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Ask what your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance can do for you! #OOW18

With just 2 days to go for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the excitement is palpable! I talked about the sessions on PCA ecosystem in my previous blog entry. Now you ask, how to get the best out of your private cloud deployments? Don’t know why managed service providers rely on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance? Still wondering about the infrastructure best suited to fulfil that ‘hybrid cloud’ directive from top management or the cost-effective way to begin your journey to private cloud? Look no further! Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the Oracle Engineered System best suited for IaaS out of the box and setting up secure multi-tenant hybrid clouds in a cost-effective way. Here are the sessions to help you learn about Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and answer the questions to help you along your journey to a secure multi-tenant, cost effective, high performing, scalable, zero downtime and highly automated cloud deployment. Visit and bookmark the link for the full list of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions: Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Sessions Delivering Managed Cloud Services with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [PRO6181] Oracle Private Cloud Appliance not only provides the flexibility and ease of a ready-to-deploy private cloud out-of-the-box, but it is also used by service providers to provide secure, multitenant managed clouds to end customers. In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance enables delivery of high SLAs and operationalizes hybrid cloud while reducing operated expenses and improving reliability for mission-critical workloads. Time: Monday 10/22, 10:30am-11:15am Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Best Practices [TIP2578] This session presents best practices for installing, provisioning, and ongoing operation of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Learn detailed best practices in the areas of systems monitoring, networking, storage, virtual machine architecture, and layout. Also learn about integration with other Oracle products such as the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and the use of Oracle Linux as a utility VM. Time: Tuesday 10/23, 12:30pm-1:15pm Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Deploy Your Private Cloud IaaS Out-of-the-Box [CAS6167] Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a single pane of glass management for Oracle Cloud and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, helping you operationalize a hybrid cloud. In this session hear Revera talk about how customers use Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to securely deploy and manage their mission-critical workloads.  Time: Wednesday 10/24, 12:30pm – 1:15pm. Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Hybrid Cloud Deployments and Business Analytics on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CAS6164] Oracle Private Cloud Appliance provides turn-key private cloud infrastructure that allows for rapid scaling of compute capacity on demand, and automated and quick deployments of workloads such as Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. In this session hear from Secure-24 about how they use Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to securely deploy these services to their end users. Time: Thursday 10/25, 10:00pm-10:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214   And that’s not all! We have goodies, more information and one-on-one time with experts.. The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). We have the following demos run by product experts: Accelerate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible See how you can use Ansible to automate Virtual Machine lifecycle on on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and reduce deployment times by up to 90%! IaaS out of the Box Learn how to manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance through a single pane of glass with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3. Check out the enhanced monitoring/alerting abilities of Enterprise Manager for end to end hardware monitoring (compute, storage, networking), along with metering and chargeback from a single pane. Come talk to us at OOW 2018!

With just 2 days to go for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the excitement is palpable! I talked about the sessions on PCA ecosystem in my previous blog entry. Now you ask, how to get the best out of your...

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Ecosystem at OOW 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is almost here and so is a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the growing ecosystem of automation, backup, disaster recovery and firewall tools that make your private cloud deployments even simpler!    Visit and bookmark the link for the full list of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions: Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Here are links to information-filled sessions on the latest additions to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance ecosystem to help you get the maximum from your private cloud. You’ll hear from Oracle product experts and our customers about the latest technical updates, customer successes. Sessions Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Commvault: Integrated Backup [CAS6166] Learn how Oracle partner, Commvault offers an agentless backup and DR on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. You can also migrate workloads from VMware, Hyper-V and OpenStack to Oracle PCA and from Oracle PCA to Oracle cloud. Hear from our customer, Sri Lanka Telecom about their PCA + Commvault setup for agentless backups. Time: Tuesday 10/23, 11:15am – 12:00pm. Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Pure Storage: An Integrated Disaster Recovery Solution [CAS6165] In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance coupled with a Pure Storage array deliver high input/output operations per second for critical business applications. Time: Thursday 10/25, 12:00pm-12:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Automate and Accelerate Deployment on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible [CAS6163] In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance provides cloud-like agility through extensive automation using Ansible and Oracle VM templates to simplify the deployment of your Oracle and non-Oracle apps and databases in minutes. Ansible not only accelerates deployments but also prevents admin errors, thus reducing your Operating expenses by up to 90%! Time: Thursday 10/25, 1:00pm-1:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Building Firewalls and Load Balancers on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [TRN1795] Oracle Linux 7 offers the ability to natively implement firewall and load balancer capabilities using no additional software. Combining these capabilities with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance's virtualization using Oracle VM, software defined network, and 40Gb InfiniBand networking delivers a unique opportunity to build complete data center solutions using off-the-shelf software. Time: Thursday 10/23, 1:45pm-2:30pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214   The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more about Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). We have the following demos run by product experts: Accelerate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible See how you can use Ansible to automate Virtual Machine lifecycle on on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and reduce deployment times by up to 90%! IaaS out of the Box Learn how to manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance through a single pane of glass with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3. Check out the enhanced monitoring/alerting abilities of Enterprise Manager for end to end hardware monitoring (compute, storage, networking), along with metering and chargeback from a single pane. We look forward to sharing this Open World with you!

