Wednesday Jul 06, 2016

SPARC Cryptographic Accelerators — Securing the Cloud

The significant volume of data being harbored on a global basis presents a massive target for today’s increasingly sophisticated IT hackers.  Securing this data represents one of the largest challenges facing businesses today.  Check out map.norsecorp.com to see an interesting view of the frequency by which these attacks may be taking place.  Not a pretty picture...

As businesses are moving rapidly to virtualized cloud computing infrastructures, many organizations are hesitating to move their strategic enterprise workloads over due to concerns about the security of that data.  Today’s standard encryption models fall far short — and often enterprises are not willing to pay the performance penalty for turning on security encryption.

Enter SPARC M7/S7 Integrated Cryptographic Accelerators

Oracle has taken a very different approach to this problem with the SPARC processor.
The SPARC M7 processor has 32 integrated cryptographic accelerators (highlighted in yellow) on board. Think of them as mini data traffic cops who only do encryption.
There are as many crypto accelerators as there are CPU cores on the M7/S7 chip. 



The incredible efficiency of this design is that these cryptographic accelerators can rapidly process data for encryption while the SPARC M7/S7 processor cycles are available for use by the database and other applications.  These traffic cops don’t care about what is going on over there, they only care about processing encrypted data.  FAST.

As a result, each processor core contains the fastest cryptographic acceleration in the industry, allowing IT organizations to deliver end-to-end data encryption and secure transactions with near - zero performance impact.  And no additional hardware or software investment required.  Data encryption can be  enabled by default, without compromise in performance, using wide-key cryptography accelerated in hardware.

Want to see how this works?
watch this  4 minute video of the SPARC M7/S7 Integrated Cryptographic Accelerators.

Need evidence?
AES Encryption: SPARC S7 Performance, Beats Intel E5-2699 v4 Per Core Under Load
SPECjEnterprise2010: SPARC S7-2 Secure and Unsecure Results
SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC S7 Performance, Beats Intel E5-2699 v4 Per Core Under Load
SPARC M7 Arrives, Breaks Records

Want to test for yourself?
Go to SWiSdev.Oracle.com and leverage Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to gain access to this technology today, along with numerous FREE developer resources.

Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

OpenWorld 2015 Recap - Secure Cloud


Even if you attended all 5 days of Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2015 this past week, there was WAY more content and goings on over the span of 5 days than one could possibly hope to keep track of. 

But if I had to sum it all up in two words for our partners, it would be "Secure Cloud".

"We are in the middle of a generational shift in computing that is no less important than our shift to personal computing..."  Larry Ellison, Oracle OpenWorld Keynote

Looking like he was nearing his 40th birthday, a vibrant Larry Ellison kicked things off on Sunday night with a theme around Cloud, which pretty much set the tone for the week to come, and followed with more than a dozen announcements around Oracle Cloud services and capabilities.  The cloud drum beat continued throughout the week with pretty much all of the executive keynote presentations.  Here are just a couple of quotes I captured in the few I was able to catch:

- “cloud is the biggest change happening to infrastructure in 25 or so years...”  Dave Donatelli
 - “having a public cloud is a requirement for future success...”  Dave Donatelli
 - "we now have virtually 100% of our portfolio rewritten, rebuilt, and modernized for the cloud…” Mark Hurd


Mark Hurd's Monday morning keynote (Vision 2025: Digital Transformation in the Cloud) included a series of IT predictions for 2025:

 - 80 percent of all production apps will be in the cloud. (Today, Hurd noted, it's about 25 percent.)
 - 100 percent of dev tests will be in the cloud.
 - Virtually all enterprise data will be in the cloud.
 - Enterprise clouds will be the most secure IT environments.

So, lets pause here for a minute and look at just how dramatically this is changing business today.
I saw a presentation recently at an industry conference which underscored this perspective. 

4 simple examples -- think about this:

- the largest car rental company in the world has no cars (Uber)
- the largest retailer in the world has no stores (Amazon)
- the largest hotel chain in the world has no hotels (Airbnb)
- the world's most popular media owner creates no content (Facebook)

Clearly a significant power shift is taking place, and disruptors like Airbnb and Uber are leveraging IT to achieve incredible market caps and growth multiples previously unheard of!  This begs the question --- who is going to be around to supply the infrastructure for these clouds and how will they do it!?

