Stromasys announced today its release of Charon-SSP version 4.0 (SSP 4.0), which extends the number of processors the Charon software can emulate to a modern platform or the cloud, as well as offering more memory and increased performance. IT professionals with end-of-life SPARC servers can use the Charon-SSP emulation software in order to continue using mission-critical applications, while also lowering operational costs and energy consumption.
With SSP 4.0, Stromasys enhanced its cross-platform hardware virtualization product to include a virtual replica of sun4m, sun4u, and sun4v SPARC systems on standard x86-64 computer systems. These systems are running Linux on top of physical hardware, or a hypervisor, and can be emulated on a cloud through a cloud-specific product variant.
“The SPARC-V9 64-bit processer is more widely used than other SPARC systems. Thanks to this addition to our product line, more companies can now fully modernize their IT departments, use new technologies, have IT agility and take part in cloud migration,” stated John Prot, CEO of Stromasys. “They will not be held back by aging technology.”
Key features of SSP 4.0 include an integrated SSH tunnel in Charon manager, an automatic initial password change, emulator suspend and resume, USB removable device support, and various bug fixes and improvements.
In addition, the following updates were released with our 1.0.34 Beta releases earlier this fall:
Mapping host hard disk or partition to virtual disk image by hard disk serial ID
Better support on SCSI command pass through
Improved performance in LOAD/STORE instructions
Fixed booting problem in Solaris 10 u4 and u7
Added Solaris idle support
Optimized DIT for memset()function in C library
Improved OpenBoot emulation
Big improvement database application performance
Optimized page last instruction handling in DIT
SCSI: Response with unsupported opcode in mode sense(10) command
Implemented dedicated interrupt thread for interrupt housekeeping
Furthermore, we are glad to announce the release of CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS, our new solution for SPARC systems that runs on hardware and provides equivalent 1GHz SPARC CPU frequency:
CHARON-SSP/4U performance level on Intel v3 Processors @ 3.6 GHz is equivalent to 700+ MHz SPARC CPU frequency.
Introduction of new CHARON-SSP/4U+ that relies on Intel VT-x/EPT to provide 1GHz of equivalent SPARC CPU frequency when running on Intel v3 Processors @ 3.6GHz. Refer to SPD for features and SPEC2000 results.
CHARON-SSP/4U PLUS requires dedicated hardware and cannot be installed in a Virtual Machine. It is distributed as barebone on a customized Linux.
Unplanned system downtime on your legacy systems can be costly. In a recent post, we shared a few statistics about just what those figures might look like, but the costs of downtime in dollars, in time, in productivity, and in repercussions in general look different from one business to the next. Here at Stromasys, we know that downtime has real and substantial costs, and we make it our goal to alleviate the risk of downtime and the costs it has for organizations.
CHARON-SSP, Legacy SPARC Emulation Solution
For many years, we’ve been providing hardware virtualization solutions for PDP-11, VAX, Alpha, and HP 3000 systems, and we entered the legacy SPARC emulation market to provide the same relief to businesses running their applications on Solaris. Our CHARON-SSP solutions eliminate the risks of downtime that rise as hardware ages.
Over time, the hardware’s reliability declines. Though there is generally a long period of stability, there comes a point when the hardware is no longer quite so consistent: parts begin to fail, downtime becomes more frequent, and maintaining the hardware is not a sustainable option. This is depicted in the graphic below. Though the applications continue to run effectively and efficiently, the hardware has a shorter lifespan and cannot support those applications any longer.
For businesses running early models of SPARC, CHARON-SSP eliminates the need for the declining hardware and enables the applications to continue running long into the future. Last week, we hosted a webinar on this very topic. With CHARON-SSP, our legacy SPARC emulation solution, businesses are finding a way forward for their aging applications. This is a way forward without unplanned downtime due to hardware failure and without the risks and costs associated with a full migration. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that so many companies around the world have chosen to virtualize their systems with CHARON from Stromasys. To learn more about CHARON-SSP, you can view the recorded webinar here.
This week, a Stromasys team is at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco demoing Charon solutions and showcasing CHARON-SSP, our virtualization solution for Oracle Sun SPARC systems. As with our other Charon families, CHARON-SSP is designed to meet the needs of legacy system users, in this case SPARC users, creating a virtual SPARC environment and eliminating the aging hardware as it becomes less reliable and difficult to maintain.
SPARC virtualization from Stromasys offers a method of business continuity previously unavailable to SPARC users. CHARON-SSP, launched in April of this year, allows Sun Solaris applications that ran on SPARC systems to continue to run, unmodified, without the burden of the original hardware. For companies with proprietary applications, this is a major benefit. Why invest time and money in moving to a new system and new application when you already have one that is customized for your organization?
For companies with a data center filled with systems, virtualizing with CHARON-SSP means no massive migration, and for companies with huge staffs, there’s no retraining required. Applications run exactly as they did on the original hardware, and users interact with them just as before.
So how does it work?
CHARON-SSP creates a virtual replica of the original SPARC hardware inside a standard 64-bit x86 compatible computer system. It will run the original SPARC binary code, including operating systems like SunOS / Solaris, their layered products, and applications.
As far as Charon virtualization is concerned, the benefits are numerous: reduce risk, save money, lower costs, and improve performance with CHARON-SSP.