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is almost here and so is a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the growing ecosystem of automation, backup, disaster...

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Oracle Servers, Oracle Storage and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. is right around the corner. Don’t miss a great lineup of keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs and opportunities to meet with your peers, product experts, and partners. Below are links to information-filled sessions on Oracle Systems, Oracle Storage and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to help you create your schedule. You’ll hear about the latest technical updates, product roadmaps, and customer successes. Register for sessions now to be sure you have a seat! Keynote On Monday, Oct. 22, join Oracle executives Ali Alasti, Wim Coekaerts, and Edward Screven for Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises. Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Location: The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Sessions and Hands-on Labs Visit and bookmark the links below for the full list of Oracle Server, Oracle Storage, and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions and hands-on labs: Focus on Oracle Solaris and SPARC Focus on Oracle Storage Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance And, there’s more… The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, featuring Oracle Servers, Oracle Storage, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, and other infrastructure products and technologies. This showcase is located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). Here you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on #OOW18 in the coming days. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!  

Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. is right around the corner. Don’t miss a great lineup of keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs and opportunities to meet with your peers, product experts,...

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Ansible: Automate and Accelerate Deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.1 and Oracle VM 3.4 and newer. Automation is a key requirement for achieving cloud like agility and Ansible is the tool of choice to automate and accelerate provisioning, configuration management and application deployment on remote systems.  Ansible is an open-source IT automation engine that automates provisioning, configuration management, application deployment on remote systems. It is an agentless automation solution that works by executing code blocks called "modules" on remote systems over SSH and uses YAML based "playbooks" to describe automation jobs. Why Ansible? Ansible is the de-facto tool for cloud automation and can be used for automating deployments across Oracle PCA, Oracle VM and Oracle ZFSSA. It is Agentless, which means it just needs to be installed on a central “Control Machine” and interfaces with the Oracle VM REST API to control deployments on PCA It saves time and effort, so reduces OpEx – One of our retail customers saw savings of up to 90% in database deployment times on PCA with Ansible Ansible playbook are a lightweight evolution of Oracle VM Templates How does it work? Ansible manages configuration and application deployment on the Oracle Private Cloud Applinace by connecting to the REST APIs for Oracle VM Manager (accessible by HTTPS over port 7002 as shown in figure). Fig: Architecture diagram for Ansible managing Oracle PCA (Oracle VM 3.4) The setup requires the following components: Control Machine: The central machine where Ansible is installed. It is an Oracle Linux 7 system with Ansible package installed from ol7_developer_EPEL yum repository Managed Nodes: The remote machines that Ansible communicates with and automates tasks on. PCA Management Node would be the managed node in this case. You must have a PCA 2.3.1 or newer for using this version of the REST APIs Automating Infrastructure Lifecycle Management on PCA The first custom Ansible module in a series of planned Infrastructure Lifecycle Management modules is now available for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle VM. The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks automate Creation of VMs attached to VNICs and disks of desired specifications Deletion of an existing VM along with all the attached disks Starting and stopping VMs  Step-by-step procedures to execute the module on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance are in this whitepaper Results/Benefits Deploy a VM with 2 disks and 2 VNICs in 9 seconds as opposed to ~50 seconds using OVM GUI Reduce DB deployment times by 90% This module can be used in conjunction with playbooks to automate deployment of DBs and applications. Where to download from? The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks can be downloaded as an RPM from OTN

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle...

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Oracle SPARC at Oracle OpenWorld 2018 San Francisco

