Sun unveils ‘world's first no-compromise’ blade server

Sun Microsystems has unveiled the Sun Blade 8000 modular system.

Sun Microsystems has unveiled the Sun Blade 8000 modular system.

The company believes it is the only modular system designed specifically for high-end x86 computing that delivers the performance, price and flexibility of top-of-the-line rack mount servers together with the serviceability and efficiency of blade servers.

Sun claims that its Blade 8000 modular system provides up to twice the system longevity and I/O throughput but uses 25% less space and 40% less power than comparable blade servers when compared with leading rack mount servers.

Furthermore, the company claims that the Blade 8000 system's focus on high-end x86 computing makes it an ideal datacentre compute engine for server consolidation and virtualisation, business applications, large-scale HPC deployments and high-requirement databases running on its Solaris 10 operating system.

In addition, the Sun Blade 8000 modular system supports industry-standard, hot-pluggable blade I/O adapters based on the PCI SIG ExpressModule standard. Suppliers such as Emulex, LSI Logic, Mellanox and QLogic have released or are committed to releasing industry-standard PCI Express ExpressModule adapters.

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