Sunday, March 14, 2004

Sun Fire V20z

The Sun Fire V20z is another nice new bit of kit which has just been released, along with a list of other enterprise servers. The V20z is an entry level based server which does the job, well. It also has the added benefit of looking pretty nice. It's always an advantage when you have a box that looks nice too.

I recently saw this server along with some other new kit at the recent Big Breakfast event that I attended in London. Of course, the V20z is powered by the new AMD Opteron processors so although small they pack a mighty punch.

I can see these being snapped up by ISP's and other companies / individuals that require 1 unit servers over existing systems by Sun and other companies.

So, what are the specifications?

* Processor: 1 or 2 AMD Opteron 200 Series processors
* Up to 16 GB of DDR1-333 SDRAM
* Network Two 10/100/1000-Mbps BaseT Ethernet ports
* Network management One 10/100-Mbps Ethernet port with integrated switch
* Serial One TIA/EIA-232-F asynchronous (DB9) port
* SCSI One Ultra320 SCSI interface (internal access only)
* USB One USB 1.1 port
* Expansion bus Two 64-bit PCI-X slots: 1 full-length at 133 MHz, 1 half-length at 66 MHz

* Internal disk Up to two hot-swappable 3.5-in. x 1.0-in. Ultra320 SCSI drives
* Internal DVD-ROM (optional) One Slimline DVD-ROM drive
* External disk (optional) Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array ***
* Sun StorEdge 3510 array ***

*** Support available soon

* External tape (optional) Sun StorEdge L8 ***
* Sun StorEdge L25/L100 ***
* Sun StorEdge L700 ***
* Sun StorEdge SDLT320 ***
* Sun StorEdge SDLT600 ***
* Sun StorEdge LT02 ***

* Solaris 9 (x86 Platform Edition), update 6 (32-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for AMD Opteron (32-bit/64-bit)
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD Opteron (32-bit/64-bit)
- SUSE Linux 9 Professional (64-bit) (Community Edition, customer-provided)
- Microsoft Windows 2000 (WHQL-certified) (Customer-provided)
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (WHQL-certified) (Customer-provided)

* Solaris 9 Operating System (x86 Edition) (Available April 2004)
- Standard Linux distributions

* Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) support available soon
* Networking ONC, ONC+, NFS, WebNFS, TCP/IP, SunLink, OSI
* MHS, IPX/SPX software, SMB technologies
* XML Management Command Line over SSH (in-band and out-of-band),
* IPMI 1.5 (in-band and out-of-band),
* SNMP (out-of-band only)

* Power 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 465 W PFC supply, dual redundant fans
* Operating temperature +10 C to +35 C
* Nonoperating temperature -40 C to +65 C
* Operating vibration 0.15 G z-axis; 0.10 G x- and y-axis, 5 to 500 Hz sine
* Nonoperating vibration 0.5 G z-axis; 0.25 G x- and y-axis, 5 to 500 Hz sine
* Operating shock 3 G, 11 ms, half-sine

* Height 43 mm (1.69 in.)
* Width 430 mm (16.94 in.)
* Depth 724 mm (28.5 in.)
* Weight 16 kg (35 lb.)
* Enclosure Fits into most 19-inch wide racks.

So there you have it. Nice to look at & packed with the hardware you need to run a reliable server. Of course, it also depends on what software you run on it, a *NIX OS would be taking advantage in full the hardware within. Anything else, leaves a lot to be desired.

Although you might have to pay more, generally you get what you pay for - so paying more for the hardware will probably pay for itself in the end, via the extra reliability you get.

I might go for something like this at some point, if not a desktop system like the Sun Blade 2500.

Post ID: 297, posted by jase at 03:20 PM
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