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Oracle Unveils SPARC Servers which it claims as World’s Fastest Microprocessor

By Shankar M News | Databases & DBA Mar 30, 2013
New SPARC Servers Redefine the Economics of Enterprise Computing: Deliver Extreme Performance and Value for Database and Enterprise Applications, Trump the Competition on Multiple Business-Critical Workloads
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Oracle today announced a complete refresh of their midrange and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris.
Oracle’s new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, the world’s fastest microprocessor.
Businesses today need the computing power to exploit Big Data to maximum advantage, to use analytics to discover growth and opportunities, and turn social streams into market intelligence. Traditional systems simply don’t have the horsepower to handle those demanding tasks.
Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records(1) and are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale, delivering the best value for database and enterprise applications.
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 is the fastest single server for Oracle Database(2).
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 is also the fastest single server for Oracle Middleware with a 12x cost performance advantage over the IBM Power 780(3).
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server has a 2.5x price performance advantage over the IBM P780 3-node cluster, when including hardware and software costs(4).
Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server has a 7x price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database on a server-to-server basis(5).

New Servers Build on SPARC T4 Momentum and Expand Oracle’s SPARC Family

Oracle’s SPARC T5 and M5 servers join its entry-level SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle’s new SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.
Oracle’s SPARC M5-32 high end server delivers a 2.5x cost advantage over a comparable IBM system(6) with massive I/O and memory capacity for large, complex workloads and application consolidation.
The new SPARC M5-32 server is up to 10x faster than previous generations and offers superior hardware domaining and RAS capabilities.
The new servers expand Oracle’s SPARC portfolio and enable near linear scalability from 1 to 32 sockets, with one common core, one operating system, and one common set of systems management and virtualization tools, making them ideal platforms for building clouds. The servers also easily address multiple application requirements and quickly meet demanding service level agreements.
The new SPARC servers and Oracle Solaris deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS), with the Oracle Solaris Guarantee Program for binary and source compatibility to ensure the highest levels of enterprise application availability and backwards compatibility to run a broad range of new and existing enterprise applications.
Additionally, Oracle’s new SPARC T5 and M5-32 servers include zero-overhead virtualization via Oracle VM Server for SPARC and unified systems management via Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at virtually no extra cost with Oracle Premier Support services. Now all SPARC servers have the same virtualization capabilities, greatly simplifying resource management across both SPARC T5 and SPARC M5-32 servers.
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