Fujitsu M-series ServersAddressing recent speculation and concerns regarding the future of the SPARC processor and Solaris
There has been much speculation recently regarding the future of the SPARC processor and Solaris.
While Oracle has indicated the current M8 processor may be their last for the foreseeable future, development of the SPARC platform will continue through the combined efforts of Oracle and Fujitsu.
A few key points to consider:
- Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) were joint developers of the SPARC processor from its inception. At times (e.g. M3000, M4000, M5000) Sun systems used Fujitsu processors exclusively.
- Fujitsu’s latest iteration, the Fujitsu SPARC M12, is the most advanced processor in production on any platform. Each of its 6-12 cores performs at 2.5X that of its predecessor, the Fujitsu M10. Fujitsu has a well-defined public roadmap for development of the Fujitsu SPARC M12’s successor, and beyond. Additional engineering innovations in the Fujitsu SPARC M12 provide testament to Fujitsu’s commitment to the future of SPARC.**
- Oracle has publicly committed to supporting the Solaris Operating System through 2034 at a minimum, ensuring continued development of the most secure, stable, and best performing OS in the industry.
What’s the upshot? SPARC/Solaris is here to stay, and with the rise of big data, and ever-growing threats to data security and integrity, it will continue to be the platform of choice for mission critical systems and applications.
Unique innovations in the M12 server line provide testament to Fujitsu’s ongoing commitment to the SPARC platform. What makes them different?
Pay to activate as few as two cores in any Fujitsu SPARC M12, with the option to activate additional cores at any time to accommodate growth
Core License Key Mobility
Core activation keys can be transferred from one system to another at no charge to accommodate usage spikes.
Liquid Loop Cooling
Fujitsu’s Liquid Loop Cooling technology is integrated into the Fujitsu SPARC M12 system board, eliminating the hot spots common to fan cooled systems without additional external hardware, increasing system reliability, durability, and performance while minimizing space utilization.
Solaris 10 on Bare Metal
In acknowledgement to the large number of users still running Solaris 10, Fujitsu has engineered all Fujitsu SPARC M12 and Fujitsu M10 systems to run either Solaris 10 or 11 as the native operating systems. This provides the further advantage that older systems running Solaris 8 or 9 can be virtualized into a Solaris 10 zone on a new M-series sever, facilitating the upgrade of those systems onto new hardware while preserving installed legacy applications.