Dave Donatelli even played into this point by highlighting key events in the IT industry that are happening because of this shift to the cloud:

- IBM sells its x86 server business to Lenova for $2.3B and pays GlobalFoundries $1.5B to take chip unit
- Dell, Riverbed, Veritas  — all go private
- HP splits in two in a sign of changing times for hardware giants
- Dell buys EMC for $67B (the largest tech deal EVER)

Larry Ellison's 2nd keynote on Tuesday afternoon delivered a compelling argument that Oracle is uniquely positioned to steal this show by focusing on the cloud and shifting the focus of infrastructure to security.   "The biggest concern we have as an industry is security", said Ellison, as he unveiled the new SPARC M7 software in silicon offering.  I would recommend watching the positioning Larry used in the first 30 minutes of this keynote to understand the importance of this theme around secure infrastructure:  The Secure Cloud by Larry Ellison



Wednesday morning then featured 2 keynote presentations which dug into the meat of this infrastructure strategy by Oracle.   John Fowler (EVP for Systems) and Juan Loiza (SVP for Oracle Systems Technology) reviewed this security strategy around Oracle's all-new family of SPARC systems built on the revolutionary 32-core, 256-thread SPARC M7 microprocessor with "Always On" Security in Silicon.  Don't miss the replay on this presentation (below), which provides a detailed overview of how the new SPARC M7 processor-based systems, including the Oracle SuperCluster M7 engineered system, SPARC T7 and M7 servers, and Oracle Solaris 11.3, are designed to seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure and include Always On security for the cloud.  Here is a ~1 minute segment of John Fowler's representation of the Heartbleed and Venom threats and how SPARC M7's Silicon Secured Memory protection can prevent them.

- The New Era of Secure Computing and Convergence with Oracle Systems by John Fowler and Juan Loiza


Oracle has plenty of customer and partner testimonies on these new systems, 20 new world record benchmarks, and videos from partners and customers which demonstrate why these new servers are such a very big deal to the infrastructure needs of the secure cloud (summary blog).  But returning to Ellison's comments on Tuesday afternoon, the powerful message is around the dramatic innovations Oracle has made with software in silicon on the SPARC M7 processor, especially around the topic of Security.

At Oracle, we think the strategy of pushing software features into silicon is how to get ahead of the bad guys, and new features like Silicon Secured Memory (always on memory protection in hardware) is something our customers see as a clear differentiator for infrastructure in the cloud.  Security has become a #1 concern of our customers.  "We think that going forward, customers are going to be more interested in how a system and application runs encrypted, than you are going to want to know how it runs in the clear, because that's how you are going to be running your datacenter."   John Fowler, EVP, Systems

Why not TRY OUT M7 and see for yourself?
Oracle now offers partners, customers and university researchers access to a Software in Silicon Cloud, which provides developers a secure and ready-to-run virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in a SPARC M7/T7 system running Oracle Solaris.

Try it -- we think you'll like it!


Monday Jun 01, 2015

3 Reasons To Test Drive our Cloud

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!



JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO


Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

Learn how you can break the code to take advantage of this revolutionary new technology in software development.

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Monday Feb 16, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus - application-awareness in the cloud

Talk to any executive of any leading enterprise company and they will tell you that they are embracing cloud computing for the future of their business.  And with the rapid growth of turnkey cloud computing solutions, the network fabric carrying the application packets is emerging as a key focus to drive greater performance, reliability, and efficiency of the application.  Networks need to be able to prioritize packet flow according to the importance of the application.  So if an application is of high importance to their business, the network fabric should be able to know that, and provide the necessary resource to ensure high performance of that application is delivered.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 and Pluribus Networks are providing an integrated solution for doing just that.
You can read about it in a recently release solution brief: 

Oracle Solaris 11 and Pluribus Networks - Enabling Application-Driven SDN in the Cloud

This is an integrated solution for controlling the network in real-time, by combining Oracle Solaris 11.2 built-in application driven software-defined networking (SDN) with Pluribus Networks bare-metal network Hypervisor.   This solution offers fine-grained QoS services, allowing for different tenants, applications, and even flow within applications, to be assigned SLAs to leverage the high-end router-class traffic manager and the network processing unit on the Pluribus platform. Applications become network aware so they can monitor congestions, errors, and latency across the fabric, allowing them to dynamically adjust their network resource requests.

In addition, there is a short (6 min) video interview on this topic with Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks, Sunay Tripathi:  Oracle and Pluribus Ally on Software Defined Networking

For additional details on Pluribus Networks solutions, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com

Thursday Jan 15, 2015

Webinar: Start Testing Your Application Code Today!

Oracle ISV Engineering is offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the NEW offering for developers who want early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11.  In this LIVE webinar (8:00am PST on Jan 21), developers will learn how to use the NEW Software in Silicon Cloud to dramatically improve reliability and security, and accelerate application performance in today’s market.

Course Title:    Oracle's Software In Silicon Features Available for Developers Today!
Target Audience:  Application Developers with experience on Oracle Solaris
Event Date:    January 21, 2015
Event Time:    8-9:00am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

** Replay of this webinar available HERE **

Software in Silicon implements accelerators directly into the processor to deliver a rich feature-set that enables quick development of more secure, robust, reliable, and faster databases and applications.  With the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud, developers can have a secure environment in which to test and improve their software as well as exploit the unique advantages of Oracle's Software in Silicon technology.  Angelo Rajadurai, Software Engineer with ISV Engineering, will provide an explanation of the technical details of the Software In Silicon features and a demonstration of how developers can use the Software in Silicon Cloud to test these features on their applications today.

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