Designing Enterprise Solutions with Sun Cluster 3.0

Designing Enterprise Solutions with Sun Cluster 3.0

By (author)  , By (author) 

List price: US$38.51

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Sun Clusters: Deploying best-practice cluster technology rapidly and safely.
-- Enterprise system and component failures: impact, cost, and avoidance.
-- Understanding the leading-edge Sun Cluster 3.0 software environment.
-- Designing high-availability enterprise systems: case studies and real-world scenarios.This is an authoritative, comprehensive introduction to designing highly available systems using Sun Cluster 3.0 software, Sun servers, software, and storage. This book focuses on themes that recur throughout all levels of system design for high availability, notably the relationships and failure modes associated with synchronization and arbitration. In the second section, the authors offer an in-depth description of the Sun Cluster 3.0 software environment and how it can be used to maximize availability. The book's third section presents hypothetical case studies showing how high-availability solutions may be designed utilizing Sun technologies. Appendices provide additional information on Sun technologies used in each leading cluster scenario; a detailed checklist for designing clustered solutions, and descriptions of failure analysis tools used by Sun systems designers.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 178.8 x 233.7 x 22.1mm | 598.75g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130084581
  • 9780130084583

Table of contents



1. Cluster and Complex System Design Issues.

Business Reasons for Clustered Systems. Failures in Complex Systems. Data Synchronization. Arbitration Schemes. Data Caches. Timeouts. Failures in Clustered Systems. Summary.

2. Enterprise Cluster Computing Building Blocks.

Data Repositories and Infrastructure Services. Business Logic and Application Service. User Access Services: Web Farms. Compute Clusters. Technologies for Building Distributed Applications.

3. Sun Cluster 3.0 Architecture.

System Architecture. Kernel Infrastructure. System Features. Cluster Failures. Synchronization. Arbitration.

4. Management Server.

Design Goals. Services. Console Services. Sun Ray Server. Sun StorEdge SAN Surfer. Sun Explorer Data Collector. Sun Remote Service. Software Stack. Hardware Components. Network Configuration. Systems Management. Backup, Restore, and Recovery. Summary.

5. Case Study 1-File Server Cluster.

Firm Description. Design Goals. Cluster Software. Recommended Hardware Configuration. Summary.

6. Case Study 2-Database Cluster.

Company Description. Information Technology Organization. Design Goals. Business Case. Requirements. Design Priorities. Cluster Software. Recommended Hardware Configuration. Summary.

A. Sun Cluster 3.0 Design Checklists.

Business Case Considerations. Personnel Considerations. Top-Level Design Documentation. Environmental Design. Server Design. Shared Storage Design. Network Design. Software Environment Design. Security Considerations. Systems Management Requirements. Testing Requirements.

B. Sun Cluster Technology History and Perspective.

SPARCcluster PDB 1.x and SPARCcluster HA 1.x History. Sun Cluster 2.x. Sun Cluster 2.2 and 3.0 Feature Comparison.

C. Data Center Guidelines.

Hardware Platform Stability. Server Consolidation in a Common Rack. System Component Identification. AC/DC Power. System Cooling. Network Infrastructure. Security. System Installation and Configuration Documentation. Change Control Practices. Maintenance and Patch Strategy. Component Spares. New Release Upgrade Process. Support Agreement and Associated Response Time. Backup-and-Restore Testing. Cluster Recovery Procedures. Summary.

D. Tools.

Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability Block Diagram Analysis. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. Event Tree Analysis.

Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary.


show more

About Tim Read

RICHARD ELLING is the Chief Architect for Enterprise Engineering at Sun Microsystems in San Diego, California. Richard had been a field systems engineer at Sun for five years. He was the Sun Worldwide Field Systems Engineer of the Year in 1996. Prior to working at Sun, he was the Manager of Network Support for the College of Engineering at Auburn University, a design engineer for a startup microelectronics company, and worked for NASA doing electronic design and experiments integration for Space Shuttle missions.

TIM READ is a Lead Consultant for the High End Systems Group in Sun UK's Joint Technology Organization. Since 1985 he has worked in the UK computer industry, joining Sun in 1990. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics with Astrophysics from Birmingham University. As part of his undergraduate studies, Tim studied clusters of suns; now he teaches and writes about Sun Clusters.
show more