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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 The Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Multi-tiered Data Center Architectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 High-Density, Serviceable, Rack-Centric Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Server Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Motherboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sun Crypto Accelerator 500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 System Configuration Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Rack-Mount Enclosure and Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Environmental and Safety Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Software for Highly-Available Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Integrated Web Services and Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Solaris Operating Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Remote Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Resource Management Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Services to Improve Data Center Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Professional Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Workforce Development Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Proactive System Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Sun Remote Services Event Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 SunTone Certification and Branding Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

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Growing demand for scalable and available services coupled with modern economic realities are re-shaping the design of the multi-tiered datacenter. Now more than ever, availability of key services can dictate success or failure, with stringent service-level agreements increasingly common. At the same time, today’s challenging economic climate means that successful organizations must look beyond initial system cost to issues such as total cost of ownership (TCO) and investment protection to make sure their decisions make long-term business sense. Many organizations have realized that filling racks with inexpensive servers is only part of the solution. The administrative costs of dealing with hundreds or thousands of systems — installing and replacing systems, managing software and enforcing security — can quickly drive TCO upward. In addition, systems can become unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from hardware failure to security issues to a lack of individual system performance and scalability. Systems that aren’t available are the most expensive of all, causing lost productivity, broken service-level agreements and revised customer loyalties. Sun understands that thin servers have the same needs as traditional servers in terms of performance, reliability, stability, security, scalability and manageability. As a result, Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are designed to be affordable without compromising essential data center functionality. Running the proven Solaris™ Operating Environment (OE) and compatible with the rest of Sun’s high-performance family of UltraSPARC® servers, these systems provide the performance, scalability and expandable capacity to help organizations anticipate rapidly changing situations. With dual processor capabilities and leading price/performance ratios, Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Server also address increasing requirements for network bandwidth, secure network transactions and manageability in a compact, rack-mount enclosure.

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Ultimately, the services provided by thin servers must be available — and that requires a comprehensive approach that considers people, process and product. This document describes the system architecture of Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers along with key software for remote management, resource management and key services that promote available application delivery in the datacenter.

The Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Servers
Based on the latest UltraSPARC and Solaris Operating Environment technology, the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers share the same innovative system design. Together, these systems provide the ideal solution for environments where large numbers of scalable and expandable, high-performance servers are required. Pictured in Figure 1-1, the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are ideal for enterprise data centers, service providers, financial services, e-commerce, government, retail, telecommunications, educational environments, military or development labs where inexpensive, powerful, compact and expandable systems are required. Technical compute farms and grid computing installations are particularly well-suited applications for Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers. Figure 1-1: Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers

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Sun Fire V240 Server Both systems are supplied with integrated high-bandwidth networking to handle heavy Web traffic and are pre-loaded with the Solaris Operating Environment and a wealth of Web Services applications to reduce implementation and deployment time. Standard advanced manageability features allow for efficient remote system administration and high reliability to enable a small staff to manage very large numbers of servers. Beyond the capabilities of the Sun Fire V210, the Sun Fire V240 includes features for maximized uptime, higher performance through greater memory capacities and greater expandability. All of these features are delivered in high-performance multi-processor servers at prices that are competitive with much less capable PC platforms.

Multi-tiered Data Center Architectures
Like all Sun servers, Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are designed to deliver on the Sun™ Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) vision that gives customers “dial tone” reliability while delivering new services that reside on the network. As an integral part of the data center, these servers must provide both scalability and availability to the application services they support. In most industries, the multi-tiered service-delivery architecture (Figure 1-2) has evolved to provide reliable service delivery by associating services with appropriate hardware platforms.

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Figure 1-2: Multi-tiered data center architecture

By layering functions into multiple tiers, organizations can optimize scalability, availability, manageability and security by using techniques appropriate for each tier, for example: • Edge Servers in Tier-0 provide services such as caching, encryption and VPN to improve bandwidth, security and performance for servers in tiers 1-3. Because of the nature of the services they host, these systems are typically horizontally scaled with availability provided through multiple redundant servers. • Web Servers in Tier-1 are generally stateless and can be horizontally scaled as a way to rapidly respond to increasing workloads, dramatically increasing availability over a single server. Throughput is key, as well as the ability to dynamically provision systems in response to changing workloads. • Application Servers in Tier-2 must execute complex business rules, broker requests for content from the database and store user-session state. Because of the compute power required in this tier, vertical scaling is used for performance, with horizontal scaling used for availability. • Database Servers in Tier-3 store an organization’s most important information in the form of business-critical data and are protected from end users by two security layers. Because database applications are highly stateful, they are often deployed in asymmetric clustered configurations, with one active and one hot stand-by server. Capacity in terms of transactions per second is key for this tier. Sun Fire V210 servers are well suited for horizontally-scaled deployment at Tier-0 and Tier-1 where their considerable network throughput and accelerated authentication and encryption capabilities provide enhanced performance. Sun Fire V240 servers are appropriate for Tier-1 and Tier-2 deployment where their multi-processor performance and large memory capacities accelerate key application services. Ideal infrastructure and application services for Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are shown in Table 1-1.

