Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu have teamed up to release a new SPARC server model which uses a new processor and faster memory modules to boost speeds by a claimed 23 per cent over previous models.
The SPARC Enterprise M3000 is powered by a 2.75MHz SPARC64 VII processor paired with 667MHz DDR2 memory to achieve the performance gain, the firms said.
Sun and Fujitsu will aim the M3000 at the entry-level market, and hope that customers will consider the single socket 2U rack-mounted server as a replacement for multiple smaller servers.
"SPARC Enterprise M3000 is the best-suited entry-level server for all round system use," said Fujitsu corporate vice president Noriyuki Toyoki.
"With the new SPARC64 VII processor, M3000 servers provide even more distinguished application performance, and will allow customers to grow their business performance significantly."
Sun's soon-to-be parent has also given the M3000 its seal of approval. Oracle said that the new line had been tested with the latest Oracle Database 11g Release2 edition of its flagship platform.
Pricing for the SPARC Enterprise M3000 starts at $14,795 (£9,100).
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