Monday Mar 12, 2012

Mobile Tornado adopts Solaris features for better RAS and TCO

Mobile Tornado provides instant communication services for mobile devices, with a focus on enterprise workforce management. Its solutions include Push-To-Talk and Instant Locate, Alert & Message applications.

As a software developer, Mobile Tornado's main challenges are up-time --the applications are largely sold today into the homeland security and defense markets-- and scalability --during network peak usage. With these challenges in mind, and as part of the on-going engineering collaboration between Mobile Tornado and Oracle's ISV Engineering, we investigated which Oracle Solaris technologies would improve the application's availability and scalability while reducing the solution's TCO.

We looked at the following Oracle Solaris technologies: Solaris Cluster, ZFS and Zones.

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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.

Monday May 23, 2011

Leveraging a disaster recovery site for development - Part 2

In our previous post, we introduced the idea of using Disaster Recovery (DR) sites as a private cloud for hosting virtual development and testing environments. The solution we developped for an ISV partner of ours in the Healthcare sector looks like this.


The solution is based on the Zones and ZFS features of Oracle Solaris --available from Solaris 10 and up. Solaris Zones (a.k.a. Containers) are an operating system level virtualization technology that…

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Monday May 09, 2011

Leveraging a disaster recovery site for development - Part 1

As part of the software development lifecycle, the application testing environments are often overlooked and mostly left to the appreciation of each developer, who routinely end up using their own PC or laptop for that. The main advantage here is that it gives developers full control on the testing environment without interfering with other developers or worse, with the production system.

There are however some serious drawbacks with this method:

  • Installing and configuring the various layers of software is time consuming and unproductive. Not to mention that developers (rightfully) test a lot by messing around with their environment or data, so the burden of installing and configuring is a repeating one.
  • Developers are unable to leverage and test the scalability of their code on the hundreds of threads that modern production servers offer.
  • Copying hundreds of gigabytes from the production database to every laptop is not an option, leaving the developers test their code on small, often outdated, data sets.

With the advent of virtualization, using ready-to-boot virtual images of a fully pre-installed and configured application testing environment on an internal cloud has become…[Read More]

Thursday Feb 03, 2011

Why Solaris Zones?

Our recent validation exercise of SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management on Oracle Solaris Containers reminded us how great a virtualization technology Solaris Zones are. Why am I saying this? Read on.

Starting with Solaris 10, Solaris Zones (a.k.a. Containers) are an operating system level virtualization technology that provides a complete, light-weight and secure run-time environment for applications. Compared to other virtualization solutions, Zones do not use an hypervisor --which in fact is another layer of operating system that translates / gets in the way of your system calls to the hardware--, rather Zones are an integral part of a running Solaris instance. Still, Zones meet the same business objective of server consolidation thru Virtual Machines (VM), isolated from each other and designed to provide fine-grained control over the hardware resources.

The following benefits are often put forward about Solaris Zones…

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