Sun Fire T2000

by Mads
March 12, 2006 at 11:33 | categories: hardware, sun, solaris

T2000
Information and first hand experience on the Sun Fire T2000 is slowly beginning to appear from other ASF people. Sun sparked it off with their 60 day free trial and now things are beginning to happen.

Ian Holsman signed up for the trial and started his SunFire Fanatics forum to discuss ideas about benchmaking the T2000s.

Colm MacCarthaigh already got his T2000 and is putting it through some heavy testing. He says that it "can probably comfortably saturate a 10Gigabit/sec interface" which is not bad at all - I'm looking forward to seeing what other numbers will emerge from his benchmarking because Heanet move an impressive amount of data through their mirrors.

The perl.org people got one too and Ask Bjørn Hansen has been blogging about it. It will be interesting to see what they make of it as I imagine their workload matches what we see at the ASF.

We're not signed up for the trial at the ASF. We've got enough other things to do on the infrastructure side that playing with new hardware isn't really an option. If anything, I would be tempted to sign up myself just to prove that HTTPD would really fly with event and worker mpm rather than prefork that is shipping with Solaris. I could easily see a use for a couple or more of T2000s if we could get them on a permanent basis. Splitting services between .us and .eu would greatly improve our infrastructure and with our current setup of having no hands on site, having hardware covered by a service contract would be a great improvement.
Thinking with my "enterprise HA" hat on, it would be interesting to see how far a pair of T2000s set up with shared storage and Sun cluster could go hosting our services seperated into zones. Zone Migration is another thing that fits nicely into the picture and would make moving or cloning services between locations a whole lot easier.

It will be interesting to see what the future brings and wether there is any truth in the latest rumors from The Register about an upcomming four-way UltraSPARC T1.