Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Recent Innovations to ILOM

by Josh Rosen

If you are wondering how Oracle can make some of the most advanced, reliable, and fault tolerant servers on the market, look no further than Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager or ILOM.  We build ILOM into every server we create, from Oracle x86 Systems such as X3-2 to the SPARC T-Series family.

Oracle ILOM is an embedded service processor, but it's really more than that.  It's a computer within a computer.  It's smart, it's tightly integrated into all aspects of the server's operation, and it's a big reason why Oracle servers are used for some of the most mission-critical workloads out there.

To understand the value of ILOM, there is no better place to start than its fault management capability.  We have taken the sophisticated fault management architecture from Solaris, developed and refined over a decade, and built it into each and every ILOM. ILOM detects a potential issue at its earliest stage, watching low-level sensors.   If the root cause of a problem is not clear from a single error reading, ILOM will look for other clues and combine multiple pieces of information to correctly identify a failing component.

ILOM provides peace of mind. We tailor our fault management for each new server platform that we produce.  You can rest assured that it's always actively keeping the server healthy.  And if there is a problem, you can be confident it will let you know by sending you a notification by e-mail or trap.

We also heard IT managers tell us they needed a Ph.D. in computer engineering to manage today's servers. It doesn't have to be that way.  Thanks to the latest innovations to Oracle ILOM, we present hardware inventory and status in way that makes sense – to anyone.  Green means everything is healthy and red means something is wrong.  When a component needs to be replaced a clear message indicates where the problem is and points you at a knowledge article about that problem.  It's that simple.

ILOM

Simpler management and simple interfaces mean reduced complexity and lower costs to manage.  And we know that's really important.

ILOM does all this while also providing advanced service processor features you depend on for managing enterprise class systems.  You can remotely control the server power, interact with a virtual video console for the server, and mount media on the server remotely.  There is no need to spend money on a KVM switch to get this functionality.

And when people hear how advanced ILOM is, they can't believe ILOM is free.  All features are enabled and included with each Oracle server that you buy.  There are no advanced licenses you need to purchase or features to unlock.

Configuring ILOM has also never been easier.  It is now possible to configure almost all aspects of the server directly from ILOM.  This includes changing BIOS settings, persistently modifying boot order, and optimizing power settings -- all directly from ILOM.

But Oracle's innovation does not stop with ILOM.  Oracle has engineered Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to integrate directly with ILOM, providing centralized management across all of our servers. Ops Center will discover each of your Oracle servers over the network by searching for ILOMs.  When it finds one, it knows how to communicate with ILOM to monitoring and configure that server from application to disk.

Since every server that Oracle produces, from x86 Systems to SPARC T-Series up and down the line, comes with Oracle ILOM, you can manage all Oracle servers in the same way.  And while all of our servers may have different components on the inside, each with their specialized functions, the way you integrate them and the way you monitor and manage them is exactly the same.

Oracle ILOM is state-of-art.  If you are looking for a server that make systems management simple and is easy to integrate and maintain, check out the latest advances to Oracle ILOM.



Josh Rosen is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle and previously spent more than a decade as a developer and architect of system management software. Josh has worked on system management for many of Oracle's hardware products ranging from the earliest blade systems to the latest Oracle x86 servers.

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Consolidating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster

Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) R12 12.1.3 is now available on oracle.com.

The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite

This solution uses the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Oracle’s first multi-purpose engineered system.  Download the free business and technical white papers which provide significant relevant information and resources. 

What is an Optimized Solution?

Oracle Optimized Solutions are fully documented architectures that have been thoroughly tested, tuned and optimized for performance and availability across the entire stack on a target platform. The technical white paper details the deployed application architecture along with various observations from installing the application on target platform to its behavior and performance in highly available and scalable configurations.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 and Oracle Database 11g

Multiple Oracle E-Business Suite  application modules were tested in this Oracle Optimized Solution -- Financials (online - Oracle Forms & Web requests), Order Management (online - Oracle Forms & Web requests) and HRMS (online - Web requests & payroll batch).

Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Real Application Cluster deliver the the high availability on this solution. 

High Availability on SPARC SuperCluster

To understand the behavior of the architecture under peak load conditions, determine optimum utilization, verify the scalability of the solution and exercise high availability features, Oracle engineers tested the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Database all running on a SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 engineered system. The test results are documented in the Oracle Optimized Solution white papers to provide general guidance for real world deployments. 

Questions & Requests

For more information, visit Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite page. If you are at a point where you would like to actually test a specific Oracle E-Business Suite application module on SPARC T4 systems or an engineered system such as SPARC SuperCluster, please contact Oracle Solution Center.

Thursday Oct 04, 2012

Bring 2 GB Large Pages to Solaris 10

Few facts:

  • 8 KB is the default page size on Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 as of this writing
  • Both hardware and software must have support for 2 GB large pages
  • SPARC T4 processors are capable of supporting 2 GB pages
  • Oracle Solaris 11 kernel has in-built support for 2 GB pages
  • Oracle Solaris 10 has no default support for 2 GB pages
  • Memory intensive 64-bit applications may benefit the most from using 2 GB pages

Prerequisites:

Steps to enable 2 GB large pages on Oracle Solaris 10:

  1. Install the latest kernel patch or ensure that 147440-04 or later was installed

  2. Add the following line to /etc/system and reboot
    • set max_uheap_lpsize=0x80000000

  3. Finally check the output of the following command when the system is back online
    • pagesize -a

    eg.,
    % pagesize -a
    8192		<-- 8K
    65536		<-- 64K
    4194304		<-- 4M
    268435456	<-- 256M
    2147483648	<-- 2G
    
    % uname -a
    SunOS jar-jar 5.10 Generic_147440-21 sun4v sparc sun4v
    

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Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Full Portfolio of x86 Systems On Display at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle x86 Server

This OpenWorld, Oracle’s x86 hardware team will have two hardware demos, showcasing the new X3 systems, as well as several other x86 solutions such as the ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance and the Carrier Grade NETRA systems. These two demos are located in the South Hall in Oracle’s booth 1133 and Intel’s booth 1101. 

The Intel booth will feature additional demos including 3D demos of each server, a static architectural demo, the Oracle x86 Grand Prix video game and the Intel Theatre featuring several presentations by Intel’s partners.

Oracle’s Intel Theatre Schedule and Topics Include:
Monday
1. 10:30 a.m. - Engineered to Work Together: Oracle x86 Systems in the Data Center
2. 12:30 a.m. - The Oracle NoSQL Database on the Intel Platform.
3. 1:30 p.m. - Accelerate Your Path to Cloud with Oracle VM
4. 3:30 p.m. - Why Oracle Linux is the Best Linux for Your Intel Based Systems
5. 4:30 p.m. - Accelerate Your Path to Cloud with Oracle VM
Tuesday
1. 10:00 a.m. - Speed of thought” Analytics using In-Memory Analytics
2. 1:30 a.m. - A Storage Architecture for Big Data:  "It’s Not JUST Hadoop"
3. 2:00 a.m. - Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure.
4. 2:30 p.m. - Configuring Storage to Optimize Database Performance and Efficiency.
5. 3:30 p.m. - Total Cloud Control for Oracle's x86 Systems
Wednesday
1. 10:00 a.m. - Big Data Analysis Using R-Programming Language
2. 11:30 a.m. - Extreme Performance Overview, The Oracle Exadata Database Machine
3. 1:30 p.m. - Oracle Times Ten In-Memory Database Overview

Top 5 Sites and Activities in San Francisco to Experience During Oracle OpenWorld

While Oracle OpenWorld may provide solutions and information on topics like how to simplify your IT, the importance of cloud, and what types of storage may satisfy your enterprise needs, who is going to tell you more about San Francisco?

