Some questions about Sun's M-series servers

I had the pleasure of meeting with an ISV yesterday who is interested in simplifying how they deploy their solution to customers.  To make a long story short, simplification for them will result in more stable deployments for their customers, who can really stress the solution of software + hardware system.  So they came to Sun to talk about our systems.

A couple of questions came out of the meeting and I agreed to follow up; I figured I'd post the answers here, because the questions are not proprietary and the answers aren't, either.

Question #1: how many power supplies on an M4000 server?
Answer: 2.  The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server has two power cords coming into the box, in what we call a 1 + 1 redundant power supply configuration.  The M4000 needs only one power cord coming into the system to power it, but we have a second power supply just in case the 1st one fails.

(by the way, the M5000 server has four power cords.  Why?  It uses two power supplies active to power the server, and each of those has a redundant power supply.)

Here are the specs for the M4000 server, which comes from the Sun System Handbook.


Question #2: what kind of monitoring interface does the M-series server have?

Answer: I hope I'm answering the question that was asked here.  I recall that one question had to do with what the console looks like when you log into it: ALOM or ILOM-style interface?  (these have two different styles of giving commands to the server when you log into the console)  According to the technical lead in our ISV Engineering Labs datacenter, the M4000's console interface looks kind of like the SunFire 6800's style, which is (and I quote) "ALOM-ish".

And here is the documentation for the M-series's console, called the XSCF (eXtended System Control Facility).

If this isn't answering the question you asked, let me know what you need to know and I'll happily track it down.

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