Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

CloudSigma Public Cloud built on Oracle Solaris

On September 30, 2014 CloudSigma issued a press release announcing a native Oracle Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering for the enterprise.  And following on that press release, Robert Jenkins, CEO of CloudSigma,  demonstrated how CloudSigma is deploying instances of Oracle Solaris in their public cloud in two separate presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2014:

 - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap [GEN7808]
 - Kernel Zones: Next-Generation Cloud Platform [CON7842]

This is a significant strategic move by CloudSigma, leveraging Oracle Solaris features to meet their business objective of building high availability cloud servers and cloud hosting in both Europe and the US, and demonstrates Oracle Solaris and SPARC traction and value in the public cloud space.  CloudSigma is a pure-cloud IaaS provider that offers one of the most customizable cloud offerings on the market.  They recognize that Oracle Solaris 11 is a complete, integrated cloud platform that  is engineered for the type of large scale enterprise cloud environments their customers are demanding.  They see the benefits of implementing Oracle Solaris cloud virtualization with zero performance loss and the highest consolidation ratios for large-scale applications.  

As an example, in his presentation at OpenWorld, Mr. Jenkins spoke to the excitement of leveraging "Remote Administration Daemon" (RAD), which is a standard system service that offers secure, remote administrative access to an Oracle Solaris system.  RAD enabled CloudSigma to incorporate Solaris very quickly without the burden of writing the code themselves, as they have done with Linux.

“We’ve been excited to see the recent developments in the Oracle Solaris offering and have worked closely with Oracle to demonstrate the unique power of this platform for the enterprise,” said Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO. “This new service will allow customers to engage with a SPARC – Oracle Solaris environment in new ways, as well as bring the benefits of the cloud paradigm to existing Oracle Solaris based workloads.”

CloudSigma is seeing significant interest in this offering and have customers using it as an ideal testing and development platform ahead of their production deployments.  CloudSigma customers are also deploying Solaris for elastic workloads in a way they previously weren’t able to do for private dedicated hardware-based solutions.



The release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 has transformed it into a complete cloud platform with OS, virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities as well as a full distribution of OpenStack.  The demand for Oracle Solaris in public clouds is increasing significantly and CloudSigma is just the beginning.

Monday Nov 03, 2014

EMC and Oracle Get Down To Business at Oracle OpenWorld


It should be no surprise to know that EMC Corporation and Oracle have a strong alliance built on a long-term relationship which drive a significant systems business for Oracle.  But what might be news is to see how these two companies have closely collaborated to drive technology integration and best practices around joint solutions for Oracle SPARC systems.  Just a few examples include their joint efforts around LDoms (Oracle VM Server for SPARC), and new feature integration with Oracle Solaris 11.2.  

Watch this short video filmed at Oracle OpenWorld this year to see how this technology collaboration is providing significant advantage to our customers.

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Power of SPARC T5 scalability unleashed

I was working with a leading asset management vendor in the financial server sector who is using Python for a considerable amount of their software, a typical three-tier architecture, Database, Business Logic and User interface using Python as the main back-end language. Performance was critical for both latency (fast individual query response) and total throughput (being able to service a large amount of queries in parallel).

This was an opportunity to validate the quality of the scalability advantage of SPARC processors, with their large amount of cores and threads within a single chip.

In order to test the scalability of the SPARC processor in a Python environment, I decided to use the standard Python benchmark which is available in all the latest Python distributions. By running multiple benchmarks in parallel, I could then plot the scaling factor to see how linearly the total throughput would ramp up as more cores and threads were utilized.

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Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Enterprise-class Virtualization for SPARC servers

Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains) is a virtualization technology which enables the creation of multiple virtual systems on a single physical system to reduce costs and improve operational agility and efficiency.  A new white paper has been published (Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices) which reviews best practices on how to configure Oracle VM Server for SPARC to achieve enterprise-class performance and availability, while helping customers gain more value from new SPARC systems.  This white paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems.  Configuration guidelines and software requirements are also included, to help administrators plan their deployments.

Topics covered include:

 • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options
 • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements
 • Best Practices for optimal performance
 • Best Practices for resiliency and availability

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Why Should Your Oracle Database Run on Oracle Solaris 11?

Answer:  because it runs faster, is more secure, is more scalable & highly available, and because it simplifies management.  


If you would like to know more, a new white paper (Oracle Solaris 11 is a state-of-the-art platform for deploying Oracle Database) has been published which details how Oracle Solaris 11 brings distinctive benefits to Oracle Database deployments, including deployments of the latest release, Oracle Database 12c. It describes Oracle Solaris 11.2 enhancements, which help to improve database scalability, availability, security, and manageability, and describe in detail how Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database optimizations bring specific benefits for database deployments on SPARC servers.  [Read More]
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