New Oracle servers up stakes

Oracle has announced its new range of Sun Netra Servers and Blades.

It claims its new range will help network equipment providers and communications service providers keep up to date with services like 3G, 4G, wireless data and voice-over-IP.

The Sun Netra servers will join Oracle’s SPARC and x86-based blade and rack servers, storage and networking infrastructure. It says that the new servers can be paired with the Oracle Solaris operating system  for running demanding communications services.

According to Oracle, its new Sun Netra CP3270, which is an upgrade to the company’s x86 ATCA blade servers, has a low power and thermal footprint. For those out in the, er, shaky west coast it has earthquake vibration resistance. It’s got 32GB of accessible memory through eight Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) slots, while the X4270 AC and DC carrier-grade rack server is
said to reduce system power and cooling requirements over previous generation systems, and has 18 DIMM slots for memory.

All servers run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and OracleVM. 

Oracle’s new servers could help it boost its position in the server market, which according to arecent report by IDC has seen year-on-year revenue growth increasing 11 percent to $10.9 billion in Q2 2010. 
However, it may need to do a bit more to get to the top and beat current top player Hewlett-Packard,  which has so far managed to topple rivals like IBM and Dell, increasing revenue 26 percent year on year and grabbing 3.9 points of share from a year ago. HP’s continued success story is driven by huge demand for its x86 ProLiant servers over the quarter.