Oracle has quietly pushed out a new range of Sun x86 servers, which it claims offer the industry's leading platform for running Oracle software (and other enterprise applications).
The new servers are powered by Intel Xeon E5 processors, and Oracle further claims that they boast unrivalled performance and reliability, and as part of a solution with Oracle software can streamline data centre operations considerably.
Indeed, Oracle cites a number of world record benchmarks the new Xeon E5 range has set, demonstrating what the company calls "superior performance on computational, application and enterprise workloads". The records in question being set on SPEC CPU2006, SPECjEnterprise2010, and Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.3.
The firm claims the new Sun x86 servers deliver an 87 per cent increase in computational performance over and above the previous generation, along with superior memory and network bandwidth.
In a press statement, the company asserted: "Oracle's Sun x86 servers running Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris with Oracle VM can deliver up to 50 per cent lower total acquisition, support and operating costs versus HP systems with VMware and Windows, and provide up to 139 percent return on investment."
Intel's Doug Fisher, Corporate Vice President, Software and Services Group, commented: "Oracle's collaboration with Intel provides solutions with great performance and scalability to meet the ever increasing demands of data centre customers. Extensive co-engineering, testing and validation have gone into creating an excellent balance between processor, memory and I/O resources in the solution stack."
"As a result, Oracle's x86 servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 offer an unprecedented ability to move large volumes of data efficiently and handle multiple millions of transactions per second."