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Introducing Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management
Oracle VMAs you are watching Oracle's Virtualization Strategy Webcast and exploring the great virtualization
offerings of Oracle
VM product line
, I'd like to introduce Oracle VM Server for SPARC -- 
highly efficient, enterprise-class virtualization solution for Sun
SPARC Enterprise T-Series Systems

SPARC Hypervisor

Oracle VM Server for SPARC, previously called Sun Logical Domains,
leverages the built-in SPARC hypervisor to subdivide supported
resources (CPUs, memory, network, and storage) by creating partitions
logical (or virtual) domains. Each logical domain can run an
independent operating
system. Oracle VM Server for SPARC provides the flexibility to deploy
multiple Oracle
operating systems simultaneously on a single platform. Oracle VM Server also allows you to create up to
128 virtual
servers on one system to take advantage of the massive thread scale
offered by
the Chip Multithreading (CMT) architecture.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC integrates both the
industry-leading CMT capability of the UltraSPARC T1, T2 and T2 Plus
and the Oracle Solaris operating system. This combination helps to
flexibility, isolate workload processing, and improve the potential for
server utilization. Oracle
VM Server for SPARC delivers the following:

  • Leading
    - The low-overhead
    architecture provides scalable performance under increasing workloads
    additional license cost. This enables you to meet the most aggressive
    price/performance requirement
  • Advanced RAS - Each logical domain is an entirely independent
    virtual machine
    with its own OS. It supports virtual disk mutipathing and failover as
    well as
    faster network failover with link-based IP multipathing (IPMP) support.
    Moreover, it's fully integrated with Solaris FMA (Fault Management
    Architecture), which enables predictive self healing.
  • CPU Dynamic Resource
    Management (DRM)
    - Enable your resource management
    policy and
    domain workload to trigger the automatic addition and removal of CPUs.
    helps you to better align with your IT and business priorities.
  • Enhanced Domain
    - Perform
    domain migrations interactively and non-interactively to bring more
    to the management of your virtualized environment. Improve active
    migration performance by compressing memory transfers and taking
    advantage of
    cryptographic acceleration hardware. These methods provide faster
    migration for
    load balancing, power saving, and planned maintenance.
  • Dynamic Crypto Control - Dynamically add and remove cryptographic
    units (aka MAU) to and from active domains. Also, migrate active
    domains that
    have cryptographic units.
  • Physical-to-virtual
    (P2V) Conversion
    - Quickly convert an existing
    SPARC server running
    the Oracle Solaris 8, 9 or 10 OS into a virtualized Oracle Solaris 10
    Use this image to facilitate OS migration into the virtualized
  • Virtual I/O Dynamic
    Reconfiguration (DR)

    - Add and remove virtual I/O services and devices without needing to
    reboot the
  • CPU Power Management -
    Implement power
    saving by disabling each core on a Sun UltraSPARC T2 or T2 Plus
    processor that
    has all of its CPU threads idle.
  • Advanced Network
    - Configure
    the following network features to obtain more flexible network
    higher performance, and scalability: Jumbo frames, VLANs, virtual
    switches for
    link aggregations, and network interface unit (NIU) hybrid I/O.
  • Official Certification
    Based On Real-World
    - Use Oracle VM Server for SPARC with the most
    enterprise workloads under real-world conditions, including Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC).
  • Affordable, Full-Stack
    Enterprise Class
    - Obtain worldwide support from Oracle for the entire
    virtualization environment and workloads together. The support covers
    firmware, OS, virtualization, and the software stack.

SPARC Server Virtualization

SPARC Server Virtualization

Oracle offers a f
portfolio of virtualization solutions to address your needs. SPARC is
leading platform to have the hard partitioning capability that provides
the physical
isolation needed to run independent operating systems. Many customers
already used Oracle Solaris Containers for application isolation.

