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The HP Virtual Server Environment: Making the Adaptive Enterprise Vision a Reality in Your Datacenter

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Praise for The HP Virtual Server Environment

"This book will educate professionals about the components of a virtual server environment and how to manage them in everyday tasks. It demonstrates how to manage resource utilization in real time and to its full capacity. Bryan and Dan are fully qualified to write this book, having been involved in creating and designing a number of the virtual server environment components."

—D'Ann Chorak, Software Engineering Project Manager

"Great overviews, technology details, and practical example details."

—George Williams, Solution Architect, Hewlett-Packard Co.

"From a customer standpoint, almost anyone can make use of the solutions and concepts portrayed in The HP Virtual Server Environment. Some of the solutions are free, so there are ways to take advantage at no cost. No matter what solution is used, the results are a win-win situation for the customer."

—Alan Hymes, Solution Architect, Hewlett-Packard Co.

"The material is well-written. The book will appeal to high-end enterprise system administrators and architects who are interested in implementing an 'Adaptive Enterprise' environment or in improving an existing environment."

—Rob Lucke, Chief Solutions Officer, Vista Solutions Corp.

"This book is perfect for those looking for a high level overview of VSE and those investigating the use of VSE technologies in their data center."

—Erik Bostrom, Engineering Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Co.

"The HP Virtual Server Environment represents a nearly exhaustive discourse on the basic and common capabilities of the software. The casual user will come away feeling that they understand the purpose and general use of the programs and confident that they can integrate these capabilities within their server environment."

—Dave Butenof, Instant Capacity and PPU Software Architect, Hewlett-Packard Co.

Use HP virtualization to maximize IT service quality, agility, and value

  • Includes coverage of HP's new Integrity Virtual Machines, Global Workload Manager, Virtualization Manager, and Capacity Advisor

  • Plan, implement, and manage virtualization to drive maximum business value

  • Understand HP's virtualization solutions for partitioning, utility pricing, high availability, and management for HP Integrity and HP 9000 servers

  • Manage your existing resources to drive unprecedented levels of utilization

  • Virtualization offers IT organizations unprecedented opportunities to enhance service quality, improve agility, and reduce cost by creating an automated balance in system resources. Now, there's a comprehensive guide to virtualization based on the industry's most flexible and complete solution: HP's Virtual Server Environment (VSE).

    Two leading HP architects and customer consultants help you identify the best "sweet spot" VSE solution for your environment—and plan, implement, and manage it.

    The HP Virtual Server Environment systematically introduces VSE technologies for partitioning, utility pricing, high availability, and management, as well as HP's powerful, unique goal-based approach to workload management. Whether you're a solution designer, architect, or engineer, you'll find realistic examples, deep insight, and practical tips, all with one goal: to help you maximize the business value of virtualization.

  • Architect flexible, dynamic configurations that adapt instantly to business requirements

  • Choose the right solutions from HP's partitioning continuum: nPars, vPars, HP Integrity Virtual Machines, and Secure Resource Partitions

  • Use utility pricing solutions to deploy instant, temporary, or pay-per-use capacity wherever you need it

  • Improve utilization and control your virtual environment with HP-UX Workload Manager, HP Serviceguard, HP Global Workload Manager, Virtualization Manager, and Capacity Advisor

  • Integrate VSE technologies into heterogeneous HP-UX, Linux, and Windows environments on HP Integrity and HP 9000 servers

  • © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Praise for The HP Virtual Server Environment
    3. Preface
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. About the Authors
    6. The HP Virtual Server Environment at a Glance
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. The Target Problem—Rampant System Over-Provisioning
      3. Overview of the HP Virtual Server Environment
      4. HP VSE Support for Multiple Operating Systems
      5. Product and Feature Timing and Naming
      6. Summary
    7. The HP Partitioning Continuum
      1. The Partitioning Continuum at a Glance
      2. nPartitions (Electrically Isolated Hardware Partitions)
      3. Virtual Partitions (Peak Performance Virtualization)
      4. HP Integrity Virtual Machines (Fully Virtualized Partitioning)
      5. Secure Resource Partitions (Partitioning Inside a Single Copy of HP-UX)
      6. Summary
    8. Making the Most of the Partitioning Continuum
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Choosing a Partitioning Solution
      3. Combining Partitioning Solutions
      4. Independent Software Vendor Support
      5. Summary
    9. nPartition Servers
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. HP nPartition Server Overview
      3. Data Maintained by the Management Processor
      4. nPartition Management Paradigms
      5. Example nPartition Management Scenario
      6. Summary
    10. HP Virtual Partitions
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Virtual Partitions Overview
      3. Virtual Partition Terminology
      4. Virtual Partition Example Scenario
      5. Summary
    11. Integrity Virtual Machines
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Integrity Virtual Machines Terminology
      3. Integrity Virtual Machines Overview
      4. Integrity Virtual Machines Example Scenario
      5. Summary
    12. Secure Resource Partitions
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Secure Resource Partitions Overview
      3. Secure Resource Partitions Terminology
      4. Example Secure Resource Partitions Scenario
      5. Summary
    13. Overview of HP's Utility Pricing Solutions
      1. Utility Pricing Solutions
      2. CPU Instant Capacity
      3. CPU Temporary Instant Capacity
      4. Cell Board Instant Capacity
      5. Pay Per Use Utility Computing
      6. Summary
    14. Making the Most of Utility Pricing Solutions
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Instant Capacity
      3. Temporary Instant Capacity
      4. Pay Per Use
      5. ISV Considerations
      6. Sizing an nPar When You Are Using Utility Pricing Solutions
      7. Summary
    15. Instant Capacity
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Instant Capacity Overview
      3. Instant Capacity Terminology
      4. Example Instant Capacity Scenario
      5. Summary
    16. Temporary Instant Capacity
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Temporary Instant Capacity Overview
      3. Temporary Instant Capacity Terminology
      4. Example Temporary Instant Capacity Scenario
      5. Summary
    17. Pay Per Use
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Pay Per Use Overview
      3. Example Pay Per Use Scenario
      4. Summary
    18. Overview of Virtual Server Environment Management and High Availability Tools
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. VSE Visualization and Configuration
      3. HP-UX Workload Manager
      4. High Availability with HP Serviceguard
      5. Global Workload Manager
      6. Capacity Advisor
      7. Summary
    19. Making the Most of Virtual Server Environment Management and High Availability Tools
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Integrity Essentials Virtualization Manager
      3. Workload Manager
      4. Serviceguard
      5. Capacity Planning with Capacity Advisor
      6. Summary
    20. Workload Manager
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Overview of Workload Manager Architecture
      3. Workload Manager Terminology
      4. Workload Manager and Virtual Partitions Scenario
      5. Workload Manger and Serviceguard Example Scenario
      6. Summary
    21. Serviceguard
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Serviceguard Terminology
      3. Serviceguard Overview
      4. Serviceguard Example Scenario
      5. Summary
    22. Virtualization Manager
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Virtualization Manager Terminology
      3. Virtualization Manager Overview
      4. Virtualization Manager Tour
      5. Summary
    23. Capacity Advisor
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Capacity Advisor Overview
      3. A Reason for Capacity Planning
      4. Capacity Advisor Example Scenario
      5. Summary
    24. Global Workload Manager
      1. Chapter Overview
      2. Global Workload Manager Terminology
      3. Global Workload Manager Overview
      4. Global Workload Manager Example Scenario
      5. Summary
    25. References
      1. nPartition Servers
      2. Virtual Partitions
      3. Integrity Virtual Machines
      4. Secure Resource Partitions
      5. Instant Capacity
      6. Temporary Instant Capacity
      7. Pay Per Use
      8. Workload Manager
      9. Serviceguard
      10. Virtualization Manager
      11. Capacity Advisor
      12. Global Workload Manager
    26. Product Versions
      1. Chapter 4 nPartition Servers
      2. Chapter 5 Virtual Partitions
      3. Chapter 6 Integrity Virtual Machines
      4. Chapter 7 Secure Resource Partitions
      5. Chapter 10 Instant Capacity
      6. Chapter 11 Temporary Instant Capacity
      7. Chapter 12 Pay Per Use
      8. Chapter 15 Workload Manager
      9. Chapter 16 Serviceguard
      10. Chapter 17 Virtualization Manager
      11. Chapter 18 Capacity Advisor
      12. Chapter 19 Global Workload Manager
    27. Product Command-Line Interfaces
      1. Chapter 4 nPartition Servers
      2. Chapter 5 HP Virtual Partitions
      3. Chapter 6 Integrity Virtual Machines
      4. Chapter 7 Secure Resource Partitions
      5. Chapter 10 Instant Capacity
      6. Chapter 11 Temporary Instant Capacity
      7. Chapter 12 Pay Per Use
      8. Chapter 15 Workload Manager
      9. Chapter 16 Serviceguard
      10. Chapter 17 VSE Management Suite
      11. Chapter 18 Capacity Advisor
      12. Chapter 19 Global Workload Manager
    28. Index