For many organizations considering virtualizing their legacy systems, the joy of eliminating the risk of aging hardware is just one piece of the puzzle. Another important consideration is whether a virtual environment can achieve the same performance levels as the original hardware. While hardware emulation often carries with it the implication of a slower system, we work with our customers to optimize our solutions to meet performance requirements — and, in some cases, even surpass them.
Thales Alenia Space used a SPARC system to support the Centre National des Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency). It processed assembly, integration, and testing data from the IASI instrument before its long journey in space. The SPARC hardware was aging, and in order to protect the applications and data, they needed a solution that could emulate the SPARC hardware without changing the software. It was essential that the virtual solution be able to meet the speed and floating point precision performance requirements of the original system.
Stromasys engineers collaborated with the Thales Alenia Space team to implement CHARON-SSP, our virtual SPARC solution, making sure that it would achieve the required performance. The team found the SPARC emulator from Stromasys to be both high-quality and cost-effective, allowing their application to continue running on new industry standard hardware just as it had on the legacy server. They can now continue to support the research goals of CNES without the risks associated with the aging SPARC hardware.
We’re exhibiting at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week, September 18-22, showcasing our CHARON-SSP solution. Contact us to schedule a conversation and demonstration at the show or to set up a remote meeting.
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.