mardi oct. 27, 2015

#OOW15 Enabling Efficiency and Security at Scale with Software in Silicon

Beside the Cloud, the other big theme of the day was the launch of the M7 Servers and SuperCluster. To get a good view on why we are all so exited about it, I invite you to read the following article from Chuck Hollis: "The Amazing Oracle M7". As reflected in Mark Hurd's Keynote, even if it is about Cloud, it is also about efficiency, scalability and security that power both the Cloud and radical innovation that customers like GE have to undertake to differentiate themselves. And as Larry Ellison stated on his Sunday opening Keynote, the deeper and lower you manage to go, the greater efficiency. And it is exactly what we have done with "The Amazing Oracle M7".

We started this journey several years ago, and we are delivering it to you today. Yes, you can order it now, and being ship to you for Christmas or even before. The nice thing is that we are not the only one to be exited about it, ISVs and customers too... as I was able to see in several meetings I had today at Oracle Open World (if they read this blog, they will recognized themselves).

Not only did we focus on the usual chip design things, but the most important was to embed Software in Silicon.

Undertaking the Security challenges

Turn security on by default ! No compromise, for your Data at rest, on the wire AND in memory ! All going at hardware speed !

With the Oracle M7 Software in Silicon features, not only did we improved the cyphers algorithms to encrypt your data (transparently), we are also providing a completely unique capability to secure program memory access: Silicon Secured Memory. This feature locks the memory of a program at allocation time, providing a "key" (colored pointer) to the program that it will be the only one to match with its memory segment. So this is the end of Heartbleed or Venom like attacks. The nice thing about it, is that it also prevents from bad programming and improving code quality, which is becoming more and more complex especially when you are talking Big Data in-memory... the upcoming "new normal".

Undertaking the Efficiency Challenge

Of course all the improvements we did on core count, cache size, memory bandwidth... benefit out of the box to any applications. But here again we are embedding SQL in Silicon, that direct benefits to Oracle Database 12c in-memory Analytic by a factor of x10 at minimum: a customer during the Beta Program experienced a x83 gain running Oracle Database 12c in-memory on M7 vs. all Flash. We are even exploring to open the interface to other applications, and Spark on SPARC is running in the DEMOground at Oracle Open World providing a x6 time improvement, as stated by Ganesh Ramamurthy during his Keynote.

If you are not convince yet on the new efficiency, I invite you to read our published benchmarks today, not only on generic benchmarks, but also on real Enterprise benchmark and many area like In-Memory, Hadoop, NoSQL, Graph, Neural Network with R... Just pick the one you need and it should be here... Oh, and I forgot to mention, of course we did those benchmarks with Security turned on by default.

#OOW15 Cloud Predictions for 2025

Marc Hurd launched second day of Oracle Open World by providing his Vision 2025, joint on stage by  Jim Fowler (GE CIO) and Mike Brady (CTO AIG), along with video testimonials from Solarus Aircraft business, Avaya and DocuSign. A panel of customers spanning from very large to very small companies.

We are facing today a massive change in the industry, driven by a lower world wide growth and a shift of consumers impacting technologies. The current IT model based on old applications pre-internet, pre-mobile, pre-social world is not sustainable. Combining all those macro and micro economics trends, explains why Cloud is becoming so popular. It is build on the promise to get to faster innovation at a lower cost NOW. But to make it effective, it would take time: at least a decade. That's why as Oracle we undertake our journey to Cloud several years ago to prepare this transformation, starting by rewriting our applications for the Cloud, allowing coexistence -between existing on-premise and Cloud- to sustain this decade to move to the Cloud.

By 2025, Mark Hurd's Vision is that :

  1. 80% of applications will be in the cloud
  2. 2 suites providers will own 80% of SaaS market
  3. 100% of test/dev will be in the cloud
  4. Virtually all enterprise Data will be store in the cloud
  5. Enterprise cloud will be the most secured IT environment

And we are readying ourselves for that transformation.

Jim Fowler, GE CIO, was completely reflecting this vision. He has setup goals of having 70% of his applications in the Cloud for 2020. And for that he wants to leverage partners who know best on where they are not adding value to the business and focusing on building where GE can differentiate, like software analytic for gas turbine or locomotive. And even for that 30% in-house intellectual property development GE is still looking at partners to buy innovation at the infrastructure layer to provide scalability and security. A good thing for Oracle Engineered Systems strategy to power both the Cloud and on-premise transformation.

