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    HOSTING SERVICES

    TITAN (z/OS) SYSTEM

    z/OS System Hardware

      The z/OS mainframe facility is an integrated multiprocessor complex, interconnected by shared disk storage. There is a single IBM z114 Business Class (BC) model 2818-I03 system, with 3 logical processors. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of several hundred peripheral devices.

      The peripheral devices include:
      Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) disk array subsystem
      Oracle SL8500 Automated Tape Library – Offsite Facility
      Oracle SL8500 Automated Tape Library – NIH Data Center
      STK VSM Virtual Storage Manager (virtual tapes)
      STK 9840 ultra high performance magnetic tape drives
      Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders – Offsite Facility
      Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders – NIH Data Center
      Ricoh 1107EX cut-sheet laser printer
      4245 impact printer
      OSA Express3 network interface cards
      Crypto Express3 cryptographic co-processor cards

      Peripherals are available to all processors, providing non-idle redundancy and minimal disruption of service in the event of any subsystem or component failure.

       

      IBM z114 BC model 2818-I03
       Serial Numbers
           CPU            Serial 
                 00          0210C62818
                 01          0210C62818
                 02          0210C62818

       

       

       z/OS System Software

       z/OS Operating System

      The IBM z/OS Operating System uses job control language as the user interface
       and the Job Entry Subsystem Version 2 (JES2).

      SILK Web Facilities

      http://titan.nih.gov
      Customized, public, and secure  servers are available for general use. SILK provides online tools that include: directory and account information, management functions, RACF processing, data set listing, batch job submission, secure file transfer, and executing TSO commands.

      Interactive Systems

      CICS, ISPF, and TSO

      Databases

      DB2 and Model 204 

      Language Processors

      COBOL, VS FORTRAN, PL/I for MVS, REXX, High Level Assembler, and C/C++

      Graphics Systems

      SAS/GRAPH (limited support)

      Statistical Systems (limited support)

      SAS and BMDP

      Other

      File management system - VISION:Builder; BookManager online documentation system; Connect:Direct for advanced file exchange; VPS printing service; Interactive Output Facility (IOF) for controlling and examining batch jobs

      Connectivity Products for Access to Titan

      Full connectivity client software for tn3270 and ftp connections, including secure connections. Supported software includes QWS3270 Secure, web-based secure file transfer, WS_FTP Pro, and SSH. 

      zLINUX SYSTEM

      Note: Currently, the zLinux Hosting Service is not accepting new customers.

      zLinux Hardware

      The zLinux Virtual Server runs on a single IBM z114 Business Class (BC) model 2818-I03 system, with 3 general purpose processors and 1 Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processor. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of several hundred peripheral devices.The peripheral devices include:

      Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) disk array subsystem
      STK 9840 ultra high performance magnetic tape drives
      Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders - off-site facility
      Brocade 7500 high-speed channel extenders - NIH Data Center
      Ricoh 1107EX cut-sheet laser printer
      OSA-Express3 network interface cards
      Crypto Express3 cryptographic co-processor cards

      Peripherals are available to all processors, providing non-idle redundancy and minimal disruption of service in the event of any subsystem or component failure.

       

      IBM z114 BC model 2818-I03
       Serial Numbers
           CPU            Serial 
                 00          0210C62818
                 01          0210C62818
                 02          0210C62818

       


      zLinux System Software

      zLinux Operating System
        The IBM zLinux Operating System under the z/VM hypervisor, uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run multiple virtual Linux servers

      Applications that can run in this open source  environment

        LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/PERL)-based applications -- an interlocking set of technologies on which developers can build and deploy web-based applications, powering:

        • Blogs--shared online journals using WordPress
        • Content management systems (e.g., Joomla, Drupal, WordPress)
        • Wikis--collaborative websites where authorized users can add or modify content using a browser
        • An Apache-based front end to an MS SQL server database
        • A wide variety of other software

      UNIX HOSTING SERVICES

      The Unix environment is appropriate for any Unix-based application and has specific capabilities for applications that use Oracle databases.


      Unix System Hardware

      Servers

      Oracle Servers

      Oracle Servers are appropriate for any application that needs more CPU or memory than a virtual server.  General uses include web servers, application/mid-tier-servers, and databases, which can be managed by the customer or CIT.

      The entry standard offering is the SPARC-T-Series Oracle servers with 64 or 128GB of memory and an 8  core CPU.

      The mid-tier standard offering is the SPARC T4-4 Oracle servers with 256GB or 512GB of memory and four 8-core CPUs (32 cores total).

      Virtual Servers
      The Solaris Virtual Server is a counterpart to the Windows Virtual Server and runs on the same hardware.  It provides a VMware environment for applications that require the Solaris operating system but have low memory and CPU requirements. 

      An additional virtualization solution is based on the Solaris Logical Domains (LDOMS) environment running on the UltraSPARC-T-Series Oracle servers.This service is useful for environments that do not need the full power of the T-Series server and is an effective way to limit the software license requirements for software provided on a per core basis.
       

      Other configurations are available depending on application requirements.
        

      Storage

      Unix Hosting Services will provide online storage for data as needed. Storage can be provided on SAN (storage attached networks) or locally attached storage, depending on the system, application, and storage required. Storage is provided in a RAID configuration for reliability.

      Unix System Software Overview

      CIT supports the software listed below, but customers can provide their own support for many other software options.

