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 SPARC T3-1 Server
Frequently Asked Questions
O ve r vie w
Today, server sprawl is an insidious problem facing not only
small to medium size businesses but also large enterprise data
centers. In an increasingly data-driven world, companies find
themselves deploying multiple servers to handle the growing
need for new business applications, oftentimes assigning one
application or workload per server. The result ± poor utilization,
high energy and cooling costs, and overcrowded data centers.
The SPARC T3-1 server is not just a server, it's a fully
integrated system with the ability to run many virtual servers,
helping drive up utilization, lower IT costs and keep server
sprawl to a minimum. Delivering the world's first 16-core
processor with unsurpassed throughput, the SPARC T3-1
server boasts speed, security, and unmatched availability to
data in a sleek, compact design.
The newest addition to Oracle's Chip Multithreading
technology, the SPARC T3-1 server is the platform of choice for
Web Infrastructure, Middleware workloads and Application
In addition to processor scaling, the flexible design of the
SPARC T3-1 offers 2x the amount of memory and 4x the IO
bandwidth than its predecessor to easily meet increased
business demands.
Enterprise Class Virtualization to Capture Business Value
The SPARC T3-1 server offers built-in, no cost virtualization
technologies that enable organizations to extract maximum
value from IT assets while creating an infrastructure capable of
Oracle VM Server for SPARC provides highly efficient,
enterprise-class virtualization capabilities by creating partitions
called logical (or virtual) domains. Each logical domain can run
an independent operating system. While customers may
achieve the optimal results with 16 logical domains, the SPARC
T3-1 server supports a maximum of 128 logical domains,
allowing organizations to consolidate workloads and maximize
their use of compute platforms, simplifying their IT infrastructure
and bringing new levels of efficiency, manageability, and agility
to the data center.
Outstanding Security to Protect Your Assets
Cu st o me r B en ef it s
The SPARC T3-1 server provides the following key customer
Accelerated Application Performance and Scalability
A recognized, innovative leader in the development of cutting
edge systems technology, Oracle's SPARC T3-1 server boasts
the industry's first 16-core SPARC T3 server processor,
offering world-class performance with a 2x throughput
improvement to tackle the most demanding workloads. With up
to 128 computing threads packed in a compact, 2 rack mount
unit (RU) design, a single system can now run more
applications and reduce the number of required servers, adding
up to very significant savings in data center operations.
Web applications continue to present one of the greatest risks
to any organization, since the business value they deliver
existence. The advanced SPARC T3 processor supports
industry standard security ciphers available via on-chip,
integrated cryptographic accelerators. These accelerators
provide wire speed encryption capabilities for secure data
center operation and allow customers to encrypt large amounts
of data without sacrificing performance. And best of all, they
come standard at no extra cost with SPARC T3-1servers.
In addition to the cryptographic features of the SPARC T3
processor and built on more than 20 years of experience,
Oracle Solaris security provides all the unmatched enterpriseclass features that you depend on to protect your applications.
Coupled with this operating system, Oracle Solaris with trusted
SPARC T3-1 Server
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extensions enhances existing Oracle Solaris security,
preserves application investment, and provides for IT flexibility.
To learn more about specific Oracle optimized solutions
featuring the SPARC T3-1 server, visit:
Efficient and Flexible Design
Smart and simple designs offer greater energy and space
optimization, increasing asset utilization while reducing
operating costs. The SPARC T3-1 server packs the most cores
and threads of any general-purpose 1-socket rack mount server
available. With up to two times the throughput of previous
generation servers, the SPARC T3 processor consumes half
the power, helping to alleviate power and cooling issues seen
in data centers. Occupying just 2 RU of rack space, the SPARC
T3-1 server supports a 16-core 1.65 GHz processor, up to
sixteen hard disk drives and 128 GB memory.
Award Winning Oracle Solaris Operating System
The hardware features of the SPARC T3-1 server are only half
the story. Oracle Solaris is the #1 Enterprise operating system
for datacenters, developers, and service providers and is
operating system that has delivered proven results, running
everything from mission-critical enterprise databases to high
performance Web farms. Its innovative, built-in features deliver
breakthrough virtualization, high availability, advanced security,
and industry-leading performance. Best of all, the transition to
the SPARC T3-1 server is streamlined for existing Oracle Sun
customers because the new T3 processor is binary compatible
with legacy SPARC processors at the instruction level. Oracle
Solaris 8 and 9 applications run unchanged on Oracle Solaris
10, thus no recompilation of software is needed. This equates
to savings that can be realized immediately!
