Sun and Fujitsu have come out with a new line of enterprise servers using the new quad-core SPARC64 VII devices said to improve virtualization and HPC performance some 80 percent compared to existing technology.
The M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 units also draw nearly half the power per core than the previous SPARC64 VI-powered servers and are the only SMP (single symmetric multi-processor) systems that can scale from 16 to 256 cores.
And because they share the same binary coding, these are the only devices that allow you to mix and match the SPARC64 VI and VII processors within a single domain. You can steadily ramp up your processing capabilities to suit business needs without taking the servers offline or implementing significant hardware changes. The VII processor provides many of the RAS functions found on the VI, including hardware instruction retry, dynamic degradation and parity-protected processor registers.
The SPARC64 VII processors will also be available for upgrading existing SPARC Enterprise servers.