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Solaris Enhancements Bring Promise to Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series
Performance, Power Management, Reliability and Advanced Virtualization
May 5, 2009,
Volume 135, Issue 1

The Solaris OS is designed to ensure that business-critical applications and essential system services can continue uninterrupted in the event of system failures.

-- Sun
 

Sun and Intel's Alliance brings great promise to Solaris users by providing enhancements to the operation system on Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series. For enterprises seeking minimal energy cost with maximum performance, this alliance would be worth reviewing.

Significant performance improvements begin with the Solaris OS and Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series technologies, which include:

  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel "QuickPath" Technology

Optimization applies Intel's power management advantages, which provide improved "energy efficiency and performance-per-watt through integrated Power Gates and Automated Power States," according to Sun's article on this Sun/Intel alliance. What creates reliability is the infrastructure of the Solaris Fault Management Architecture (FMA) that uses 5500 series RAS features to provide the best possible solution. Cost-effectiveness is enhanced with Intel's Virtualization technology features wrapped up into the Solaris environment.

Increased reliability means that, "For mission-critical enterprise computing, the Solaris OS is designed to ensure that business-critical applications and essential system services can continue uninterrupted in the event of system failures," as quoted from Sun's Article cited below.

Desired results enable the following enhancements to the Solaris Operating System that has been optimized for Intel Xeon processors:

  • Intelligent, scalable performance
  • Automated power management
  • Enterprise-proven reliability
  • Advanced virtualization and consolidation

Sun explained the motivation behind this project as based on the need created by IT departments. IT professionals need to predict upcoming technological developments and business trends, and they must be prepared for development and deployment platforms that take advantage of industry offerings. Many are concerned about costs, energy used, and, of course, whether or not the product architecture meets their value demands.

Contents

  • Highlights
  • The Solaris Platform
  • The Intel Xeon Processor
  • Improved performance
  • Efficient power management
  • Increased reliability
  • Virtualization enhancements
  • The Sun/Intel Alliance
  • About Sun
  • About Intel

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Other articles in the Intel section of Volume 135, Issue 1:
  • Solaris Enhancements Bring Promise to Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series (this article)

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