      Operating Systems


         Oracle Solaris
         x86 Solaris on VMware

      Database

         Oracle RDBMS on shared or dedicated Unix servers

      Connectivity

         FISMA-compliant highly available, secure connectivity, such as:

      • SSH

      Middle Tier Application Servers

          Oracle Application Server    

      WINDOWS HOSTING SERVICES

      Windows applications can be hosted on a series of servers that are carefully managed and monitored by CIT on a 7x24 basis. These are HP Enterprise class servers with available fiber-connected SAN storage arrays. This facility provides a computing environment that has been proven suitable for mission-critical, enterprise-wide applications.

      Windows Hardware

      HP BL460C - Blade Server

      Processors - Dual Quad-Core 2.4 GHz standard
      Memory - (PC2-5300) standard - expandable to 192 GB
      Storage - 2 Internal 146 GB SAS Drives with 128 MB battery backed write cache standard
         Additional storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
      Direct attached storage blade available (730 GB maximum size)
      Network – Dual 1GB NIC (Teamed for redundancy)

       

      HP BL685C Blade Server

      Processors - Quad Eight-Core 2.4 GHz standard
      Memory - (PC2-5300) standard - expandable to 192 GB
      Storage - 2 Internal 146 GB SAS Drives with 128MB battery backed write cache standard
        Additional storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
      Network – Dual 1 GB NIC (Teamed for redundancy)


      Virtual Servers

      The Windows Virtual Server service allows multiple operating system instances to pull resources from a cluster of servers in a VMware managed environment.

      Various configuaions are available:

      • Up to 8 CPU core
      • Up to 1 TB memory

      Windows Application Software

      Operating System for Virtual Servers
          Windows 2012 64-bit Standard
          Windows 2008 R2 64-bit Standard
          Windows 2008 R2 64-bit Enterprise
          Windows 2008 32-bit Enterprise

      Operating System for Dedicated Physical Servers
          Windows 2008 Standard
          Windows 2008 Enterprise
          Windows 2008 R2 Standard
          Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise

      Major components of the Windows Server Suite 
           IIS (virtualized, shared, and dedicated)
           SQL Server 2005/2008/2012 (dedicated), 2008 (shared)
           Microsoft Office SharePoint 2010 (shared and dedicated servces)


      LINUX HOSTING SERVICES

      CIT offers application hosting on x86-based servers running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Customers can choose from the following Linux hosting options:

      • Customer-Managed VMs
      • CIT-Managed Virtual Machines (also called VMs or virtual servers)
      • CIT-Managed Dedicated Physical Servers

      For more information about the Linux hosting service, see the Linux Hosting Services and Linux Virtual Server Service pages in the CIT Services Catalog.


      Linux System Hardware

      Customer-Managed Virtual Servers and Managed Virtual Servers

      VMWare Managed Environment

      Various configurations are available:

      • Up to 8 CPU cores
      • Up to 16 GB of memory

      Dedicated Physical Servers

      Option 1: 
      HP BL460c G7:
        2 x Intel Xeon E5620 (2.4 GHz/4-core)
        8 GB memory standard, upgradable to 48 GB
        2 x 146 GB mirrored hard drives, 300 GB, 450 GB and 600 GB mirrored drives optional

      Option 2:
        HP BL685c G7:
         4 x AMD Opteron 6136 (2.4 GHz/8-core)
         64 GB memory standard, upgradable to 512 GB with special order modules
         2 x 300 GB mirrored hard drives, 450 GB and 600 GB mirrored drives optional

      Other configurations are available depending on the application requirements.


      Linux System Software

      Customer-Managed Virtual Servers

      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6
      • Apache HTTP Server
      • MySQL
      • Perl/PHP/Python 

      Managed Virtual Servers

      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6

      Dedicated Physical Servers

      • Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system version 6
      • Database - Oracle RDBMS on dedicated Linux servers
      • Middle tier Application Servers - Oracle Application server on dedicated Linux servers

      Linux System Storage

      Customer-Managed Virtual Servers and CIT-Managed Virtual Servers

      75 GB (25 GB for customer file systems and 50 GB for operating system-related file systems) 


      Dedicated Physical Servers

      Initial storage of 146GB or 300GB - additional SAN storage is available in minimum increments of 25GB    


      Scientific Computing Services

      HELIX SYSTEMS

      http://helix.nih.gov, http://biowulf.nih.gov

      The NIH Helix Systems manage high-performance computing systems for the NIH intramural scientific community. The staff provides training, documentation and consulting for the resources on these systems. The front-end 64-processor system (with the network name helix.nih.gov) has 1 TB of main memory and is used for interactive, light compute scientific applications as well as general purpose tasks, such as reading mail and transferring files.

      An additional system, the NIH Biowulf Cluster (biowulf.nih.gov), offers computational capabilities for compute-intensive, large-memory, or swarms of independent jobs. Biowulf (biowulf.nih.gov) is a 18,000+ processor Linux cluster, built by members of the Helix Systems staff, that runs the Linux operating system.

       

      Helix Systems Hardware

      The main interactive system for scientific computing, helix.nih.gov, has 64 processors and 1 TB of memory.

      The Biowulf cluster consists of over 2600 nodes each with 2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 processors, with at least 1 GB of memory and 20 GB of disk. Each node is connected to a fast Ethernet switch (1 GB/s). For applications that can take advantage of more memory or higher network speeds, some nodes contain as much as 256 GB of memory and others are connected to a 16 GB/s low-latency network. 32 nodes with 256 GB memory each, and a “fat” node with 512 GB memory are reserved for applications that require very large amounts of memory.  


      Helix Systems Software

      http://helix.nih.gov/apps

      http://biowulf.nih.gov/apps/


      The helix systems are restricted to NIH use.

      OTHER SERVICES

       

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        This page last reviewed: June 06, 2014