With the new high-powered Oracle Solaris 11, SPARC Enterprise servers are able to further maximize system uptime while reducing costs.
Oracle Solaris 11 greatly reduces system downtime when systems are being upgraded and simplifies implementation of security threat protection. In addition, the investment efficiency of enterprise servers is also maximized.
An upgrade to Oracle Solaris 11 can be done at minimum cost.
(1) Applications can be upgraded without compilation. All the application interfaces are the same as Oracle Solaris 10.
(2) Solaris 10 environment for applications “not-ready for Solaris 11”
Oracle Solaris 11 provides relief if you find an application in your system, which does not support Oracle Solaris 11. Oracle Solaris 10 Containers provides the framework to create Zones within the overall Oracle Solaris 11 environment where such applications can run.
Importantly, applications running in Oracle Solaris 10 Containers can still enjoy most of the Oracle Solaris 11 enhancements.
SPARC Enterprise with Oracle Solaris 11 is able to minimize downtime required for system upgrade and maintenance.
One reason is the ability with Oracle Solaris 11 to accommodate multiple Boot Environments: distinctive bootable Oracle Solaris environments which can exist on the same server.
This allows creation of a new Boot Environment to which new patches and software are applied while running the system using the existing Boot Environment. As a result, the only downtime required is the time to boot the new Boot Environment.
With previous Oracle Solaris versions, it was necessary to interrupt the system for the length of time to perform the patch and software installation as well as the reboot.
Fail-safety is another benefit of this new approach. Even if a system fails due to a problematic patch, Oracle Solaris 11 enables fast operation recovery by simply switching back to the previous Boot Environment.
Oracle Solaris 11 has the ability to protect systems from fierce security attacks.
Making network virtualization simple also simplifies the server consolidation processes. With Oracle Solaris 11, physical networks can be consolidated into a small numbers of networks. Network design becomes simple because there are no longer any limits on the number of networks which can be accommodated. In addition, as network topology is simplified, administration and maintenance are also simplified.
Without network virtualization, server consolidation requires large numbers of physical networks – in fact, the same total number of networks that existed for all servers before consolidation. This results in extra administration effort to maintain the complex networks.
Oracle Solaris 11 network virtualization is simple as the kernel exactly maps the physical network entities onto its virtualization entities. This means the overall network topology including IP addresses can be preserved.
Now it is possible to maximize network efficiency and use by allotting upper limits for network bandwidth. This prevents network congestion and enables smart network management with throughput matched to system requirements. This new function is called Flow.
For example, even if data backup is occurring, any extra network load can be eliminated by the simple setting of a bandwidth limitation.
(1) When no data backup is operating, it is unlikely any single application is dominating the network. So, there is little network congestion.
(2) Once data backup starts, it tends to dominate the network. Due to the resulting network congestion, the response time of other application increases.
(3) But if a network bandwidth limit is set using Flow, no process can dominate the network. Data bandwidth available to the backup is limited to the predetermined value.
Such bandwidth limitations can be set by IP address pairs, TCP or UDP ports at either side, or by network protocol. In addition, these settings can be modified during operation to ensure management flexibility.
SPARC Enterprise with high-powered Oracle Solaris 11 will help you optimize your mission critical systems and preserve the life of your application assets. This is achieved by maximizing the efficiency of server resources and the overall use of CPU, memory, and networks; as well as simplifying the move to this new environment.
It also means SPARC Enterprise is still the best choice of platform solution, if you wish to be able to adapt your mission critical systems to meet all future business environment changes.