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is coming to San Francisco on October 22-25! Here is a preview of what's happening around Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris technologies. For an update on the recent developments and strategy, check out session PRM3358. Bill Nesheim, Senior Vice President of Oracle Solaris Development will be joined by Massod Heydari, Senior Vice President of Hardware Development, and Brian Bream, Chief Technology Officer of Vaske Computer, to discuss the latest developments with the release Oracle Solaris 11.4. Brian will be describing unique solutions for delivering Oracle SPARC deployments adjacent to Oracle Cloud, giving you the best of both worlds: cloud infrastructure for scale-out needs and Oracle SPARC systems hosted for mission-critical needs. In addition, there will be a wealth of other opportunities to learn about Oracle Solaris 11.4 in sessions and hands-on-labs. I'm particularly excited about co-presenting sessions on the advantages of SPARC systems with two Oracle experts. Michael Ramchand, Distinguished Solution Engineer, will discuss end-to-end encryption and data security, while Salman Ashfaq, Cloud Architect, will describe and demonstrate best practices for deploying database and Java services on private clouds. We're also lucky to have another expert, Oracle ACE M.Fevzi Korkutata, CTO at Volthread, demonstrating secure Java middleware deployments on Oracle infrastructure. My colleague Martin Mueller, Senior Principal Software Engineer, will present hands-on-labs and sessions on accelerating database analytics with SPARC Software-in-Silicon. There will also be a variety of sessions and labs with tips-and-tricks for deploying Oracle SuperCluster and MiniCluster. The following is a great place to see all the details on these sessions and hands-on-labs, and to plan your schedule: Focus on Oracle Solaris and SPARC at Oracle OpenWorld 2018 in San Francisco  

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is coming to San Francisco on October 22-25! Here is a preview of what's happening around Oracle SPARC and Oracle Solaris technologies. For an update on the recent developments and...

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.3.3

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2. Here are some of the new features and enhancements in PCA Release 2.3.3: Latest Storage Server Software AK 8.7.14 PCA 2.3.3 adds provisioning and orchestration support for the next generation Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS5-ES as the internal storage.  It is a standard component in new release PCA 2.3.3 systems and offers improved storage performance and disk space. This release ships with the latest storage server software AK 8.7.14 and continues to support previous generations of internal ZFS Storage Appliance namely ZS3-ES and ZFS 720. Latest Oracle VM 3.4.4 This consolidated software release includes Oracle VM 3.4.4 with Xen and Kernel Security fixes to address various CVEs. For more details, refer to MOS Doc ID 2370398.1. Security Enhancements for Appliance and VMs This release of PCA includes the latest supported OS and kernel for all Compute and Management nodes: Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 with UEK Release 4 Update 6. These contain important bug fixes to improve stability and compatibility, and eliminate a number of vulnerabilities. PCA release 2.3.3 is a major step to ensure a secure multitenant private cloud deployment with Oracle PCA. The release, along with the provisioning support for Oracle ZS5-ES, includes the latest supported software for compute and management nodes, thus eliminating many security vulnerabilities. Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bugs fixed in this release.

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2,...

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.3.2 and X7-2 Compute Nodes

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.2. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 26982346. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2. Here are some of the new features and enhancements in PCA Release 2.3.2: Support for X7-2 Compute Nodes The most notable change with this release is the support for Oracle X7-2 Compute nodes for PCA that are powered by two Intel® Xeon® 8160 processors with 24 cores per socket. These compute nodes can be ordered in three different memory configurations from the factory – 384GB, 768GB and 1.5 TB, thus providing an optimal balance of cores, memory and I/O for your enterprise applications. Built in VM level Disaster Recovery with SiteGuard at no additional cost VM level Disaster Recovery for all applications except Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic (as these require separate licenses for application level DR) is included with the PCA at no additional cost.   Other Improvements Oracle VM Server upgrade: This release of PCA also gets an upgrade to the Oracle VM Server release 3.4.4. Oracle VM Server 3.4.4 provides 20-30% improvement in storage refresh times along with fixing a few critical security issues. Improved VLAN support: This release supports 256 VLANs/tenant group* thus further enhancing Oracle PCA’s ability to manage large multi-tenant environments securely.  (* 512 VLANs/tenant group for select customers) This release is a step in our ongoing effort to provide the best in class Enterprise Private Cloud Infrastructure that allows for seamless application consolidation, zero downtime upgrades, automated deployment and configuration management. PCA is the ideal system for providing a homogenized infrastructure for integrating all your mission critical applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager helps operationalize a true hybrid cloud by unified management of Oracle PCA and Oracle Cloud.   Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bugs fixed in this release.

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.2. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 26982346. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2,...

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Build your own Enterprise Private Cloud with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

There are many reasons to adopt Oracle Private Cloud Appliance when building your own Enterprise Private Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance you get IaaS out-of-the box in minutes. The combination of Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Enterprise Manager delivers self-service portal, metering and chargeback, and all with no additional license required. To get the most out of Private Cloud Appliance, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration training. You can take this training in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 30 November 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Register your interest in a location and date to have an event added to the schedule. Resources: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance curriculum Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product documentation Oracle Engineered Systems products page

There are many reasons to adopt Oracle Private Cloud Appliance when building your own Enterprise Private Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance you get IaaS out-of-the box in minutes. The combination of...

