Sun Closes Year of Innovation With Major Global Launch of New Sun Fire Servers Powered by CoolThreads Technology; Unveils Powerful 9.6 GHz, Eight Core Microprocessor Design to Leave Competitors in Dual-Core Dust; Unveils New Purchase Programs and Plans to Open Source Processor Technology to Developer Communities
For more information related to all of Sun's NC05Q4 announcements, go to Sun's online press kit at http://www.sun.com/presskits/networkcomputing05q4/ .
"Sun's innovations are once again at the forefront of driving the industry and the economic reality of building out the next generation Internet," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This is a quarter filled with global firsts -- the world's first 9.6 GHz industry-standard server, the first truly open source microprocessor, the world's first open source operating system and web services stack, and the world's most complete lineup of sustainable innovations for the growing network infrastructure market. 'The Network is the Computer' has never been more true than today and Sun has never been more competitive."
Sun's major moves across its software, hardware and services offerings are driving some of the most significant changes the industry has seen in years, forever changing the game for datacenter customers. Setting a new industry standard for performance, space and energy efficiency, powered by the breakthrough technology of the UltraSPARC T1 processor, Sun's new server line beats the competition on performance, slashing energy consumption and reducing costly datacenter space requirements. For example, Sun's new systems are more than three times faster than IBM Xeon systems at nearly half the power and cooling costs and with 4.2 times better performance per watt(1). CoolThreads servers also have nearly seven times greater performance than Dell Xeon systems(2) and have 76 percent more performance at 2.3 times lower power consumption than an IBM 4-way Power 5+ system, while costing nearly half as much(3). This new server announcement, along with previous x64 and UltraSPARC IV+ server announcements, make Sun's server line-up the most compelling offering for customers looking to turbocharge their datacenter for the next wave of the Internet.
Changing the Game -- New Products and Offerings from Sun -- NC05Q4 -- Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers -- Toppling a series of world-record benchmarks to claim its leading position for price/performance, Sun announced today the release of the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers featuring patented CoolThreads technology. A major advancement that leverages the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), the new server line is based on the recently announced, massively-threaded UltraSPARC T1 processor and offers industry leading, world record price/performance for web, database and application processing. The new system is designed to save customers millions in power, cooling and space costs. The new Sun Fire T2000 server is available immediately, and the Sun Fire T1000 can be ordered now for delivery in March 2006. Both servers include a host of new integrated offers designed to stimulate rapid adoption. -- OpenSPARC(TM) Project -- Sun announced its intent to open source its UltraSPARC processor technology and publish certain specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. -- Try It Before You Buy It -- Given the high level of interest in these new breakthrough systems, Sun is now offering the industry's largest "Try and Buy" program that enables customers and ISV partners to test out a new Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 server running the highly threaded UltraSPARC T1 processor free of charge for 90 days, with the option to purchase the system at the end. For more information, please go to: www.sun.com/emrkt/trycoolthreads. -- Space, Wattage and Performance (SWaP) Metric -- Sun is also announcing an important new metric for customers to use as they evaluate their datacenter efficiencies and systems performance. It is the big picture for datacenter managers -- it measures Space, Wattage and Performance (SWaP). The new SWaP metric is the only true measure of industry-standard server efficiency: performance / (space x power). -- Full Protection Plans -- Sun also announced two new Full Protection Plans, integrated system and services programs that offer customers low total cost of ownership, reduced budgetary risk and increased system availability. When customers choose the Sun Fire T1000 or T2000 system, they get more than just a server; they receive the world's most powerful operating system, Solaris 10, and the option to purchase a Full Protection Plan that goes far beyond basic break/fix warranty programs. Sun's Full Protection Plans are simple to purchase, include the essential, recommended services and offer transparent three-year pricing that enables customers to predict and better manage their IT budgets. -- CoolThreads Prize For Innovation -- Sun launched its CoolThreads competition to inspire new software development for its breakthrough Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 server line. In this competition, developers and ISVs have the opportunity to win $50,000 in cash by developing ground-breaking applications or improving on existing applications, within the next six months, for optimal throughput performance and scaling. For further details about the CoolThreads Developer Contest and full contest rules, please visit https://coolthreads.dev.java.net . -- Sun N1(TM) System Management software -- Sun N1 System Manager v1.2 now includes support for the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. This integrated solution allows customers to perform operating system provisioning and system management of the Sun Fire servers announced today and Sun's x64 industry-standard systems announced in September. Sun Management Console 3.6 adds support for several Solaris 10 features including Dynamic Tracing, Predictive Self-Healing and Solaris Containers. The Sun N1 Management portfolio includes Sun N1 System Manager, Sun Management Center, N1 Service Provisioning System and the Sun N1 Grid Engine. These products help enterprises lower operational costs and improve business efficiency by simplifying the management of systems and services in customers' heterogeneous datacenters.