Here are some suggested sites and activities to experience after OpenWorld that aren’t too far from the Moscone Center. It is recommended to take a cab for the sake of time, but the 6 square miles that make up San Francisco will make for a quick trek to any of the following destinations:

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge

    An image often associated with San Francisco, this bridge is one of the most impressive in the world. Take a walk across it, or view it from nearby Crissy Field, it is a sight that floors even the most veteran of San Franciscans.
  2. The Ferry Building
    Ferry Building
    Located at the end of Market Street in the Embarcadero, the Ferry Building once served as a hub of water transport and trade. The building has a bay front view and an array of food choices and restaurants. It is easily accessible via the Muni, BART, trolley or by cab. It is a must-see in San Francisco, and not too far from the Moscone Center.
  3. Ride the Trolley to the Castro
    Trolley
    For only $2, you can get go back in history for a moment on the Trolley. Take the F-line from the Embarcadero and ride it all the way to the Castro district. During the ride, you will get an overview of the landscape and cultures that are prevalent in San Francisco, but be wary that some areas may beg for an open mind more than others.
  4. Golden Gate Park
    Golden Gate Park
    When you tire of the concrete jungle, the lucky part of being in San Francisco is that you can escape to a natural refuge, this park being one of the favorites. This park is known for its hiking trails, cultural attractions, monuments, lakes and gardens. It is one good reason to bring your sneakers to San Francisco, and is also a great place to picnic. Please be wary that it is easy to get lost, and it is advisable to bring a map (just in case) if you go.
  5. Haight Ashbury
    Haight Ashbury
    For a complete change of scenery, Haight Ashbury is known as one of the places hippies used to live and the location of "The Summer of Love." It is now a more affluent neighborhood with boutique shops and the occasional drum circle. While it may be perceived as grungy in certain spots, it is one of the most photographed places in San Francisco and an integral part of San Franciscan history.

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

SPARC Servers at Oracle OpenWorld

SPARC Server Sessions at OpenWorld

There is plenty to learn about the SPARC servers at the Oracle OpenWorld. The SPARC server sessions offer depth and breadth in content selection to satisfy everyone's need from the one who is technically oriented to the one who would like to understand more about the business value of SPARC technology. And, there is always more. Keynotes, Oracle innovations and many product demonstrations are only a few of many other opportunities to interact with the product experts and executives to establish greater insight to the Oracle SPARC technology.

The Oracle SPARC Servers

Oracle's SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris are ideal for mission-critical applications that require high performance, best-in-class availability, and unmatched scalability on all application tiers.

With a robust roadmap, Oracle assures the highest levels of investment protection through 100% SPARC/Solaris binary compatibility, proven by hundreds of thousands of deployments over more than 20 year. 

Monday Sep 24, 2012

Unleash the Power of Cryptography on SPARC T4

by Rob Ludeman

Oracle’s SPARC T4 systems are architected to deliver enhanced value for customer via the inclusion of many integrated features.  One of the best examples of this approach is demonstrated in the on-chip cryptographic support that delivers wire speed encryption capabilities without any impact to application performance. 

The Evolution of SPARC Encryption

SPARC T-Series systems have a long history of providing this capability, dating back to the release of the first T2000 systems that featured support for on-chip RSA encryption directly in the UltraSPARC T1 processor.  Successive generations have built on this approach by support for additional encryption ciphers that are tightly coupled with the Oracle Solaris 10 and Solaris 11 encryption framework.  While earlier versions of this technology were implemented using co-processors, the SPARC T4 was redesigned with new crypto instructions to eliminate some of the performance overhead associated with the former approach, resulting in much higher performance for encrypted workloads.

The Superiority of the SPARC T4 Approach to Crypto

As companies continue to engage in more and more e-commerce, the need to provide greater degrees of security for these transactions is more critical than ever before.  Traditional methods of securing data in transit by applications have a number of drawbacks that are addressed by the SPARC T4 cryptographic approach.