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Integrated with Oracle Cloud

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance brings you on-premise infrastructure integrated with Oracle Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance, you get storage and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications. Oracle has worked to bring you a single architecture for both public and private cloud, designed from the beginning to work together. To be ready to exploit all the benefits of this solution, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 21 September, 26 October and 30 November 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Register your interest in a location and date to have an event added to the schedule. For a shorter introduction to this product, consider the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors and a selection of demos through streaming video, at your own pace. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 8 December 2017, 2 and 9 March 2018. In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend an in-class event. Resources: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance curriculum Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product documentation Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product page

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance brings you on-premise infrastructure integrated with Oracle Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance, you get storage and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications....

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Friday Spotlight: Updating Private Cloud Appliance software to 2.2.2 with Enterprise Manager 13c

This blog will explain and detail the steps before andafter the Private Cloud Appliance software update to preserve andsustain the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c monitoring and management. This blog covers theprocess for updating a Private Cloud Appliance from software version2.2.1 to 2.2.2. The target Private Cloud Appliance and internalOracle VM Manager is currently discovered and monitored by Oracle EnterpriseManager 13.2. We will reference the followingdocumentation for this process: OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance 2.2.2 Release Notes OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance 2.2.2 Administration Guide Update Section EnterpriseManager Agent Recovery after Oracle PCA upgrade Beforeany update is carried out a full check of the health of the Oracle PrivateCloud Appliance physical and logical components should be carriedout. Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c with the Oracle Private CloudAppliance simplifies these checks as we are able to monitor andmanage the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance physical and logical components.For example any reported component hardware issues should be dealtwith as well as any other reported issues with storage or networks. Forexample an Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c target page for the Oracle Private CloudAppliance Oracle VM Tenant Group showing no Issues or Incidents: Highlevel steps: Backupthe Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent on the Oracle Private Cloud Applianceactive management node Placethe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance into a full blackout state Updatethe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Recoverthe Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent Removethe full blackout state from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Thefirst step is to take a backup of the Oracle Enterprise Manager AgentoraInventory. TheOracle Inventory directory (oraInventory) stores an inventory of allsoftware installed on the system. It is required and shared by allOracle software installations on a single system. Firstly,as the root user ssh into the active management VIP (Virtual IPAddress) and confirm we are on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True Backupthe oraInventory and copy to the shared NFS storage: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1app]# tar -cvf EMagent_oraInventory.tar oraInventory [root@ovcamn06r1app]# cp EMagent_oraInventory.tar /nfs/shared_storage/ Forthe second step we should place the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance into ablackout state within Oracle Enterprise Manger 13c. Blackoutsallow Oracle Enterprise Manager administrators to suspend all datacollection activity on one or more monitored targets. The primaryreason for blacking out targets is to allow Oracle Enterprise Manageradministrators to perform scheduled maintenance on those targets.Alerts may also being sent to other management tools external toOracle Enterprise Manager therefore this procedure is vital in false alertsbeing sent. Usingthe Enterprise Manager 13c UI as the Cloud Administrator go to thePrivate Cloud Appliance Home Page: Oracle EnterpriseManager 13c is able to manage multiple Oracle Private Cloud Appliances,therefore if this is the case click on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance toupdate. Fromthe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page menu select the Create Blackoutoption: Entersuitable information describing the reason for the black for examplebelow. It is suggested to tick Enable Full blackout for all hosts andagents. Also on the Schedule set the duration to Indefinitely. Noticethat there is a single target of type Oracle Private Cloud Appliance andalso in the Related Targets Included in the Blackout. This singletarget of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance will encapsulate all thephysical and logical / virtual components: TheHome Page will return with a notification that the Oracle Private CloudAppliance is now under Blackout and in a Scheduled state which will soon change to Started.: Similarlyas with the physical targets the single target of the Oracle VMManager will encapsulate all the logical targets it manages into asingle blackout. This is shown with a wrench / screwdriver icon asfollows within the Infrastructure Cloud View: Thethird step is to update the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software fromversion 2.2.1 to 2.2.2. Following the administration guide asreferenced above I downloaded the software bundle from My OracleSupport and made it accessible via an HTTP server. Followingthe documentation and as the root user I did the following optionalbut suggested steps: Rebootedthe current passive management node (check with pca-which-master) [root@ovcamn05r1 ~]#pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: False [root@ovcamn05r1~]# init 6 Oncethe passive node has rebooted I checked all was OK and it was stillthe passive node [root@ovcamn05r1 ~]#pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: False Rebootedthe current master node (check with pca-which-master) [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# init 6 Asper the documentation check that the passive node takes the activerole [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: True Oncethe previous active node has rebooted I checked all was OK and itwas now the passive node [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: False Ithen followed the procedure within the documentation to download thenew Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software image: [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-check-master pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-admin Welcometo PCA! Release: 2.2.1 PCA> pca-check-master http://<my_http_server>/downloads/PCA-updates/ovca-2.2.2-b13.iso.zip ************************************************************ WARNING!!! THIS IS A DESTRUCTIVE OPERATION. ************************************************************ Areyou sure [y/N]:y y Theupdate job has been submitted. Use "show task <task id>"to monitor the progress. Task_ID Status Progress Start_Time Task_Name ------- ------ -------- ---------- --------- 34871dd020252a RUNNING None 11-07-2016 13:41:30 update_download_image --------------- Status:Success Ithen monitored the job using the following command and task ID: PCA>show task 34871dd020252a ---------------------------------------- Task_Name update_download_image Status RUNNING Progress 70 