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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 three logical processors. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of a number of  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          0410C62818           
                               01          0410C62818           
                    02          0410C62818

         

         

         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 an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processor. The system has 48 gigabytes (GB) of memory and a complement of a number of peripheral devices. The peripheral devices include:

        Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) disk array subsystem
        Ricoh 1107EX cut-sheet laser printer
        OSA-Express3 network interface cards
        Crypto Express3 cryptographic co-processor cards

        IBM z114 BC model 2818-I03
         Serial Numbers
             CPU            Serial 
                     00        0410C62818   
                      01        0410C62818    
                  02        0410C62818

         


        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

        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.The LDOM environments allow several applications to run in a separate OS environment on the same hardware. 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

        Dual Processor Blade Server
        Model: HP ProLiant BL460c Generation 7
        Processor: Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 (2.4 GHz)
        Memory: 8 GB (DDR3-1333) standard, expandable to 48 GB, using in-stock memory  modules.
              Expandable to 192 GB with special order memory modules.
        Internal Storage: 2 x 146 GB drives (mirrored) with 512 MB battery-backed write cache standard.    300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, 900 GB and 1.2 TB  drives optional. 
              External storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
        Network: Two 1 GB NICs (network interface cards), Teamed for redundancy

        Quad Processor Blade Server

        Model: HP ProLiant BL685c Generation 7
        Processor: Eight-Core AMD Opteron 6136 (2.4 GHz)
        Memory: 64 GB (DDR3-1333) standard, expandable to 512 GB with special order memory modules.
        Internal Storage: 2 x 300 GB drives (mirrored) with 1 GB battery-backed write cache standard.
        450 GB, 600 GB, 900 GB and 1.2 TB drives optional.
           External storage available via fiber-connected SAN storage arrays
        Network: Four 1 GB NICs (network interface cards), 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.

        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 CIT-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 

        CIT-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
        • Middle tier Application Servers - Oracle Application server

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


        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 higher network speeds, some nodes are connected to a 16 Gb/s, low-latency Infiniband 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: October 01, 2014