Santa Clara , California – (The Hosting News) – August 22, 2008 – Technology firm and web hosting provider, Sun Microsystems, Inc., has released a new extended line of Intel Xeon-based Sun Fire servers, with two new offerings for High Performance Computing (HPC), Web 2.0 and back office computing workloads.
The new solutions include the fastest 1U server for HPC workloads and the most expandable 2U enterprise-class system based on Intel Xeon processors. The Sun Fire X2250 and Sun Fire X4250 servers, powered by one or two dual- or quad-core Intel Xeon processors 5200 or 5400 series, run a variety of operating systems, including the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), Linux and Windows.
Bob McGaughey, VP of product management for the Systems Group, Sun Microsystems noted, ”Sun’s Intel Xeon-based product line has proven to be wildly popular with customers. To keep up with demand, we are already announcing the seventh and eighth Xeon-based systems since our strategic alliance with Intel in 2007. Today we’re extending the value of the line by introducing fast, energy-efficient systems with larger memory footprints that scale to address the needs of our HPC and Web 2.0 customers.”
The Sun Fire X2250 server is a perfect 1U server for HPC workloads such as MCAE, EDA, energy and financial services, giving customers an inexpensive compute engine for highly dense, power-sensitive environments that delivers lightning-fast performance and can easily scale for parallel processing. When used in conjunction with the freely available Lustre file system, customers running these applications can scale to tens of thousands of nodes, petabytes of data, and billions of files. Other key features include:
- Low power consumption: Featuring the low-power Intel Xeon Processor 5400 series, each processor dissipates a maximum of 50W of power, or 12.5W per core 35 percent lower than standard 80W parts found on the IBM System X3450 server.
- Lightning fast speeds: The memory subsystem and Front Side Bus (FSB) bandwidth of the Sun Fire X2250 server are up to 20 percent faster than that of the Dell PowerEdge 1950, allowing HPC users to simulate more realistic, higher-resolution crash tests. In addition, the processing speed of the Sun Fire X2250 server using the Intel Xeon Processor L5420 (2.5GHz, 50W) is 133MHz faster than the fastest 50W processor found on the HP ProLiant DL160 G5 server. This attribute lets energy-conscious datacenter managers save the maximum level of power possible, without compromising the performance their engineers need to meet project deadlines.
- Ultimate performance: The Sun Fire X2250 server achieved record-breaking integer, floating point and integer throughput scores on the industry-standard SPEC CPU2006 benchmark, which measures the performance of the processor, memory and compiler on the tested system by executing a range of tasks and capturing the time it takes to complete each of them. Sun’s server shows versatility by delivering these results under the OpenSolaris(TM) and Linux operating systems. In addition to being the industry’s first submission under the OpenSolaris OS, the Sun Fire X2250 server used Sun(TM) Studio software to deliver a world-record SPECompM2001 score for all systems running four threads(2), clearly demonstrating to start-ups and developers the value and advanced features of the community-developed open-source OS and award-winning compiler tools.
The Sun Fire X4250 server is the most expandable 2U enterprise-class system powered by Intel Xeon processors, with the highest disk count of any comparable server in the market. It is an ideal platform for customers running Web 2.0, back office and database applications who want the features of the Sun Fire X4150 server, but need more internal storage and PCI Express slots for expandability. Features include:
- Highest disk count: With 16 SAS disk drives, the Sun Fire X4250 server offers the highest disk count of any server of its kind — allowing local hosting for large database applications so most companies no longer need to purchase a separate storage unit. As a result, operational costs for space, energy and cooling are decreased while more work is performed.
- More memory: The Sun Fire X4250 server features the highest memory capacity of comparable servers, with up to 16 memory slots delivering 64 GB of fully buffered DDR2 memory.
- Better expansion possibilities: The Sun Fire X4250 server supports six PCI Express slots, compared to three or four PCI Express slots supported on competitive servers by Dell, HP and IBM.
Mentor Graphics, Oregon State University and the San Diego Supercomputer Center are among customers currently testing the Sun Fire X2250 server in an HPC environment.
Sun offers an array of services to optimize Sun Fire X2250 and Sun Fire X4250 server performance and computing workloads, including heterogeneous support, HPC services and training.
The Sun Fire X2250 and X4250 servers powered by Intel Xeon 5200 and 5400 series processors are shipping now, with entry-level pricing starting at $1,495 and $3,195, respectively.
The Sun Startup Essentials program is designed to help eligible U.S. based startup companies get to market faster while conserving cash. The program offers its members a range of discounted Sun products and services, including its award-winning Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Fire servers with CoolThreads technology, and Sun’s select StorageTek line of products, including modular disk arrays, NAS and tape storage products.
In addition to offering products and services to eligible U.S. based members, Sun also is offering free technical advice via email and access to free software such as Apache, MySQL and Perl (AMP) optimized to run on the Solaris 10 OS. Program members can also select the web hosting infrastructure from Sun partners based on Sun technologies along with services they need, in case they choose not to build and operate the infrastructure themselves. Sun develops technologies designed to power comprehensive markets, in more than 100 countries.
To learn more about the special offers and promotions for the Sun Fire X2250 and Sun Fire X4250 servers, please visit: www.sun.com/tryandbuy.
To learn more about Sun’s Startup Essentials program, visit: www.sun.com/startups.