AIG CTO Mike Brady reflected the same movement, underlying the need to link both world, as he can't move to the Cloud without connected the Data stream coming from the Enterprise.

And along those lines, Security was THE word expressed in all testimonials.

All in all, those testimonials were not only enforcing Oracle Vision for the Cloud but also our investments in the full stack innovation, deep into the chip level to be able to deliver the scalability and security both needed in the Cloud and to deliver on-premise transformation and innovation as well... securely. And upper the stack with a full integrating application portfolio spanning CRM, ERP, Marketing, Social Relationship, and extensible to your own requirements thanks to open Platform leveraging 100% compatible Java technology to run it anywhere, with no-locking. A strategic that Avaya leveraged to move from a 100% proprietary Cloud provider to Oracle Suite of Cloud Application and Java PaaS, reducing his specifics by 80%, and for the remaining 20% using a fully open Java PaaS.

To get additional insight on Mark's Keynote, I invite you to read also the following article: "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd Lays Out the Future of the Cloud".

vendredi mai 09, 2014

Deploy and operate your Business Applications quickly and securely

Last week, we announced the upcoming release of Solaris 11.2. Even if this is a minor release, it contains major features that enable strong benefits for IT operations toward Business requirements that I am hearing everyday: "time-to-market", pay for what you use, security, simplified operations. Yes, OS are not a commodity and are a corner piece bringing either a lot's of value or a lot's of pain (depending on which one you rely on). At Oracle we are putting a large part of our R&D effort to hide the complexity and bring strong value through Solaris toward your infrastructure and applications management: Solaris acting as the glue between your hardware execution layer and your applications. 

Time-to-market: Centralized Cloud Management, Fast and Agile Application Provisioning

Cloud brings a lot's of promise and as such all Businesses are strongly looking at Clouds optimization, targeting "Time-to-market" (agility) and pay for what you use.

Source: TwinStrata

On the other side, either for the Cloud Service Providers or your internal IT operations, there is a lot's of work to do to make it happen in a standard, repeatable, secured and scalable model. To achieve this, one emerging standard embrace by the major IT players, including Oracle, is OpenStack. Still, discussing with many System Integrators who are starting to leverage it, OpenStack requires a lot's of work to make it right and maintain it, as it is in an constant evolution path. What we did in Solaris 11.2, was to benefit from strong proven features already in place, to build the foundation of the OpenStack framework, and get it ready and engineered to be delivered quickly and reliably.

This is a key milestone to provide Cloud Service Providers and internal IT the foundation layer required to achieve the expected "Time-to-Market" of your Cloud infrastructure. The nice thing about it, is that it is not only the management point of your Solaris environments, but of all your OpenStack compliant systems.

Pay for what you use: Independent and Isolated Environments... compliant with licensing boundaries

The next step once the service is deployed is to provide the required boundaries to "pay for what you use", not only from a pure hardware perspective, but also from a software licensing model. We already benefit from this capability, since Solaris 10, with the Solaris Zones virtualization technology. In Solaris 11.2, this has been enhanced to simplify the allocation of  resources at cpus, cores and sockets level, matching your software licenses requirements.

Security: Reduce Risk with Comprehensive Compliance Checking and Reporting

In a Cloud environment, where resources are shared, you need to insure very strong security mechanism between tenants. Thanks to built-in security, inside Solaris, we were already able to provide those mechanisms. In Solaris 11.2, we bring it  a step further, being able to provide compliance checking and reporting of the configuration, like PCI/DSS required in Card Banking industry.

This provide to Cloud Providers and Cloud Consumers a reliable, secured platform to build upon, simplifying complex configurations and associated audits processes.

Simplified operation: Enhancing OpenStack with Live Reconfiguration

Once you get your application on time, paying for what you use in a secured environment, you may think you are done. Are you ? Of course not ! What about application upgrade, platform patching, all the life cycle management of both your application and the Cloud platform you are relying on ? This is a well known challenge of consolidation projects, where the more tenants you put on a platform, the more complex is it to find a proper maintenance windows.

