The N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition software provides a highly scalable and powerful management environment for the Sun Fire B1600 Blade platform. Running on a dedicated server, in an out-of-band management network, the N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition enables users to rapidly design, configure, provision, and scale blade-based server farms automatically. The N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition software manages this pool of blades, along with other networking resources, in a way that enables multiple users to create, scale, reconfigure, and decommission multiple securely separated blade-based server farms on the fly.
By creating a pool of repurposable IT resources, the N1 Grid PS software delivers significant reductions in costs, as well as improvements in overall resource utilization. Through intelligent automation of labor-intensive tasks, it increases the adaptability and flexibility of the data center, enabling data center managers to optimize resources. The N1 Grid PS solution helps transform the economics of computing, creating new efficiencies and new opportunities that can deliver a critical advantage in an increasingly competitive business world.
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Creation and Configuration of Server Farms
N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition software automates the deployment of a server farm. It controls the virtual wiring of blades based on the networking diagram drawn by the user through the web-based "drag and drop" design interface. Users can specify the following:
After a farm is designed, the N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition provides a full set of capabilities to manage the complete life cycle of deployment, including design activation, scaling, standby, and deactivation.
When the user has completed and submitted the design, N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition software automatically manages a number of processes to build the farm, including:
Software Image Management and Distribution
N1 Grid Provisioning Server 3.1 Blades Edition software provides a software image management system that houses a library of master software images. This library can be stored on any NFS or FTP server connected to the N1 Grid software's management network. With the software image management system, you can:
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