Sun Microsystems Inc this week unveils its big bus option for clustering its high-end servers courtesy of 1Gbps Sbus adapter boards created for it by Dolphin Interconnect Technologies A/S that implement the Scalable Coherent Interface ANSI connection standard (CI No 2,997). Initially up to four Ultra Enterprise servers – bar the Model 150 – as […]
Sun Microsystems Inc this week unveils its big bus option for clustering its high-end servers courtesy of 1Gbps Sbus adapter boards created for it by Dolphin Interconnect Technologies A/S that implement the Scalable Coherent Interface ANSI connection standard (CI No 2,997). Initially up to four Ultra Enterprise servers – bar the Model 150 – as well as older SparcCenter 2000 and SparcServer 1000 technology can be mixed in high-availability arrangements using Oracle Corp’s Parallel Server, Informix Corp’s On-Line XPS or Sybase Inc’s MPP. Not until next year, when a key cluster file system is offered on top of a new 2.6 release of Solaris for UltraSparc will users be able to write their own clustered applications. At that time Sun will extend clustering support to eight nodes – by then up to 6,000 feet apart – and offer application agents for SAP AG, Baan Co NV, Remedy Inc software, fault management application programming interfaces, Java cluster management tools and integrated recovery features. Support for wide area network connections will follow by the end of 1997. 16-way clustering will become an option by mid-1998 when it will offer other node configurations, job scheduling, multi-domain support and a new Solaris release. Sun will also offer the interconnect for use with its Integrated Micro Products Plc-derived ft-Sparc boxes and Cray SuperServers. Alongside the parallel database options Sun will offer Network File System, Web, Dynamic Network Switching, DNS, mail and news failover services, plus fault management templates and application programming interfaces as the software architecture for turnkey Smart Cluster packages. As an added attraction, Sun has a six-month exclusive on a new high-availability version of the Tuxedo transaction processing monitor created by BEA Systems Inc. Sun says HA Tuxedo ensures there will be no transaction loss during a failure and recovery process. An entry-level cluster configuration with two dual-processor Ultra Ente rprise 2 servers is priced from $80,000; ships begin November. Sun expects SAP AG R/3, data warehouses, call centers and intranets to be the biggest applications for its clustering wares. It calls the 1Gbps interconnect Sun Cluster Channel – it coul dn’t trademark Ultra Channel – and claims a message latency of four microseconds.