At the Solaris 11.2 platform level, you can now :

  1. dynamically reconfigure Oracle Solaris Zones without requiring a reboot, helping to eliminate system downtime,
  2. manage Solaris Zones patching independently, helping you apply your system and/or applications patches at your own pace

To go further in understanding the multiple values Solaris 11.2 platform can bring to your Business, I invite you to join us in Paris, on May 22nd, for a Solaris Tech Day. You will have the opportunity to exchange with Chris Arms, VP of Engineering, ISVs and customers using it today.

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mercredi févr. 26, 2014

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: IoT, connected Cars…. and boats

I was wondering when I entered in the Exhibitors Halls, if I was really at the mobile world congress or at a World Wide Automotive Show. Nearly every booth has a car to demonstrate a mobile phone on wheels… But for Oracle: we do have a boat! We demonstrate how the usage of the 300 sensors embedded in the America’s Cup sailing boat, can drive real-time human decisions. Of course, this is one of the many use cases we do have. I won’t go through the entire list from communications, connected cars to smart grids, analytic and Cloud enable mobile applications. I will rather focus on a rather interesting embedded topic as the trend around IoT (Internet of Things) is huge.

I already touch on this during my last OOW blog. As we are in a (very) small world (i.e. the device can be very small), the BOM (bill of material) needs to be at the right price, the right energy consumption and provide a very long life cycle: you don’t want your car to break after one year, or to face complex upgrades every 6 months and be connected (physically) with your repair shop too often. That’s where Java comes into play, because it provides the right footprint, management and life cycle. The new thing we are showing today is Java TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) integrated in hardware. This brings security inside the device by providing a secure store for your keys. As security is a major concern in IoT, especially for large industrial projects like connected Cars, Smart Grid, Smart Energy or even Healthcare. You don’t want your devices to be temper, either for 1) safety reason or 2) frauds. And Java is very good in all IoT uses cases, even for stronger security requirement, that for example, Gemalto is implementing with it.

To help you get there, Gemalto's Cinterion concept board enables you to quickly prototype your embedded devices and connect them securely (even your dart board)...

On the other side of those devices, you have you!…. That needs to make enrich decisions… That’s where data (and analytics) comes into play. And for this part, I invite you to join us in Paris, on March 19th on a special event around Data Challenges for Business. Ganesh Ramamurthy, Oracle VP Software Development in our Engineering System group will be with us to explain what Oracle Systems brings to manage and analyze all your Data. He will be with Cofely Services - GDF Suez, Bouygues Telecom and Centre Hospitalier de Douai, who will share their experiences.

lundi nov. 21, 2011

Solaris 11 : les nouveautés vues par les équipes de développement

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Pour ceux qui ne sont pas dans la liste de distribution de la communauté des utilisateurs Solaris francophones, voici une petite compilation de liens sur les blogs des développeurs de Solaris 11 et qui couvre en détails les nouveautés dans de multiples domaines.

 Les nouveautés côté Desktop

Les outils de développements

Le nouveau système de packaging : Image Packaging System (IPS)

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samedi mai 16, 2009

Cloud Camp Paris, le 11 juin - 18h30 à Telecom Paris

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Cloud Camp

Le Cloud Computing voit l'émergence d'une nouvelle façon de faire et de consommer l'IT.
Avec les nombreux changements intervenus dernièrement dans l'industrie, saisissez l'opportunité de partager votre expérience grâce aux nombreuses discussions organisées lors de ce premier évènement en France. Utilisateurs finals, professionnels de l'IT et vendeurs sont tous encouragés à y participer.

Cet évènement est fait pour et par les acteurs du Cloud Computing et se veut interactif.
Il est constitué de sessions informelles et de partages sur les thèmes comme :

  • Qu'est ce que le Cloud Computing, pourquoi et pourquoi pas ?
  • Open Cloud - au sujet de l'interopérabilité
  • Clouds Architecture - au sujet des "Design Pattern" pour faire et utiliser les Clouds
  • Clouds Security - nouveautés ? différences ?

La conférence sera introduite par Sam Johnston, qui participe activement à des projets d'utilisation du Cloud dans les entreprises, mais aussi au travers de groupes de travail, dont l'Open Grid Forum et l'initiative Open Cloud Computing Interface.

Si vous souhaitez vous même contribuer à cet évènement, pour présenter vos solutions pour le Cloud Computing ou contribuer à une des sessions, n'hésitez pas à me contacter.

Pour plus de détail sur l'agenda, et venir nous rejoindre le 11 juin à Telecom Paris, à partir de 18h30 :

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Eric Bezille-Oracle


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