Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

Best Practices for Oracle Solaris Network Performance with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

A new document has been published on OTN: "How to Get the Best Performance from Oracle VM Server for SPARC" by Jon Anderson, Pradhap Devarajan, Darrin Johnson, Narayana Janga, Raghuram Kothakota, Justin Hatch, Ravi Nallan, and Jeff Savit.

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Virtual Disk Performance Improvement for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

A new Solaris update dramatically improves performance for virtual disks on Oracle VM Server for SPARC, providing near-native I/O performance. With this change, virtual I/O is suitable for the most demanding I/O intensive applications under Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Read the full article to see more details.[Read More]

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Best Practices - Top Ten Tuning Tips Updated

Oracle VM Server for SPARC can be configured to provide optimal CPU and I/O performance - this blog entry updates a previous version to reflect improvements and new capabilities introduced into the product.[Read More]

Friday Mar 01, 2013

Announcing Whitepaper: "Implementing Root Domains with Oracle VM Server for SPARC"

A new whitepaper describes root domains with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which can be used to provide bare metal performance and other benefits.[Read More]

Monday Feb 04, 2013

Best Practices - Top Ten Tuning Tips

This blog post lists and briefly explains performance tips and best practices that should be used in most environments. [Read More]

Sunday Oct 02, 2011

T4 arrives!

The SPARC T4 adds world-class single CPU thread performance to the throughput computing performance T-series systems are known for. It has 2.85 or 3.0Ghz clock rate, branch prediction, longer pipelines, Out-Of-Order execution, for up to 5x better per-CPU performance than its predecessors.[Read More]

Friday Sep 19, 2008

Response to Joe Temple's blog on my blog...

IBM made an announcement that made invidious and inaccurate comparisons to our products. I blogged about why it was misleading. Other people blogged about my blog and said things that were even more misleading. Read my response here.[Read More]

Sunday Jun 15, 2008

No, there isn't a Santa Claus

I really don't like to use this blog for refuting competitor exaggerations and FUD. I'd really rather spend the infrequent time I spend on this blog talking about Sun technology. THere's so much great new stuff in Solaris, in our servers and storage products, and software stack, that it's just a nuisance to have to refute silly attacks on us.

But, once again into the fray. Read on to see the latest fuzzy math[Read More]

Wednesday May 28, 2008

How I found out that I might not exist

Last weekend I got an e-mail from an acquaintance of mine who pointed me to an industry web site where my blog (in particular the mainframe discussion) had been linked - but it said I might be a pseudonym! Read on to see how I got my name back :-) and learned a few things in the bargain.[Read More]

Monday Apr 07, 2008

Don't Keep Your Users Hostage!

Years ago I was taught a formative lesson from response time pioneer Walter Doherty. I asked a (slightly silly) question, and was taught the importance of focussing on service levels. See what I learned here.[Read More]

Monday Mar 03, 2008

The Ten Percent Solution

How do you make a slow, expensive platform look like it's competitive? This is the problem facing IBM with the announcement of their new System z10 mainframe. Read this article to see through deceptive benchmarketing[Read More]
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