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Versatile Sun Blade 6000 Modular System Runs on AMD, Intel or SPARC Processors
Eight Memory DIMM Slots per CPU, Independent I/O, 10 RU
June 11, 2007,
Volume 112, Issue 2

We are designing machines to provide performance as well as a future-proof architecture.

-- Mike McNerney, director of the blade server product line at Sun

The recently announced Sun BladeTM 6000 Modular System allows users to mix and match processors and operating systems. The Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems are the only heterogeneous systems in the marketplace supporting all three major volume CPU architectures: Intel, AMD and SPARCR processors.

Andy Bechtolsheim, chief architect and senior vice president at Sun, designed the Sun Blade 6000 family using open standards. Customers can get out-of-the-box integration from Sun so the blade works with customers' current management structures. It is designed for the traditional 2-4 socket rack mount and blade server markets.

The Sun Blade Modular Systems leverage the PCI-Express standard I/O architecture. PCI-SIG standard based PCIe ExpressModules enable I/O modules to be hot plugged and easily serviceable from the rear of the chassis. In addition, this is the only blade architecture that allows for individual I/O choice per blade. Each Server Module has two dedicated I/O slots.

See the for a comparison of features of the Sun Blade system with others from IBM and HP.

The blade system is designed to be useful for a long time, as reported by Mike McNerney, director of the blade server product line at Sun, said, "We are designing machines to provide performance as well as a future-proof architecture. We did not optimize the design for processor density." This chassis is expected to be in the field and useful until 2012.

These blades hold more memory to meet the needs of multi-core processors and for server virtualization hypervisors.

Sun Blade 6000 Modular System consists of:

  • Sun Blade 6000 Chassis - Sun Blade 10 RU chassis, supporting up to 10 full performance and full featured modular blade servers with up to 320 cores of compute power, 2.5 TB memory and 5 Tbps of usable I/O throughput per 42u rack.

  • Sun BladeTM T6300 Server Module - 1 socket, UltraSPARCR T1 modular blade server (CoolThreadsTM blade offering maximum power efficiency for thread intensive workloads)

  • Sun BladeTM X6220 Server Module - 2 socket, dual-core Opteron 2000 Series modular blade server (Fastest AMD Opteron performance. Up to half the cost for large memory configurations. X6220 AMD Opteron blades run floating point intensive applications exceedingly well and are also popular in High Performance computing environments.)

  • Sun BladeTM X6250 Server Module- 2 socket, dual or quad-core Xeon modular blade server (Fastest Intel Xeon performance. Up to half the cost for large memory configurations. X6250 Intel blades are particularly strong with integer intensive applications.)

  • Sun Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM). PowerPC Service Processor technology embedded on the blade, with dedicated 100BaseT Ethernet port, SNMP, SSH, IPMI 2.0, full KVM over IP and remote media (redirect) capabilities.

  • Sun N1TM System Manager v1.3.3 enables rapid discovery, configuration and provisioning of groups of Sun servers, and simplifies datacenter management tasks by enabling remote power control, OS patching and monitoring. Sun Blade 6000 Modular System runs the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) (for UltraSPARCR T1 or for Intel and AMD), Red Hat and SuSE Linux, VMware or Windows 2003 operating systems.

SunSM Refresh Service

With the Sun Refresh Service, you can take advantage of the latest technological advancements by continuously enhancing the productivity of your existing datacenter infrastructure.

Sun Refresh delivers three server module upgrades in 42 months, enabling customers to gain full benefits of the latest computing capability and efficiency. Customers can now maximize the return of their datacenter investment and slow down the pace of adding datacenter infrastructure.

Heterogeneous Service Package

Sun also offers a Heterogeneous Service package with Support Services, Connected Services and Management Services that span SPARC, Intel and AMD chips and Solaris, Windows and Linux OS.


Sun also offers an aggressive service pricing model by offering one flat rate paid once for hardware service plan of choice (SunSpectrumSM, Same Business Day or 7x24) configuration independent. One price covers all modules (Server Modules, I/O Modules, Infrastructure Modules, etc.) and is good for the life of the chassis contract.

Customers can utilize the SunSM Upgrade Advantage Program if interested in upgrading their current Sun or non-Sun server to the Sun Blade 6000 modular system. Also ask about SunSM System Performance Packs pricing.

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