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New SPARC S7 Servers for Cloud & Scale-Out

Today's guest blogger is Paul Villers Barriga from Oracle.

On Thursday June 30th, we announced Oracle’s new cloud platform, including a new line of servers for cloud and scale-out applications: Oracle’s SPARC S7-2 and S7-2L servers. These servers are based on the breakthrough SPARC S7 processor and extend the outstanding features and capabilities of the SPARC T7 and M7 systems into scale-out form factors. With the combination of Oracle’s breakthrough Software in Silicon features and the efficiency of the SPARC S7 processor we can offer the most secure and economical enterprise clouds with the fastest infrastructure for data analytics.

Here at Oracle we recognize our customers’ needs for increasing the security of their data, therefore we have taken security as one of the core values on the SPARC Servers. The new SPARC S7 processor leverages the revolutionary Security in Silicon features introduced on the SPARC T7 and M7 systems. Silicon Secured Memory is a unique hardware implementation that prevents unauthorized access to application data in memory and can prevent hacking exploits and programming errors. In addition, SPARC processors offer the fastest and most complete on-chip encryption accelerators in the industry, turning end-to-end data encryption into a reality, and making it easy to support secure transactions with near-zero performance impact. Coupled with the unique features of Oracle Solaris platform, such as immutable virtual machines, time-based user control, activity-based delegation, automated compliance reports and remote auditing, you can easily enable security by default. In summary, by designing your infrastructure with SPARC Servers you will run your business on the most secure platform for enterprise computing.

The SPARC S7 systems are designed to offer tremendous efficiency in running Java, database, and analytics, which are the bases of cloud applications. This is the result of optimizing core design, integrating key interfaces on the processor’s silicon, creating very low-memory latencies, and extremely high memory bandwidths. Moreover, the SPARC S7 Servers leverage the same Software in Silicon features introduced by the SPARC M7 processor, including Data Analytics Accelerators. These are specialized units that run analytics primitives and functions on large quantities of data stored in memory while offloading processor cores to run other workloads. Consider the result; you can drastically increase the processing speed of analytics, allowing your applications to optimally process massive amounts of data, like the ones used on big data and machine learning at minimum time. Furthermore, we complement our platform with open APIs to make it easy for developers to bring those benefits into their applications, as demonstrated by the Apache Spark integration available in the Software in Silicon Cloud. This cloud environment is offered to our customers free of charge, and supports a growing community promoting the collaboration among developers, engineers, and experts on how to utilize the Silicon Secured Memory and Data Analytics Accelerator features of SPARC S7 and M7 processors.

With these new servers we are excited to offer a new way to experience the unique value introduced by the SPARC M7 technology, by using deep engineering to increase system efficiency and deliver enterprise capabilities at commodity price points. Specifically, the SPARC S7-2 server favors computing density on a compact one rack unit, while the SPARC S7-2L server offers versatile storage options for internal storage and flash devices in two rack units. When architecting your cloud or evaluating the expected pay-off of your data analytics projects, the new SPARC platform will help you achieve unbeatable efficiency and extremely fast time-to-insight, allowing you to maximize productivity and stay ahead of the competition. 

Paul Villers Barriga is an experienced product manager at Oracle and regularly shares his thoughts about SPARC products from Oracle.


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