Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Expand SPARC Enterprise Server Line with New UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor-Based Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & TOKYO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 9, 2008— Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) and Fujitsu Limited (TOKYO:6702) today expanded the Sun and Fujitsu SPARC(R) Enterprise server line with the introduction of two new systems based on the UltraSPARC(R) T2 Plus processor. Scaling from the edge of the network to the heart of the enterprise, the third-generation CMT SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers deliver breakthrough performance and scalability and help enable customers to consolidate the datacenter into an ultra-dense, energy efficient compute environment, optimized and managed by the Solaris(TM)10 Operating System (OS). The SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers deliver up to 16 times higher compute density than competitive two-socket x86 systems and up to 32 times higher compute density than competitive four-socket x86 systems. The Sun and Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers provide up to three times more performance than competitive RISC systems in half the space.

"The performance and scalability we've designed into these new multi-socket systems with the UltraSPARC T2 Plus and Solaris is jaw dropping," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "In just two-and-a-half years we've increased CMT performance by over 5x without sacrificing space or power efficiency. Customers can now scale more with less whether they're developing Web 2.0 services or running classic CRM or ERP."

"The new SPARC Enterprise servers we are announcing today empower organizations to virtualize their compute infrastructures and build highly scalable, highly efficient and robust Internet infrastructures for the delivery of breakthrough web and enterprise services," said Tatsuo Tomita, corporate senior vice president, Fujitsu Limited. "These SPARC Enterprise servers are faster and provide better price performance than competitive RISC-based servers and offer a compelling migration path from proprietary UNIX systems. The innovative SPARC Enterprise servers and open source Solaris OS - combined with Fujitsu's mission-critical systems business - benefit customers by significantly reducing operational costs with breakthrough compute density and extreme power efficiency. The eco-friendliness of the SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers is an added benefit to our customers in terms of lowering their environmental costs."


The SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers are the first dual-socket, general purpose servers powered by the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor. The SPARC Enterprise T5240 server beats all x86 systems on enterprise-class applications including Java, ERP, mail and OLTP databases, helping customers to deliver new services and enterprise computing capabilities with higher performance at lower cost. The servers feature up to 128 compute threads in compact one- or two-rack units and two to four times more memory and internal disk capacity than competitive x86 systems, helping customers to consolidate their datacenter infrastructure into a smaller, more powerful, energy efficient environment.

The SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers also offer the industry's only flexible, open source, no-cost virtualization technologies with Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms). By allowing up to 128 virtual servers per system, customers can deploy 5,120 isolated domains per rack -- making the new systems well suited for server virtualization and consolidation. On-chip, integrated PCI-E and cryptographic acceleration coupled with the high reliability of the server design and Solaris OS helps enable customers to securely and safely run a highly utilized and efficient virtualized infrastructure to support demanding Web scale and enterprise application environments. More information on the SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers is available at: and and e/.

The extreme scalability of the SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 systems paves the way for the development of an entirely new class of applications that maximize the performance of multi-core systems. Sun and Fujitsu offer a range of developer tools including CoolTools and Sun(TM) Studio 12 software. More information on CoolTools is available at: More information on Sun Studio 12 software and other tools for multi-threaded application development is available at:

The new SPARC Enterprise servers are fully supported by Sun and Fujitsu service organizations to help customers build on the advantages of CMT technology. Service offerings include consolidation/virtualization consulting, eco optimization, Solaris 10 OS services, and hardware/OS support. More information on Sun and Fujitsu services is available at: and


Since their introduction in 2005, the SPARC Enterprise CMT-based systems have set more than 50 performance records. Today, the SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers are setting the pace with breakthrough performance and beating the competition in performance, price/performance and power and space utilization on business-critical and compute-intensive workloads spanning the entire enterprise - from the edge to the heart of the datacenter.

Lotus R6 iNotes - The dual-socket SPARC Enterprise T5240 server running the Solaris 10 OS excels on the Lotus iNotes email benchmark with 65,000 users -- the highest ever number of supported users. The SPARC Enterprise T5240 server also delivers better price/performance than competitive systems -- nearly 5x better price/performance than the HP BL480c equipped with Intel Xeon quad-core processors.(1)

SPECjAppServer2004 - Demonstrating its ability to perform business critical operations by supporting thousands of concurrent users accessing Web Services applications, the new UltraSPARC T2 Plus-based server set the single application node world record and beat an IBM Power6-based system delivering up to 3x more performance in 1/2 the space. It also surpasses the Dell Xeon-based system delivering up to 5x more performance and 2.5x better performance per watt in 1/2 the space.(2)

SPECjbb2005 - Pairing the most stable Java(TM) implementation on the market with the industry's most efficient multi-socket CMT platform propels the dual processor SPARC Enterprise T5240 server to the top spot in its category in this Java-based B2B Enterprise benchmark. The SPARC Enterprise T5240 server also outperforms all four-socket x86 systems from HP, as well as beats the AMD Opteron-based Dell PowerEdge 6950 server by over 2x in half the space, while delivering 3x better performance per watt.(3)

SAP(R) Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark - Demonstrating its ability to handle critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments, the SPARC Enterprise T5120 server with a single UltraSPARC T2 processor (8 cores, 64 threads) and the SPARC Enterprise T5240 server with two UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors (16 cores, 128 threads) now hold world records for all single and dual processor systems on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark. The SPARC Enterprise T5240 server supported 4,170 SAP SD Benchmark users - a result more than double the 2,035 SAP SD Benchmark users achieved by the IBM p570 system with two POWER6 processors.(4)

SPECweb2005 - At the edge of the datacenter where Web services play a critical role, the UltraSPARC T2-based SPARC Enterprise T5220 server is #1 -- beating all other results on this industry standard Web server performance benchmark.(5)

For additional details and a complete list of all CMT benchmarks, please visit and e/.


Also announced today are new offerings providing virtualization services to run Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 applications and help enable the simple transfer of applications to the latest CMT systems running the Solaris 10 OS. With these new products, Solaris 8 and 9 Containers for the Solaris 10 OS, multiple Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 environments, or a combination of the two, can be hosted on a single SPARC-based system. As a result, customers can streamline IT operations, maximize datacenter space, and save on power, cooling and support costs. The move to the latest hardware is now de-coupled from the need to move directly to the Solaris 10 OS, allowing customers to take advantage today of the performance, scale and cost savings of new SPARC Enterprise CMT-based servers.

Both Fujitsu-branded and Sun-branded SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers will be marketed worldwide. All other features are identical.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TOKYO:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please see:

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks of SPARC international, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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