Oracle Expands and Optimizes Sun Blade Systems for Cloud and Highly-Virtualized Environments

Oracle has expanded its Sun Blade systems portfolio with new SPARC and x86 blade products and supporting integrated solutions. With this announcement, Oracle is targeting the enterprise, or private, cloud market and also highly virtualized data centers, says Dimitrios Dovas, director, product management for x86 servers, blades and networking, Oracle.

The expanded portfolio adds the SPARC T3-1B blade server and a dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module to existing blades, storage and networking modules, as well as an Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration and Oracle's optimized solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite.

The Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration provides a documented best practice guide that speeds VM deployment time for customers implementing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds or any highly virtualized software infrastructure. Providing what Dovas describes as "some really disruptive efficiencies to the data center." According to Dovas, more than an improvement,
this new solution "changes the rules of the game" in terms of how to deploy cloud infrastructure in the most efficient way, he adds.

"The proof point we have that shows how far we have engineered this solution to achieve these efficiencies is that we can be deploy in a couple of hours full applications while the competition needs several days. We are talking about up to 98% improvements on deploying an infrastructure-as-a-service tailored to the customer needs," Dovas said.

In addition, Oracle's optimized solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite demonstrates the advantages of mixed processor architecture support with Oracle's Sun Blade 6000 modular system, and enables customers to consolidate applications for easier deployment, better flexibility and lower operating costs. By upgrading to the new Sun Blade X6275 M2 blade, this solution demonstrates up to 25% faster response times and 20% greater throughput in half the footprint of previously published tests.

"Oracle applications run best on Oracle hardware," Dovas says, noting that these solutions are possible because of the "unique capabilities" provided by the new products, such as the Sun Blade X6275 M2. "This is what we call an ultra-dense blade that targets highly virtualized environments and we see that being deployed on cloud implementations." With this blade, Oracle has taken practically two blades and managed to engineer them in a single blade form factor to achieve maximum efficiency out of virtualization, he explains. The second product, the SPARC T3-1B blade server, "is based on the latest T3 SPARC technology and delivers tremendous bandwidth, again targeting application environments."

In total, says Dovas, the key message is that there are two very innovative products, that are unique in the market and deliver important capabilities, and there are two solutions that customers can use as blueprints to achieve "disruptive levels of efficiencies in their data centers."

For more information about the SPARC T3-1B blade server, go here.

For more information about Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module, go here.