Solaris Resource Manager 1.3 System Administration Guide

Organizational Goals It Addresses

IT organizations are often required to control costs and guarantee service levels for enterprise applications. Resource management can make it possible to lower overall total cost of ownership, have more accurate control over who uses the system and how they use it, and sometimes serve both goals.

By using Solaris Resource Manager software to categorize and prioritize usage, administrators can effectively utilize reserve capacity during off-peak periods, often eliminating the need for additional processing power.

By segregating workloads within the system, Solaris Resource Manager enables the system administrator to run and manage dissimilar applications on a single system, rather than dedicating an entire system-complete with peak capacity-to each application. Traditionally, the most common approach to ensuring predictable service and response time is to host one function per system. This method works, but the proliferation of systems in the data center is expensive and difficult to manage.

Solaris Resource Manager allows consolidation of several applications on a single UNIX® server, thus fully utilizing all available resources. At the same time, all users can receive resources commensurate with their service levels and the relative importance of their work.