ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle has announced a series of Sparc servers, including two models that the company claims will be the most powerful on the market.
The new line of Sparc systems will sport Oracle's T5 processor, offering double the cores and threading capability of previous models. Other upgrades will include doubling the memory capacity of previous models and increasing I/O capability four-fold.
Headlining the T5 update will be the flagship T5 8 unit. The server, the most powerful in Oracle's rackmount line of Sparc systems, is said by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to have set a number of benchmarking records and fares better than comparable systems by IBM which can cost up to 10 times as much.
Ellison said that in addition to the new processors, Oracle will be designing its server systems from the ground up to be optimised for its software and middleware. As such, the company believes that its new generation of servers can dramatically outperform those of rival vendors.
"There are a lot of people who believed we would never catch up," Ellison said. "We have done better, we have caught up and we passed the competition."
The company also unveiled new additions to its mainframe servers.
Designed to operate as a stand-alone system inside its own enclosure, the M5 16 and 32 models are designed for large-scale virtualisation and other highly demanding tasks. The massive systems replace Sun servers that last saw an update with the M9000 series.
The Sparc T5 release will show whether Oracle can turn around its Sun hardware unit, which had disappointing results in the firm's most recent financials.
Wrestling market share away from IBM will be no easy task, particularly in mission-critical markets where customers are often reluctant to give up what they already know works reliably. µ
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