By Prasad Pai on Feb 25, 2008
Recently we put together a cool demo of Sun xVM Ops Center's Sun Blade 6000 management capabilities for a large HPC financial customer. The demo showcased Ops Center's full suite of lifecycle management capabilities with X6250 blades including discovery, lights-out management such as power and locator lights cycling, firmware upgrade and provisioning of Solaris 10 Update 4 operating system.
Other really cool aspects in the demo are features not available in Sun's previous Systems Management product. Most notably among them are:
- Firmware upgrade thru the "Compliance" feature of Sun xVM Ops Center. This "compliance report" feature in firmware provisioning brings a high degree of automation in the not-so-glamorous but critical step of server lifecycle management in data centers, i.e., firmware provisioning.
- OS provisioning by leveraging Jumpstart thru JET (Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit). Enabling serial port for remote console during OS provisioning and grabbing MAC addresses off managed nodes to facilitate OS provisioning are other features in the demo that the customer was interested in.
If you are at Immersion Week , you should check this demo out at the two BOF sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings. If you can't make it to immersion week, no sweat. We are working on getting a richer version of this blades management demo to a Sun Solution Center near you.
Hope you like it.