Thursday Apr 10, 2008

xVM and the art of beer maintenance

We all know global warming is occurring, and from individual's to corporations we can all make a contribution to containing, and eventually reversing climate change, and save a bit of cash along the way as well. Seems like a win, win deal to me. But now the urgency has grown, a colleague of mine forwarded on an article about the price of beer. The price of beer I hear you ask? From the AP release

Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said climate change likely will cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and Australia. Malting barley is a key ingredient of beer.

"It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up," Mr. Salinger told the Institute of Brewing and Distilling convention.

Now considering the fact, to borrow a quote the folks over on Goats, that

Beer is the salvation of all mans souls

this is a matter of some urgency for all of us in the technology industry to address. Luckily for us the most complete suite of technologies, services and solutions to address these problems is available from Sun.

Virtualization & Consolidation

There is virtualization from the management layer with Sun xVM Ops Center, to our hypervisor level offering xVM, based on the work of the openxVM community, to logical domains with LDoms on our award winning CoolThreads servers, to software level virtualization with Solaris Zones and desktop level virtualization with Sun xVM VirtualBox.

Using xVM and our range of x64 and Sun Blade Systems you can consolidate your existing Solaris, Windows and Linux environments into one environment. Personally I still have a soft spot for the Sun Fire x4600 M2, but given the choice I would go for the Sun Blade 6000 with Sun Blade x6220 Server Modules for x64 and x86 consolidation.

Why the Sun Blade 6000? Very simple, because I can use the same blade chassis with LDoms and the Sun Blade T6320 Server Module to consolidate my existing Sparc applications. Of course if you don't feel that xVM is the right choice for your Windows or Linux consolidation all of our x64 servers are VMWare certified, and you can get your support and services directly from Sun.

Sometimes however its not possible to migrate your ISV application to the latest version of Solaris, we are all aware of the application that was certified on with database X, jvm y and os z that no one wants to get recertified due to the costs, but you know that the old machine thats there is just not efficient any more, users would like better performance that can only come from a hardware upgrade, but the new hardware doesn't support the old OS - fear not as Solaris 8 Containers, building on the excellent work of the Zones and BrandZ communities over at OpenSolaris allows you to safely consolidate applications certified for Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 applications using Solaris 10 Containers, using any of our servers, from the most energy efficent servers on the market, Suns CoolThreads servers, to our high end offerings.

If your not sure if this is for you or uncertain if you want to undertake a migration, why not get one of our newly launched Sun Sparc Enterprise T5140 Servers on our Try & Buy program, contact our Professional Services group about our Enterprise Migration service, and see how much you could save on power, maintenance and support. Your boss will thank you for saving your business money and more importantly you will be helping to protect the global beer supply, which we all know is the real issue here :).

Thursday Sep 20, 2007

Ldoms @ IE-OSUG

The fourteenth Irish OpenSolaris Users Group meeting is on next Tuesday. Liam Merwick will be presenting on Logical Domains. If you have any machines with Coolthreads technology, this will definately be of interest to you.

The good folks at the Dublin Institute of Technology are hosting the meeting.

Logical Domains @ IE-OSUG
DIT, Kevin St, @ 7.00 PM, September 25th 2007

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