Quarta-feira Dez 07, 2011

Oracle SPARC Supercluster: The New Kid on the Block

In has been in the making for more than one year, but finally we have a true SPARC Engineered System, that joins the best of three worlds: solaris on sparc, exadata and exalogic. But the new and exciting stuff doesn't end here. The new T4 chip with stunning performance numbers, and it's new architecture, allowed Oracle to build several servers, where the T4-4 is the top of the line 5RU model. It's precisely out of these new T4-4 servers that SPARC Supercluster is made of, along with the integration of Infiniband and the flexibility of Logical Domains (LDoms). There is a ZFS Storage Appliance to support the Exalogic clustering storage needs, and there are Exadata Cells. Along with Infiniband switches these are the main building blocks of this exciting new Engineered System.

You can slide and dice the T4-4 servers resources (CPU cores, memory and I/O channels) into several types of LDoms, up to 18 different combinations!

You can have three basic types of LDoms:

* Solaris 11 running a Oracle 11gR2 Exadata enabled database;
* Solaris 11 running a Exalogic stack;
* Either Solaris 11 or Solaris 10 domain running whatever you want! Even a Oracle 9i or 10g database!

SPARC Supercluster offers you fibre-channel connectivity for the 3rd type of domain, and allows you to use FC as well for the 1st type of domain as long as it is temporary (migration process).

All and all, this is a very exciting new Engineered System that will soon start hitting DC's across the world and show how amazing hardware and software engineered to work together can be.

For more info:

Public Info: SPAC Supercluster
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