Monday Dec 23, 2013

Oracle Has a SPARC-powered Exadata Configuration Called SuperCluster

Oracle has been shipping a version of Oracle Exadata that runs Oracle’s T and M-series microprocessors for more than 2 years. This database machine is called Oracle SuperCluster.[Read More]

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

How Office Depot Optimizes ERP by 20% with SPARC and Solaris

Office Depot simplifies IT architecture and reduces complexity with Oracle E-Business Suite applications, Oracle’s Sun SPARC platform, and the Oracle Solaris platform.

Office Depot is one of the largest retailers of office supply products in the world with over 900 stores in the United States and another 400-500 in Europe and the Middle East.

Their challenge was that they couldn’t scale their Oracle ERP applications on their current hardware platform, so they made the move from an x86 architecture to a SPARC and Solaris platform to get better scalability and reliability.

This wasn't a decision to be taken lightly. Oracle ERP is Office Depot's largest application with the largest workload. The company supports over 40,000 employees on this platform alone.

“We needed something that we could just put in and operate,” says Marshall Lew, Sr. Director of Computing Platforms at Office Depot.

The Benefits
What Office Depot saw was a 20% improvement in application performance on the SPARC and Solaris platform, with Oracle database running on top of it.

“Oracle database runs on many platforms, but on Solaris it really leverages the horsepower, engineering and design of the SPARC architecture and how it handles memory and core processing.”

--Marshall Lew, Sr. Director of Computing Platforms at Office Depot

“Before, it was always a challenge to get all of the different components working together. With Solaris and with Oracle database on top of it, it made it a lot easier,” says Lew. “From paper to production, the SPARC and Solaris combination was a much more simplified architecture, with a lot less complexity.”

To learn more about the success that Office Depot is having, watch this video:

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Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

How HDFC Securities Gains 3x Throughput Performance, Executes Online Trades Up to 60% Faster, and Cuts Data Center Costs

Oracle SuperCluster has been sold in over 30 countries across a wide range of industries including Financial, Telecommunications, Government, Oil and Gas, Retail, and to Hosting Services Providers. Over half of these Oracle SuperCluster implementations replaced existing HP and IBM infrastructure.

Many customers are also opting to implement Oracle SuperCluster as brand new architectures due to the simplicity of the Oracle engineered, integrated, and optimized system that includes SPARC T5 or M6 compute nodes, Exadata Storage Servers, and ZFS storage, all connected through a high-speed Infiniband interconnect. Oracle SuperCluster installation time is greatly reduced from weeks and months to as short as 25 days, which significantly reduces overall implementation costs and gets applications up and running faster, leading to quicker production-level deployment of applications.

Hear what HDFC Securities said about Oracle SuperCluster (here):

"Oracle SuperCluster was the obvious choice for our time-sensitive business, as it offers extreme performance, has no single point of failure, delivers single-vendor support, and provides the highest level of efficiency for our online trading platform where 100% up-time is essential. We saw a three-fold improvement in throughput performance, increased the speed of online trading by up to 60%, produced reports 67% faster, improved risk management, and cut data center costs."
–Vivek Joshi, CTO, HDFC Securities

Other Oracle SuperCluster customers include:

What do you think Oracle SuperCluster can do for your business?

Christine Kipp ( is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle. She has 20 years' experience with Solaris/UNIX working for Oracle and Sun Microsystems, managing high-end super computing and networking technology. She launched the highest performance Oracle SuperCluster Engineered System to market, and meets with customers to articulate technology and implementations of Oracle SPARC and Exadata, which are engineered and integrated for optimal performance on Oracle software.

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Monday Dec 09, 2013

Product Introduction Video: Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 - Most Powerful Oracle Engineered System

Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 Webcast

Take a look at the webcacast introducing the SuperCluster M6-32, Oracle's most powerful engineered system. Hosted by Oracle's Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Product Management; Ganesh Ramamurthy, Vice President, Software Development; and Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Systems Technology, this Webcast will further outline why SuperCluster M6-32 is ideally suited for in-memory applications and consolidation of mission-critical workloads.

For more product data, and customer performance results, go to the Oracle SuperCluster site.

More Oracle SuperCluster news to come!

- Christine Kipp, Product Manager


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