High performance business critical apps server
1 April 2005 | 0
Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ latest Solaris/Sparc-based PrimePower Enterprise Servers with Extended Architecture are intended for high performance business critical applications with mainframe-standard availability.
The PrimePower 900, 1500 and 2500 models scale from four to 128 processors. These SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) machines all ship with the Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 operating environment and use 1.3GHz clock SPARC64 microprocessors.
PrimePower 900 is scalable up to 16 processors and should be deployed as a lower cost alternative for server consolidation, e-commerce and large application processing. The PrimePower 900 is the smallest model, which allows partitioning of the server into totally separated domains.
The PrimePower 1500 is scalable up to 32 processors and designed for server consolidation, e-commerce and large application processing. It can be deployed in standalone or multiserver clusters for high performance, availability and scalability. The PrimePower 1500 combines SPARC64 processors with the company’s crossbar switching to ensure maximum scalability and system resource utilisation. The power of its SMP configuration can be dynamically reallocated allowing multiple applications to obtain the resources they need when required.
The 64-way and 128-way top Model 2500 brings mainframe levels of availability up to 99.999 per cent. The Model 2500 is targeted at the server consolidation, data warehousing and Application Service Providers markets which require sophisticated dynamic partitioning combined with mainframe-class performance.
Features of the Extended Architecture include a fully redundant crossbar, found in the PrimePower 2500; Extended Partitioning (XPAR) combining all benefits and advantages of the various partitioning concepts in the market; enhanced hot-plug capabilities; extended RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) functions like cableless crossbar, instruction retry and processing and register data protection; and a high density cabinet housing, reducing foot print up to 50 per cent.
The ‘Extended Partitioning’ (XPAR) functions require that the minimum number of CPUs contained in a single partition is two or four, depending on the server size. This enables more sophisticated and granular resource allocation.
The maximum number of partitions is 15. By this feature, PrimePower can provide flexibility equivalent to software partitioning while maintaining the desirable features of hardware partitioning in the areas of security and fault tolerance.
Such flexibility helps to achieve the goal of continuously operational ’24 x 7′ systems. It also assists infrastructure consolidation, where multiple workloads running on multiple small servers are consolidated into one higher performance server, in order to reduce costs.
Dynamic reconfiguration with XPAR combined with Workload Management tools such as ARMTech and Performance Management tools like Sightline allows 100 per cent utilisation of PrimePower resources and together with Fujitsu Siemens ESCoD Capacity-on-Demand offering, PrimePower provides access to needed resources for peak performance time slots.
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