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Designing Enterprise Solutions with Sun™ Cluster 3.0

Book Description

  • Understand the theory behind system and component failures, their impact and subsequent cost to the Enterprise

  • Learn about the leading-edge technologies used inside the Sun Cluster 3.0 software

  • See how Sun Clusters enable Enterprises to deploy best practice cluster technology quickly and safely

  • Designing Enterprise Solutions with Sun Cluster 3.0 is an introduction to architecting highly available systems with Sun servers, storage, and the Sun Cluster 3.0 software. Three recurring themes are used throughout the book: failures, synchronization, and arbitration. These themes occur throughout all levels of systems design. The first chapter deals with understanding these relationships and recognizing failure modes associated with synchronization and arbitration. The second and third chapters review the building blocks and describe the Sun Cluster 3.0 software environment in detail. The remaining chapters discuss management servers and provide hypothetical case studies in which enterprise solutions are designed using Sun technologies. Appendices provide a checklist for designing clustered solutions, additional information on Sun technologies used in many different types of clusters, guidelines for data center design best practices, and a brief description of some failure analysis tools used by Sun systems designers and architects.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Figures
    3. Tables
    4. Preface
    5. Acknowledgements
    6. Cluster and Complex System Design Issues
      1. Business Reasons for Clustered Systems
      2. Failures in Complex Systems
      3. Data Synchronization
      4. Arbitration Schemes
      5. Data Caches
      6. Timeouts
      7. Failures in Clustered Systems
      8. Summary
    7. Enterprise Cluster Computing Building Blocks
      1. Data Repositories and Infrastructure Services
      2. Business Logic and Application Service
      3. User Access Services: Web Farms
      4. Compute Clusters
      5. Technologies for Building Distributed Applications
    8. Sun Cluster 3.0 Architecture
      1. System Architecture
      2. Kernel Infrastructure
      3. System Features
      4. Cluster Failures
      5. Synchronization
      6. Arbitration
    9. Management Server
      1. Design Goals
      2. Services
      3. Console Services
      4. Sun Ray Server
      5. Sun StorEdge SAN Surfer
      6. Sun Explorer Data Collector
      7. Sun Remote Services
      8. Software Stack
      9. Hardware Components
      10. Network Configuration
      11. Systems Management
      12. Backup, Restore, and Recovery
      13. Summary
    10. Case Study 1—File Server Cluster
      1. Firm Description
      2. Design Goals
      3. Cluster Software
      4. Recommended Hardware Configuration
      5. Summary
    11. Case Study 2—Database Cluster
      1. Company Description
      2. Information Technology Organization
      3. Design Goals
      4. Business Case
      5. Requirements
      6. Design Priorities
      7. Cluster Software
      8. Recommended Hardware Configuration
      9. Summary
    12. Sun Cluster 3.0 Design Checklists
      1. Business Case Considerations
      2. Personnel Considerations
      3. Top-Level Design Documentation
      4. Environmental Design
      5. Server Design
      6. Shared Storage Design
      7. Network Design
      8. Software Environment Design
      9. Security Considerations
      10. Systems Management Requirements
      11. Testing Requirements
    13. Sun Cluster Technology History And Perspective
      1. SPARCcluster PDB 1.x and SPARCcluster HA 1.x History
      2. Sun Cluster 2.x
      3. Sun Cluster 2.2 and 3.0 Feature Comparison
    14. Data Center Guidelines
      1. Hardware Platform Stability
      2. Server Consolidation in a Common Rack
      3. System Component Identification
      4. AC/DC Power
      5. System Cooling
      6. Network Infrastructure
      7. Security
      8. System Installation and Configuration Documentation
      9. Change Control Practices
      10. Maintenance and Patch Strategy
      11. Component Spares
      12. New Release Upgrade Process
      13. Support Agreement and Associated Response Time
      14. Backup-and-Restore Testing
      15. Cluster Recovery Procedures
      16. Summary
    15. Tools
      1. Fault Tree Analysis
      2. Reliability Block Diagram Analysis
      3. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
      4. Event Tree Analysis
    16. Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary
      1. A
      2. B
      3. C
      4. D
      5. E
      6. F
      7. G
      8. H
      9. I
      10. J
      11. K
      12. L
      13. M
      14. N
      15. O
      16. P
      17. Q
      18. R
      19. S
      20. T
      21. U
      22. V
      23. W
      24. X
    17. Bibliography