New reference designs map out best practice

Sun outlined a number of products and presented new performance benchmark results at last week's conference.

Sun outlined a number of products and presented new performance benchmark results at last week's conference.

It unveiled 16 reference architectures which aim to provide users with design templates for developing enterprise architectures based on Sun hardware and software. The reference architectures include designs for high availability web services, real-time sales transaction reporting, business intelligence and enterprise resource planning.

Sun also gave details of a suite of identity management products: Sun Java System Identity Manager, Sun Java System Access Manager and Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition.

Sun said it was working on enhancements to its N1 grid product family and would be releasing a ready-to-deploy grid computing product based on its Sun Fire V20z Compute Grid rack system.

In the benchmarking test, Sun said its Sun Fire E2900 delivered a price/performance of £9.87 per user and handled the most users per processor.

Equipped with 12 dual-threaded, 1.2GHz Ultrasparc IV processors, the SunFire ran 1.87 times faster than a similarly configured Ultrasparc III because of increased scalability and power.

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