Oracle Refreshes Sparc Servers

Dan Berthiaume

Oracle introduced two additions to its SPARC server platform at its Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco: the VM Server for SPARC 2.0 server virtualization solution, and the SPARC T3 16-core server processor and systems.

Pre-installed on Oracle's SPARC T-Series servers, Oracle VM Server for SPARC allows up to 128 virtual servers on one system by taking advantage of the thread scale offered by SPARC T-Series servers.

Upgrades to version 2.0 include the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) direct I/O that assigns individual PCI cards to guest domains, removing the restrictions to only assign an entire PCI bus, while also providing native I/O throughput. In addition, dynamic memory reconfiguration allows memory to be added or removed on an active domain, virtual disk multipathing is enhanced, and integrated on-chip cryptographic accelerators deliver wire speed encryption capabilities.

Meanwhile, the SPARC T3 systems range from a single socket 16-core blade to a 4-socket, 64-core server with 512 threads. The systems run Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM for SPARC, and are tightly integrated with Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications.

The SPARC T3 systems feature integrated on-chip cryptographic accelerators that deliver wire speed encryption capabilities. In addition, using VM Server for SPARC 2.0, the SPARC T3 systems offer advanced virtualization and have multiple virtual machines ranging from one per core to 128 virtual machines on a single server.

Other benefits Oracle is touting for SPARC T3 include application-to-disk integration, which provides systems management capabilities it says can improve efficiency and lower costs, as well as an integrated service processor with power management and power capping capabilities.

Many SPARC T3 server models are expected to begin shipping in the next 30 days.

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