Thursday Aug 11, 2011

Deploying Oracle RAC DB 11gR2 on LDoms Virtualization

This blog provides a "cookbook" procedure to configure and install Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) Database 11.2.0.2 on Solaris 10 and Logical Domains on Sun CMT servers (also using ZFS).  If you are not familiar with LDom, review this document called "Beginners Guide to Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Understanding and Deploying Logical Domains".

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Thursday Feb 12, 2009

WebSphere Tuning Tip: Scalability on Solaris

If you see scalability issue with WebSphere Application Server on Solaris systems (especially on the CMT based servers), you should consider using an alternate memory allocator. The white paper titled "Improving Application Efficiency Through Chip Multi-Threading", has excellent explanation about the CMT and SPARC architecture overview and how to improve application performance and CMT system efficiency.[Read More]

Thursday Apr 17, 2008

New Sun SPARC Enterprise T5x40 servers for IBM WebSphere

While we were at the IBM Impact 2008 Conference, Sun announced the new UltraSPARC-T2 Plus servers. Here's a blog about the announcement. You can also learn more about it at this Sun CMT Wiki.

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Monday Oct 22, 2007

Summary of Sun Virtualization Technologies for WebSphere Application Environments

Sun offers various virtualization capabilities ranging from partitioning at the hardware level to isolating at the OS resource utilization and others in between (see Figure below).  You can leverage such capabilities to maximize your resource utilization, consolidate servers, and minimize the server sprawl in your data center for deploying business applications including IBM WebSphere.

Sun Virtualization Figure 

  1. Dynamic System Domains (DSD) enable main-frame like hardware partitioning, full fault isolation, and full dynamic reconfiguration (DR) capabilities offered on mid-rage SPARC64-VI to high-end Sun Fire servers.  Each domain on a server represents a system with its own kernel, network interface, disks, I/O, MAC address, IP Address, host name, name service, locale, timezone, etc.
  2. Logical Domains (LDom) enable server virtualization capabilities and are offered on Sun CoolThread servers.  Each LDom on a CoolThread server represents a virtual system (sun4v) with its own kernel, network interface, disks, MAC address, IP Address, host name, name service, locale, timezone, etc.  (It comes free with CoolThread servers!)
  3. Solaris Containers (Zone+Resouce Control) enable OS virtualization capabilities on any system (SPARC and x86) that is running Solaris 10 or newer.   It is free, built in capability with no additional license and requires virtually no overhead!  Based on a single Solaris kernel instance, each Container (or Zone) represents a virtual system with its own IP address, host name, name service, locale, timezone, etc.  And, there are additional capabilities that Solaris Containers now offer:
    1. Solaris 8 Migration Assistant allows a Solaris 10 system to host Solaris 8 Containers.  Yes, this Solaris Container on Solaris 10 will look and act like Solaris 8 to the applications hosted.
    2. Solaris Containers for Linux Applications enable hosting Linux applications on Solaris
  4. Finally, Sun xVM will offer the open source project Xen-based virtualization capabilities in Solaris.

You can, of course, create a combined solution of Solaris Containers on systems that are running DSD's or LDom's.  The same will be for Sun xVM.  Here is a brief summary on when to use what; if you need to have

  • Complete fault isolation, dynamic reconfiguration, RAS, high vertical scalability, large physical memory (e.g. >64GB RAM) and multiple Solaris kernels, then go with Dynamic System Domains on the Sun Fire mid-rage SPARC64-VI to high-end servers.
  • The best price/performance, energy efficient, and multiple Solaris kernels, then go with LDoms on Sun CoolThread servers.
  • Virtualization capabilities and can share a single Solaris kernel among different virtual systems, then go with Sun Containers.  This can be easily implemented on a single CPU to the high-end Sun Fire 25K systems.
  • (In the near future, Virtual OS loaded within Solaris then go with Sun xVM).

You can learn more about all these Sun Virtualization technologies at this Sun website.

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