[rescue] Solaris 10 and "grid containers" and "zones"

Patrick Giagnocavo +1.717.201.3366 patrick at zill.net
Sun May 9 13:45:55 CDT 2004

On Sun, May 09, 2004 at 11:54:50AM -0500, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> Mike Meredith declared on Sunday 09 May 2004 06:37 am:
> > c) Replace Linux servers running UML for virtual hosting. I dare say
> >    you could service a lot more customers with a V1280 than you could
> >    with almost anything with Intel/AMD inside.
> Err, Linux isn't only for x86.  It runs quite well on UltraSparc and 
> PowerPC (and S/390 / zSeries) as well.  I *guarantee* you could run have 

I think the original context may have been lost.  UML = User Mode
Linux, which only runs well on a few architectures.

> more users under Linux on a z990 (or possibly a z900) than on anything 
> that Sun sells. : )  Of course, the IBM machine might cost a bit more.  

Yes, it might cost a bit more :-)

The hard limit on # of Zones (VMs) under Sol10 is 8192 .  I don't
think you could really have that many in reality on anything but the
hugest setup, since right now (beta code) you use about 50-60MB per VM
to get things going.

> I just wish more ISPs saw the benefits of having a single machine (or 
> sysplex, for redundancy) that services all their customers instead of 10 
> racks of PC boxen that service a fraction of their customers.

A lot of folks grow bit by bit and thus buying a few PCs to start then
adding more makes sense for them, at least initially.

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