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vLPAR®

The vLPAR® appliance fully automates the deployment and configuration of entire multi-system, multi-data center computing environments including business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, and virtualization.

TriParadigm delivers automated solutions for deploying business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR), high availability (HA), and virtualization (VIO) as a consumer commodity. This packaged solution called vLPAR® is sold by TriParadigm as an appliance that can plug directly into your datacenter and reduce your administration costs by 75%. vLPAR® can also increase your profits by fully implementing IBM Power 5 architectures and over-subscribing available hardware resources to multiple customers, thus maximizing your return-on-investment (ROI).

The business continuity methodology developed by TriParadigm and implemented by vLPAR® is characterized by a "build once, run anywhere" mentality. This phrase is meant to illustrate the concept of "containerized" business functions, where all resources related to supporting a business function are grouped together in such a way as to be able to run on any compatible system, in any datacenter, anywhere in the world.

Each component and piece of a containerized business function is constructed using enterprise wide unique identifiers so that naming and numbering conflicts are eliminated, thus enabling the "build once, run anywhere" mentality. In fact, this concept enables multiple containers to run simultaneously on the same system, which is a common practice when implementing a disaster recovery plan. In disaster recovery operations, production systems are typically consolidated onto a single system in the disaster recovery environment.

With vLPAR®, a datacenter operator has the ability to offer it's customers, on-demand disaster recovery / high availability clusters, or standalone systems, in real-time, all generated by the customer from a simple web based interface.

For a customer to create their own BC/DR/HA/VIO solutions, they only need to complete one simple web form. Their request is automatically processed and system(s) are created in a matter of minutes, they are notified upon completion and provided with a login name and password to a fully functional cluster of systems. (DR/HA).

vLPAR® is a true on-demand computing solution delivered as a consumer commodity providing BC/DR/HA/VIO and standardized SLA's.

vLPAR® Press Release

vLPAR® provides and fully implements all of the following features:

  • Consumer oriented web based interface to automatically create in real-time:
    • Disaster Recovery / High Availability multi-node clusters
    • High Availability multi-node clusters
    • Standalone systems
  • Real-time creation/configuration of all systems
    • Eliminates wasted resources sitting idle waiting for customer
  • Real-time automated creation/configuration of automated high availabilty
  • Real-time automated creation/configuration of disaster recovery resources
  • Real-time automated creation/configuration of business continuity structures
  • CPU Micropartitioning
  • Dynamic resizing of CPU resources based on system load
  • Dynamic resizing of Memory resources based on system load
  • Redundant access to storage
  • Redundant access to networking
  • "Build once, run anywhere" business continuity design structure
  • Disaster recovery failover to any location
  • High availability failover to another hardware platform
  • Virtualized I/O resources with redundant connections
  • Standardized Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Standardized system structure based on service level agreement
  • State-of-the-Art policies, guidelines, standards, and procedures
  • Automatically generated disaster recovery documentation
  • Automatically generated high availability cluster documentation
  • Automatically generated manual fail-over documentation

Additional packages integrated into vLPAR:

  • Orwell Disaster Recovery System (Mt Xia, et al)
  • AMMS - Automated Microcode Management System (Mt Xia)
  • OpenCMDB - Web based Configuration Management Database (Open Source)
  • Automated IP address allocation and management (Mt Xia)
  • Automated Documentation generator (Mt Xia)
  • Automated Web based documentation management (Mt Xia)
  • kshAuth - Web based authorization and authentication system (Mt Xia)
  • VIOS - VIO Server - Virtual I/O Server (IBM)
  • HMC - Hardware Management Console (IBM)
  • NIM - Network Installation Manager (IBM)
  • HACMP - High Availability Clustered Multi-Processing (IBM)
  • PLM - Partition Load Manager (IBM)
  • WLM - Work Load Load Manager (IBM)
  • DDNS - Dynamic DNS - Dynamic Domain Name Service (Open Source)


Click here for a high level slide presentation describing vLPAR features and functions.

Click here for screen shots and animations of vLPAR client LPAR creation procedures.

 

VLPAR provides the automated deployment of multiple systems, depending upon the service level agreement(SLA) selected by the user when building a business solution. Those SLA's are described and depicted below.


Service Level Agreement: Tier 1

The following diagram depicts the Disaster Recovery and High Availability scenario for a Tier 1 service agreement level, as implemented by VLPAR® automated deployment. Under this scenario, four(4) nodes are created across two datacenters, two nodes in each datacenter.

In this scenario, both datacenters are considered to be running production business functions. These functions normally run on a single node in one of the datacenters, with a hot-standby node providing high availability fail-over capabilities. Periodically, for maintenance and disaster recovery testing, the business function load is shifted from one datacenter to the other. Once the business functions are running in the other datacenter, it is not failed-back until the next scheduled maintenance or an unscheduled outage to the datacenter occurs.




Service Level Agreement: Tier 2

The following diagram depicts the Disaster Recovery and High Availability scenario for a Tier 2 service agreement level, as implemented by VLPAR® automated deployment. Under this scenario, three(3) nodes are created across two datacenters, two nodes in the primary production datacenter, one node in the disaster recovery datacenter.

In this scenario, the business functions are normally is normally running on a single node in the production datacenter. In the event of a hardware failure, the business functions are failed-over to a hot-standby node in the production datacenter. In the event of a datacenter failure, the business functions are failed-over to a hot-standby node in the disaster recovery datacenter.




Service Level Agreement: Tier 3

The following diagram depicts the Disaster Recovery scenario for a Tier 3 service agreement level, as implemented by VLPAR® automated deployment. Under this scenario, two(2) nodes are created across two datacenters, one node in each datacenter.

In this scenario, the business functions are running on running on a single node in the production datacenter. No high availability failover is provided, so in the event of a hardware failure on the production node, management must declare a disaster in order for a disaster recovery failover to be initiated. When a disaster is declared, the business functions are restarted on the disaster recovery node.




Service Level Agreement: Tier 4

The following diagram depicts the Disaster Recovery and High Availability scenario for a Tier 4 service agreement level(SLA), as implemented by VLPAR® automated deployment. Under this scenario, two(2) nodes are created in an HACMP cluster within a single datacenter.

In this scenario, a two(2) node one-way cascading HACMP cluster is running in the production datacenter. The business functions normally run on a single node in the cluster, with a hot-standby node providing high availability fail-over capabilities. In the event of a hardware failure, the business functions are failed-over to the hot-standby node. In the event of a disaster, no pre-built provisions exist.




Service Level Agreement: Tier 5

The following diagram depicts the Disaster Recovery and High Availability scenario for a Tier 5 service agreement level(SLA), as implemented by VLPAR® automated deployment. Under this scenario, one(1) node is created as a standalone systems within a single datacenter.

In this scenario, a single standalone system exists running the business functions, no high availability fail-over or disaster recovery fail-over provisions exist. If a hardware failure occurs, the business functions provided by the node will be unavailable until the failure is corrected.



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