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Oracle Sun T-Series Servers. Spotlight on the SPARC T4-2 Server

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SPARC T4-2 Server

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High Performance Server for Web, Middleware, Database, and Business-Critical Applications

Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server running Oracle Solaris provides high performance in a versatile, two-socket, 3RU design ideal for single- and multi-threaded enterprise applications. This highly integrated and scalable platform for business-critical application deployment and consolidation utilizes built-in, low overhead virtualization and security.


  • 5x increase in single-thread performance and 7x increase in floating point performance over previous generation servers for a wide range of enterprise applications
  • 100% Oracle SPARC/Solaris binary compatibility for easy migration and ongoing investment protection
  • Run Oracle Solaris 8 and Oracle Solaris 9 applications unchanged on Oracle Solaris 10 or Solaris 11 Express
  • Improve system utilization and reduce costs with real-time scaling and workload consolidation using built-in, low overhead virtualization
  • Best in class, wire-speed security with integrated on-chip cryptographic acceleration
  • Smart, simple, and efficient design ensures greater energy and space optimization

Key Applications

  • Web applications
  • Middleware
  • Database, Oracle Database, OLTP
  • Application consolidation
  • Business-critical packaged and custom applications
Feature Benefit
2 sockets each with an 8-core, 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor with dedicated 128K L2 cache per core and 4 MB shared L3 cache. The SPARC T4 processor automatically switches to single-thread mode when only a single thread is active, dedicating all resources to that thread's execution. 5x improvement in single thread and 7x increase in floating point performance delivers the horsepower demanded by enterprise applications and enables rapid batch processing while maintaining high throughput performance
Built-in, no-cost, low overhead virtualization with Oracle VM Server for SPARC supporting up to 128 virtual machines and thousands of Solaris Containers on a single server Provides an ideal mission-critical consolidation platform that speeds consolidation efforts, reduces virtualization overhead, increases system utilization and reduces datacenter space and energy requirements
32 DIMM slots, which support 512 GB of memory when populated with 16 GB DIMMs Higher performance for memory intensive applications
Integrated on-chip cryptographic acceleration with support for 16 industry standard security ciphers Secure computing at wire speed without performance penalties or additional costs
Space for a combination of six hard disk drives or solid state drives and ten PCI Express card slots Highly expandable internal storage and network connectivity
Oracle Solaris pre-installed with every server The number one enterprise operating system for datacenters, developers and service providers delivers the software scalability, manageability, virtualization, and RAS capabilities required for mission-critical deployments
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center for comprehensive systems management Dramatically improves the efficiency of IT operations with its integrated lifecycle management and built-in automation
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) Reduces operating and administrative costs

T4-2 Server Benchmarks - Whitepapers