By blueprints on Dec 16, 2010
What could be more "cutting edge" than a fine blade?
Blade server architectures blend the enterprise availability and management features of vertically scalable platforms with the scalability and economic advantages of horizontally scalable systems by providing higher compute density, reduced complexity, and improved availability, serviceability, and power efficiency. It's no wonder that blade architectures are cutting into traditional enterprise server architectures.
To bring you up to speed with Oracle's blade solutions we have recently published two technical papers worth a serious look. The first is a refresh of our hardware architecture overview, Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems from Oracle. This comprehensive paper tells you everything you need to know about our complete solution, from the powerful chassis to the wide selection of blade modules: you have a choice of chip design, Intel Xeon or Oracle SPARC.
The second blade paper is hot off the press: Best Practices and Guidelines for Deploying the Oracle VM Blade Cluster Reference Configuration. The Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration offers a simple approach that speeds deployment and reduces risk. It is a single-vendor solution for the entire hardware and software stack and can be deployed in hours rather than weeks. The reference configuration has gone through Oracle Validated Configuration testing, resulting in a pre-tested, validated configuration that can significantly reduce testing time as well as the time-consuming effort of determining a stable configuration. This paper provides recommendations and best practices for optimizing virtualization infrastructures when deploying this powerful and flexible cluster reference configuration.