Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Amazing Results on SPARC T7 by MSC Software

Leo Kilfoy, General Manager at MSC Software, spoke to us on video at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 about the "amazing results" his company is seeing in recent tests on the Oracle SPARC T7 processor.  MSC is seeing SPARC T7 throughput peaking out at over a 2x improvement over some of the SPARC and Intel processors they have used in the past. 

In recent tests with Oracle engineers, MSC Software was able to perform a remarkable 60,000 simulations in a single day by consolidating 12 instances of SimManager onto a single core of the SPARC T7 processor, which was also supporting the Oracle Database.  SimManager is MSC Software’s engineering simulation technology, and is a very database intensive application, which made these results even more compelling.

Watch this 5-minute video to learn more about how MSC Software found SPARC T7 to be extremely scalable and able to deliver better core-to-core throughput than an Intel Xeon X5 v3 server running a SimManager workload.

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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 (see summary here).  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 it out 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.

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]

Friday Jun 06, 2014

SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution

A recent Oracle internal performance evaluation for computer-based product design demonstrated that Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server running MSC's SimManager simulation software with Oracle Database 12c consolidates the work of multiple x86 servers while delivering better overall performance.   Engineering simulation solutions have taken the center stage in helping companies design and develop innovative products while reducing physical prototyping costs, and exploring a larger design space, resulting in more design possibilities.

For this solution, a single SPARC T5-4 server running Oracle Solaris 11 was deployed to consolidate the MSC SimManager server, the Oracle Database 12c server, and the web application server onto a single platform. An automotive design workload was deployed to demonstrate how the SPARC T5-4 server can be used to consolidate the work of multiple x86 servers and deliver better overall performance while reducing complexity and achieving optimal product designs. 

A joint Oracle/MSC Software solution brief describes this in more detail:  A Simplified Solution for Product Lifecycle Management MSC SimManager on a SPARC T5-4 Server

Monday Apr 14, 2014

SAS and Oracle - Partnering Innovation on Big Data and Cloud

Oracle was a Platinum sponsor of the 39th SAS Global Forum, which took place at the Gaylord Convention Center, Washington DC on March 23-26th with a record attendance of over 4,500 attendees. SAS Global Forum is the annual gathering of SAS professionals, and has been happening every year since 1976. Here is the Opening Keynote by CEO Jim Goodnight  —good overview in Dr. Goodnight’s 10-minute opening. The theme of this year's conference was celebrating the “potential of one, power of all” around the potential to turn a single data discovery into a better way of doing business.

Oracle’s Platinum sponsorship centered around the partnership with SAS to deliver the convergence of In-Memory and In-Database cloud platforms, for which Oracle’s Engineered Systems are providing unprecedented performance and scalability in SAS environments. Oracle had 2 main conference presentations, 2 SAS partner showcase opportunities and booth tech talks around this theme. David Lawler, Oracle SVP Product Management and Strategy, and Paul Kent, SAS VP Big Data, presented on SAS and Oracle: Big Data and Cloud – Partnering Innovation Targets the Third Platform. Paul and David shared their strategic insight into how SAS High-Performance Analytics solutions are tackling today’s big data challenges and requisite union to “data-optimized cloud platforms”.

The benefits of the collaborative effort between SAS and Oracle enable joint customers to realize tangible value by analyzing all their data, quickly, safely and with the necessary agility to reduce time to insight. As evidence of the SAS and Oracle partnership producing results for customers, a large banking institution in Latin America presented a solution of a global SAS deployment on Oracle SPARC M5 servers. This solution provided the bank impressive scalability for Analytics with 5,000 SAS users consolidating over 50 Oracle Databases onto the same system with a 70% reduction in processors and a 30% performance improvement.


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