Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Sterci today announced it has earned Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status

Sterci has announced it has earned Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status.

(Read full announcement here)

"GTExchange from Sterci is a high-performance multi-network and multi-standard financial messaging solution that provides a comprehensive connection hub to SWIFT and other networks, as well as handling internal message transfer. It supports high volume and complex message flows from multiple counterparties, delivering control, transparency and proven efficiencies.

By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status, Sterci has shown that its GTExchange solution has achieved a 3.8 x greater throughput (nearly 4 million messages an hour), than any previous tests on comparable x86 systems." 

Fundtech’s Global PAYplus Achieves Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Optimized Status

Fundtech, a leader in global transaction banking solutions, has announced  that Global PAYplus® – Services Platform (GPP-SP) version 4 has achieved Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle Exalogic Optimized status.

(Read full announcement here)

"GPP-SP testing was done in the third quarter of 2012 in the Oracle Exastack Lab located in the Oracle Solution Center in Linlithgow, Scotland. It showed that an integrated solution can result in a highly streamlined installation, enabling reduced cost of evaluation, acquisition and ownership. Highlights of the transaction processing test are as follows:

  • 9.3 million Mass Payments per hour
  • 5.7 million Single Payments per hour

The test found that the optimized combination of GPP-SP running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is able to increase transactions per second (TPS) output per core, and able to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). The volumes achieved were using only 25% of Exadata/Exalogic processing capacity".

Exadata X3 launch webcast - Available on-demand

Available on-demand, this webcast covers everything partners need to know about Oracle’s next-generation database machine. You will learn how to improve performance by storing multiple databases in memory, lower power and cooling costs by 30%, and easily deploy a cloud based database service. Exadata X3 combines massive memory and low-cost disks to deliver the highest performance at the lowest cost.

View here!

Featured partner - Arrow uses Proof of Concept and Demo infrastructure to help VARs win new projects

Arrow ECS is one of the key VADs of Oracle in EMEA, and very active in the Exadata area. In different countries they have put in place demo and POC infrastructure. 

Ludovic Brûlé describes in the this video  how Arrow ECS can support their channel partners with Exadata and Exalogic projects.

New Exadata and Exalogic public references

The following are new public references for Exadata and Exalogic:

Oracle customer, Allegis, describes how Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic helped consolidate and optimize critical processes running in Oracle's PeopleSoft. 

The company implemented Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle WebLogic, and Oracle WebCenter Content 11g to ensure high performance and stability for its new document-centralization system 


Leading Research Institution Consolidates More Than 200 Databases to Approximately 20 while Maximizing Availability for Thousands of Users

By consolidating 68 databases into a single Oracle Exadata Database Machine, SThree achieved the stability and scalability it needed to support its growth targets. Further enhancements to the organization’s core systems include a planned upgrade for Siebel Contact Center and improved integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware.

New Whitepaper - Exalogic Virtualization Architecture

One of the key enhancements in the current generation of Oracle Exalogic systems—and the focus of this whitepaper—is Oracle’s incorporation of virtualized InfiniBand I/O interconnects using Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) technology to permit the system to share the internal InfiniBand network and storage fabric between as many as 63 virtual machines per physical server node with near-native performance simultaneously allowing both high performance and high workload consolidation.

Oracle Exalogic X3-2 Installation and Maintenance Training (from OU)

Many of the Exadata partners in our community are also architecting and servicing Exalogic-based solution. The following training is open to partners and will be of interest.

New Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Demo

Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other applications, while delivering lower TCO, reduced risk, higher user productivity and one-stop support.

This new video describes and demos some of the key features. 

Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

Exadata Database Machine X3 - New technical whitepaper available

After the announcement of the Exadata Database Machine X3, a new technical whitepaper is available for all of you who want to go deep into the technical features of the new generation of Exadata machines.

