Oracle has updated its SPARC systems for better virtual machine management and virtual machine migration, and the software will come preloaded on the company's T-series servers.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 allows up to 128 virtual machines to be hosted on a single system. The latest T-series servers also include on-chip cryptography accelerators and improved domain management software.
"Oracle VM Server for SPARC demonstrates the tremendous benefits of hardware and software engineered to work together," said Bill Nesheim, vice president of Oracle Solaris Engineering.
"This release offers customers a new level of flexibility in efficiently deploying enterprise workloads on the SPARC T-series family of systems, and demonstrates Oracle's ongoing commitment to innovation in SPARC and Oracle Solaris."
The new software offers significant security advantages with the addition of CPU mirroring systems and validation services. It also includes more virtual machines, better load balancing between servers, and improved scalability for Oracle Solaris 11 Express users, Oracle said.
The SPARC industry was concerned when Oracle took over Sun, fearing that the company would force it to change. But, so far, Oracle has honoured its commitment, and the company looks set to continue to develop the platform.
"The addition of secure live migration and the enhancements to network and CPU resource management in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 is an exciting milestone for our development teams and our customers," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualisation engineering at Oracle.
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