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SPARC Celebrates 25 Years with an Aggressive Roadmap for the Future
Oracle is celebrating the 25th anniversary of innovations resulting from SPARC processors by looking to the future—the SPARC roadmap includes new SPARC T-Series and SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers that are expected to deliver significant throughput advancements over current-generation models.
In 1987, the first SPARC processor–based workstation, the Sun-4, was released. Now with a considerable track record including more than 400 record benchmarks—20 still stand—and as the world’s most-shipped UNIX servers, the future of SPARC systems remains bright. Details about the roadmap, as well as an extensive list of links to SPARC resources and a special interactive timeline, are all available at “Oracle Celebrates 25 Years of SPARC Innovation.”
Building on a record of continuous technology improvements, today’s SPARC-based enterprise servers running Oracle Solaris 11 deliver high availability and industry-leading scalability on all application tiers. This ranges from highly concurrent Web applications to complex enterprise applications and data warehouses. SPARC servers with Oracle Solaris offer tightly integrated virtualization, networking performance, and systems management at no additional cost. This gives enterprises the high-performance capabilities they need to maximize the uptime and ROI of mission-critical enterprise applications and cloud services—all at a fraction of the cost of mainframe computers.
In addition to performance and sales milestones, the SPARC platform has a history of introducing improvements in other areas important to enterprises, including data security. Today, the SPARC T4 processor includes unique integrated on-chip cryptographic support that provides wire-speed encryption capabilities for secure data center operation. Both the SPARC T4 and SPARC T5 processors (currently in test) have an encryption engine in each core that accelerates all the most common bulk encryption ciphers, such as the advanced encryption standard and the data encryption standard. (See related story “Oracle’s Rick Hetherington Offers a Deep Dive Look into SPARC T5” in this issue.)
SPARC servers are not resting on their laurels. For the months ahead, Oracle’s technology roadmap for SPARC sets objectives for significant performance improvements every two years. As a result, SPARC customers can expect 2 to 6 times faster throughput and 20 to 50 percent better single-thread performance in coming years. The roadmap also illustrates Oracle’s assurance to maintain SPARC/Oracle Solaris binary compatibility with the hundreds of thousands of deployments over more than two decades.
Get more information about SPARC’s record of innovation and learn what’s ahead.
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