oracle brings data center fabric to sparc systems

IDG Statement Service – Prophet has extended its data center cloth to its Sparc-based Unix platforms, promising to let enterprises tie added servers and applications into the aerial-speed infrastructure.

The cloth technology, which Prophet acquired in its purchase of startup Xsigo Systems last year, connects servers and storage over Ethernet and Infiniband and allows for thousands of virtual network interfaces. That saves IT departments from having to install multiple network interface cards and host bus adapters in its physical servers, while tying at buttoned up the resources in the data center at speeds up to 80Gbps (bits per second).

The addition of Unix abutment is the aboriginal chicken feed Prophet has fabricated to Xsigo’s technology since the acquisition, apart from rebranding it as Prophet Virtual Networking, said Charlie Boyle, senior director of marketing for Prophet’s data center division. The company added Prophet Virtual Networking abutment to its Sparc T5, T4 and M5 servers and for the Prophet Solaris 11 OS on both Sparc and x86 hardware. Connecting Unix servers to the cloth will accord users, as able-bodied as other servers, faster access to the critical applications that generally amble on those platforms, he said.

Prophet expanded the Sparc-based T and M server lines last week with the T5 and the M5-32, both of which are based on advanced processors. It’s the aboriginal age the company has built M-class servers based on its own chips.

Prophet Virtual Networking is designed to deliver the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN), including rapid application provisioning, detailed affection-of-service controls and simplified movement of virtual machines from one physical server to another. It’s built around the Prophet Cloth Interconnect hardware platform, which provides the aerial-speed connectivity. The company claims Prophet Virtual Networking can boost application performance by four times while cutting LAN and SAN chief expenses in half.

Stephen Lawson covers moving, storage and networking technologies for The IDG Statement Service. Chase Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen’s e-mail inscription is [email protected]

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Originall posted April 4, 2013