By Gerry Haskins on Aug 15, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that I've been a little quieter than usual in the last year.
Is it because I've lost interest in patching, maintenance best practices, and improving our customers' lifecycle experience ? Not a bit of it.
It's because my team and I have been rather busy - to put it mildly! - on developing the installation configuration utilities and maintenance updates for SPARC SuperCluster.
SPARC SuperCluster is so good, and the feedback from the already substantial customer base has been so positive, that I'm lobbying Marketing to rename it SPARC SuperDuperCluster.
Available in half rack (2 T4-4s, 3 Exadata Storage Cells) or full rack (4 T4-4s, 7 Exadata Storage Cells) configurations, both of which have a general purpose 7320 ZFSSA (ZFS Storage Appliance) and 3 Infiniband Switches, SPARC SuperDuperCluster is the prime example of the integrated Oracle Red Stack at its best.
It is a true example of an Engineered System, engineered with enhancements at every layer of the Red Stack to improve performance, robustness, and quality, from the phenomenal performance of the SPARC T4 chips, through to the excellent LDoms (Logical Domains) virtualization layer, enhancements such as RDSv3 support in Solaris as well as all the other great feature of Solaris 11 (and 10), to leveraging the phenomenal performance of Infiniband, Exadata Storage Cells and the 11gR2 database.
Seemingly paradoxically, SPARC SuperDuperCluster is both a highly flexible General Purpose "app" consolidation platform and an Engineered System, offering a wide variety of optimized configurations with various combinations of 11gR2 database domains, Solaris 11 General Purpose "app" domains, and Solaris 10 General Purpose "app" domains.
But how can SPARC SuperDuperCluster be both an Engineered System and offer extremely flexible configurations at the same time ? That's easy. The hardware layer and cabling is fixed in an optimized fashion (Engineered). But what apps a customer chooses to run on SuperCluster, on how many LDoms and what memory/CPU is allocated to each is up to them, optimized for their needs (Flexible), rather than a one-size-fits-none approach.
SPARC SuperDuperCluster is more than just the hardware and software. It's also the extraordinary cross-organizational team that has been built around it. From the absolute cream of Services, Support, and Sustaining, to the architects and management from Performance Technologies, to the cooperation and deep engagement between engineering teams for each layer of the Oracle Red Stack, to my own small but extremely dedicated install configuration utility and maintenance update team, it's the people behind SPARC SuperDuperCluster which ensure its success.
Feedback from the rapidly growing customer install base worldwide is extremely positive. To find out more, please see the SPARC SuperCluster resource page. You'll be hearing lots more about SPARC SuperDuperCluster at Oracle Open World this year - wow, it's nearly that time of year again! - but, for once, I won't be presenting myself.
I will be there and available to meet/talk either about Solaris 10 Patching, Solaris 11 SRUs (Support Repository Updates), or SPARC SuperDuperCluster. I look forward to seeing you there!