SPARC T4 Eextends On-Chip Cryptography leadership

1. Performance degradation – cryptography is highly compute intensive and therefore, there is a significant cost when using other architectures without embedded crypto functionality.  This performance penalty impacts the entire system, slowing down performance of web servers (SSL), for example, and potentially bogging down the speed of other business applications.  The SPARC T4 processor enables customers to deliver high levels of security to internal and external customers while not incurring an impact to overall SLAs in their IT environment.

2. Added cost – one of the methods to avoid performance degradation is the addition of add-in cryptographic accelerator cards or external offload engines in other systems.  While these solutions provide a brute force mechanism to avoid the problem of slower system performance, it usually comes at an added cost.  Customers looking to encrypt datacenter traffic without the overhead and expenditure of extra hardware can rely on SPARC T4 systems to deliver the performance necessary without the need to purchase other hardware or add-on cards.

3. Higher complexity – the addition of cryptographic cards or leveraging load balancers to perform encryption tasks results in added complexity from a management standpoint.  With SPARC T4, encryption keys and the framework built into Solaris 10 and 11 means that administrators generally don’t need to spend extra cycles determining how to perform cryptographic functions.  In fact, many of the instructions are built-in and require no user intervention to be utilized.  For example, For OpenSSL on Solaris 11, SPARC T4 crypto is available directly with a new built-in OpenSSL 1.0 engine, called the "t4 engine."  For a deeper technical dive into the new instructions included in SPARC T4, consult Dan Anderson’s blog.

SPARC T4 Eextends On-Chip Cryptography leadership

Conclusion

In summary, SPARC T4 systems offer customers much more value for applications than just increased performance. The integration of key virtualization technologies, embedded encryption, and a true Enterprise Operating System, Oracle Solaris, provides direct business benefits that supersedes the commodity approach to data center computing.  

SPARC T4 removes the roadblocks to secure computing by offering integrated crypto accelerators that can save IT organizations in operating cost while delivering higher levels of performance and meeting objectives around compliance.

For more on the SPARC T4 family of products, go to here.

Thursday Sep 20, 2012

8 Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle OpenWorld

Every year, the Oracle Hardware team recognizes the unique buzz that accompanies the season of OpenWorld. During the late nights kept possible by the grace of caffeine combined with the stress and eagerness for the event to run smoothly, we like to remind ourselves of why all our hard work is going to pay off. So, now that we've registered, here are some of our top reasons that we’re excited for Oracle OpenWorld 2012:

  1. The Keynotes
    Just to name a few...Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, Thomas Kurian, John Fowler and many more are speaking live. We're expecting to walk away from the keynotes with a new frame of reference on a vast array of hot topics.
  2. Networking
    Whether it's through means of the OpenWorld Lounges, social media, or bars and cafes around Moscone Center, we'll be surrounded by people who are experts in the hardware field.
  3. Hardware Sessions
    There are enough sessions to satisfy every Oracle hardware knowledge need.
  4. Hardware Experts in General
    So many experts that we wish we could be in two places at once sometimes.
  5. Pearl Jam & Kings of Leon
    Rock out with these two legendary bands at the Oracle Appreciation Event!
  6. Oracle Music Festival
    Joss Stone, Macy Gray, the Hives, and Jimmy Cliff will be welcome escapes at the end of each day at OpenWorld, and are just a couple more reasons these all nighters before OpenWorld are worth it.
  7. ORACLE TEAM USA and the America's Cup trophy
    After the sailors take on San Francisco Bay for Fleet Week, we’ll be soliciting them for autographs and taking pictures with them at OpenWorld.
  8. Location, Location, Location
    The Moscone Center is beautiful and in the best location in San Francisco. We know the OpenWorld hype will get to us sometimes, and it's nice to know that we have pretty much everything San Francisco has to offer at our finger tips.

Why are you excited for #OOW? Tell us why!

