Monday Oct 20, 2014

You Got to SPARC it Up!

Dear Partner,

during the last Oracle Open World lots has been told, lots of content has been released.

But what about the last SPARC M7 microprocessor?

Please read the last entry on the Oracle Hardware Blog.
Click HERE and read the full blog post.

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Dear Partner,

In this blog entry by Ronen Kofman, you can find that Oracle has announced "the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers. The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost..."

The Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution is generally available, allowing customers to use OpenStack software with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is OpenStack software that installs on top of Oracle Linux. To help ensure flexibility and openness, it can support any guest operating system (OS) that is supported with Oracle VM, including Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and other Linux distributions.

This release allows customers to build a highly scalable, multitenant environment and integrate with the rich ecosystem of plug-ins and extensions available for OpenStack.

Do you want to know more?
You can view the full blog entry HERE
and the official press release HERE

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

SPARC M7 and Software-in-Silicon: In-Memory Query Acceleration of Oracle Database

Dear Partner,

in this blog entry by Arun Singh, Product Manager for SPARC Server, you could read a very interesting article about how Oracle’s SPARC M7 microprocessor can accelerate In-Memory Query of Oracle Database, using Software in Silicon Technology.
You could read about how [...] Oracle software engineers have incorporated various features into the Oracle Database to effectively leverage the hardware resources such as cores, IO channels, and memory of the underlying server. [...] Following a tremendous pace of technology innovation on SPARC microprocessors, Oracle has unveiled details on the Software in Silicon technologies that fuel its future SPARC M7 processor. The Software in Silicon technologies are a culmination of Oracle’s vision of engineering and optimizing hardware and software together. One of these technologies, In-Memory Query Acceleration, was designed to work with the Oracle Database In-memory. [...]

Do you want to know more?
You can view the full blog entry HERE

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Get Ready for the next-gen SPARC 7 processor

Dear Partner,

Last July 17 Leon Spencer, author on, an issue regarding Oracle's next-generation SPARC 7 processor architecture unveilment in August, with the new chip set to embody new acceleration and security features, according to Executive Vice President of Systems, John Fowler.

Hot Chips microprocessor technology conference in August will be the place where all this good news and revelations will be shown off to the world: please read the full article here if you want to deepen the topic

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Did you know...

...that Oracle released a new public SPARC/Solaris Roadmap?

This new document shows :

  • Roadmap for SPARC & Solaris in to 2019
  • Additional details of Software in Silicon enabling Oracle Application Acceleration
  • Solaris 11 updates and Solaris 12 with updates
  • Next 2 generations of SPARC T-Series and M-Series, and performance expectations

Oracle now plans a kicker using the current S3 cores in 2015 with circuits specifically designed to speed up database queries, data decompression, encryption, and Java. This 2015 edition of the Sparc will also include low latency clustering that is an upgrade to the current “Bixby” interconnect, which is absolutely no slouch at all and which allows Oracle to build a machine with 96 sockets and 96 TB of main memory.

If you want to know more, please go HERE and read the full article.

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Server Consolidation for Dummies: the ebook is here

Dear Partner,

are you wondering about Server Consolidation and you can't find the answer?!

Good news for you: it's ready for the download the 2nd special edition of the ebook "Server Consolidation for Dummies"!

Click HERE and discover how to:

> Boost IT efficiency and agility
> Consolidate with cloud deployments and use smarter networking
> Find the right consolidation strategy for you

In addition, there is a community where you could find the keys to your doubts: click HERE and join in! 

Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Simplify the migration from AIX to Solaris

SOURCE: Update your Database Now! Blog

A brand new white paper is available for anybody is contemplating a database and/or application migration from AIX to Solaris. Simplify the Migration of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications from AIX to Oracle Solaris gives a good description of the steps involved in planning and executing a migration project, along with the benefits you can expect to achieve and a solid example of migration using Oracle Data Pump, complete with scripted steps.

Feel free to download it and read it!

Monday Mar 03, 2014

How does terabyte-scale computing without the premium price sound like?

Large-scale servers offer significant advantages in the areas of application performance, simplified data center operations, and higher server utilization for large, complex workloads or for consolidating smaller servers. Historically, large-scale servers have had a higher cost per unit of performance, therefore limiting large servers to specialized workloads. Oracle has re-engineered server economics, enabling near-linear pricing from two-processor SPARC T5 servers to the terabyte-scale SPARC M6-32 server. Oracle customers can deploy any workload onto a larger scale server, obtaining better performance, better efficiency, and less complexity without a price premium over small servers.[Read More]

Atos IT Outsourcing Services are optimized by Oracle SuperCluster

SOURCE: Oracle Hardware Blog

ATOS, a leading international IT services outsourcing provider, has implemented Oracle SuperCluster as a complete, high-availability, multi-tenancy infrastructure, increasing performance, increasing profits, and providing higher services levels to customers.
With Oracle SuperCluster support for multi-tenancy through virtualization, and Oracle Exadata Storage engineered and performance optimized, ATOS significantly increased batch processing with more than 10x more IOPS with Oracle Exadata Storage X3-2.

