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12 Sep 2013 Sun Server X4-2L [32836]
Unrivaled Performance and Scalability for the Data Center

Unrivaled Performance and Scalability for the Data Center

Oracle's Sun Server X4-2L system is the perfect integration of compute and storage in a single two rack unit (2U) enclosure for clustered databases and virtualized business applications. It is a unique and scalable enterprise-class, two-socket Sun x86 server.

Oracle's new x86 servers pack in 50 percent more compute power than the previous generation. This performance boost comes while remaining within the same power profile as the prior generation of servers, making them some of the greenest servers for running mission-critical Oracle software.

With the new Sun Server X4-2, Oracle has designed in the perfect balance of compute power, I/O bandwidth, and memory footprint in one rack unit, making it the best platform for high-density, clustered computing in an enterprise cloud environment.

Oracle raises the bar with the new Sun Server X4-2L, supporting more than 50 TB of internal storage and 24 CPU cores in two rack units. By maximizing storage and compute density simultaneously, Sun Server X4-2L is the ideal platform for compute-intensive applications requiring large amounts of direct-attached storage.

Oracle's Sun x86 servers come included with advanced system management tools, Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager and Oracle System Assistant.

Oracle's new Sun x86 servers include the Oracle Advanced Cooling System. This innovation uses cooling zones to maximize airflow at lower fan speeds while minimizing power consumption to ensure the maximum lifetime of temperature-sensitive components.
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10 Sep 2013 If Virtualization Is Free, It Can't Be Any Good - Right? [32837]
A Consolidation Case Study on Oracle SuperCluster

by Thierry Manfé, with contributions from Orgad Kimchi, Maria Frendberg, and Mike Gerdts

Best practices and hands-on instructions for using Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate existing physical servers and their applications onto Oracle SuperCluster using the P2V migration process, including a step-by-step example of how to consolidate an Oracle Solaris 8 server running Oracle Database 10g...

This article provides guidance, best practices, and hands-on instructions for using Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate existing servers onto SuperCluster. It focuses on the operating system and virtualization layers, on the P2V migration process, and on the associated tools for facilitating this migration.

This article is intended to help system administrators, architects, and project managers who have some understanding of SuperCluster and want to familiarize themselves with P2V migration and evaluate the possibility of conducting such a transition.
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06 Sep 2013 Hadoop on an Oracle SPARC T4-2 Server [32747]
simultaneously run up to 64 software threads

Jeff Taylor sales he "recently configured a Oracle SPARC T4-2 server to store and process a combination of 2 types of data:

  • Critical and sensitive data. ACID transactions are required. Security is critical. This data needs to be stored in an Oracle Database.

  • High-volume/low-risk data that needs to be processed using Apache Hadoop. This data is stored in HDFS.

Based on the requirements, I configured the server using a combination of:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC, used for hard partitioning of system resources such as CPU, memory, PCIe buses and devices.

  • Oracle Solaris Zones to host a Hadoop cluster as shown in Orgad Kimchi's How to Set Up a Hadoop Cluster Using Oracle Solaris Zones

The configuration is shown in the following diagram:..."
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04 Sep 2013 Administering Solaris Zones [32741]
An excerpt from Chapter 17 of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide

This is an excerpt from Chapter 17, "Administering Solaris Zones," of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide by Michael Ernest (McGraw-Hill Professional; 2013) with permission from McGraw-Hill. Download a PDF of the full chapter. Also, read a Q&A with the author.

"You are about to learn how to create and configure a Solaris Zone, observe it in its various states of being, and manage it as it runs on your system. For those of you who need to get on with learning about other virtualization techniques available on Solaris and other operating systems, learning how zones work will give you a solid conceptual foundation for those subjects.

You've been learning about zones already -- or at least the key parts that make up one. For example, you've learned to configure projects, an abstraction for treating a group of processes as a workload. You've learned how to set limits with process, task, and project resource controls, and you've learned about global resource controls such as memory caps, process scheduling, and CPU provisioning. You can create a new ZFS file system with its own property controls for any occasion you deem fit. And you know that you can now create virtual NICs whenever you need a new logical network resource..."
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02 Sep 2013 So, what makes Solaris Zones so cool? [32746]
Karoly Vegh Provides 10 Reasons

Karoly Vegh writes, "This post is about the third option, a container technology built right into Solaris: Solaris Zones. They are pretty awesome, especially on Solaris 11 - they're like vacation: once you go Zones, you won't want to leave them :) But what exactly makes Zones so cool?

There are a number of reasons, allow me to list my favourite top 10:..."

  • Solaris Zones are performance overheadless
  • Resource Management
  • the Golden Image cloning
  • Zone independence
  • Branded Zones
  • Cluster integration
  • Immutable Zones
  • Exclusive IP stack with VNICs
  • zonestat
  • Per-zone fstype statistics

Read on for details.
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