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Issue Date: June 2007

Sun introduces new enterprise blade platform

30 June 2007

Sun Microsystems has introduced the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System, which redefines the data centre lifecycle with up to double the memory and double the I/O capacity of competing blades and rackmount servers. The Sun Blade 6000 Modular System offers a choice of blades powered by the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology, Intel, Xeon processors or AMD Opteron processors, allowing customers to deploy the industry's broadest range of applications ranging from database, web tier and high performance computing (HPC) on a single common modular design.
The Sun Blade 6000 Modular System provides customers the most flexibility of any blade platform. In addition to using the industry's highest performing microprocessors from Sun, Intel and AMD, it provides support for Solaris, Windows and Linux operating systems as well as greater memory capacity and more I/O bandwidth. In addition, the new systems have been designed to maximise customer investment by supporting microprocessors with four and eight cores. All this enables the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System to run virtually any enterprise application.
"With the three fastest processor platforms, three operating systems, the most memory and I/O bandwidth, Sun is delivering a system that prevents customers from having to make sacrifices in order to move to a blade platform," said Royden Tustin, systems head at Sun Microsystems South Africa. "We are now offering the broadest support of volume architecture and operating systems in the industry – combined with the energy efficiency. The Sun Blade 6000 can be anyone's universal deployment platform."
As the industry's most open blade platform, the Sun Blade 6000 easily integrates into existing data centre infrastructure and management systems, without requiring proprietary I/O, proprietary management or hidden licensing costs. System features and support for the Solaris 10 OS, Windows and Linux ensure optimal performance today, while allowing customers to scale for future growth without forklift upgrades.
The Sun Blade 6000 Modular System includes the following components and features:
* Sun Blade 10 RU chassis: supports up to 10 blades per chassis, in addition to up to 320 cores, 2,5 terabytes of memory and five Tbps usable I/O throughput per rack.
* Sun Blade T6300 server module: 1-socket blade powered by an UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology.
* Sun Blade X6250 server module: 2-socket blade powered by Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor 5300 series, representing Sun's first Intel Xeon-based product since Sun and Intel announced their strategic alliance last January.
* Sun Blade X6220 server module: 2-socket blade powered by Second-Generation AMD Opteron processors.
* No-compromise power and cooling technology: delivers optimised cooling and airflow, resulting in higher systems reliability and power efficiency.
* Open Industry Standard I/O: leverages industry standard PCI-Express I/O architecture and adapters, allowing customers to install or replace an I/O module without interfering with systems operation.
* Open transparent management: supports the most standard interfaces to facilitate fast and easy integration into customers' existing blade or rackmount management infrastructure, whether those management tools are from Sun or other vendors.

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