Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

So You Want To Build a SPARC Cloud

Did you ever wish you could get the industrial strength power of UNIX/RISC with the flexibility of cloud computing?  Well, now you can!  With recent advances from Oracle it's possible to build an incredibly high-performance, flexible, available virtualized infrastructure based on Solaris and SPARC.  Here's the recipe!

Authored in collaboration across the Oracle "Systems Group" team, we now have a complete best practice guide for you.  Click below to download it:

Best Practices for Building a Virtualized SPARC Computing Environment

Inside you'll find recommendations for how and when to leverage technologies like:

  • SPARC T4
  • OVM for SPARC hypervisor (version 2.2 and newer)
  • Solaris 11
  • Ops Center 12c
  • ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle network switches

Based on following these best practices, you'll be able to construct a dynamic, virtualized infrastructure that allows for:

  • Easy, GUI-based provisioning on new VMs
  • Automated HA failover in the event of physical server failures
  • Automatic load balancing across a cluster of VM hosts
  • Complete end-to-end monitoring

You should download this paper and check it out.  Even if you aren't planning on buying all new hardware, and instead want to transform some existing gear into a dynamic virtualized environment then this paper will give you concrete info on what to do and the trade-offs you'll make.

Have fun getting started on your journey to build a SPARC cloud!

Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

Managing Virtual Machines on SPARC

Over the past couple of weeks I've described some features of the forthcoming xVM Ops Center 2.5 release including improved Windows and Container management.  Well, here's another feature that people should find exciting: managing SPARC virtual machines via the Logical Domains (LDOMS) hypervisor.  Ops Center 2.5 will for the first time unify the management of SPARC Virtual Machines, x86 Virtual Machines and Solaris Containers (on x86 or SPARC!).  Below is a sample screenshot from the new UI.  You'll notice it looks very similar to the previous Container pictures I've posted (and these look similar to the xVM Server management screens I've shown before).  This new release of Ops Center will truely unify Sun's virtualization portfolio.

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