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

Storage Forum at Oracle OpenWorld

For anyone attending Oracle OpenWorld and involved in Storage, join us at the Storage Forum & Reception. This special engagement offers you the ability to meet Oracle’s top storage executives, architects and fellow storage colleagues.

Storage Forum

Features include interactive sessions and round-table discussions on Oracle's storage strategy, product direction, and real-world customer implementations. It’s your chance to ask questions and learn first-hand about Oracle's response to top trends and what keeps storage managers up at night, including how to contain storage costs, improve performance, and ensure seamless integration with Oracle software environments.

Featured Speakers: Mike Workman, SVP of Pillar Axiom Storage Group; Phil Bullinger, SVP of Sun ZFS Storage Group; and Jim Cates, VP of Tape Systems Storage Group

Added Bonus: The Storage Forum will be followed by an exclusive Wine and Cocktail Reception where you can...

  • Meet and network with peers, and other storage professionals
  • Interact with Oracle’s experts in a fun and relaxed setting
  • Wind down and prepare for the Oracle Customer Appreciation Event featuring Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon

Date & Times:
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Forum
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception

Disclaimer: Space is limited, so register at http://bit.ly/PULcyR as soon as possible!

If you want any more information, feel free to email Lexi.Nicholas@oracle.com

Sunday Sep 02, 2012

Introducing Oracle System Assistant

by Josh Rosen

One of the challenges with today's servers is getting the server up and running and understanding what all of the steps are once you plug the server in for the first time.

So many different pieces come into play: installing drivers, updating firmware, configuring RAID, and provisioning the operating system. All of these steps must be done before you can even start using the server.

Finding the latest firmware and drivers, making sure you have the right versions, and knowing that all the different software and firmware components work together properly can be a real challenge. If not done correctly, such as if you separately download disk firmware or controller firmware that doesn't match the existing OS drivers, you could experience bugs, performance problems, and incompatibilities. Gone are the days of having to locate the tools and drivers media that shipped with the server only to find out that newer versions of software and firmware are available on the web.

Oracle has solved these challenges in the new X3-2 family of servers by introducing Oracle System Assistant. Oracle System Assistant is an innovative tool that is built-in to every new x86 server. It provides step-by-step assistance with configuring the server, updating firmware and drivers, and provisioning the operating system. Once you have completed all of the steps in the Oracle System Assistant tool, the server is ready to use. Oracle System Assistant

Oracle System Assistant was designed to be easy and straightforward. Starting it is as simple as pressing F9 when the server is booting. You'll need a keyboard, monitor, and mouse or you can use the remote console feature of Oracle ILOM (Integrated Lights Out Manager) to access a virtual KVM to the server from any machine. From there Oracle System Assistant will walk you through each of the steps necessary to set up your server.

After configuring the network settings for Oracle System Assistant, the next step is to check for any new software or firmware for the server. Oracle System Assistant connects back to Oracle using your My Oracle Support account and downloads any updates that were made available to you for this specific server.

This is where you really start to see the innovation that went into Oracle System Assistant. Firmware for Oracle ILOM and BIOS, operating system drivers, and other system firmware (including for option cards and disk drivers) come as a single bundle, downloading as a single unit, that has been engineered and tested to work together by Oracle. Oracle System Assistant figures out the right combination for your server, so you don't have to.
Now that the server has the latest firmware, Oracle System Assistant will next walk you through configuring the hardware. From Oracle System Assistant, you can configure many Oracle ILOM settings, including the network settings and initial user accounts. This ensures that ILOM is accessible and ready to use.
OSA ScreenshotOracle System Assistant is where all parts of the server come together. In addition to communicating with Oracle ILOM and interacting with BIOS, Oracle System Assistant understands and can configure the storage subsystem. Before installing the operating system, Oracle System Assistant can detect the storage configuration and configure RAID for all disks in the system.

