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Sun Fire X4500

The Sun Fire X4500 data server (code named Thumper) integrates server and storage technologies. It was announced in July, 2006[1] and is part of the Sun Fire server line from Sun Microsystems.

In July 2008, Sun announced the X4540 model (code-named Thor), which doubles the processing power of the X4500.

In November 2010, Oracle designated that the X4540 is end-of-life and has no next-generation replacement model. [2]


  • Development 1
  • Hardware 2
  • Supported operating systems 3
  • Solutions using X4500/X4540 4
  • TPC-H World Record 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Thumper was developed by Palo Alto, California based company Kealia inc. Kealia was founded in 2001 by Stanford University professor David Cheriton and Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. When Sun bought Kealia in 2004, Thumper became the basis for the X4500 model.[3]


The Sun Fire X4500 supports two dual-core AMD Opteron processors and up to 64 GB RAM. With forty-eight 500/1000/2000 GB SATA drives, it provides 24/48 TB of storage in four rack units.

The Sun Fire X4540 supports two quad- or six-core AMD K10 (Barcelona) processors and up to 128 GB RAM. The new model also uses PCI Express IO technology, and added a compact flash disk slot for booting the operating system.

A significant feature of both systems is that the I/O framework was designed to handle high throughput on all disks simultaneously. These were the first systems designed specifically with ZFS in mind, so no hardware RAID is included.

Supported operating systems

Solutions using X4500/X4540

Forty-two Sun Fire X4500 data servers are used to provide Lustre cluster filesystem storage in the TSUBAME supercomputer,[21] which was number 7 on June 2006 TOP500 list.

TPC-H World Record

In October 2007, Sun submitted TPC-H result with an X4500 running Sybase IQ. At US $8.11/QphH, it achieved the best price/performance among the 1,000 GB results.[22]


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  2. ^ "End of Life Server Products". Oracle Corporation. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Bechtolsheim: The server is not the network". The Register. 14 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "on an X4500: ROCKS:searching for USB key on device ... and reboots". Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Performance of a Sun X4500 under Windows, NTFS and SQLserver 2005".  
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  12. ^ "Sun Scalable Storage Cluster - Lustre on Thumper". Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  13. ^ "Universal Storage Networking featuring FICON and ESCON mainframe channel gateways, connectivity and data storage products". Luminex. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  14. ^ "The Simplicity of Achieving High-End Performance at a Low Cost". SAS Institute Inc. 
  15. ^ "Greenplum Data Warehouse Appliance". Greenplum. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  16. ^ "ipConfigure Home Page". ipConfigure. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  17. ^ "EVM Highlights". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Sun Fire X4500 as a Media Server for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  19. ^ "Cypress: SUN X4540 and ZFS+". Greenbytes. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  20. ^ "The Internet In A Box". Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  21. ^ "Tokyo Tech Tsubame Grid Storage Implementation". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  22. ^ "TPC-H Details". Transaction Processing Performance Council. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

External links

  • Sun Fire X4500 Server
  • Sun Fire X4540 Server
  • Sun Fire X4640 Server
  • Sun Fire X4500 System Walkthrough and Part 2 (YouTube Video)
  • Sun Fire x4500 demonstration - Andy Bechtolsheim demonstrating the 4500 hardware, Menlo Park Ca, 11 July 2006
  • Configuring the Sun Fire X4500 Server as Network Attached Archival Storage for Symantec Enterprise Vault
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