For a complete integrated business system, the SPARC T3-1
server allows companies seeking simplicity to avoid increasing
IT infrastructure costs while accelerating business growth. The
SPARC T3-1 server is a powerful system you can trust to tackle
the most demanding Web Infrastructure, Middleware workloads
and Application development.
3 Fre qu e n t ly A ske d Q u e st ion s
What is the SPARC T3-1server?
The SPARC T3-1 server is the next generation T-series server
based on the SPARC T3 processor. It offers world-class
performance, scalability and virtualization capabilities ideal for
web, middleware, and application workloads.
How does the new SPARC T3-1 server compare with the
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server?
The new SPARC T3-1 server has twice the number or
Customers can expect up to two times the throughput,
enhanced on-chip cryptographic acceleration, up to four times
the I/O throughput helping to accelerate application
performance and maximize customer investments. For details
regarding T3-series performance benchmarks, please visit:
What is Chip Multithreading Technology?
Chip Multithreading (CMT) Technology is a processor and
architecture design approach that maximizes computational
throughput and delivered performance by implementing
hardware multithreaded processor cores on a single chip. This
innovative approach is redefining the way IT managers solve
complex business issues. With large memory support and the
breakthrough performance of the SPARC T3 processor, the
SPARC T3-1 server is ideally suited for compute, data, and
transaction-intensive applications, making it an ideal platform
for web, network, and security servers.
What Virtualization technologies are available for the
SPARC T3-1server?
Oracle offers the most complete portfolio of end-to-end
virtualization solutions available today that can be used
separately or together to tackle specific deployment challenges.
Oracle Solaris Containers
Oracle VM for SPARC
What are the memory, storage, and expansion options
supported on the SPARC T3-1server?
The SPARC T3-1 server supports sixteen DDR3 memory
DIMM slots (which can be populated with 4GB or 8GB DIMMs),
six low-profile PCI-Express Gen2 slots, and up to sixteen 2.5inch hard disk drives.
What is Sun Flash technology and how can it help
application performance?
Flash helps accelerate applications by reducing storage latency
and eliminating I/O bottlenecks, allowing for greater productivity
and improved business response. The SPARC T3-1 server
supports the Oracle Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCI Express
card. This flash storage option can turbo-charge the server to
run I/O intensive applications more rapidly and efficiently while
consuming vastly less power.
What are the operating systems that have been certified to
run on the SPARC T3-1 server?
The SPARC T3-1 server supports Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle
demanding enterprise, delivering proven results on everything
from mission-critical enterprise databases to high-performance
Web farms, and from Chip Multithreading systems to industrystandard x86 systems. Oracle Solaris 11 has technologies such
as Dtrace, ZFS, Containers and Predictive Self-Healing,
making it the most safest and scalable UNIX operating system
What software is pre-installed on the SPARC T3-1server?
The SPARC T3-1 server comes pre-installed the Oracle Solaris
operating system, Oracle VM for SPARC and Electronic
What are the system management options available for the
SPARC T3-1 server?
The SPARC T3-1 server includes the Oracle Integrated Lights
Out Manager (ILOM), which is driven by an integrated system
service processor that also has power management and power
capping capability to help reduce energy cost. ILOM provides
full remote KVMS (Keyboard, Video. Mouse, Storage) support
together with remote media functionality.
ILOM is an integral part of the Oracle Enterprise Ops Center,
which provides the most comprehensive management across
Oracle servers, operating systems, and Solaris virtualization
technologies, and dramatically improves the efficiency of IT
operations with its integrated lifecycle management and built-in
What are the power and cooling requirements for the
SPARC T3-1server?
The SPARC T3-VHUYHU¶s online power calculator provides
guidance for estimating the electrical and heat loads for typical
operating conditions. For more information, visit:
The SPARC T3-1 server data sheet provides additional detailed
information about this server and can be found here:
Is there a choice in system configurations?
Yes, the SPARC T3-1 server can be fully customized to the
(ATO) process.
Can I order the SPARC T3-1 server today?
Yes, this product is shipping in volume today.
Where can I find out more?
Contact your Oracle Sales representative directly or call 1-800Oracle1.
For more information about the SPARC T3-1 server on the
web, go to:
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