The optimized Oracle SuperCluster engineered system includes Oracle Exadata, Oracle Solaris 11, ran batch jobs 1.5x faster as compared to the former IBM AIX platform, which was consolidated to Oracle SuperCluster.

With Oracle SuperCluster ECC DRAM providing more memory per processor,  it is ideal for in-memory workloads and large vertically scaled multi-tenancy databases and applications including SAP.

Business benefits are significant, with profit margins are projected to increase through a significant reduction of software license costs by 1.5x due to the higher performance and capacity of Oracle SuperCluster. Rapid provisioning increased ATOS service levels, and requires fewer resources to manage incident services.  

As a single Oracle Engineered System, Oracle SuperCluster is intrinsically high-availability, tested and integrated by Oracle, and was rapidly deployed.

Thursday Feb 13, 2014

CRN Names Oracle SuperCluster One of 10 Coolest Servers Of 2013

CRN recently gathered and reviewed computer systems of all shapes and sizes, including microservers, rack-mount servers, integrated systems, and even mainframes. The result is their list of 10 of the coolest server introductions for 2013 -- which includes the latest Oracle SuperCluster. Oracle has lead the shift from stand-alone servers to converged (or engineered, in Oracle speak) systems, starting over five years ago with the Exadata Database Machine. That accelerated four years ago with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, as well as the introduction of the Oracle SuperCluster over two years ago.

Oracle in September proved that development of its SPARC processors, and the engineered systems built on top of it, still have the power to push the performance edge when coupled with the right software.

Oracle's new SPARC M6-32 servers are based on the company's new 3.6GHz, 12-core SPARC M6 processors and include up to 32 TB of memory and up to 384 processor cores with one purpose: to run entire applications and databases in memory for optimum performance.

The servers can run entire business applications and databases in memory while supporting electrically isolated Dynamic Domains for improved security, service, and fault and resource isolation. Each Dynamic Domain supports up to 128 virtual machines.

In synthesis, the Oracle SuperCluster family is experiencing triple-digit growth, as customers are shifting their IT spend towards proven, high performance, integrated systems.

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

SPARC T5-2 server shatters another world record!

Since their introduction last year, Oracle's T5 servers have topped performance metrics across enterprise workloads.
Now SPARC T5 server has just shattered another world record. These are the benchmark results: 

In that test, the SPARC T5-2 server:

  • Showed the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier
  • Demonstrated 1.5 times higher performance compared to Oracle’s 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 systems, running Intel's E5-2600 v2 series processor (Ivy Bridge)
  • Delivered 29% better performance and 20% better price performance compared to a two-socket IBM PowerLinux POWER7+ processor-based server

Further details are available HERE

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Presentations from the SPARC Next Generation Roadshow now Available!

Many thanks to all the partners who registered and participated in our Next Generation SPARC Systems Roadshow across EMEA.

The slides presented at the training are now available. To get access to them, please join our EMEA HW Partner Community and get access to the HW Partner Community Workspace; when you enter the Workspace, go to Library --> Servers --> Sales Enablement Roadshows -> Next Generation SPARC Systems Roadshow.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

Dedicated to EMEA Partners: Sales Training Roadshow on Next Generation SPARC Systems

As a birthday present for the SPARC architecture (25 years) and the Solaris operating system (20 years), Oracle will expand its line of SPARC/Solaris products in the near future. These next generation SPARC products will extend, expand and augment both the T-Series and the M-Series servers families, making them an even richer offering for you as an Oracle partner.
These new systems represent a major milestone, not only for Oracle but also for you and your customers, and will set new standards in the IT industry.

A face to face, free of charge sales training roadshow, dedicated to EMEA partners, has been set up: you are invited to join us and learn about all the details of the new system. 

Click here to see all the details, and to register!

Linux Foundation and Oracle

There are partnerships where there's great impact for all the community. This is the case with Oracle and Linux Foundation. We are growing strong in our collaboration and support of each other and the community as its extension. See more details here.

Monday Feb 25, 2013

Partner Webcast: Oracle Database Appliance Pre-Launch Briefing, dedicated to Partners


Oracle will soon be launching its next-generation Oracle Database Appliance. Join us for this webcast on March 4th at 4 pm CET to learn about the new Oracle Database Appliance and its hardware refresh update, positioning, and the Oracle Database Appliance DEP Initiative.