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Table 1-1: Target applications for Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers
Sun Fire V210 Server Application server Application development Media streaming (audio/video) and messaging Compute Farm Data mining Email server (SMTP/IMAP/POP) ERP/CRM/Ecommerce File/print server (NFS, ftp front-end) Network infrastructure (NIS/DNS/ LDAP/ DHCP, proxy/cache, load balancing, wireless) Portal front ends Security (SSL encryption, VPN, AAA, firewalls) HTTP/Web server yes ideal Sun Fire V240 Server ideal yes

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High-density, Serviceable, Rack-Centric Design
Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are designed for high-performance, high-density, rackcentric data center environments. Occupying only one or two rack units (1U or 2U) of vertical space respectively, the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers are configured with high performance, 64-bit SPARC® Version 9 compliant UltraSPARC IIIi processors and provide significant expandability. Like other Sun servers, Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers run the sophisticated and stable Solaris Operating Environment, Sun’s benchmark implementation of System V Release 4 (SVR4) of the UNIX® operating system. Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers enjoy full binary compatibility with other SPARC based systems — including the 106-processor Sun Fire 15K server. With scalability and carefully-balanced performance, a full complement of remote management features and data center design, these systems allow organizations to leverage their expertise with Sun’s proven SPARC architecture and Solaris Operating Environment into the thin server environment.

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Table 1-2 compares the features of the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers Table 1-2: Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 server capabilities
Sun Fire V210 Server Height PCI Expansion Hard disk drive bays Power supply units Keyswitch 1 RU 1 x 64-bit 33/66 MHz 3.3V PCI slot 2 Ultra 160 SCSI Single AC None Sun Fire V240 Server 2 RU 1 x 64-bit 33/66 MHz 3.3V PCI slot 2 x 64-bit 33 MHz 5V PCI slots 4 Ultra 160 SCSI Dual redundant AC Behind front bezel

The keyswitch provided on the Sun Fire V240 server provides added control over the system power state as well as the level of diagnostics and security for server operation. The keyswitch can be used to: • Disable button and/or remote power control • Force the system into the standby state • Write-protect internal PROMs (OBP, POST and System Management Controller PROMs) • Force diagnostics tests (POST) during system boot • Disable suspension to the boot prom or kernel debuggers (such as Kadb)

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Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 Server Architecture
The Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers were designed to provide multiprocessor performance, scalability and flexibility in convenient one- and two-rack unit enclosures. To this end, high-volume components and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) have enabled a greatly reduced part count, high reliability and low cost without compromising access to expansion options through high-performance, standardized interfaces. The following pages describe the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 server architecture in detail. including the UltraSPARC IIIi processor, memory subsystem, network and I/O and system configuration card along with optional components. Following this chapter, separate chapters discuss remote management capabilities along with other software and services that help these servers deliver on the promise of high availability.

Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers utilize a state-of-the-art compact motherboard. Features integrated into, or supported by the motherboard include: • Up to two UltraSPARC IIIi processors, each with 1MB L2 cache • Flash PROM housing the system firmware, internal diagnostics and power-on self-test (POST) • Eight Sun DDR-1 SDRAM PC2100 DIMM slots (four per processor) • Four 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports • Internal Ultra 160 SCSI connector for internal hard disks • External Ultra 160 SCSI connector for optional mass storage devices • Two asychronous serial ports (one general-purpose, one for server management) • One 10Base-T server management port • Two USB ports • One (Sun Fire V210) or three (Sun Fire V240) full-length PCI slots • Daughter-board connector for the optional Sun Crypto Accelerator 500 (SCA-500) • System management controller service processor for remote management (ALOM) Figure 2-1 provides a block-level diagram of the motherboard in both Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers and illustrates the components that provide key functionality. These components are discussed in the sections that follow.