At this point, the server is ready to be provisioned with the host operating system. You can use Oracle System Assistant to provision a supported OS, including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, RHEL, SuSe Linux, and Windows. And by using Oracle System Assistant, you can be sure that the proper OS drivers are installed for each of the installed hardware components.

With Oracle System Assistant, initial setup of the server has never been easier. If we can innovate around problems and find solutions to make our servers easier to manage, this reduces IT costs and makes managing servers simpler. I think with Oracle System Assistant we have done just that.



Josh Rosen is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle and previously spent more than a decade as a developer and architect of system management software. Josh has worked on system management for many of Oracle's hardware products ranging from the earliest blade systems to the latest Oracle x86 servers.

Monday Aug 27, 2012

Oracle Optimized Solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle OpenWorld

Have you registered for Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco from September 30 to October 4? Visit the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 site today for registration and more information.

Come join us to hear how Oracle Optimized Solutions can help you save money, reduce integration risks, and improve user productivity.

Oracle Optimized Solutions are designed, pre-tested, tuned and fully documented architectures for optimal performance and availability. They provide written guidelines to help size, configure, purchase and deploy enterprise solutions that address common IT problems. Built with flexibility in mind, Oracle Optimized Solutions can be deployed as complete solutions or easily tailored to meet your specific needs - they are proven to save money, reduce integration risks and improve user productivity.

Here is a preview of the planned Oracle OpenWorld sessions(*) on Oracle Optimized Solutions:

October 1, 2012 Monday

Time

Session ID

Title

Location

12:15 PM

CON7916

Accelerate Oracle E-Business Suite Deployment with SPARC SuperCluster

Moscone West - 2001

03:15 PM

GEN9691

General Session: Accelerate Your Business with the Oracle Hardware Advantage

Moscone North - Hall D

04:45 PM

CON4821

Building a Flexible Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure on Oracle SPARC Systems

Moscone West - 2001

October 2, 2012 Tuesday

Time

Session ID

Title

Location

10:15 AM

CON4561

Backup-and-Recovery Best Practices with Oracle Engineered Systems Products

Moscone South - 252

11:45 AM

CON3851

Optimizing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on SPARC T4 Servers for Best Performance

Moscone West - 2000

01:15 PM

GEN11472

General Session: Breakthrough Efficiency in Private Cloud Infrastructure

Moscone West - 3014

01:15 PM

CON4600

Extreme Storage Scale and Efficiency: Lessons from a 100,000-Person Organization

Moscone South - 252

05:00 PM

CON9465

Next-Generation Directory: Oracle Unified Directory

Moscone West - 3008

05:00 PM

CON4088

Accelerate Your SAP Landscape with the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster

Moscone West - 2001

05:00 PM

CON7743

High-Performance Security for Oracle Applications Using SPARC T4 Systems

Moscone West - 2000

05:00 PM

CON3857

Archive Strategies for 100 Percent Data Availability

Moscone South - 270

October 3, 2012 Wednesday

Time

Session ID

Title

Location

10:15 AM

CON6528

Configure Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression to Optimize Query Database Performance up to 10x

Moscone South - 252

11:45 AM

CON2590

Breakthrough in Private Cloud Management on SPARC T-Series Servers

Moscone South - 270

01:15 PM

CON4289

Oracle Optimized Solution for Siebel CRM at ACCOR

Moscone West - 2000

05:00 PM

CON7570

Improve PeopleSoft HCM Performance and Reliability with SPARC SuperCluster

Moscone South - 252

* Schedule subject to change

In addition, there will be Oracle Optimized Solutions Hands-On-Labs sessions planned. Please enroll ahead of time as space is limited:

Oracle Optimized Solutions: Hands on Labs in Oracle OpenWorld

Place: Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15

Date and Time

Session ID

Title

Monday

October 1, 2012

01:45 PM

HOL9868

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for SPARC with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c

Wednesday

October 3, 2012

05:00 PM

HOL9870

x86 Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM 3.x and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Thursday

October 4, 2012

11:15 AM

HOL9869

0 to Database Backup and Recovery in 60 Minutes

You can get the up to date program information by downloading the Focus on Document DOWNLOAD

Oracle Optimized Solutions executives and experts will also be at hand for discussions and follow ups. And don’t forget to catch live demonstrations of our complete Oracle Optimized Solutions while at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco.

