Monday Jan 09, 2012

Infovista VistaInsight for Networks shows 3.7x performance on Oracle

System management vendor InfoVista markets the VistaInsight for Networks® application to enable telco operators, service providers and large enterprises effectively meet performance and service level agreements of converged and next-generation communication networks. As part of our on-going technology partnership, InfoVista and Oracle ISV Engineering together ran a performance test campaign of VistaInsight for Networks® over Oracle Solaris and Sun CMT hardware. The two companies shared many common objectives when starting this project.

The most obvious was to improve the scalability and performance of VistaInsight for Networks® over Oracle's SPARC T-Series systems and thereby provide customers with a better price/performance ratio and a better ROI. From the onset, virtualization was considered a promising technology to improve scalability, thus testing VistaInsight for Networks® in the context of Oracle Solaris Zones was also a major milestone.

Second, InfoVista was interested in setting new limits in terms of the workload that its application can sustain, in response to the evolving needs of its customers.

Lastly, as the first improvements on computing scalability were delivered, it became obvious that the storage was the next critical component for the performance of the entire solution. A decision was then made to test the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and the SSD technology from Oracle to move to the next level of performance.

The result of this performance test campaign is a new Reference Architecture whitepaper that provides detailed information about the configuration tested, the tests executed and the results obtained. It clearly shows that VistaInsight for Networks® takes full advantage of the server, storage and virtualization technology provided by Oracle. By leveraging the Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, SSD and Sun ZFS Appliance storage, Infovista increased the throughput performance by more than 370%, meeting the highest expectations in terms of workload and performance while maintaining the cost in a very attractive range.

Learn all the details about this new Reference Architecture published on OTN.

Wednesday Mar 23, 2011

Traffix scales on Solaris Sparc

Traffix Systems is leading the control plane market, with a range of next-generation network Diameter products and solutions --Diameter is an authentication, authorization and accounting protocol for telco networks, and a successor to RADIUS.

The amount of Diameter signaling in LTE and 4G networks is unlike anything telecom operators have seen or been confronted in the past. It is estimated that there will be up to 25x more signaling per subscriber compared to legacy and IN networks. As a result, network operators moving to LTE are finding it progressively more difficult to manage their core network architecture and Diameter signaling as it becomes increasingly complex to maintain, manage and scale.

With these challenges in mind, and as part of the on-going engineering collaboration between Traffix Systems and Oracle's ISV Engineering, we investigated which Oracle technologies could help decrease and manage the complexity. The first thing we looked at was the SPARC Enterprise T-Series systems…

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Wednesday Oct 21, 2009

You're invited : JavaFX Tech Day, Nov. 4th, Herzliya

Come join the local ISV Engineering team for a special session on Java FX.

Sun Microsystems YOU'RE INVITED

Technology Transfer Day

Date :
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Time :
09:30 - 13:00
Location : 
Sun Microsystems
Ackerstein Tower A 8th floor
9 Hamenofim, Herzliya Pituach
Agenda :
JavaFX: The New Platform For Rich Internet Applications - Simon Ritter, Sun Microsystems
JavaFX: Creating a Smooth User Experience for Mobiles - Roy Ben Hayun, Sun Microsystems
Parking :
at Ackerstein building. Bring parking ticket with you to stamp it.

To register, please RSVP to

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Friday May 08, 2009

Portrix debugs live VoIP service using DTrace

Hamburg-based Portrix is providing and hosting the telephony software SmartDialer for a large German call center. SmartDialer is based on a Solaris port of the open-source Asterisk package. The application performs very well on the Sun Fire T2000 chosen for deployment --Solaris outperforms Linux at running Asterisk and Sparc CMT processors are ideally suited for highly multithreaded applications like Asterisk. In production however, SmartDialer experienced some stability issues after a couple of days of uptime, and a very high system time --up to 60%-- was seen on the machine. As a consequence, the quality of the VoIP connection dropped to the point that a reboot of the server was necessary. Oddly, restarting the application alone did not help.

As a member of the Sun Startup Essentials program, Portrix called upon Sun for additional guidance on the issue; this is how our ISV Engineering team got involved in this debugging effort. Unfortunately, there was no adequate load generator for the Portrix VoIP applications --it would have enabled us to reproduce the issue on a separate server-- and all analysis had to be done on the live production system. Quite a scary thought as we know that traditional debugging/profiling tools attach to the running process and momentarily stop it, as part of the procedure. In the best case, that means the call is interrupted for a second or two; in the worst case, the call is dropped and this was unacceptable to the customer.

Enters DTrace. DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework for…

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Friday Nov 28, 2008

Coolthreads & Containers come to Comverse

"We evaluated the Sun Fire T1000 server for our product needs in Value-Added Services. Our benchmark results show significant overall performance gains over existing Sun servers. We are pleased with these results and will continue work with Sun to deploy CMT technologies in our next generation systems."
Alexander Katz, Director, Platforms Product Management, Comverse

At the time Sun released its first server line based on the revolutionary Chip Multi-Threading (CMT) a.k.a. CoolThreads processor design, Comverse was a long customer of traditional UltraSPARC systems from Sun. Over the years, they had learned to love the predictable performance of such a RISC processor pipeline, the reliability of Sun Netra servers (NEBS-certified for demanding Telco environments) and the guaranteed upward binary compatibility of the Solaris operating system. The latest supported configuration then, for the component of Comverse Messaging Alexander Katz was referring to, was 210/240-class UltraSparc3i-based systems running Solaris 9, and a typical customer deployment would include several of these servers.

In a permanent effort to strengthen customer loyalty and improve the price/performance of its solutions, Comverse challenged Sun Microsystems and our ISV Engineering group to gain an order of magnitude in price/performance for Messaging. The Telco industry had started to adopt Linux then so Lintel looked here like the default alternative and safe choice. Such a choice however was not leveraging the trust the customers had built in SPARC, the up-front cost of migrating from Solaris to Linux was high, and a me-too solution was not giving any competitive advantage to Comverse. So we introduced the Sun T-series systems and their CMT design, running Solaris 10...

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