Feeds

Sun gives servers an Opteron quad job

Three new boxes and a five-pack refresh

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Sun has been sluggish to release servers based on AMD's four-core Opteron processors, but today it got around to the quad job.

The vendor is releasing three new servers with the latest Opterons, and also fitting the chips into five systems previously announced.

Sun trails a gaggle of major server vendors like Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and IBM that have already announced support for the processors, as well as smaller firms like Rackable, Supermicro and Appro.

To be perfectly fair though, Sun has made it fairly obvious where the new Opterons will go by putting new servers on its site as early as last month. It just never made the effort of saying they would be receiving the four-core parts.

So here we go: "officially" unveiled in Sun's x86-64-bit server line are the Sun Fire X4140, the X4240, and the X4440.

Sun Fire X4440

The 1U Sun Fire X4140 is equipped with eight disk drives, and the 2U Sun Fire X4240 has 16 drives. Both support a maximum of 64GB memory and are suited to function as mini-storage systems for database, HPC and warehousing applications, according to Sun.

Sun claims its new X4440 server offers the highest memory capacity for a 2U, 4-socket server. The box has 32 DDR2 DIMM slots (eight per CPU socket) for a maximum 128GB of memory. Sun cheers that all that available memory makes the box just terrific for virtualization. The server has eight disk drives available.

Additional systems available now with quad-core Opteron chips are the Sun Fire X2200 M2, the X4100 M2, and the X4200 M2 servers. The Sun Fire X4600 M2 and the Sun Blade X8440 with quad-core Opterons are expected to be available by the end of the quarter. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations
Fix coming for bug that makes Kerberos croak when you run two domain controllers
Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere
Another sign of strain in the Borg/VMware relationship?
VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?
It's not yet been released but everyone thinks it's the dog's danglies
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.