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.

lundi sept. 23, 2013

#OOW2013: All your Database in-memory for All your existing applications... on Big Memory Machines

Many announcements have been made today by Larry Ellison, during his opening of Oracle OpenWorld. To begin with, Americas Cup is still running, as Oracle won today's races.  I must admit that seeing those boats racing at such a speed and crossing each other at few meters was really impressive. On OpenWorld side, it was also very impressive. More people this year are attending the event : 60 000 ! And in terms of big numbers, we saw very impressive results of the new features and products that have been announced today by Larry: Database 12c in-memory option, M6-32 Big Memory Machine, M6-32 SuperCluster and Oracle Database Backup, Logging, Recovery Appliance (yes, I am not joking, that's its real product name !).

Database 12c in-memory option: both row and column in-memory formats for same data/table

This new option will benefit all your existing applications unchanged. We are leveraging the memory to store both formats at the same time. This enable us to drop all the indexes that are usually necessary to process queries, for a design target of x100 improvement on performance for real-time analytic. As you will see later, we can achieve even more, especially if we are running on an M6-32 Big Memory Machine. At the same time the goal was also to improve transactions x2 !

The nice thing of this option is that it will benefit to all your existing applications running on top of Oracle Database 12c: no change required.

On stage, Juan Loaiza, did a small demonstration of this new option on a 3 billions row database, representing wikipedia research query. On a regular database, without this option, after identifying (or guessing) the query that will most likely be used by users, you put in place appropriate indexes (from 10 to 20 indexes), then you can run you query with acceptable performance, in this case: 2005 Million Rows Scanned / Sec instead of  5 Million Rows Scanned / Sec. Not too bad... Now if we replace the indexes required by the new Column formats store in-memory, we achieved in this case: 7151 Million Rows Scanned / Sec ! Something people looking into Big Data, and real-time decisions, will surely have a look at it.

 The second announcement was a new processor, and a new system associated with it: the M6 chip and the M6-32 Big Memory Machine... available now !

M6-32 Big Memory Machine: Terabyte Scale Computing

This system is compatible with the previous generation of M5 chips, protecting existing investment, and can host as well the new M6 12x cores, 96 threads processor. All in this system is about Terabytes : up to 32 TB of memory, 3 Terabytes/sec of system bandwidth, 1.4 Terabytes/sec of memory bandwidth, 1 Terabyte per second of I/O bandwidth !

This new machine is also the compute node of the new M6-32 SuperCluster announced also today.

M6-32 SuperCluster: In-Memory Database & Application System

That's our fastest Database Machine, with big memory for Column store and integrated Exadata Storage ! Juan Loaiza did also the same demonstration of the wikipedia search on this system... but not with 3 billions rows, but 218 billions rows ! The result speaks by itself: 341 072 Million Rows Scanned / Sec !

With all those critical systems hosting such amount of Data, it is also very important to provide a powerful Database Backup and Restore Solution... And that's all the latest Appliance announced today is about.

Oracle Database Backup, Logging, Recovery Appliance

By just reading its name you get nearly all the capabilities this new appliance will provide to you. First, it is specialized to backup Oracle Database of ALL your systems running an Oracle Database (Engineered Systems, like the lastest M6-32 SuperCluster or Exadata, as well as your regular servers). Second, it also captures all your Database logs. So not only do you have a backup but also the deltas between now and your latest backup. This is allowing you to come back at the point you want when recovering your database.

It can even be coupled with our new Database Backup service on Oracle Public Cloud, for an extra secure copy.

With this new appliance you can now be confident in securing your Oracle Database data.

Building your future datacenter

Today, not only did we see the new Oracle Database 12c enabling to work on memory for all you application, we also saw the associated M6-32 server and associated Engineered Systems M6-32 SuperCluster to run the stack with Big Memory capacity... all being secured by Oracle Database backup, Logging, Recovery Appliance. All of those innovations contributing to build your Datacenter of the future, where all is engineered to work together at the factory.

dimanche sept. 22, 2013

GRTgaz new Information System on Oracle SuperCluster

This testimony from Mr Sébastien Flourac, Head of Strategy for GRTgaz IT, concluded the last week SPARC Showcase event. Mr Flourac highlighted why he selected an Oracle SuperCluster, Engineered Systems, over a more traditional build it yourself approach, that he also studied.

