First thoughts of Sun Cluster 3.2

Over the past few weeks, I have been heads down studying for the Sun Cluster 3.2 beta exam. I finally took the certification test this week, and am hopeful that I passed (I am pretty sure I did). Prior to studying for this exam, my last experience with Sun’s clustering technology was Sun Cluster 2.2. I was not a big fan of it, since it caused a number of outages at my previous employer, and lacked a number of features that were available in Veritas Cluster Server.

When I learned about the Sun Cluster 3.2 exam a few weeks ago, I thought I would give Sun’s clustering technology a second chance (I was very hesitant to spend time with it, but the folks on the Sun cluster oasis psyched me up to work with it). I have only worked with Sun cluster 3.2 for three weeks, but my view of Sun’s clustering techology has completely changed. Sun cluster 3.2 is an incredible product, and has some amazingly cool features (and it’s free if you don’t need support!!). Here are a few of my favorites:

While Sun cluster 3.2 has some cool features, there are still a few downsides (at least I think they are):

Since Sun Cluster 3.2 is still relatively new, there isn’t a whole lot of data out there to gauge how reliable and stable it is. VCS is a great clustering framework, and if SC 3.2 is as stable as the folks on the cluster oasis claim it is, I think they will definitely give VCS a run for their money on Solaris hosts (hopefully the Sun folks will investigate porting Sun cluster to Linux)

This article was posted by Matty on 2007-04-28 10:14:00 -0400 EDT