Monday Sep 30, 2013

Transform Data Center Performance with the Oracle SPARC Runner Video Game

Disaster has struck the Acme Co. data center! I’m Ora and I need your help! Aging, inefficient servers have left  the data center unable to respond to changing business needs. Tasked with increasing application performance, accelerating deployment speed, and consolidating multiple systems, Acme’s IT Manager called the best in the business—me, Ora, the SPARC Runner—to help him out.

But I can’t do this all by myself. I need your help navigating through five exciting, but treacherous data center levels. Help me jump, dash, and slide through complex and inefficient IT environments so I can:

  • Accelerate performance with the world’s fastest microprocessor
  • Increase speed with servers and OS that are co-engineered to do more together
  • Consolidate multiple legacy “IBS” servers onto a single SPARC architecture

See how many inferior "IBS" servers you can consolidate and challenge your friends to beat your score in this awesome new data center adventure video game, debuting at Oracle OpenWorld. Think you have what it takes? Play the new Oracle SPARC Runner and test your grit!

What do you think of the game and what was your high score?

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Intel and Oracle: 21 Years Of Partnering to Deliver Innovation

As this year is heading to a close, it will complete 21 years of partnership between Intel and Oracle. For over two decades, both firms have worked together to drive increased performance for Oracle Database on Intel’s CPU architecture. In addition, Oracle and Intel have worked together to deliver innovation and hardened reliability for Oracle Solaris. However, what may get overlooked is Oracle’s commitment to the x86 architecture and Intel’s family of processors, through the continued development of Oracle's x86 servers

Fig-1: Oracle’s Solutions Built On The x86 Architecture & Intel’s CPUs

As mentioned above, one such example of this long standing partnership comes in the form of the advanced fault management capabilities of Oracle Solaris on Oracle’s x86 hardware. This enhanced system monitoring comes as a result of years of cumulative engineering investments made across multiple product families and generations. Combined innovations in Oracle Solaris FMA (Fault Management Architecture) and hardware design have resulted in a synergistic progression of new features that benefit end users. Oracle understands that organizations want a holistic approach to fault management in which all aspects of server health are examined together. This approach prevents system administrators from having to mine and collate error conditions from lots of different sources, such as operating system logs, device-specific tools, and service processors. Oracle Solaris FMA was instrumented with diagnosis ability for correctible memory errors for DIMMs, correctable errors (CEs) for CPUs, and fault detection for PCIe errors. For CEs, the component can be off-lined by Oracle Solaris FMA if the CEs occur too frequently. Also, Oracle Solaris FMA captures error state for CPU uncorrectable errors and reports them upon the next server reboot. Oracle’s x86 systems, all of which use Intel Xeon processors, were used to develop the integration between Oracle Solaris FMA and Intel Xeon processors, as well as the testing to ensure maximum visibility into each system. Lastly, these benefits are only available on Oracle x86 systems, as third party solutions cannot offer this level of integration between the operating system, service processor, and core computing components such as the CPU and memory.

Oracle’s ground-breaking Engineered Systems offer innovation through the integration of software and hardware to deliver unrivaled customer value. This disruptive design strategy, has created an entirely new market segment and system classification, and at the heart of these solutions are Oracle’s stand alone x86 servers. Oracle’s Intel Xeon based systems are the foundation for the majority of Oracle’s Engineered Systems including Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, and the newly introduced Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle’s x86 servers offer the industry’s leading reliability and performance through hardening in these apex solutions, however they are also the computing backbone for Oracle’s cloud services and daily operations.  Oracle conducts 3.2 billion business critical database transactions per hour, across 20,000 Oracle x86 servers, as well as servicing over five million users through Oracle On Demand. This level of reliability is the reason so many customers use Oracle’s Engineered Systems and stand alone x86 servers for their mission critical or revenue generating IT resources.

Oracle’s hardware strategy will continue to be focused on enhancing the performance of Oracle software for greater business value to its customers. As Intel continues to refresh its enterprise class family of processors, customers can count on Oracle to follow the refresh schedule through deployment of Intel’s CPUs in Oracle’s stand alone servers, as well as its portfolio of x86 based Engineered Systems. On September 12, Oracle launched its three new systems based on the Intel E5-2600 v2 family of processors. The X4-2, X4-2L, and X4-2B are the newest two-socket systems from Oracle, and are designed for clustered databases, virtualized cloud applications and mission critical business services.

Look for additional blogs to come, detailing how Oracle offers greater database performance when running on Oracle Linux and Oracle x86 systems, and a deeper dive into the additional features of Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 servers. If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld later this month, be sure to attend Intel and Oracle’s joint sessions covering these topics.

Oracle Open World x86 Sessions:
The Oracle x86 Advantage: An Overview of Oracle’s x86 Products and Value Proposition
Westin San Francisco – Concordia Room, Monday, 9/23, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Driving Database Innovation: Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 Hardware
Westin San Francisco – Olympic Room, Monday, 9/23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Edgar Haren is a Principal Product Director at Oracle for Oracle’s x86 systems and Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance. He previously spent several years in product development and marketing focused on High Performance Computing. Edgar has 8 provisional patents and 11 public disclosures focusing on server power solutions, mobile power, wireless audio, direct audio, USB switching, physical security, video projection and ergonomics.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld Preview Guide: Servers and Engineered Systems

Oracle OpenWorld

For the hardware fanatics out there, Oracle OpenWorld is just about here and we have all the details you need to get the most out of your time. The keynote will be given by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, on Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. to kick off the whole event. This will be held in Hall D at Moscone North. Don’t miss it!

Here are some of the Systems highlights during the 5-day event:

  • Over 70 Server, Engineered Systems and Oracle Solaris sessions plus many others covering database and systems management, virtuaization, security and more
  • Meet with Oracle Server developers and product teams
  • 50+ demos running on Oracle Servers and Engineered Systems

Many of the System sessions will be held in the Westin San Francisco on Market Street.

Some highlights of the upcoming sessions include:

There will also be sessions specifically for SPARC servers, Engineered Systems and Solaris. You can learn about Using Solaris Zones to Enhance Cloud Platforms, Breakthroughs in SPARC Processor Technology and In-Memory Computing and What’s New and What’s Coming in Oracle Exadata.

After your sessions, you will be given the opportunity to meet with Oracle developers and product teams. Lunch, coffee, and recharging stations will be provided.

Also, you will be given the chance to try things out in our hands-on lab sessions, including:

  • Servers: Database Cloning, Oracle FLEXCUBE, In-Memory Features of M-Series, Consolidation with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle x86 System Advantages, Improving SAP Operations and Performance, Virtualization on SPARC, and many more
  • Engineered Systems: SuperCluster T5, Exadata, In-Memory DB for Exalytics, Oracle Database Appliance, Fusion Middleware on Exalogic, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, and check out the Engineered Systems Showcase outside keynote Hall D
  • Solaris: Optimizing Oracle Databases, Extreme Availability, Virtualization and Consolidation, Software Defined Networking

Challenge yourself to soak up as much information as you can! Oracle OpenWorld is only one week long! Don’t forget about Customer Appreciation Night on Wednesday, September 25. It’s a chance to let loose, soak up a great view of San Francisco, and dance the night away with Maroon 5 and The Black Keys. It’s the best party in town!

Follow this link for the full schedule of events:

Which Systems event are you looking forward to at Oracle OpenWorld?


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