Start_Time 11-07-2016 13:41:30 End_Time None Pid 17704 Result None ---------------------------------------- Status:Success Thejob then completed and is confirmed by the show task command: PCA>show task 34871dd020252a showtask 34871dd020252a ---------------------------------------- Task_Name update_download_image Status SUCCESS Progress 100 Start_Time 11-07-2016 13:41:30 End_Time 11-07-2016 13:48:04 Pid 17704 Result None ---------------------------------------- Status:Success Nextrun the update command referencing the documentation to monitor theupdate via the ILOM (Service Processor) console of the passive nodewhich will update and reboot: PCA>update appliance install_image ************************************************************ WARNING!!! THIS IS A DESTRUCTIVE OPERATION. ************************************************************ Areyou sure [y/N]:y Youcan then monitor the update: PCA> list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 None 0:00:17 Running --------------- 1row displayed Status:Success Whenthe passive node has finished the update, the current active nodewill reboot and the passive node will become the active node. The newactive node can then be used to monitor the update on the previousactive node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-admin WARNING!!!DATABASE IS LOCKED! ANY MODIFICATION WILL HARM THE SYSTEM! Welcometo PCA! Release: 2.2.2 PCA>list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 11-07-2016 14:45:35 0:54:02 Succeeded 192.168.4.3 11-07-2016 14:56:12 None 0:02:04 Running ---------------- 2rows displayed Status:Success PCA>list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 11-07-2016 14:45:35 0:54:02 Succeeded 192.168.4.3 11-07-2016 14:56:12 11-07-2016 15:51:22 0:55:10 Succeeded ---------------- 2rows displayed Status:Success Thefourth step is to recover the Oracle Enterprise Manager agentinstalled on the NFS shared storage which is presented to both activeand passive nodes. Wefirstly restore the oraInventory backup we took in the first step asthe root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cp /nfs/shared_storage/EMagent_oraInventory.tar /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1app]# ls EMagent_oraInventory.tar oracle [root@ovcamn06r1app]# tar -xvf EMagent_oraInventory.tar Wethen need to change the oracle passwd to the same one we used on theoriginal Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install as the root user on bothmanagement nodes active and passive: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# passwd oracle [root@ovcamn05r1~]# passwd oracle Nexton the active management node and as the root user we need to run the privilege scripts: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_13.2.0.0.0/root.sh [root@ovcamn06r1~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot.sh Thesescripts create the /etc/oragchomelist /etc/oraInst.loc & /etc/init.d/gcstartup scripts. Weneed the stop and start of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to be under the control ofthe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software and not any local OS basedstartup scripts. Therefore we need to remove any OS based rc.* linksto scripts. As the root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1]#for x in `find /etc/rc.*/rc* | grep gcstart`; do rm $x; done Nextcopy the the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent installation files from theactive management node to the passive node (in our case ovcamn05r1) as the root user: [root@ovcamn06r1]#scp /etc/init.d/gcstartup root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/init.d/ [root@ovcamn06r1]#rsync -og /etc/oragchomelist root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/oragchomelist [root@ovcamn06r1]#rsync -rog /u01/app/oraInventory/oracle@ovcamn05r1:/u01/app/oraInventory Wethen need to check as the root user if tcps is running: [root@ovcamn06r1]# netstat -a|grep 54322 Ifthe netstat command does not return a value confirming we are listening on port 54322 then we need to configuretcps as the root user using the certificate in the NFS sharedfilesystem; then a stop and start of the ovmm service.If the netstat command returns a value confirming we are listening on port 54322 then skip the following steps and proceed to the firewall check. Firstly we need to gather some key variables to run our script: [root@ovcamn06r1]# ksPath=/nfs/shared_storage/certs/ovmm.ks [root@ovcamn06r1]# pass=`python -c 'from ovca.wallet import wallet_get; print wallet_get("user","ovsMgmt-admin")'` Next we need to run the tcps setup command using our gathered variables: [root@ovcamn06r1]# /usr/bin/ovm_shell.sh -u admin -p $pass -i /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/bin/secureOvmmTcp.py $ksPath $pass Thejob of enabling OVMM TCPS service is committed, please restart OVMMto take effect. Next we need to stop and start the ovmm service: [root@ovcamn06r1]# service ovmm stop StoppingOracle VM Manager [ OK ] [root@ovcamn06r1]# service ovmm start StartingOracle VM Manager [ OK ] Finally check we are listening on port 54322: [root@ovcamn06r1init.d]# netstat -a|grep 54322 tcp 0 0 *:54322 *:* LISTEN TheOracle Private Cloud Appliance software is automatically configured with thedefault Oracle Enterprise Manager agent firewall port (3872) open. If you are not using the default port of 3872 you needto open the firewall as the root user on both the active and passivemanagement nodes to enable the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to function: [root@ovcamn06r1]#iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -jACCEPT [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables save iptables:Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables start [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 stateNEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> [root@ovcamn05r1]#iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -jACCEPT [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables save iptables:Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables start [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 stateNEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> If as in my case you have both the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack and the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle VM Manager discovered within Oracle Enterprise Manager then the following steps need to be run. If you just have the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack only discovered then these steps are not required.  As the root user on the active management node export the certificate contained within the NFS shared storage filesystem using password "Welcome1": [root@ovcamn05r1]# /u01/app/oracle/java/bin/keytool -keystore /nfs/shared_storage/certs/ovmm.ks -exportcert-alias ovmm -file /tmp/ovmm.cert As the oracle user on the active management node import the exported certificate from the previous step using password "welcome": -bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_13.2.0.0.0/bin/emctl secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc /tmp/ovmm.cert -alias ovmm1Note: Watch the output carefully from this command to confirm that the certificate is installed correctly as there will always be a SUCCESS output given. If a certificate exists with name "ovmm1" then change this for example to "ovmm2". Wenow need to restart the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent either as the rootor oracle user on the active management node. Exampleas the root user: [root@ovcamn05r1]# /etc/init.d/gcstartup stop[root@ovcamn05r1]# /etc/init.d/gcstartup start Exampleas the oracle user: -bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_inst/bin/emctl stop agent-bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_inst/bin/emctl start agent The fifth and final step is to remove the indefinite Blackout from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance physical, logical and virtual components. To do this go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page and use the main menu to select Control=>End Blackout.  From this page click on the Yes button to stop the Blackout. The Blackout will now be stopped and confirmed by being removed from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Announcing PCA Software release 2.2.2