We recommend the use of the Schedule Builder tool to plan your visit to the conference and for pre-enrollment in sessions of your interest. We hope to see you there!

Friday Aug 24, 2012

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies eBook

Are you considering "going to the cloud" as a way to cut IT costs and maximize your virtualization investments? Then Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies is a no-nonsense guide to help you navigate this hot topic. This user friendly guide explains how to cut through the noise and take advantage of integrated virtualization and management tools to implement a cloud infrastructure that not only lowers operational costs but that can easily adapt and scale to run a broad range of application services safely and securely.

This e-book will serve as a valuable Cloud computing guide covering important topics such as:

p_dlg_id=11847803&src=7618000&Act=8" title="DOWNLOAD">Download your exclusive copy of Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Special Edition today.

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Special Edition

Friday Aug 10, 2012

New iPhone/iPad App for Sun ZFS Storage Appliance


Need to see what's going on with your storage system while you are on the go? Now you can do just that with the Sun ZFS Appliance Monitor. This iPhone and iPad compatible app will let you monitor multiple Sun ZFS Storage Appliances right from your phone or tablet. You can see detailed storage analytics, monitor system, component and service statuses, as well as alerts and logs all from a beautiful interface designed for use on smaller screens. No configuration changes are possible due to the potential for errant clicks and touches on these small devices that are often triggered by mistake from your pocket, but this is a big step forward in being able to keep current on the status of the data that drives a successful business.

No word on when an Android compatible app might be available, but if you have an iPhone or an iPad you can download this app for free right now from iTunes.

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Oracle Optimized Storage Provides Real Business Value

Mark Hurd and John Fowler talked Wednesday about the need for optimized storage platforms and how Oracle is delivering these systems to our customers. The event included not only an overview and interviews from Mark and John, but also two additional sessions which included a round table discussion with storage development management and a webcast by Jim Cates and Tom Wultich introducing the new StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library.

John interviewed Andrew Reichman from Forrester Research and there were a number of customers featured including Alex Latham (Novation), Desh Urs (iBridge), Mark Lemmons (T3Media) and Darian Anderson (Ixtend). Also, Oracle's Jim Cates gave a brief overview of the SL150, the new comletely modular, scalable tape library designed for growing small to midsized companies

What I found most interesting was when Andrew Reichman described the storage industry historically as a "dark art" practiced by deeply technical engineers. I used to be one of those guys :) He went on to say that what is important to businesses isn't necessarily what protocol or new storage specification the storage device is running, but how well it can be automated and integrated with the applications it supports. That way companies can get more business value out of the data that they are storing.

You can watch the replay here

Friday May 25, 2012

Welcome to the Oracle Hardware Blog: How to Benefit from Optimizing Hardware with Oracle Database

Welcome to the new Oracle Hardware blog, the home for all things hardware--including Oracle Servers, Storage, Optimized Solutions, Engineered Systems, and Solaris.

This inaugural blog post features Oracle's Randal Sagrillo, Performance Expert, who provides a technical overview of Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database showing how customers benefit from optimizing their hardware with the Oracle Database.

The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database provides extensive guidelines for architecting and deploying complete database solutions using Oracle's powerful SPARC M-Series and SPARC T-Series servers together with Oracle Solaris and Oracle's SAN, NAS, and flash-based storage to deliver optimal performance and availability while minimizing the risks associated with deploying and consolidating large mission-critical database systems.

 Watch it now:

This video is sponsored by Qlogic, powering Oracle Storage Networking.

 For more information visit: Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database

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