Misys is a leading financial software vendor, providing the broadest portfolio of banking, treasury, trading and risk solutions available on the market. At ISV Engineering, we have a long-standing collaboration with the Kondor+ product line, that came from the Turaz acquisition (formerly part of Thomson Reuters) and now part of the Misys Treasury & Capital Markets (TCM) portfolio. Jean-Marc Jacquot, Senior Technical Consultant at Misys TCM, was recently interviewed by ITplace.TV (in French language) about a recent IT redesign of the Kondor+ installed base at a major French financial institution.
The customer was running various releases of Kondor+ over a wide range of SPARC machines, from Sun V240 to M4000. The IT project aimed at rationalizing these deployments for better ROI, SLA and raw performance —to meet the new system requirements of the latest Kondor+ release. In the short list, SPARC & Solaris beat x86 & Linux on performance, virtualization and price. The customer ordered his first SPARC T5-2 systems this year.
Re. performance, in real-life benchmarking performed at the customer site, SPARC T4 was faster than SPARC M4000 and the x86 machine in test. Re. virtualization, the use of Oracle VM Server for SPARC (a.k.a. Logical Domains or LDom) allows the consolidation of machines with different system times; the seasonal right-sizing of the "end-of-year" machine; and the mixing of Solaris 11 and Solaris 10 —to meet the different OS requirements of different Kondor+ releases. Re. price, Jean-Marc pointed out that Solaris embeds for free virtualization technologies (LDom, Zones) that come for an hefty fee on x86 platforms.
This proofpoint is particularly interesting because it shows the superiority of SPARC in a real-life deployment. SPARC is a balanced design —not in the race e.g. for absolute single-thread performance, price or commoditization— that is built to perform extremely well for enterprise workloads and service levels. Notably, Jean-Marc had an anecdote on the stability of Solaris SPARC : he had just performed the 1st reboot of a system that was up for the past 2606 days. That's 7 years!