I am happy to announce the availability of Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.2.2 on My Oracle Support (MOS). This patch can be download from My Oracle Support with the patch ID: 24849670. This release is applicable to  Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 as well as the Private Cloud Appliance X5-2. This is a sustaining release, with a focus on stability and bug fixes. Please refer to the product documentation for additional details on bugs fixed in this release.  Please refer to the table below for the permitted upgrades on your Private Cloud Appliance.  For Example, if your Private Cloud Appliance is running the 2.0.5, 2.1.1 or the 2.2.1 versions of the software, you can directly upgrade to the announced 2.2.2 version. If your current installed version is at 2.0.1 - 2.0.4, you need to first upgrade to 2.0.5 version before getting to the latest version. If your Private Cloud Appliance is running a 1.x.x version, then it must first be upgraded to 2.0.4 and then to 2.0.5 before getting upgraded to the latest 2.2.2 software  Current Installed Version Upgrade directly to Version 1.1.3 2.0.1 2.0.2 2.0.4 2.0.5 2.1.1 2.2.1 2.2.2 1.1.3 P P P 2.0.1 P P P 2.0.2 P P 2.0.4 P 2.0.5 P P P 2.1.1 P P 2.2.1 P P= Permitted For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

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Friday Spotlight : Disaster Recovery Demystified on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