Oracle VM Server for
SPARC provides another important feature with OS isolation. This gives
you the
flexibility to deploy multiple operating systems simultaneously on a
single Sun
SPARC T-Series server with finer granularity for computing resources. For SPARC CMT processors, the natural level
of granularity is an execution thread, not a time-sliced microsecond of
execution resources. Each CPU thread can be treated as an independent
processor. The scheduler is built into the CPU, without the extra overhead for scheduling in
hypervisor. What you get is a lower
overhead and
higher performance virtualization solution.

Your organizations
can couple Oracle Solaris Containers and Oracle VM Server for SPARC
with the
breakthrough space and energy savings afforded by Sun SPARC Enterprise
with CMT technology to deliver a more agile, responsive, and low-cost

Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center

The Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center
Management Pack provides full lifecycle management of virtual guests,
Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Containers. It helps you
streamline operations and reduce downtime. Together, the Virtualization
Management Pack and the Ops Center Provisioning and Patch Automation
provide an end-to-end management solution for physical and virtual
through a single web-based console. This solution automates the
lifecycle management
of physical and virtual systems and is the most effective systems
solution for Oracle's Sun infrastructure.

Ease of Deployment with Configuration Assistant

The Oracle VM Server
for SPARC Configuration Assistant can help you easily create logical
After gathering the configuration data, the Configuration Assistant
the best way to create a deployment to suit your requirements. The
Configuration Assistant is available as both a graphical user interface
and terminal-based tool.

Oracle Solaris Cluster HA Support

The Oracle Solaris
Cluster HA
for Oracle VM Server for SPARC data service provides a
mechanism for
orderly startup and shutdown, fault monitoring and automatic failover
of the
Oracle VM Server guest domain service. In addition, applications that
run on a
logical domain, as well as its resources and dependencies can be
controlled and
managed independently. These are managed as if they were running in a
Solaris Cluster hardware node.

Supported Systems

Oracle VM Server for SPARC is supported on all Sun
Enterprise T-Series Systems.

UltraSPARC T2 Plus Systems

· Sun
SPARC Enterprise T5140 Server

· Sun
SPARC Enterprise T5240 Server

· Sun
SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server

· Sun Netra T5440 Server

· Sun
Blade T6340 Server Module

· Sun Netra T6340 Server Module

UltraSPARC T2 Systems

· Sun
SPARC Enterprise T5120 Server

· Sun
SPARC Enterprise T5220 Server

· Sun Netra T5220 Server

· Sun
Blade T6320 Server Module

· Sun Netra CP3260 ATCA Blade Server

Note that UltraSPARC T1 systems
supported on earlier versions of the software.

Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series Systems come with the right to
use (RTU) for Oracle VM Server for SPARC,
and the software is pre-installed. If you have the systems under warranty or
with support, you can
download the software and system firmware as well as their updates. Oracle
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 more information about Oracle's virtualization offerings, visit

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Vijay Wednesday, October 6, 2010
    I am not clear about how Logical Domain provide P2V solution? Can you forward me some links related to this?
    " * Physical-to-virtual (P2V) Conversion - Quickly convert an existing SPARC server running the Oracle Solaris 8, 9 or 10 OS into a virtualized Oracle Solaris 10 image. Use this image to facilitate OS migration into the virtualized environment."
  • Honglin Su Wednesday, October 6, 2010
    Vijay, please review the P2V section of the documentation: http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/821-1485/ldomsp2v
  • guest Thursday, May 19, 2011
    What Guest OS's can the Oracle VM Server for SPARC support.
    SUSE, Windows, Debian, Redhat...
    and what versions of the guest os?
  • Honglin Su Thursday, May 19, 2011
    Please refer to the documentation for the supported OS:
  • guest Thursday, May 19, 2011
    for VM Server for SPARC the release notes list the supported HOST OS's , but does not list the supported GUEST OS's. The Guide for VM Server for x86 has a whole section for GUEST OS's. Where do I find a list of GUEST OS's for VM Server for SPARC? Does VM Server for SPARC support SUSE as a GUEST OS?
  • Honglin Su Thursday, May 19, 2011
    The supported guest OS for Oracle VM Server for SPARC is Solaris only.
    You can run different versions of Solaris on each domain.
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