New 4- and 8-Socket Servers: Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8

Oracle Unveils Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8

Engineered for Oracle Software and Enterprise Applications


The Most Flexible Servers Incorporating the Fastest Intel Xeon® E7 v2 Processors

White paper: Sun Server X4-8 System Architecture

With its new Sun Server X4-4 and Sun Server X4-8, Oracle unveils the latest in its line of workload-specific enterprise-class servers. Co-engineered with Oracle software, these servers provide the best Oracle software on Oracle hardware performance. They are also the first systems in the industry to include elastic computing, which maximizes performance by tuning the server to take on differing profiles in real time to adapt to varying demands.

The Sun Server X4-4 is designed specifically for server consolidation and business intelligence and analytics. The Sun Server X4-8 is the best x86 platform for scale- up applications, Oracle Database In-Memory, and any enterprise workload with extreme I/O bandwidth, memory footprint, and compute requirements.

Improved Oracle Database Performance with Sun Server X4-8

The Sun Server X4-8 supports up to 6.4 TB of PCIe flash memory to significantly accelerate Oracle Database performance through caching. And it can realize even faster throughput with the new Oracle Database In-Memory option. Virtually every existing application that operates on top of Oracle database can run dramatically faster by enabling this option.

Improved Virtualization and Business Intelligence with Sun Server X4-4

Whitepaper: Sun Server X4-4 System Architecture

With the explosion of connected personal and industrial devices from smart phones to aircraft jet engines, the amount of data flowing into a data center is growing at exponential rates. The need for businesses to be able to extract information from the immense of data in real time is critical to the success of any enterprise. Real time analytics of data requires a large pool of memory to be coupled with vast amounts of I/O bandwidth and fast processing. The Sun Server X4-4 combines all of these capabilities in a compact system ideally suited for performing business analytics.

The Sun Server X4-4 system is the best virtualization server for consolidating virtual machines (VMs) executing enterprise applications and databases. With up to 3 TB of memory per server, Sun Server X4-4 provides an average of over 50 GB of memory per core. This allows both small and large VMs to be consolidated into fewer servers, thereby reducing system management complexity.

Elastic Computing Offers Unmatched Flexibility

Partnering with Intel, Oracle is the first x86 vendor to deliver a new elastic computing capability that allows users to change a system’s compute profile in real time. Typically, customers must decide upfront which processor characteristics match the needs of their target workloads (core count, frequency, cache size). The selected system is then locked into supporting that workload. Seeking more flexibility for customers, Oracle x86 hardware engineers, Oracle Solaris engineers, Oracle Linux engineers, and Intel development engineers worked together to find a better approach The result is two new Oracle systems using a new Intel processor, the Intel Xeon E7-8895 v2, which allows users to dynamically, and without reboot, modify the core count and frequency of their system to match current workload needs.

For a use case example, consider a stock brokerage firm whose compute needs are quick, short transactions during the day and large, batch oriented accounting updates at night. In the past, two systems with differing system characteristics might have been necessary. Now with Oracle, a single system can accomplish both.

The direct result is fewer and more flexible systems, and there are other benefits as well: simplified system specification and purchasing, and improved system utilization.

Optimizes Valuable Data Center Space

Because of system density in both models, the Sun Server X4-4 and the Sun Server X4-8 provide extreme compute efficiency with minimal flooring needs. In fact, the Sun Server X4-8, with its 5U configuration, offers over a 60% rack-level space advantage over the competition, and the Sun Server X4-4’s 3U configuration provides a 40% rack-level space advantage.

High Reliability, Enterprise-Class Performance

Oracle’s Sun x86 servers are key building blocks for Oracle Engineered Systems, including industry-leading systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic.

Sun x86 servers, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM are engineered, tested, deployed and supported together, resulting in unparalleled reliability, availability, and serviceability. Sun x86 systems provide customers with an optimized hardware and software stack that comes complete with choice of OS, virtualization software, and cloud management tools—all at no extra charge.

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