to simplify management across server and seamless integration into 3rd party systems management software. Check them out here.

  • Intel's Nehalem - If you want to know more about the Nehalem, I am sure you can find a lot on the web. But here are some unique perspectives from Sun engineers:

    • The new memory architecture (integrated memory controller) and new memory technology (DDR3) makes for some interesting choices when it comes to the optimal memory configuration for your needs. John Nerl reveals this in his blog

  • For a side-by-side feature comparison of the new blades and servers check out my other blog

  • Chhandomay and Dimitrios have a chat about this announcement on blog talk radio.


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