According to a 2015 CIO.com article, fear of downtime is one ofthe top concerns that keeps IT executives up at night. In fact, 42% of ITexecutives believe that products and services that aid in disaster recovery (DR)should be among the last items to receive budget cuts. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager Site Guard, delivers push-button operation plans for disaster recovery scenarios including switchovers and failovers. The Operation Plans come fully intergated with support for the Oracle ZFS storage appliance and can be easily extended and customized for any other storage appliances including 3rd party storage appliances.  Lets now see how a comprehensive DR architecture for Private Cloud Appliance enabledthrough Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard works for the most common DR mechanisms. There are 3 main scenarios that the PCA DR solution addresses: Switchover Failover Migration  Switchovers can be described as planned transitions of workloads, such as virtual machines, applications and data, from one site to another. In order to have a proper plan of action for when disasterstrikes, it is important to have a solution that enables you to prepare andexecute switchovers effectively. . For example, if you have a site to site, active-standby DR strategy, you can leverage Oracle EnterpriseManager with Site Guard to setup a switchover operations plan from your primaryto standby site. It is executed with a single push of a button and automatically stops applications atyour primary site, switches over storage repositories, and brings up your standbysite.. By using the automation built into the Oraclesolution to routinely perform switchovers at non-disruptive times, you canreliably meet your service level objectives such as recovery time objectives(RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).  Failovers, orunplanned transitions of workloads from one site to another, can be executed ina similar way on the Private Cloud Appliance. So long as you have properly setup your failover operations plan on Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard,should an unforeseen event occur, you can use the built-in intelligence tostand up applications at your standby site and still ensure that youpredictably meet your RTOs and RPOs. It is also important to note that with Oracle EnterpriseManager with Site Guard, you can do more than just DR. You can leverage thesolution to permanently migrateworkloads from one site to another. You can even migrate data from aTest/Dev environment in the Cloud to a production environment on-premises. Andwhat’s more – you can manage both your private and public clouds using OracleEnterprise Manager for a truly hybrid cloud model. If you would like to see what step-by-step examples of typicalswitchover and failover operations plans, don’t miss our DisasterRecovery 101 with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance webcast.

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Friday Spotlight: Get Trained on Simplified Cloud Management

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management. This converged infrastructure solution consists of preconfigured Oracle server, network, and storage hardware and Oracle software, to create a highly configurable pool of memory, CPU, and storage resources for running applications in a virtualization environment. To learn about the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview. You can take this course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: With Training-on-Demand, forget about working to other people's schedules, travel costs, or freeing up a block of time. Start training within 24 hours of registration, working through the course at your own pace when it suits you. You can get started today! Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones including 19 May 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Register your interest in a date and location to add an event to the schedule. To register for an event, request an additional event or learn more about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

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Friday Spotlight: New and improved compute nodes and Software for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance now available

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Server X6-2 Compute Node for the Private Cloud Appliance and PCA software release 2.2. IT organizations and providers can now deliver enhanced security andflexibility with full tenant isolation at both the server and network levels.PCA customers now have the flexibility to customize and assign servers andnetworks to different tenant groups based on business need. In addition, we’re announcing a complete disaster recoveryarchitecture for Oracle applications through Oracle Enterprise Manager SiteGuard with support for MaximumAvailability Architecture (MAA), Oracle’s provenhigh-availability blueprint. Non-Oracle applications can also be part of the disaster recovery protected group as part of this methodology. The complete methodology provides a mechanism for Oracle and Non-Oracle applications to be part of a single disaster recovery plan and enables organizations to easily achieve their Recovery Plan Objectives (RPOs). With the PCA 2.2 software release, we introduce the ability to create "Host Networks" that provide an IP address to the Host server. This enables the use of Storage Connect plug-ins and a single-pane , easy provisioning of storage for the virtual machines on the compute nodes from the Oracle VM Manager. It allows customers to avoid going to the storage controller to provision storage and then further do similar operations on the compute node. The product refresh now allows you to install Oracle server X6-2 compute nodes on the PCAs. Each of these new compute nodes provide 44 x86 cores and 256GB of RAM which can further be enhanced to 768GB. These new compute nodes can be mixed and matched with existing X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2 compute nodes in the Oracle PCA base racks. With the X6-2 compute nodes and a fully populated PCA base rack, you can get an aggregate of 1100 cores and 19.2 TB of Memory. Oracle's Private cloud Appliance is best suited for consolidating Oracle and Non-Oracle applications in a single "Cloud-in-a-Box" application delivery engine. With this product refresh, Oracle once again proves that we have the complete solution for the cloud with the same servers (Oracle Server X6-2), storage (ZFS Storage Appliances), hypervisor (Oracle VM) and operating system (Oracle Linux) being used in both the Oracle Public Cloud and the Private Cloud Appliance.  For more information please visit : www.oracle.com/pca

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Friday Spotlight: Ease Cloud Deployment with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Engineered for open cloud, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager offers complete cloud solution including self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environments from applications to disk. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c further improves enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management. Through Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c, the various hardware components of the Private Cloud Appliance rack (such as compute nodes, InfiniBand switches, and so forth) can be monitored. Don't miss this new on-demand webcast on how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c make enabling cloud deployments easier than ever. In this session, Premal Savla, Director of Product Management for Private Cloud Appliance discusses: The NEW integration between Private Cloud Appliance and Enterprise Manager 13c, and how this enhancement dramatically streamlines cloud deployments. A step by step guide on how to set up Private Cloud Appliance as a target in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. How to use Oracle VM configuration as an Infrastructure as a Service in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. To learn more, read the documentation.