You can download it from here:  "An Oracle Whitepaper - A Technical Overview of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and  Exadata Storage Server - November 2012"


Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

TCO Comparison: Oracle Exadata vs IBM P-Series

Cost Comparison for Business Decision-makers
Oracle Exadata Database Machine vs. IBM Power Systems
How to Weigh a Purchase Decision
October 2012

Download full report here

In this research-based  white paper conducted at the request of Oracle, The FactPoint Group compares the cost of ownership of the Oracle Exadata engineered system to a traditional build-your-own (BYO) solution, in this case an IBM Power 770 (P770) with SAN storage.  The IBM P770 was chosen given it is IBM’s current most popular model, based on FactPoint primary and secondary research and IBM claims, and because at least one of the interviewed customers had specifically migrated from a P770 to Exadata, affording us a more specific data point for comparison.

This research found that Oracle Exadata:

  • Can be deployed more quickly and easily requiring 59% fewer man-hours than a traditional IBM Power Systems solution.
  • Delivers dramatically higher performance typically up to 12X improvement, as described by customers, over their prior solution. 
  • Requires 40% fewer systems administrator hours to maintain and operate annually, including quicker support calls because of less finger-pointing and faster service with a single vendor. 
  • Will become even easier to operate over time as users become more proficient and organize around the benefits of integrated infrastructure.
  • Supplies a highly available, highly scalable and robust solution that results in reserve capacity that make Exadata easier for IT to operate because IT administrators can manage proactively, not reactively.  Overall, Exadata operations and maintenance keep IT administrators from “living on the edge.”  And it’s pre-engineered for long-term growth.

Finally, compared to IBM Power Systems hardware, Exadata is a bargain from a total cost of ownership perspective:  Over three years, the IBM hardware running Oracle Database cost 31% more in TCO than Exadata.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2012

Engineered Systems Production Tour

Oracle's Engineered Systems are shipped fully assembled and tested, and ready to be simply wheeled into the datacenter, plugged in and turned on. If you are curious to know how Oracle manufactures the Engineered Systems, watch this short video from our manufacturing plant.The video covers the assembly, test, packing and shipping of these systems and shows the extensive quality assurance steps that are taken:



Engineered Systems Production Tour from Cameron O'Rourke on Vimeo.

Monday Nov 12, 2012

Database Insider - November 2012 issue

The November issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available. (Full newsletter here)

Mark Hurd: Oracle Database Wrap-up from Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle executives kicked off Oracle OpenWorld 2012, discussing the needs of customers, the brand-new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3, and the latest Oracle Database innovations. (Read More)

Webcast: Introduction to Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3

Oracle’s next-generation database machine, Oracle Exadata X3, combines massive memory and low-cost disks to deliver the highest performance at the lowest cost. Available in an eight-rack configuration, it allows you to start small and grow.

Webcast: SAP Applications Run Better on Oracle Exadata

Find out why a growing number of SAP application customers are turning to Oracle Exadata Database Machine for better performance, better productivity—and big savings. 

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Backup and Recovery in Exadata environments

As with any infrastructure every Engineered Systems customer needs a Backup & Recovery solution for Data Protection. See a detailed presentation and learn about the challenges of backup & recovery and the key benefits of the ZFS Storage Applicance as a backup device for Exadata & Sparc SuperCluster.

(You need to be a registered member of the Exadata Partner Community to access link above. Otherwise you will get an error. You can register here)

M2M Solutions: The Move to Value Creation and the Internet of Things

There's a new Oracle-sponsored report available around big data, specifically machine to machine data (there will probably be more growth in m2m data than human-generated stuff like social media).

Good reading!

Monday Nov 05, 2012

Temenos WealthManager: performance benchmark on Exadata

Temenos WealthManager is at work in financial institutions of all sizes. No matter the size, each of Temenos’ customers has one requirement in common: a need for fast technology.

This led Temenos to conduct a performance benchmark, running its WealthManager platform on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. During the study, Temenos executed high-intensity financial engines two- to three-times faster than its previous internal benchmarks and/or largest customer throughput. The company also demonstrated greater than two-times the average improvement in response times for six-times the number of users and data volumes. Further, Temenos secured a two-times gain in service-level agreements for batch and user-oriented workloads via dedicated or parallelized processing windows.

Last year Temenos also communicated the availability of its T24 core banking system and how the benchmark run demonstrated the ability of Oracle’s Exadata platform to comfortably support the highest banking volumes for T24.

Read full story here



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