Are you still running on Mx000 SPARC enterprise servers? While many of these systems continue to carry on, there are a lot of reasons why data centers want to run their applications on the newest hardware available. New hardware is always faster, which means it gets tasks done more quickly and can handle larger workloads. Moving to newer hardware can also significantly (or even radically) reduce per-core software license charges and software/hardware maintenance charges. In some cases, these reductions are large enough to pay for the cost of the new system very quickly. Energy consumption and floor space are also reduced with new systems.
But moving to a new system isn’t all sunny weather and clear skies. Data center managers have to take into account what’s involved with making the change. With some system migrations you might find that your tried and true operating system isn’t supported and that you have to make a move to a newer version.
Modernize, While Retaining Legacy Applications
This can mean that your older or customized applications won’t work without alteration or even full porting. This can be a very difficult proposition in some cases, particularly with altered or highly customized code.
There are also situations where the new operating system doesn’t support the same features that customers have come to depend on for years. Some of the ‘advances’ are simply new mechanisms that have replaced perfectly functioning old processes. For example, the installation and patching processes for Solaris 11.x are very different earlier versions.
If your new hardware requires you to integrate a new operating environment into your data center, it’s going to require that you put your personnel through training – sometimes extensive training – in order to ensure that your mission-critical infrastructure remains rock solid. This training can be expensive both in terms of time and money, plus there’s always some element of risk when you make hardware and operating system changes at the same time.
Best of Both Worlds
For the data center that wants to upgrade to new SPARC-based hardware, but doesn’t want the risk and headaches associated with changing their operating environment, we would like to offer the Fujitsu SPARC M12 as a ‘best of both worlds’ solution.
On the performance side, the Fujitsu SPARC M12 serves up 2.5x more performance than its predecessor, the Fujitsu M10, and uses the same SPARC64 processor family. When compared with other SPARC systems, particularly older systems, the performance gap can be as great as 6x. When you factor in system and license consolidation opportunities, you could be way ahead of the game money-wise.
The Fujitsu SPARC M12 is the only system to offer native Solaris 10 and Solaris 11.x support so you don’t have to change operating system versions when upgrading your hardware. Solaris 10 environments can be migrated without using Oracle VM for SPARC (LDoms). Oracle Solaris Legacy Container (OSLC) environments fall into this category as well. Older versions of Java are also supported.
The hardware management interface (XSCF) remains the same, which means you don’t have to retrain your personnel on the new mechanisms. Dynamic System Domains become Physical Partitions (PPARs) and there are extensions to support Oracle VM for SPARC functions (LDoms).
All in all, the best way to ensure that your SPARC Solaris installations are running at peak efficiency is to migrate your older systems to the newest hardware. And the simplest way to capture those efficiencies (and cost reductions) is to move your workloads to a new Fujitsu SPARC M12 server. It’s easy, familiar and offers exceptional advantages over legacy systems. Please reach out to your nearest Fujitsu SPARC reseller for more information.