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Fujitsu and Oracle Accelerate SPARC Servers

Fujitsu and Oracle accelerate Fujitsu M10 SPARC servers, Violin Memory is selected by iTalkBB to improve performance for on-demand video streaming, and Scality integrates Aspera FASP high performance file transfers for large media content distribution.

Fujitsu and Oracle enhance Fujitsu M10 SPARC servers. Fujitsu and Oracle today announced worldwide availability of enhanced Fujitsu M10 servers with new SPARC processors. M10-4 and M10-4S servers are now equipped with SPARC64 X+ processors, which have 16 cores and run at speeds up to 3.7 GHz, providing up to 30 percent more processing power than the previous SPARC64 X processor. The Fujitsu M10 servers support both Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 10, as well as Oracle Solaris Legacy Containers for the flexibility to run previous Oracle Solaris generations. Additionally, built-in virtualization features such as physical partitions, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones, have helped many Fujitsu M10 customers consolidate and shrink the size and power requirements of their data centers. “The Fujitsu M10, which Fujitsu and Oracle jointly launched in 2013, has evolved to a new stage today through the close relationship between the two companies,” said Akira Kabemoto, Corporate Senior Vice President, Fujitsu Limited. “With the extreme performance further improved by the new SPARC64 X+ processors, the enhanced Fujitsu M10 will contribute to customers’ competitiveness by improving business efficiency and accelerating decision-making.”

Violin Memory selected by iTalkBB. Violin Memory (VMEM) announced it has been selected by telecommunications company iTalkBB to improve customer experience with on-demand video streaming. iTalkBB leveraged its existing infrastructure investments, and with the addition of the Violin all-flash array and all-flash appliance solutions, improved its service levels by 10 times. iTalkBB customers can choose from up to 50TB of video on-demand content, with roughly 10 percent of it considered ’hot‘ content viewed by many customers simultaneously. Because of the challenge of predicting which content will be ‘hot’ at any given time, iTalkBB turned to the Violin Maestro appliance for a cost-effective solution to scale less-viewed ’cold‘ content while still servicing changes in demand. “In addition to having a unique technology solution that met our requirements, Violin delivered an unprecedented level of customer service by helping us optimize our network switches, server environment, and video on-demand application configuration,” said Frank Landavazo, director of network operations at iTalkBB.

Scality integrates Aspera FASP server software. Scality announced the integration of Aspera FASP transfer server software with Scality’s massively scalable RING storage solution and the RING’s file-based access methods.  The integration ensures that media companies can transfer large files such as HD video into and out of Scality’s RING petabyte-scale storage with the highest speed, security and reliability regardless of file size or distance between the production sites. The integration also brings added file transfer functionality to customers who use Scality RING for Content Distribution Networks (CDNs) origin servers, Video On Demand (VOD), streaming services and Media Asset Management (MAM) workflows. “Scality RING has been deployed at a number of leading, global media sites. We are pleased that Aspera customers can benefit from the RING and that existing Scality customers can benefit from Aspera’s advanced geo-distribution capabilities. Aspera transfer server is available for all RING releases thanks to Scality’s integration with file-based protocols. Users are able to leverage the RING platform across media workflows wherever the location of media content,” said Philippe Nicolas, Director of Product Strategy at Scality.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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