Friday Feb 27, 2015

Cluj IT Oracle Cloud Forum

I was searching on Oracle cloud events planned in March and I stumble upon an interesting one day event.

If you are passionate about the cloud technology and you are located in Romania, than you are in luck.Oracle will be hosting a one day Cloud Forum event dedicated to the #OracleCloud next week, on 3rd of March in Cluj Napoca.

My colleague Bogdan Păun will be presenting the Storage and Developer services sections which might interest you.
Check out the agenda and registration info here:

PS: You can already get a free trial for Storage or Database, Java and Developer cloud.   [Read More]

Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Oracle FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

An updated FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator is now available on the FS1 Flash Storage System page at the OPN HW Resource Center (available only to OPN Partners, registration is required).

A very tiny snapshot of the FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

The related training is essential, as it covers the required information/inputs, using the calculator, and understanding how to optimize the configuration based on the customer's need for performance, capacity, and/or costs.

PS: this is a re-post from our sister US STEP blog to make sure we are reaching all our partners with this new version launch.

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Invitation: Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability, Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum, 14th-16th April, 2015, Budapest, Hungary

Dear Partner,

In 2015 the Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability and the Servers and Storage Partner Communities will celebrate a single joint Community Forum. We are delighted to invite you to this event which will take place in Budapest, Hungary on April 14-16, 2015.

As in previous editions, the most important part of this Community Forum is sharing experiences, best-practices and customer cases. Presentations by partners and networking among participants are the enablers for building a valuable learning experience for you.

During the event, Oracle executives driving the different product areas will share their insight on new products and market trends, and will be available for one-on-one meetings to discuss go-to-market plans and sales opportunities.

Register for the Oracle Exadata, Manageability and Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum Now!

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this Community Forum. Check the agenda and reserve your place by registering before 15th March, 2014. (There is no registration fee for Oracle partners).

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest.

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

ZFS capacity calculator - version 8 highlights

Version 8 of our ZFS capacity calculator is fresh out of development and ready for download.

NEW add-ons & features:
  • NEW ZS4-4 added
  • Fixed to support NSPF with raidz1
  • NEW NAS Competitors added
  • Solved some minor bugs

Your feedback is highly appreciated!
Feel free to post in the comments section below.

You can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

(If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.)

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Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Partner webcast: SPARC The Base 2.0

Dear partner,

We are pleased to announce Sparc the Base partner webcast on Thursday 13th of November and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details:

Date and time: Thursday, 13. November 2014, 17:00 - 18:00 CET

Title: SPARC The Base 2.0

Abstract: Please join us to learn about Oracle's SPARC the BASE Refresh & Take Out Program. Learn all about Oracle's "SPARC The Base" 6-in-1 Offer. You'll hear how customers can upgrade their legacy servers to current generation SPARC servers with up to 30% less OPEX and up to 50% in total savings! Additionally, hear about the channel engagement process and supporting program assets and resources[Read More]

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

ZFS capacity calculator

As a presales, one of the most challenging and yet interesting activity was to size customers storage requirements.

I saw the first smart array card when I was in my first year of college and at that time I only knew that RAID 0 can greatly speed up the performance of an operating system by writing the bits on 2 disk drive simultaneously. Only when I started my first job as a configuration expert I learned that actually this is an industry standard that was around since1988.

When I started my presales job with Oracle I had to face for the first time the software RAID-Z that our storage was using. I realized then how important it is to calculate the usable capacity the customer will have based on the various RAID-Z levels, especially when there was no tool that allowed us to achieve this in an easy way.

Luckily some of the creative mind within my team (Marius Ghergut and Adrian Topa) found a solution to cover the tool gap by developing an excel based simple solution that allows us to calculate the ZFS Storage Appliance storage space based on different configuration options.

They called it ZFS raid calculator and you can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

(If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.)

Looking towards the datacenter move to cloud strategy, the software RAID is the technology of the future, as the storage cloud provider will have a big enough array to move the parity from the conventional bit parity to the new data/block parity.


As this is my first blog post I will also take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Adrian Pruna and I lead one of presales team in Oracle. Apart from various tools and new technology announcement I will also share with you my personal learning journey from an on premise expert to an infrastructure cloud expert.

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014


In August, Oracle gave a preview of the next generation SPARC processor - M7 at Hot Chips conference. 
Find some highlights of the very positive press coverage in EMEA below:

UK: Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Germany: Oracle verrät erste Details zu SPARC M7

France: Hot Chips 2014 : La puce Sparc M7 d'Oracle va doper le in-memory

Italy: Oracle M7: CPU con 10 miliardi di transistor e 32 core

Switzerland: Oracle: Mit SPARC CPU gegen SAP Hana

Hungary: Oracle SPARC M7: a lényeges részletek

Turkey: 32 Çekirdekli SPARC M7: Oracle’dan Yeni Nesil İşlemci!

 For more information, read this interesting post:

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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies

After the extended summer holidays of the eStep Blog, this eBook seems like a good start to catch up again after the long break. It serves quite well as a starting point to talk to customers about the Cloud and gives a good overview about different types of clouds with the example of Oracle products involved. However, the main focus of the eBook is IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service, which is also part of Oracle's Cloud offer.

Here, you can download the eBook - Oracle Special Edition.


As a new writer in this blog, I'd like to take the opportunity and introduce myself. My name is Patrick Wurst and I grew up in southern Germany, where I also studied Business Informatics at the KIT. Based in southern Spain, I'm working in a Back-Office Systems PreSales Consultant Role for Oracle EMEA since one and a half years ago. 

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Friday Jun 06, 2014

Update of SAE Benchmark Presentation to M6/T5/ZFS

Strategic Applications Engineering (SAE) published in March an updated Benchmark presentation showing the performance of Oracle systems, software and Virtualization.

The presentation is available via our eSTEP portal.  You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to access the downloads. Link to the portal is shown below.


The material can be found under tab eSTEP Download

Located under: Recent Updates and Miscellaneous

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