SUN Sparc Cross Platform Hardware Virtualization

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SUN Sparc Emulator

SUN/Oracle SPARC Cross Platform Hardware Virtualization

The SUN Sparc emulator (Charon-SSP) will provide a fully binary compatible SPARC virtual hardware environment running on a Linux host 64bit Intel (Red Hat Enterprise recommended). This will support all systems from the Sun 4M/V8 (32 bit) and the Sun 4U/V9 (64 bit) range of servers, running up to and including Solaris 10. The Sun 4V servers and Solaris 11 are not supported at this moment.

This provides the ability to move applications from older SPARC hardware onto new Intel x64 servers and blades, without any code or operational process changes, thereby reducing floor space, power consumption and maintenance costs. It can make the application much more portable and resilient running within a modern SAN environment.

SPARC CPU & System

The legacy SPARC emulator software layer presents almost all virtual on board devices to the upper layer, from the Solaris/SunOS operating system to the applications.

A separate RPM installer is provided to allow the product to be installed on a standard Linux distribution, such as Red Hat Linux or Fedora. Charon-SSP works well with mainstream virtualization solutions and products like VMware, Oracle VM, etc.

Management Application

Charon Manager is an integrated component of the Charon-SSP product. It provides an easy-to-use and intuitive graphical interface to manage Charon-SSP and virtual SPARC systems either locally or remotely. Charon Manager can be installed as a standalone application on Linux or Windows, and it works as the virtual SPARC management station.


Charon-SSP utilizes Stromasys’ unique dynamic instruction translation technology (i.e., DIT) to improve runtime SPARC instruction execution speed. This DIT technology and carefully designed architecture bring the virtual SPARC system’s performance to an accepted level. A special version called SSP+ is available to provides the maximum performance, this cannot run within another Virtual Hypervisor but must run on a physical server.


The emulator supports configurations of up to 24 virtual SPARC CPU’s and up to 128GB of memory depending upon the resources available on the physical server. It will provide similar performance of the SPARC CPU up to a clock speed of 1.2 GHz.


List of SUN SPARC Servers – 4M and 4U are supported, 4V servers are not supported.

Supported Sun 4M Servers

Sun 4/6×0, SS4, SS5, SS10, SS20, LX/ZX, Classic, Voyager, JavaEngine1

Supported Sun 4U Servers

Sun Ultra 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60, 450
Sun Ultra 80, Ultra Enterprise 420R, and Netra t1400/1405.
Sun Ultra Enterprise 220R, 250, 450
Sun Ultra Enterprise 3000, 3500, 4000/5000, 4500/5500, 6000, 6500
Sun Ultra Enterprise 10000
Sun StorEdge N8400 and N8600 Filer
Sun SPARCengine Ultra AX, AXi, AXmp, AXmp+, AXe
Sun SPARCengine CP 1400, CP 1500, CP2140
Sun Netra t1 100/105, t1120/1125, ft1800, X1, T1 200, AX1105-500, 120
Sun Netra 20 (Netra T4)
Sun Netra ct800
Sun Blade 100, 150, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500
Sun Fire 280R
Sun Fire 3800, 4800, 4810, 6800
Sun Fire V100, V120, V210, V240, V250, V440
Sun Netra 210, 240, 440
Sun Fire V125, V215, V245, V445
Sun Fire V480, V490, V880, V880z, V890
Sun Fire 12000, 15000, E20K, E25K
Sun Fire V1280, Netra 1280 (Netra T12)
Sun Fire E2900, E4900, E6900
Sun Fire B100s Blade Server
Sun Ultra 25 Workstation
Sun Ultra 45 Workstation
Sun/Fujitsu Siemens SPARC Enterprise M3000, M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000
Sun Netra ct400, ct410, ct810
Sun SPARCengine CP2040, CP2060, CP2080, CP2160

Unsupported Sun 4V Servers

Sun Fire T2000, T1000, Netra T2000
Sun Blade T6300, T6320, T6340
Sun SPARC Enterprise T2000, T1000 Server
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120, T5140, T5220, T5240 Server, Netra T5220
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server, Netra T5440
Oracle SPARC T3-1, T3-1B, T3-2, T4-1, T4-2, T4-4, T5-2, T5-4
Fujitsu SPARC M10-1, M10-4
Sun Netra CP3260
Oracle SPARC T3-1BA, T3-4, T4-1B, T4-2B, T5-8, T5-1B
Oracle SPARC M5-32. M6-32
Oracle Netra SPARC T3 systems

MCSA can provide a complete solution

  • supply a new server preconfigured for your requirements
  • migration onto your own server or virtualised environment
  • full migration consultancy to move from the physical System to the emulated System
  • ongoing support services for the whole emulator environment
  • running on Linux

MCSA can also provide various evaluation options, which can be considered to be a Full DR test, as a system will be restored from your normal media. An evaluation can often highlight issues with the restore process that can be resolved prior to requiring an emergency restore.

To find out more about MCSA’s emulation services, complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss this further.