Due to EEC regulation, GRTgaz a subsidary of GDF-Suez, has to be externalized including of course all its applications and existing IT in less than 2 years. But, of course, the current platforms are shared with other GDF-Suez services, which means for GRT gaz, that they have to build entirely a new platform to migrate their existing application with the lowest associated risks. As a major part of the technologies supporting GRT gaz applications was running on Oracle Database and Oracle Weblogic, either on IBM AIX or SPARC Solaris, GRT gaz had a closer look on what Oracle has to propose to simplify Oracle software on Oracle Hardware, compatible with the existing GRT gaz environment. And it became obvious to Mr Flourac that Oracle SuperCluster was the best fit for his project and for the future for several reasons.

Simplicity and lower cost

With Oracle Engineered Systems, all the complexity and cost of traditional build it yourself solutions has been taken care of at Oracle Engineering level. All the configurations and setup have been defined and integrated at all levels (software, virtualization and hardware) to offer the best SLA (performance and availability). This was concurring to simplify its externalization project, and was also bringing additional benefits on the storage layer for the future.

It was the best financial scenario in their project context.

Lower risks

Not only does the SuperCluster offer the best SLA by design. It also provides a very important feature in this complex applications migration : a full compatibility to run existing Oracle software versions. This was very important for Mr Flourac to avoid in his project to do both : migrate and upgrade.
It is also providing :

  • an integrated stack of Oracle Software and Hardware
  • an upgrade process tested by Oracle
  • a better support of the entire stack

Build for the future

Oracle SuperCluster provides to GRT gaz a consolidated, homogeneous and extremely scalable platform, which not only enable this externalization project but also will be able to host the new business requests.

With this new platform in place, Mr Flourac already knows that in the next phases he will be able to leverage additional integrated and unique features that running Oracle Softwares on Oracle SuperCluster provides:

  • Exadata integration and acceleration for Oracle Database starting with 11gR2
  • Exalogic integration and acceleration for Oracle Weblogic starting with 10.3.4

Of course the SuperCluster is a key enabler, but such a project requires also a team to manage the migration, the transition and the run. This is done through the support of Oracle ACS (transition), Fujitsu (migration) and Euriware (run).

lundi sept. 09, 2013

SPARC Showcase in Paris : September 17th

I recently posted about preparing Oracle Open World. A good start, for those of you in Paris, on September 17th, would be to come to the SPARC Showcase, where our customers will develop why and where they are leveraging latest SPARC technologies T4, T5 and Oracle SuperCluster to their IT and Business benefits : 

  • Mr Jean-Marc Jacquot, from Mysis
  • Mr Jean-François Charpentier, Technical Architect from a leader in RH services solutions
  • Mr Sébastien Flourac, Head of Strategy for GRTgaz IT

You can register here.

lundi oct. 10, 2011

Oracle Open World 2011 : Very Big (again) !

Translate in English 

Oracle Open World continue a battre des records aussi bien en terme d'audience avec plus de 45000 personnes que de contenus, avec plus de 2000 sessions, sans parler des annonces majeures qui ont eu lieu cette année et sur lesquelles je vais revenir dans ce poste, jour par jour.

Premier jour : Engineered Systems

L'évènement a été lancé avec une "key notes" 100% matériel, autour des Engineered Systems, avec un rappel du succès d'Exadata et d'Exalogic, et du pourquoi : massivement parallèle à tous les niveaux, avec en plus la compression des données pour pouvoir bouger beaucoup de données, beaucoup plus vite qu'une architecture traditionnelle, le tout basé sur un coeur infiniband... Conception poussée jusqu'au processeur avec le T4 et Solaris côté système d'exploitation, qui aboutissent a un nouvel "Engineered Systems", le Supercluster, pour proposer la solution la plus adaptée (intégrée) sur le terrain des applications utiles à l'Entreprise (Java/Database). Pour le partie calcul géométrique, ce sera la prochaine étape...

""Cette première "key notes" s'est conclue toujours sur du "Hardware and Software Engineered to work together", pour délivrer des résultats "plus vite que la pensée" avec l'Exalytics, qui s'interface de préférence avec un Exadata, mais pas seulement... pourquoi pas votre SAP, pour en tirer des analyses très rapide sur une volumétrie de données importante, que l'on arrive à faire tenir dans 1 TB de RAM, grâce à des technologies de... [Read more][Read More]

Eric Bezille-Oracle


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