Hot off the Press
By blueprints on May 08, 2008
I am behind on this blog, just catching up. Although it is not the announcement vehicle for new content—I hope you are visiting the web page to see what is new—I do want to provide a little perspective. After a dry spell, we suddenly have a whole slew of new and interesting documents. In fact, in the last week we have posted 142 pages of very diverse content:
Using Logical Domains and CoolThreads Technology: Improving Scalability and System Utilization, by Ning Sun and Lee Anne Simmons documents a fascinating internal project that examined the application of LDoms to our CMT products to improve scalability and system utilization. It was found that configurations with 6 logical domains exhibited scalable performance improvements, yet still did not fully utilize system resources of the SPARC Enterprise T5220 server. A configuration with 12 logical domains increased the overall throughput by over 50 percent compared to the 6-domain configuration, while almost fully utilizing the available CPU resources assigned to the logical domains.
Using Solaris Cluster and Sun Cluster Geographic Edition is another contribution by longtime Sun BluePrints author Tim Read. There has been lots written about Sun's many virtualization technologies. Tim provides a comprehensive survey of the application of these to the Solaris Cluster software (and its Open High Availability Cluster open source equivalent) with an eye on best practices.
Sun's Reference Architecture for Video Surveillance with ipConfigure ESM provides a brief overview of the opportunity to address the Video Surveillance market. The document presents an architecture built on the foundation of our Sun Fire X4500 Server as the archive server, used in conjunction with ipConfigure's ESM software and a pair of Sun Fire X4100 M2 servers to provide both management and drive a simulation. The system was tested under both server-based and camera-based motion-detection scenarios and demonstrated considerable scalability. This document provides both background and hard data, representing a important integration of our server and storage products.
The Managed Desktop Factory: Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software as a Service focuses on the application of ITIL methodologies to optimally deploy desktop environments throughout the enterprise via "Managed Desktop Factories" using thin clients, PCs, and even mobile devices.
We have more exciting and interesting content on the way, including a "definitive" blueprint on our Solaris xVM Hyperisor and a detailed view on Sun's own energy efficient datacenters.