Compare this to other solutions that require different management user interfaces that make up a patchwork of tools, each using a different interface and process flow for completing tasks. Figure 14Superdome 2 also has simplified partition setup and configuration. Unlike legacy systems where the nPartition tools run on an external management station or from within a booted nPartition, in Superdome 2 the nPartition and vPar management tools reside within the firmware on the Superdome 2 OA. This means users can log into the Superdome 2 OA via a Web browser and run the partition management GUI or CLI to create both nPartitions and vPars.
18 Figure 15Superdome 2 Door Display Superdome 2 has the same Insight Display as c-Class systems to help manage and monitor the health of individual enclosures. However, Superdome 2 -16s and -32s systems have an additional LCD display on the outside rack door as well. This enables customers to view the complex name, overall complex health, power, and ambient air temperature in a single glance without opening the rack door. In addition, user ID (UID) functionality enables easy location of a particular system within a crowded computer floor.
19 Figure 16Figure 17UID ControlFlexible partitioning Enterprise computing is more than providing massive computing power. It is providing a high quality of service and leadership RAS capabilities in a form that can be easily applied to the existing software architecture of the enterprise. The performance and RAS needs of the individual enterprise applications must be met while maintaining the customer’s service level agreements. Enterprise servers provide a huge pool of resources that can be partitioned to serve the customer’s desired software architecture. The LCD andbacklight changescolor based on status
20 Superdome 2 servers provide a great deal of flexibility in how systems are managed. They support multiple methods of partitioning, multiple types of processors, and multiple operating environments. These servers based on the sx3000 chipset support a wide array of partitioning options. Each partitioning strategy splits up the resources in the server (CPUs, memory, I/O) into independent servers that can each run an operating system instance. Four partitioning strategies are available: •nPartitions •vPars •HPVM •Secure Resource Partitions (SRP) on HP-UX. nPartitions are electrically isolated hard partitions with security provided in the hardware. Secure firmware configures the sx3000 fabric to isolate resources in an nPartition from the rest of the system. This creates a hardware firewall to prevent other operating system instances from disrupting that partition. The firewall also minimizes the chance that a single failure (in hardware or software) can take down multiple partitions. This is a required feature in order to perform hardware maintenance on one partition while the other partitions continue to operate. The size of an nPartition can range from a single blade to the entire system. The other two partitioning strategies, vPars and HPVM, run within an nPartition. vPars offers