On the SPARC T-series processor side, Oracle's roadmap calls for servers configured with up to four server sockets and triple the single instruction strand performance of previous models to be introduced late next year. They are expected to be replaced with models configured with up to eight processor sockets in 2013.
In addition to the new hardware, Oracle also unveiled Solaris 11, the newest version of the company's Unix operating system.
Fowler said Solaris 11 includes a wide range of new features, including the ability to work with hundreds of processors and thousands of cores with the power to run batch jobs in real time and run entire databases in memory.
Solaris 11 allows servers to be booted up in seconds and to be updated without rebooting, and has extensive fault management and application service management which allows failed applications and services to be restarted quickly.
With Solaris 11, security is turned on by default, ensuring that applications are secure as they boot, Fowler said. The new operating system enforces role-based root access, and automatically provides security for Oracle's ZFS storage.
In addition to server and storage virtualization, Solaris 11 now also includes network virtualization, Fowler said. The virtualization capabilities of Solaris 11 can be run across a cloud environment, he said.
Hewlett-Packard, Oracle's primary competition in the Unix market which Oracle serves with its SPARC processors and Solaris operating system, brushed off any concerns about Oracle's new product launches in a statement e-mailed to CRN which was not attributed to a specific executive.
"HP is the No. 1 provider of enterprise servers in the world. We are focused on our customers, and those customers continue to be won over by our combination of technology, product performance, and pricing. The numbers prove it – our Enterprise Storage and Servers segment saw 25% revenue growth year over year during Q4 FY2010, and HP was the only major UNIX vendor that reported server growth. (Oracle CEO) Larry Ellison bought a money-losing business that had steady market share declines for years, and which still ranks at the bottom of the market. Customers aren’t fooled by outdated benchmarks, no matter what Oracle says. HP’s market share results prove it. Sun customers are running to HP in droves because they recognize we deliver superior technology, performance and pricing ," HP wrote in that statement.