February 17, 2011
This week Oracle announced what it calls its “enhanced” Sun Fire x86 clustered systems at customers in virtualized or private cloud environments.
They emphasize the scalability of these systems, noting that they reduce management complexity with “zero management blade networking, in-silicon network virtualization and standard Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager.”
The Sun Fire x86 systems are being marketed as a fully cloud-ready hardware and software bundle. Their Sun Fire x86 systems come with Oracle’s Solaris, Linux, and their Oracle VM to provide a “supported virtualized environment for Oracle software, including Oracle Database, Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications.
Oracle claims that in the last three years their virtualized x86 running Oracle Linux and VM “deliver up to 48 percent better TCO than HP with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware.
The company touts the Sun Fire x86 systems as record-setters for Java applications, noting that they have been clocked as the fastest 12-core system on the SPECjbb2005 benchmark, which simulates the design of practical server-side Java applications.
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