"Any application requiring such compute capability can benefit from virtualization for aggregation, including technical computing, finance, analytics, and data-warehousing," Fultheim added. "And an additional benefit of aggregating multiple systems is virtual machine operation simplicity. The aggregated virtual machine requires only one OS, one storage pool and one jobs queue to manage. This capability removes quite a bit of the complexity in running multiple physical servers."
With vSMP Foundation 3.5, ScaleMP provides enhancements in three key areas:
- Data center customers looking for on-demand virtual-machines now have a greater choice of provisioning systems with the integration of Bright Cluster Manager. This addition provides the user with the ability to run a single cluster infrastructure and allocate a software-based SMP when needed to meet specific size and configuration requirements.
- For customers seeking large-scale SMP, ScaleMP claims version 3.5 offers up to four times better performance than the last version. It also adds support for four-socket systems from the leading Tier-1 vendors such as Dell's R910, HP's DL580 G7, and IBM's x3850 X5.
- For SMB customers looking to simplify cluster environment by aggregating cluster nodes into a single system, the latest version offers a seamless MPI offload engine (MOE), delivering greater performance for distributed applications.
Looking ahead to the cloud, ScaleMP is watching the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) market.
"IaaS allows customers to shape server resources to their application, and not be locked into their hardware's limitations," said Fultheim. "Quite a bit of IaaS is provided using virtual machines, which segment a physical server into multiple, stand-alone entities -- providing great ROI for service providers and customers."
Fultheim said that with virtualization for aggregation, customers have more choice. "They can ask for a virtual machine with practically unlimited memory size or processors. Server aggregation without boundaries is the next wave of virtualization -- and we start seeing it addressed by service providers," he added.
ScaleMP's vSMP Foundation shared memory clustering software is certified to work with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 (RHEL 4/5) and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11 (SLES 10/11). Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is not yet supported.
Pricing for vSMP Foundation 3.5 remains the same as the 3.0 release. A license and support contract will start off at $1,750 for a two-socket server using four-core x64 processors, although existing vSMP Foundation customers with a valid support and maintenance contract will be able to download the update for free.
This article, "ScaleMP expands server virtualization for aggregation software platform," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in virtualization and cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.