Simplification with Open Network Systems

Marshall ChoyBy Marshall Choy, Systems BU

This week we announce the next evolution of Sun's Open Network Systems solution architecture, get ready, it's a long one: "Sun Open Network Systems Enterprise 2.0 Solution for Oracle". When we first developed the architecture for this solution one of the customer problems we were trying to address was ease and speed of deployment as well ease and speed of adding incremental capacity. In other words, simplifying things for our customers. By integrating the elements of compute, network, and storage into a scalable and flexible solution using Sun Blade 6000 computational building blocks and the integrated SB6000 Virtualized Multi-Fabric 10 GbE Network Express Module and the Sun Storage 7410 for bulk network accessible storage we were taking a selection of unmodified industry-standard building blocks and making sure the customer wouldn't run into any issues. We also validated the compatibility of these HW building blocks with the Solaris OS, and Oracle DB, Oracle middleware, and the OpenSource-based Glassfish Webspace server.

To build and deploy the solution PoC including HW provisioning, installation, configuration, and SW installation and configuration, it took approximately 256 man hours, utilizing 4 staff with different skillsets including solutions engineers, performance engineer, and SW engineer. As a result of this exercise, 192/256 man hours was spent troubleshooting and resolving issues, overall pairing of different elements, and vetting out different architectural design points. Hence, up to 75% of this time is time that a customer will not have to expend deploying this architecture. Additionally, they will require fewer staff to deploy as much of the architectural and engineering expertise will be unnecessary.

In the coming weeks, look for a Sun BluePrints paper that'll talk about much more including the performance of this solution as tested in our labs.

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