This whitepaper explores the new SPARC S7 server features and then compares this offering to a similar x86 offering. The key characteristics of the SPARC S7 to be highlighted are:
- Designed for scale-out and cloud infrastructures
- SPARC S7 processor with greater core performance than the latest Intel Xeon E5 processor
- Software in Silicon which offers hardware-based features such as data acceleration and security
The SPARC S7 is then compared to a similar x86 solution from three different perspectives, namely performance, risk and cost. Performance matters as business markets are driving IT to provide an environment that:
- Continuously provides real-time results.
- Processes more complex workload stacks.
- Optimizes usage of per-core software licenses
Risk matters today and into the foreseeable future, as challenges to secure systems and data are becoming more frequent and invasive from within and from outside. Oracle SPARC systems approach risk management from multiple perspectives. Cost matters today and into the foreseeable future because IT departments continue to reduce costs in response to enterprise-wide expense-reduction initiatives. This study shows that the Oracle SPARC S7 systems have 43% to 48% lower total cost of ownership compared to the similar x86/Linux-based systems. This is largely due to the higher core efficiency of the SPARC S7 processor, and higher system software costs associated with commodity alternatives, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware virtualization.