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Announcing Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management

We are excited to announce the latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 release, which brings live migration capabilities to the SPARC T-series server family, including SPARC T3, UltraSPARC T2
Plus and UltraSPARC T2 based servers, allowing customers to quickly and
easily migrate running domains from one physical server to another,
eliminating application outages and server downtime.

This release continues to deliver new innovations in virtualization for Oracle Solaris and its SPARC servers, offers customers a new level of flexibility in efficiently
deploying enterprise workloads on the SPARC T-series family of systems.

See the key features delivered in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1:

  • Live migration: Enables users to migrate an active domain to another
    host machine while maintaining application services to users. Live
    migrations are as simple as point and click using Oracle Enterprise
    Manager Ops Center
    ’s console.
  • Secure,
    encrypted migration included: On-chip cryptographic accelerators
    deliver secure, wire speed encryption capabilities for live migration –
    without any additional hardware investments.

  • Dynamic Resource Management (DRM) between domains: Ensures that
    domains running the most important workloads get priority for CPU access
    over domains with less critical workloads.
  • Increased maximum number of virtual networks per domain: Permits a dramatic increase in external access to domains.

  • Lower-overhead, higher scalability networking for Oracle Solaris 11
    Express: Allows virtual network devices to use shared memory to exchange
    network packets, enabling improved performance and scalability.

  • Support for Virtual Device Service Validation: Immediately validates
    the name and path for a specified network device or virtual disk,
    greatly reducing the risk of incorrectly configured I/O.

  • Integrated Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) of Cryptographic units and
    virtual CPUs: Cryptographic units and CPUs are dynamically reconfigured
    together to simplify operations and ensure consistent performance.

  • Enhanced Management Information Base (MIB): Enables the SNMP MIB to
    use the latest Logical Domains Manager XML interface, permitting third
    party management software to access the new features and resource
  • P2V tool enhancements:
    Bring more flexibility to quickly convert an existing SPARC server
    running Oracle Solaris 8, 9 or 10 into a virtualized Oracle Solaris
    image to run on SPARC T-series servers.

Please refer to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.1 Documentation for specific details of required and minimum software and supported platforms. Visit the download page for instructions to download the required software.

Support for Systems
provides fully-integrated support for your
server hardware, firmware, OS, and virtualization software. Visit oracle.com/support
for information about Oracle's support offerings for Sun systems.

    For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

    For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

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