Communications Center: New Oracle Netra Hardware-Software Bundles


Making good on its strategy to combine Sun hardware with Oracle software, Oracle Tuesday unveiled additions to its line of Sun Netra servers and blade systems, targeting customers in the communications industry.

Oracle is bundling the servers with its Oracle Database 11g, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware to create platforms for network equipment vendors and companies that provide 3G and 4G wireless data and voice-over-IP services communications services.

The x86-based Sun Netra X4270 rack server and Sun Netra CP3270 ATCA blade server also run OracleVM virtualization software and the Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Linux operating systems.

After completing its $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun earlier this year Oracle has moved to sell more complete hardware and software systems -- both direct and through the channel -- rather than compete in the commodity hardware business.

Oracle said the servers provide higher levels of performance and reliability while reducing power and cooling needs.

"Communications service providers are under constant pressure to increase operational efficiency and maximize revenue," said Dan Ford, vice president of product marketing for Oracle Communications, in a statement. "Coupled with our No. 1 position in communications software, Oracle's new Sun Netra servers are designed to deliver greater performance and memory capacity while lowering power consumption and overall cost."

The Sun Netra CP3270 ATCA blade server supports 32 GB of accessible memory through eight Dual In-line memory Module (DIMM) slots and has earned the Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) Level 3 certification for high-temperature environments and vibration resistance.

The Sun Netra X4270 rack server has 18 DIMM slots which, when combined with the Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, make it ideal for memory-intensive applications, according to Oracle. The server supports eight CPU cores, doubling the number of compute threads compared to older Sun Netra x86 servers, and also is NEBS Level 3 certified.