Oacle Offers up to $4,000 per Controller on Older SPARC Hardware April 24, 2012,
Volume 170, Issue 4
Writing in the The Register, Timothy Prickett Morgan draws attention to Oracle's Trade In, Trade Up offer on the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Enterprise M8000, and Enterprise M9000 hardware. Customers in Oracle's installed base can receive up to $4,000 per processor as a trade-in on SPARC and SPARC x64 machines that have been in service for the three months prior to accepting the deal. Oracle is also extending the offer to Fujitsu users. Prickett Morgan speculates that Oracle's sales force will concentrate its efforts on the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 setups, which put four quad-socket SPARC T4-4 servers using SPARC T4 processors into a rack with an x86-based Exadata flash-enhanced storage kit and ZFS storage arrays, plus some InfiniBand switches, running Solaris 11 able to support application server and database workloads. He also offers a suggestion on how to get the optimum deal from Oracle.