Pack your racks with UltraSPARC IV+ processors driving this 5 RU server and get over 5x faster performance compared to UltraSPARC III based Sun Fire V480 servers. Up to four processors per box with eight threads and 64GB of memory make it ideal for securing and delivering multiple applications and business processes or distributed databases.Yeah, I think the V490 is probably beyond the V480's capabilities:
OK, so what's the real reason behind the upgrade? Well, I dunno. To be fair, GE has been selling the Linux servers for several years, well before the Dynamic Imaging acquisition. And far be it from me to criticize them for being willing to change some software that I was not terribly pleased with in the first place. But was it the server reaching end-of-life that forced the issue? Or the software?
The Sun Fire™ V480 server is designed to deliver compute density and enterpriseclass RAS features at an affordable price. Its space-efficient, rack-optimized 5RU, 24-inch-depth enclosure provides excellent value per rack unit and contains up to four 1.05/1.2-GHz UltraSPARC® III Cu processors, each with 8 MB cache(L2), up to 32 GB of memory, integrated dual 10/100/1000-Mb/sec. Ethernet, and the Sun Fireplane Interconnect operating at 9.6 GB/sec.