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Figure 2-3: The Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers offer a wealth of networking and I/O options

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Ethernet ports To support increasing demands for both high bandwidth and multiple network connectivity, all Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers provide four 10/100/1000 Mbps (gigabit) Ethernet connectors standard. Gigabit Ethernet technology from Sun is backwards compatible with 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps Ethernet, with the speed being auto-negotiated by the interface. All four Ethernet interfaces on Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire 240 servers supports access through an RJ-45 connector. An additional 10 Mbps Ethernet connection provides access to the System Management Controller ASIC and ALOM remote management capabilities via a separate RJ-45 connector. Serial ports Serial ports provide a convenient way to connect Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers to terminal and other serial devices and both systems include two asynchronous serial ports. The serial A port (RJ-45 connector) is used as a console and serial interface to the System Management Controller ASIC and ALOM remote management capabilities. The serial B port (DB-9 connector, labeled 10101) can be used for general serial connectivity and supports asynchronous transfers at up to 460 Kbaud. USB ports Two USB ports provide a convenient way to connect a keyboard and mouse to Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers as well as hand-held devices for configuration management. In addition, USB-based peripheral devices supported by third parties, such as ZIP drives and printers, as well as external CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives can be attached using the USB ports. UltraSCSI port An external Ultra 160 SCSI connector is provided for driving additional UltraSCSI devices such as Sun StorEdge™ disk arrays.

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PCI card slots The Sun Fire V210 server provides one full-length 64-bit, 33/66 MHz PCI slot for the attachment of standard supported PCI cards and options. The Sun Fire V240 server adds two additional two 64-bit, 33 MHz PCI slots for a total of three full-length PCI slots. Power supplies Power connection to Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers is also located on the back panel. For enhanced reliability and availability, the Sun Fire V240 server features hot-swappable dualredundant power supply units, each with a separate power cord. Either power supply unit is capable of running the Sun Fire V240 server in the absence of the other. The Sun Fire V210 server features a single (non hot-swappable) power supply.

Sun Crypto Accelerator 500
Both the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers support a hardware cryptographic accelerator module in the form of an optional Sun Crypto Accelerator 500 (SCA-500) daughter card. The SCA-500 board functions as a cryptographic co-processor to accelerate public key and symmetric cryptography — ideal for e-commerce or other servers that benefit from Secure Socket Layer (SSL) acceleration. The SCA-500 has no external interfaces and installs in Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers without occupying a valuable PCI slot. Based on the Broadcom BCM5822 co-processor, the SCA-500 accelerates a variety of computationally intensive cryptographic algorithms for security protocols in e-commerce applications. The SCA-500 daughter board is able to off-load the SSL functionality normally done by the system CPUs, accelerating various operations such as authentication and bulk encryption using 3DES. The SCA-500 further speeds SSL processing by optimizing the complex mathematical operations involved in SSL procedures. The SCA-500 provides cryptographic algorithms in both hardware and software since the performance-cost of acceleration is not uniform across all algorithms. Some cryptographic algorithms were designed specifically to be implemented in hardware, others were designed to be implemented in software. The SCA-500 daughter card examines each cryptographic request and determines the best location for the acceleration (host processor or SCA-500), to achieve maximum throughput. Load distribution is based on cryptographic algorithm, current job loading and data size. Table 2-1 lists the accelerated software and hardware algorithms that the SCA-500 provides for the Sun™ ONE Web Server and Apache Web server. Table 2-1: Supported SSL Algorithms in hardware and software
Sun ONE Web Server Algorithm Hardware RSA DSA Diffie-Hellman DES 3DES ARCFOUR X X — X — — Software X X — X — — Hardware X X X X X — Software X X X X X X Apache Web Server

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The SCA-500 daughter card interfaces with specific drivers based on the Web server software that is deployed on the server, selecting appropriate authentication and encryption modules. For example, the SCA-500 module uses Network Secure Server (NSS) via the PKCS 11 public interface for Sun ONE Web Server and OpenSSL via the mod_ssl libraries for the Apache Web server software (Figure 2-4). Figure 2-4: The Sun Crypto Accelerator 500 module accelerates Sun ONE Web Server and Apache Web server authentication and bulk encryption via appropriate protocols and methods
Sun ONE Web Server Sun One Portal Server Public interface NSS (Sun One SSL) Public interface PKCS #11 Private interface Drivers Private interface Sun Crypto Accelerator 500

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System Configuration Card
System administrators often need the ability to replace or upgrade a server with minimal downtime. The System Configuration Card (SCC) stores the Sun Fire V210 or Sun Fire V240 server configuration, including the host ID, MAC address and NVRAM settings to facilitate faster upgrades and repairs. With SCC, the identity of a system can be easily transferred from one system to another, enabling administrators to replace a Sun Fire V210 or Sun Fire V240 server with minimal reconfiguration. Transferring the system configuration is easy — simply remove the SCC from one server and insert it into another along with the boot disk from the original system.

The Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers have been designed for easy diagnosis and problem repair. Supporting this design are several PROM-resident and UNIX platform-based diagnostic programs that can be applied by end-users and service personnel. Power-On Self-Test Under user control, a power-on self-test (POST) can be automatically executed to test the system board, NVRAM, on-board I/O devices and memory system each time power is applied to the system. While not intended to be a comprehensive diagnostic, POST can quickly establish that no severe problems exist with the system. POST tests may be monitored via a serial-port connection to a terminal server, another desktop system, or a dumb terminal. SunVTS The SunVTS™ system exerciser is a graphically-oriented UNIX application that permits the continuous exercising of system resources and internal and external peripheral equipment. Used

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appreciate key functionality that aids in the constant and consistent delivery of applications and services to customers: • High performance through a complete 64-bit computing environment, enabling the delivery of applications and services to large numbers of users. • Extended security features through authentication, data integrity, data privacy and single sign-on capabilities so that tampering, snooping and eavesdropping do not compromise data or associated transactions. • Enhanced scalability with a 64-bit kernel that enables access to more system resources and the ability to consolidate applications onto a single server. • Superior reliability and availability for maximum data and application accessibility, with features such as on-line patch installations without the need for system downtime. • Software investment protection, with complete binary compatibility. Additional options, such as Solaris™ Resource Manager and Solaris™ Bandwidth Manager, build upon the reliability and scalability of the Solaris Operating Environment to help deliver a comprehensive platform infrastructure. Solaris JumpStart™ Software With potentially hundreds or thousands of systems to manage, automation is absolutely key. Reducing TCO depends on by enabling a small administrative staff to manage a large number of systems. The Solaris Operating Environment provides many of the key elements that enable efficient, centralized administration and automation. For example, Sun systems are able to boot remotely over the network and can install their operating systems from remote system administration servers. Solaris JumpStart™ software enables fully automatic and remote operating system installation based on custom profiles and scripts. Solaris Jumpstart is a standard component of the Solaris Operating Environment. Solaris™ Flash Software To improve utilization of the systems that make up today’s datacenters, administrators are turning to tools such as Solaris™ Flash software. Solaris Flash software provides new provisioning functionality that allows administrators to capture a snapshot image of a complete server — including the Solaris Operating Environment, the applications stack and the system configuration — into a new Flash Archive format. Using this system image, administrators can then rapidly replicate a reference server configuration onto many target servers. Solaris Flash images can be deployed via standard media or over the network via HTTP and NFS protocols. Solaris Flash images can be installed using custom Solaris JumpStart scripts, the Solaris Web Start graphical interface, or through interactive installation of the Solaris Operating Environment. Solaris™ Live Upgrade Software Solaris™ Live Upgrade software allows the creation, management, upgrade, comparison and activation of multiple boot environments on systems running the Solaris Operating Environment. In particular, Solaris Live Upgrade software enables systems to run uninterrupted while a system administrator installs a Solaris Flash archive or upgrades to a new version of the Solaris Operating Environment. As a result, downtime for upgrades can be reduced to the time needed for a simple reboot.

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Sun™ Management Center Software Sun Management Center (MC) software provides a powerful and easy-to-use platform for administrative and management operations — helping Sun systems and the services they provide remain available. Sun Management Center offers a single point of management for all Sun systems, independent of their geographic location. Through a Web interface, Sun Management Center enables system administrators to perform remote system configuration, performance monitoring and isolate hardware and software faults. In addition, the Sun Management Center software integrates with the ALOM capabilities of the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers, further enhancing remote management. The Sun Management Center software provides in-band management support for Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 server alarms and system management features. To enable this support, a Sun Management Center agent and server module must be downloaded and installed on the appropriate system.

