Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Cool video of Sun Unified Storage aka Amber Road!

Just saw a great intro video clip that shows the value of Open Storage and Sun Innovation. I loved the format, entertaining and to the point! Thanks Constantin!

Constantin Gonzalez Schmitz does a Top 5 video on cool features on the new Sun Unified Storage 7000 series.

Hope you enjoy the video clip as much as I did and you can find more information about Sun Unified Storage 7000 series here!

Friday Jun 27, 2008

"How do I know if I can virtualize my application using Sun Virtualization?"

Somebody asked me the other day, "How do I know when to use which Sun Virtualization Technology and how do I know if I can virtualize my application?" Well it depends on what problem your are trying to solve. The following are a some general rules of thumb that I use and I though I would share them with you.

Bare Metal Machine Running Solaris

\* Any Sparc Apps on Sparc Systems
\* Any X86 Apps on X86/X64 Systems

Solaris Containers (Zones)

\* Any Sparc Apps on Sparc Systems w/kernel restrictions
\* Any X86 Apps on X86/X64 w/kernel restrictions
\* There is only a single Solaris Kernel
\* Apps Restricted to user land type Apps
\* No Apps that need to talk directly to kernel or devices
\* Operating System Solaris 10
\* Sparc Branded Zones - Solaris 8, Solaris 9
\* X86 Branded Zones - Linux
\* Solaris 10 Containers can be run any where Solaris 10 is installed regardless (Bare Metal/LDoms/xVM Server)

xVM Logical Domains (LDoms)

\* Any Sparc Apps on T1 & T2 Systems
\* Solaris Operating System
\* There can be multiple Solaris Kernels (each thread can be a kernel)
\* Enterprise Grade Level Virtualization (RAS)
\* Type I Hypervisor Virtualization

xVM Server X86

\* Any X86 Apps on X86/X64
\* Multiple Operating Systems (Solaris X86, Windows & Linux)
\* Enterprise Grade Level Virtualization (RAS)
\* Type I Hypervisor Virtualization

xVM Virtual Box

\* Any X86 Apps on X86/X64
\* Multiple Operating Systems (Solaris X86, Windows & Linux)
\* Desktop/Laptop Grade Level virtualization for Software Development
\* Type II Hypervisor Virtualization

Also check out blogs for the following Subject Matter Experts:

For Solaris Containers go to Jeff Victor's blog
For xVM LDoms go to Jeff Savit's blog
For xVM X86 go to Bob Netherton's blog

Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Project Black Box: The Sun Modular Data Center

I spent all day at a Sun Partner Event for Project Black Box,
Project Black Box is the Sun Modular Data Center S20 (Sun MD)
 .

It is genius on how such a simple idea of placing a data center into a
standard ISO9000 shipping container is now a reality.  Yes these
containers can be moved by ships, trucks, or rail  anywhere in the
world.  The Sun MD has been placed on top of building, in parking
lots and remote places such as Siberia.

The Sun MD is basically a mobile data center that can be placed
anywhere, any time, any place.

The Sun MD is primarily consists of 8 standard 19 inch racks (7
computing racks and 1 networking rack).  These racks can be mixed
and match and can provide as much as 3 petabytes of storage or you and
provide less storage an provide more compute power for doing teraflops
of computing power. 

Each rack is cooled from front to back and
the container allows you to cut cooling costs as much as 40% as
compared to a regular data center.   This type of data center
is green and eco friendly, meaning that by deploying the Sun MD this
allows one to save money and is ecologically friendly because it uses
less power.

Here are some feature highlights:

  • 10X faster to deploy vs. traditional datacenter

  • Reduced capital expenses with incremental expansion

  • Global deployment capability & flexibility to redeploy as needed

  • 4X higher density per rack vs. typical datacenter

  • 40% lower cooling costs in 1/8th the space


  • This was my first time to see Sun MD and the first time for me to
    walk through one.  I would highly recommend if you have the
    opportunity to see one to go take a look at it next time there is a tour in your
    area.
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    Wences is interested in data center technologies including Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, Eco Computing, Solaris 10, OpenSolaris, Information Security and Server Virtualization.

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