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.

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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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Mobile Tornado Accelerates Product Deployment with Solaris Zones

Mobile Tornado is a long-standing partner and hardware OEM of Oracle which provides Instant Communication services for mobile devices, with a focus on enterprise workforce management.

“We have seen significant performance improvements running Solaris 11 with SPARC on Oracle software with Mobile Tornado's IPRS™ (Internet Protocol Radio Service) platform.”

Shlomo Birman, VP Delivery and Services, Mobile Tornado

In our ever-changing business environment where products are outdated quickly and on-premise integration cost is sky-rocketing, Time-to-Market (TTM) is becoming the key factor for a successful technology adoption by end-customers. Mobile Tornado asked Oracle ISV Engineering to help them with the design and implementation of a new rapid provisioning environment in-house in order to improve their TTM by reducing the time it takes to deploy their solution at the customer's premises.

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Monday May 26, 2014

Security Access Control With Solaris Virtualization

Numerous Solaris customers consolidate multiple applications or servers on a single platform. The resulting configuration consists of many environments hosted on a single infrastructure and security constraints sometimes exist between these environments. Recently, a customer consolidated many virtual machines belonging to both their Intranet and Extranet on a pair of SPARC Solaris servers interconnected through Infiniband. Virtual Machines were mapped to Solaris Zones and one security constraint was to prevent SSH connections between the Intranet and the Extranet. This case study gives us the opportunity to understand how the Oracle Solaris Network Virtualization Technology —a.k.a. Project Crossbow— can be used to control outbound traffic from Solaris Zones.

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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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