Tuesday, October 21, 2008

T6340 Blade

Sun has announced new T6340 blade. I've been playing and deploying systems with UltraSparcT2+ for several months now and I can say it's a great platform for consolidation or migration from older HW. We've migrated from older v480 and v440 to a cluster of T5220 servers utilizing branded zones (Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 zones). T6340 is basically a T5240 in a blade form. All I can say is: it just works. The performance is excellent.

What a lot of people do not realize is that one can easily consolidate several e4500s or e6500 or any other old SPARC servers on Niagara based servers. Not only the performance will be better but you will save on support and operational costs. Additionally you can use branded zones to migrate your Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 environment into a zone on Solaris 10 if you can't justify deploying your applications directly on Solaris 10. You can always create another, Solaris 10, zone later on and migrate your application between zones within the same hardware.


Lewis said...

performance is not guaranteed to "be better"

a T2000 is roughly similar to 32 Ultra 10s... that's great if your application is multi-threaded, but if not, you're going to get performance equivalent to just one Ultra 10... a big step down form a V490

performance depends on workload. customers who aren't sure if their workload is suitable should contact Sun for advice, or use one of the try and buy systems

Anonymous said...

He didn't say v490, he said v480, which are much better than an Ultra 10 and I'd argue have the same single-threaded performance of a T2+. You're right about try'n'buy or asking Sun though.

milek said...

@lewiz - T6340 has T2+ CPu not T1 which is in T2000 and single thread performance is not that bad. Then when you consolidating from old USII CPUs single thread performance is much better all the time.