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Sun Updates Blade

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Sun has put Intel’s Tigerton Xeon quad in a new Sun Blade X8450 server module, using the occasion as an opportunity to toot its horn about being tied with Fujitsu Siemens for fourth place in the blades behind HP, IBM and Dell, a dubious distinction to write home about but better than not showing at all.

Sun’s only been back in the blades business since mid-’06 and claims 300 enterprise customers, giving it easy 392% year-over-year revenue growth and 47% sequential unit shipment growth in the December quarter.

Anyway, Sun says the new 16-core 8470 is the functional equivalent of a four-socket rack-mount server while being 15%-20% more power efficient than a rack-mount. It includes 32 DIMMS slots, an industry-leading two DIMMS per core, and is supposed to be good for 160 Gbps throughput.

So it should be good for virtualization, HPC and database applications.

Sun will add Barcelonas once AMD can come up with clean ones, but either the Intel or AMD configuration will run Solaris, Linux, Windows and VMware.

The widgetry includes two x8 PCIe lanes and two PCIe lanes with integrated PCIe switching technology.

Naturally it thinks it’s got HP and IBM beat hands down.

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