Resource Management Software
Automation is also key for effectively managing resources on datacenter servers. Administrators need tools to model and automatically maintain resource levels to keep servers inside healthy operational constraints and maintain service-level agreements. Sun provides these important tools for its servers and mass storage arrays and subsystems. Solaris™ Resource Manager Software Driven by the increasing popularity of applications and network service providers, customers are demanding service level agreements to ensure processing, storage and throughput resources will be available during periods of peak usage. At the same time, administrators must strive to ensure that meeting the demands of one user does not unfairly impact another. Integrated into the Solaris Operating Environment, Solaris™ Resource Manager (RM) software allows system managers to allocate resources among individual tasks and users in a structured, policy-driven fashion. With Solaris Resource Manager software, administrators can proactively allocate, control and monitor system resources, such as CPU time, processes, virtual memory, connect time and logins within a system or domain. This fine-grained control enables the system manager to better predict and guarantee the level of service available to a particular task. When additional resources are required to meet urgent demands, allocations can be easily shifted to provide needed levels of service. Users and applications receive a more consistent level of service, enabling even higher application availability. Solaris™ Bandwidth Manager Software Solaris™ Bandwidth Manager software enables administrators to control the network bandwidth assigned to particular applications, users and departments that share the same intranet or Internet link. By installing Solaris Bandwidth Manager software on a network’s major links and application servers, and by setting consistent policies, bandwidth can be evenly distributed throughout the organization. Traffic can also be prioritized, preventing a small number of applications or users from consuming all available bandwidth. The Solaris Bandwidth Manager software enables organizations to: • Provide differentiated classes of service to users and bill accordingly • Guarantee bandwidth to priority users, applications, or servers

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• Reduce traffic congestion and increase network efficiency • Control user and application access to network resources • Gather detailed network use statistics and accounting data for usage-based billing and trend analysis Storage Management Tools To manage the growing volumes of mass storage in today’s networked environments, Sun provides the advanced Sun StorEdge line of redundant storage arrays along with a variety of powerful management tools. Volume managers are available both as hardware-based options that are an integral part of disk subsystems and host-based managers that run on the host. In addition to individual volume management tools, redundant storage-area networks (SANs) are available to connect storage devices via a switch to deliver high-speed, high-bandwidth access to data. Sun’s portfolio of SAN solutions is a customer-ready, network-ready, answer that is easy for customers and partners to install, simple to manage and very economical. Sun also provides several software suites that help ease storage management tasks: • Sun StorEdge™ Utilization Suite software provides protection and rapid access to large volumes of enterprise data • Sun StorEdge™ Performance Suite software optimizes storage resources for speed and continuous data availability, even for very large files • Sun StorEdge™ Availability Suite software, provides a comprehensive solution that minimizes disruption, maintains productivity, protects data, recovers from disaster and ensures continuity in business planning and integration • Sun StorEdge™ Resource Management Suite software, enables administrators to analyze storage usage, understand consumption, identify bottlenecks, forecast growth and plan efficiently for new storage networks.

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Services to Improve Datacenter Operations
With significant demands from the industry, qualified system administrative talent is increasingly expensive and hard to find. As organizations continue to grow, they must extend the expertise of valuable system administrative staff — asking them to manage larger and larger numbers of systems. In addition, keeping availability high means relying on people and processes even more than products. Sun can provide experts that help integrate the methodologies, expertise, products and services needed to craft high availability environments that make service grids work smoothly. Based on field-proven methodologies, best practices and experience implementing thousands of servers into data centers worldwide, Sun's extensive portfolio of services delivers the “how to” architecture, implementation and operations management services for Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers. Key services include: • Consulting expertise to help design and implement solutions that can handle rapid growth without sacrificing performance and availability • Workforce development solutions that provide staff with the skills to assess, architect, build and manage scalable data centers through a specially designed curriculum • Comprehensive, flexible support services developed to address the unique needs of the data center and complement the business model and operational support strategy of individual enterprises

Professional Services
Sun Professional Services teams help organizations create the right infrastructure based on Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 systems through several services: • The Sun Fire™ Application Readiness Service provides implementation and project management • The Sun Fire™ Data Center Readiness Service addresses configuration, design and testing, change management and process and documentation issues • The SunReadySM Availability Assessment Service identifies the gaps and assesses the risks in an architecture or operational environment, as well as evaluating the organizational structure or personnel skill levels in a particular application environment that may affect availability • Mainframe Migration Services help a growing computing environment prepare to take advantage of the latest technologies in hardware, software and middleware

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Workforce Development Solutions
A properly trained staff can help ensure high levels of availability, fast and accurate deployment of new products and services, quick identification of problems and rapid response to system failures and interruptions. As a leading supplier of training solutions around the world, Sun Educational Services can help organizations take full advantage of their hardware and software investment by giving their personnel the right training.

