What's New: April 18, 2007

What's New: April 18, 2007

Sun Microsystems Sun Fire T2000

In direct competition to the Itanium-based servers on the market, Sun's T2000 server runs on an eight core, 32-thread processor that seeks to pack the performance of a whole rack of servers into a single chip. The T2000 is a 2U, 24.3-inch deep server with extensive internal redundancy capabilities to offer maximum uptime for application services and Web-tier consolidation projects. It ships in four, six or eight processor cores. The system is also the first designed from the ground up for Internet workloads and running current and next-generation Web, applications and distributed database systems. Sun guarantees binary compatibility for the Solaris operating system on T2000 servers, ensuring software written for Solaris 10 OS will run unmodified on the system. Sun is now offering a Try and Buy program that enables customers and ISVs to test a T2000 server running the highly threaded UltraSparc T1 processor for 60 days free of charge.

Distributed by itX.
RRP:from $11,610 (ex GST)

Fujitsu Primequest 520

This new Primequest server line deploys up to eight dual-core Intel Itanium 2 Processors in a rack-mount chassis. Hosting up to four partitions running Red Hat, Novell Suse Linux or Microsoft Windows Server Enterprise Edition/Datacentre Edition, 520 hardware provides a flexible platform that can accommodate the most demanding application requirements. Using System Mirror Mode operations, memory and crossbar resources can be mirrored on a partition-by-partition basis, providing fault immunity to the hosted operating system and application. The Flexible I/O subsystem can be configured separately from CPUs and memory, insuring balanced systems which support a variety of application needs. The Primequest server family supports up to 32 Itanium 2 processors, each running at a clock speed of 1.6GHz with 24MB of level three cache. Primequest servers support up to 128 PCI-X slots, in both 133MHz and 100MHz variations. The Flexible I/O subsystem can be configured separately from CPUs and memory.
Distributed by Fujitsu.
RRP: Price on application

HP Integrity BL860c

HP's new two socket, full-height blade server features three models of the latest Intel Itanium 2 Montecito dualcore processors supported by up to 48GB memory (via 12 DIMM slots). The BL860c features four Gigabit Ethernet ports standard, support for three standard c-Class I/O mezzanine cards, and up to two internal SFF, SAS hot plug disk drives. It can coexist with ProLiant server blades and StorageWorks storage blades within c-Class enclosures. HP offers the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating environments to customers in addition to Integrity Linux and Integrity Windows. The vendor claims the BL860c is ideal for large enterprise data centres where it offers extensive high-availability features to safeguard data integrity, improve application availability, and reduce planned maintenance time. It can also be deployed in mid-sized data centres, departments or branch offices as a platform for replicated and distributed computing applications for industries such as retail, distribution, communications and financial services.
Distributed by Avnet and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $11,310

SGI Altix 4700

This platform is comprised of modular blades for what the vendor calls 'plug and solve' configuration flexibility. Its blade-to-NUMAlink architecture enables users to mix-and-match eight standardised blade choices for system right-sizing. The compact blade packaging also provides good performance density. Designed for future upgrades, expansion and integration of next generation HPC technologies, the server is socket compatible with upcoming single and dual-core Intel Itanium 2 processors and offers easy upgrade and expansion of CPU, memory, I/O and visualisation capabilities. Like its predecessors, the SGI Altix 4700 platform has been designed specifically for technical users based on industry standard CPUs, memory and I/O. The infrastructure is supported by a complete HPC solution stack running on industry standard Linux operating systems from Novell and Red Hat. SGI ProPack software provides the tools and enabling applications to optimise its performance.
Distributed by SGI.
RRP: from $149,000 (ex GST)

Unisys ES7000/one

Unisys claims its ES7000/one server was created by mainframe engineers and inspired by its legacy mainframe designs. Based on a 19-inch rack-mount cell design, the ES7000/one server supports both Xeon MP and Itanium 2 processors, making it ideal for standardising the data centre on Windows and Linux-based systems for mission-critical applications and databases. It also takes advantage of Unisys Cellular MultiProcessing (CMP) - a computing architecture that expands on Symmetric MultiProcessing to describe how the various components of an ES7000 system work together to deliver scalable, highly available, enterprise-class servers using commodity technologies and components. CMP adds value to common system architectures by providing the ability to divide the whole server into physical units. These units are then flexibly combined into partitions, which are basically smaller systems that co-exist inside one operating environment.
Distributed by Unisys.
RRP: from $US36,000

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced

Red Hat's Enterprise Linux is available in two variants for servers: the base Enterprise Linux server is designed for small deployments; while Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform is designed for larger mainstream customers, providing a cost-effective, flexible, and scalable environment. Both versions are based on common core technology and include a comprehensive suite of open source server applications and virtualisation functionality. These provide dramatic capabilities that extend the software beyond the basic Enterprise Linux 5. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform provides a complete, integrated virtualisation solution with Red Hat clustering support. This includes failover at either the application or virtual machine level (provided by Cluster Suite), as well as the complementary Global File System and Cluster Logical Volume Manager technology which allows application data to be securely accessed and shared by any guest from any system. Existing users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS are automatically entitled to receive Advanced Platform. Early renewals are available through Red Hat sales from May.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and itX.
RRP: from $1949

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