Oracle announces new SPARC servers

Oracle announces new SPARC servers

Technology vendor expects new microprocessor to help its servers to stand out in the marketplace

Oracle has unveiled a range of new SPARC servers based on the SPARC T5 microprocessor, which the company calls the world’s fastest chip.

Oracle optimised solutions director, Marshall Choy, said this is a complete refresh of the midrange and high-end SPARC server lines.

“This is coming off of the momentum we built about 15 months ago when we announced SPARC T4 servers, which was a refresh of our entry level system,” he said.

Oracle is heavily promoting the performance of the server line’s microprocessor, and not storage or any other hardware, a move that Choy said is intentional, as the new SPARC T5 servers already setting several benchmark records.

Choy admits that this development has been brewing at Oracle for numerous years, explaining “planning these things out is a multi-year process.”

“This has been in the works for several years now, due to the development phase,” he said.

The major shift that has made all this possible is the “leaps and bounds” in performance that have taken place, as well cost per performance.

“We’ve had successful beta tests with customers and we were ready to ship, so there was no need to wait longer,” Choy said.

When it comes to the key opportunities for resellers, the T5 and M5 product lines, which are mid and high range products respectively, are expected to compete well against other platforms.

Choy said Oracle is now providing platforms with a “significant performance” boost over the competition, as well generational performance improvement over the previous product range.

“There is also good price performance, with no less than a five time price performance advantage over IBM’s systems,” he said.

If resellers are specialised for the T4 servers, they are expected to leverage their skills and experiences for the T5 servers.

“We feel there is a significant competitive advantage, as well as revenue generating opportunity for our resellers,” Choy said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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