Oracle & Fujitsu Launch Brand New M12 Server

By Mark Benson, Esteem's Director of Marketing & Alliances

So just over a week ago I wrote an article on the announcement that the beloved T5-2 was going to be end-of-life (read it here), within the article I explained the current options open to customers looking for an alternative. Well we can now add another server to the list as today sees the launch of the new Fujitsu M12 Server.

The M12 is the latest server from Oracle and Fujitsu and on paper it looks an impressive piece of kit. Firstly there is the processor. The new M12 houses the latest 12 core SPARC64 XII processor that has 2.5 times the performance of the previous model. As with the previous M10 range, the M12 is flexible as it has capacity on-demand (COD) model for activating cores, this means the system can scale to a total of 32 sockets. The capacity on-demand (COD) feature is a particular benefit as you only have to activate the cores you need, allowing you to grow as and when your business does. The servers are also scalable thanks to their building block architecture, this means that you can combine up to 16 servers to give a total of 32 processor sockets and a massive 384 cores. As with the previous M10 range there is still software-on-chip (SWoC) technology which provide enhanced performance and security for your Oracle databases.

The latest server is intelligent enough to protect itself against component failures and is always looking for errors.

The news just keeps getting better as unlike the latest T series from Oracle, the M12 will also allow you to run both Solaris 10 and 11, so if you are still stuck on Solaris 10 due to an application, this is not a problem for the M12. For those of you also looking for mainframe class RAS, the M12 has that as well. The latest server is intelligent enough to protect itself against component failures and is always looking for errors. So if you need a server to run 24/7/365, again the M12 is for you.

Oracle and Fujitsu have been able to put the CPU's and memory closer together to reduce latency and provide greater density to help with datacentre footprint.

Finally there is the latest cooling technology from Fujitsu, Vapour and Liquid Loop Cooling. This is twice as efficient as the liquid loop cooling that was in the previous M10 range. There are no hoses or chillers in the box so Oracle and Fujitsu have been able to put the CPU's and memory closer together to reduce latency and provide greater density to help with the datacentre footprint.

I have always liked the M10 servers. Our engineers always comment on the build quality of the servers. The XSCF management layer is fantastic and for customers on the old M-Series range, its a familiar and friendly interface.

If you'd like more information read the official announcement here.


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