Proactive System Management
Managing a large number of servers requires obtaining the right level of support to help improve operational efficiency and increase business and mission-critical system reliability. Sun Support Services offers proactive support, monitoring and sustaining services to help manage system availability: • SunSpectrumSM Support Programs enable enterprises to choose a service level based on their specific need. Levels of service range from mission-critical support for maximum solution availability to backup assistance for self-support customers. • SunSpectrum PlatinumSM is Sun's most comprehensive high-availability system support solution, designed to provide services to support around-the-clock, mission-critical computing environments. SunSpectrum Platinum support services include a mission-critical account team, support planning, 24x7 telephone assistance, customer-defined service priorities, 24x7 on-site hardware service and many other services. • SunSM RAS Profile enables enterprises to identify those areas where operational efficiency and business- and mission-critical system reliability can be improved.

SunSM Remote Services Event Monitoring
The SunSM Remote Services Event Monitoring program is a set of tools, technologies and expertise designed to support Sun’s remote services strategy. The strategy aims to improve mission-critical support and increase the overall availability of the environments of SunSpectrum GoldSM or SunSpectrum Platinum support customers. Sun Remote Services methodologies allow Sun experts to detect and manage Sun system events faster and more proactively — resolving potential problems before they impact Sun environments and business operations.

SunToneSM Certification and Branding Program
In a market fraught with time-to-market pressures, ensuring the quality and reliability of applications can be a time consuming task. To help this effort, Sun created the SunToneSM Certification and Branding program to recognize and promote service provider investments in process, methodology and infrastructure — elements that enable the delivery of secure, reliable and predictable Internet services. The SunTone Certification and Branding Program provides customers of Web-based services, applications and integrator services with a means for identifying suppliers who meet high defined standards for providing quality service over the Internet and gives the companies that provide those quality services a means to differentiate themselves in an ever more competitive and expanding market. Using the SunTone Certified logoSM as a guide, customers can quickly and confidently choose service providers who have met high quality standards aimed at making Web tone as reliable as dial tone. All SunTone Certified services meet established requirements for hardware

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infrastructure, security and operational processes. Additionally, in deploying SunTone Certified services, service providers follow a recommended methodology for building services, providing security and ensuring reliability and scalability. SunTone Certified applications conform to requirements addressing scalability, availability, security and management practices, and are optimized and tuned to run on the Sun platform.

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Chapter 5

Today’s organizations are facing many challenges. Data centers must be on-line 24 hours a day and systems must be managed to handle peak loads without disruption or service degradation. Computing infrastructure must be able to scale both horizontally and vertically — without downtime or unnecessary system complexity. Organizations must find ways to deal with server sprawl and manage thousands of servers in heterogeneous environments spread across the globe while keeping corporate, and user information secure. As if these tasks weren’t challenging enough, organizations must provide solutions at lower costs. Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers set a new standard for cost-effective expandable multi-processor high-density server-based computing. Designed with data center environments in mind, these servers offer sophisticated functionality in a compact design. The enhanced networking capacity and bandwidth along with security acceleration make these systems ideal for applications where network throughput is key. High-performance multi-processor capabilities make the Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers ideal for high-performance application server deployments as well. The standard advanced system management techniques, remote management tools and advanced lights-out-management (ALOM) capabilities provided with these systems give organizations highly- manageable Sun servers with the serviceability and compact footprint that data centers demand at affordable costs that rival those of less capable systems. Sun has been developing high performance, robust computing technology for over twenty years. In a world where technology advances at breakneck speeds, companies are looking to forge alliances that enable them to capitalize on each other’s strengths. The combination of Sun systems, the Solaris Operating Environment, remote management tools and key technologies like advanced lights-out-management join forces in Sun Fire V210 and Sun Fire V240 servers to enable organizations to capitalize on the power of low cost thin server computing.


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References P27

Sun Microsystems posts product information in the form of data sheets, specifications and white papers on its Internet World Wide Web Home page at: http://www.sun.com. Look for the these and other Sun technology white papers: Sun Fire V100 Server Architecture, White Paper, Sun Microsystems Sun Fire V120 and Netra 120 Server Architecture, White Paper, Sun Microsystems Computing at the Edge, Technical Brief, Sun Microsystems N1 — Introducing Just In Time Computing, Executive Brief, Sun Microsystems Service Point Architecture — Delivering Services on Demand for a Networked World, White Paper, Sun Microsystems


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