Positive comprehensive review of Sun 5×20 servers from “Sparks and White Noise”

Octave Orgeron, Sparks and White Noise blogger and contributor to various USENIX publications, today published his full review of the T5120 and T5520 servers.

Titled “The SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220,” Octave opens the review by explaining that these products represent a huge advancement in server technology for SPARC customers and calls the servers “amazing.”

Octave explains that the UltraSPARC T2 processor is the second generation of the CMT processor design from Sun and notes that the processor is really a “system on a chip.” Its built-in components, explains Octave, allow for higher throughput and reduced I/O overhead that would normally require external ASICs or option cards.

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 Server

Octave covers virtualization as well and notes that one of the unique features of the UltraSPARC T1 and T2 servers is the ability to virtualize the server intro discreet virtual machines called logical domains through an integrated hypervisor, which provides additional layers or privileged access. He explains that this type of virtualization can increase the utilization of a single server in ways that previously were not even possible. It opens the door to consolidating development environments, infrastructure services, QA environment testing and production applications.

Octave summarizes the review by explaining that the Niagara servers offer many unique and exciting features that set it apart from the competition. He believes that the UltraSPARC T2 processor with 8 cores, 64 threats, 10Gb Ethernet, PCI-E, and cryptographic features are revolutionary in the computing industry, and ends by saying that it’s amazing to think that not long ago, it would have taken a much larger and more expensive solution to equal the features and benefits of these servers.

A very nice comprehensive review!

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