Carrying on the traditions of Synergon Informatika Nyrt., Synergon System Integrator
(SRI) has been selling, supporting and servicing SUN and HP servers, external
storage devices and back-up systems. Our company has partner certification of
both manufacturers (Sun Associate Partner, HP Preferred Partner). Owing to that,
we maintain excellent relations with the Hungarian representative offices of every
manufacturer, and enjoy maximum support from them. Our professionals are highly
trained and have huge experiences in the operation of these products.
SERVER CONSOLIDATION WITH BLADE SERVERS
Server consolidation is an element of IT consolidation, in which we replace a
high number of servers of various types and manufacturers, with restricted performance,
by a few powerful, reliable, well-scaleable and easily manageable servers.
There is a logical and a physical aspect to server consolidation.
The logical aspect is that we consolidate the servers in order to ensure more
economical utilization of resources, more efficient operation, simpler and cheaper
In most cases server consolidation also involves consolidation of the applied
platforms (operating systems), which further simplifies the management of the
It is the physical consequence of server consolidation that we replace a high
number of servers with a smaller number of blade servers, typically suitable to
be installed in rack cabinets and having a shared console, thus we significantly
reduce the footprint of the servers, as well as their needs for power supply and
A blade is a server with modular set-up, which typically consists of one motherboard,
basically contains a processor, memory and some kind of connection, and lacks
several components, such as power supply unit, active cooling, Ethernet or FC
connections, or even storage devices, these are provided by the enclosure. As
a result, a blade is a very thin device, as many as 10 to 16 such servers can
be inserted in one enclosure.
The physical element of the consolidation of the server park is ensured by the
blade, while the logical part is provided by virtualization software (e.g. VMware),
quasi complementing each other. Accordingly, in the upcoming years we expect an
increase in the application of virtualization, in parallel with the blade servers,
since the traditionally conservative corporate IT departments have increasing
trust in this technology.
The fundamental component of the product is the new server hardware, by which
we replace the old servers, and the software ensuring the virtualization layer.
As is implied by what we have written above, server consolidation is only one
step in the line of consolidation. It can be basically justified by application
consolidation or operating system platform consolidation
In addition, it may typically trigger background storage device consolidation
and back-up system construction.
HIGH RELIABILITY SYSTEMS
The comprehensive term of “high reliability systems” means those hardware infrastructure
elements and architectural solutions that contribute to the increase of the reliability
of the IT system, its tolerance for faults and disasters.
There are several levels of reliability, these can be accomplished by various
solutions, at various cost levels.
There are base level, reliability enhancing solutions built in the individual
servers as well, but this product of Synergon goes beyond individual solutions
and mainly applies to systems aimed at 7x24 hours operation.
The possibility of breakdown of individual servers can be reduced, but the only
way to eliminate this threat completely is to apply a second server. High availability
systems consisting of several servers are called clusters. It is a feature of
cluster systems that several machines are running an application in cooperation,
and if any of the machines breaks down, the remaining machine(s) are able to continue
running the cluster without interruption.
Cluster solutions exist in Microsoft and Unix environments. However, systems
operating by real performance balancing run in Unix environment. Of these Synergon
recommends SunCluster solutions.
The essential condition for the operation of cluster systems is a shared external
storage system, to which every cluster node can be connected. When the storage
system is designed, special attention must be paid to operating security and data
security, therefore wherever possible, redundant solutions should be applied.
The design of the cluster system may also justify storage consolidation in many
Naturally, a reliable back-up system is essential for the assurance of high availability.
But even if all these facilities are available, there is still a minimum likelihood
of a system halt. For this case Synergon offers an enhanced level of availability
contract for the high reliability systems.
In the case of high reliability system we basically have a very important benefit
argument, and that is reliability. The essence of this is that if mission-critical
systems are running on high reliability systems, the number and duration of halts,
and thus downtime will decrease significantly. Accordingly, a company applying
such systems will avoid significant - monetary and non-monetary - losses.
WHY SYNERGON SYSTEM INTEGRATOR?
Focusing on the solutions presented above, we are convinced that Synergon System
Integrator (SRI) is capable of the design and installation of the hardware infrastructure
necessary for the implementation of any IT system.
MAJOR REFERENCES FOR SYNERGON GROUP
We have several references for the design of hardware infrastructure in every
· Technical and Economic University of Budapest
Provision of the hardware elements of the new infrastructure serving the Economic
System of the Technical University (MGR), by the application of high reliability
· Budapest, Local Government of District XVI
Consolidation of the existing, heterogeneous server park with HP servers, to
a uniform hardware infrastructure of high availability.