Oracle announced that sales of their SPARC T4-1 as well as its associated option parts server ceased at the end of March 2016. But what does this mean?
The good news is that support will still continue for existing T4-1's until further notice, as part of Oracle's 'guarantee for life'. So what do you do if you are in the market for a new Oracle server? Or need to replace your T4-1? Well there are a few Oracle options that you can consider, for example:
If you are looking to buy something based on the same architecture as the T4's, there is the T5-2 single-socket server, which also provides you with increased performance over the T4-1. Or alternatively, there is the M10-1, which benefits from core-activation (capacity on-demand), software-in-silicon (performance and security) and scalability.
Another option is the SPARC T7-1 server which hit the market just as the T4-1 went end of life. The benefits of the T7-1, with its M7 chip, means you are provided with Oracle's latest software-in-silicon technology (performance and security) and scalability.
Finally, there is the latest server from Oracle, the S7-2, a server that offers all the enterprise benefits of the rest of the SPARC server range at X86 economics. It also has the advantage of coming in a single rack unit, so it won't be a burden on your data centre real estate.