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Get Quality of Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a highly available, fully redundant, converged infrastructure combining compute, networking, management, and storage elements forming a virtualization environment. This enables you to implement applications with confidence and agility. With Private Cloud Appliance, you can rapidly deploy applications using managed resources to provide the Quality of Service (QoS) you need. Learn how to get the most from Private Cloud Appliance by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview. The Training-on-Demand format is a popular option for this seminar. With Training-on-Demand, you can start training within 24 hours of registration and follow lecture material at your own pace through streaming video. You can also take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar via the following formats: Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. For example, attend an event scheduled for 6 May 2016. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Register your interest in an event in a specific location. For more information about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

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Friday Spotlight: Why Choose Oracle for Your Private Cloud Infrastructure?

Walking out of the business review meeting,you feel great. You've just found out that you now have a budget to purchase aprivate cloud infrastructure. Getting the money was the easy part. Now comesthe hard part: selection, evaluation and decision. Let’s start with your requirements:First, you need a private cloud infrastructure that will run theOracle database and Oracle applications your company is using to run thebusiness. There are few choices in the market. Which one should you choose? Second, you have heard aboutprivate cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. Your company can’t move topublic cloud right now. You need to plan for the consolidation of many physicalservers first, virtualize to reduce costs andthen plan for whichever cloud deployment that will not disrupt the businessand profitability of your company. So, which cloud deployment to start? Third, you have also read about cool newtechnologies like Docker and Openstack. You would like to explore thosetechnologies and see how they fit into your cloud journey. Where can you learnabout this? While deliberating on theserequirements, you see an invite to attend a webcast: WhyChoose Oracle for Your Private Cloud Infrastructure? Glancing at thecontent, you find that this webcast may answer some of your questions. If you attend the webcast, you will: - Getclarity among different cloud infrastructure options - Learnhow Oracle is using cutting edge technologies, such as Docker and Openstack - Hearwhy customers choose OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance over other converged infrastructure vendors There is a live chat, so you can ask the speakers questions to help you in the selection process. Why not spend an hour to get youranswers? You click on the Registrationbutton and mark on your calendar March8th, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time. May be the selection process won’tbe so difficult after all.

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Friday Spotlight: Learning Objectives for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the engineered system for all your applications.  You can get up and running on the remarkably quickly. To learn about using this product, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.The learning objectives for this short and comprehensive seminar are: Explain the advantages of virtualization Describe characteristics of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Describe access and usage of the Private Cloud Appliance interfaces Describe the general architecture of Oracle VM in the Private Cloud Appliance Describe the importance of ISO files to the creation of virtual machines Describe the importance of virtual disks to the operation of virtual machines Define a VLAN and its purpose Explain how to configure a VLAN segment for guest virtual machines Define virtual machine–related terms Describe the purpose of the Virtual NICs tool Describe the logical view of a virtual machine Explain the virtual machine life cycle Describe the steps to create a virtual machine Explain the process of cloning a virtual machine or template Describe the general features used to set up the Self Service Portal for the Infrastructure Cloud Describe the steps to provision a server (VM) from a template or an assembly You can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar through one of the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material and instructive demos at your own pace through streaming video. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk.There is currently an event scheduled for 6 May 2016. In-Class Events: You can travel to an education center to take this class. To request an event be added to the schedule, or to learn more about this course, go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar course page.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.1.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.1.1 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance which simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. The latest  release delivers enhanced networking, improved flexibility and better security.  Custom networks at the appliance level are enhanced by adding custom networks at the appliance level, thus enable additional connectivity. Memory configuration is more flexible by supporting the installation of additional physical RAM. New RAM modules will be detected during reboot and the appropriate configuration will be changed automatically. Component firmware upgrades are automatically performed for the ZFS Storage Appliance as part of the Oracle PCA software update. The storage configuration is now updated to active-active for storage head cluster. This makes the storage hardware easier to service and maintain. Authentication management has been improved with a finer-grained and robust password management functionality. The Oracle PCA Command Line Interface (CLI) has been enhanced with the integration of the controller software update and password management functionality. Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server have been upgraded to Release 3.2.10, to include the latest security and errata bug fixes available. You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes of the documentation set. To download the software update, search patch ID 22185511 from My Oracle Support. To attend a training offered by Oracle University, read the news here. Thank you to the readers of the UK IT news V3.co.uk who voted the best products for 2015. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance won the award as the Best virtualisation Product under Cloud Computing category. For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

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Friday Spotlight: Three assets to captivate your audience for Private Cloud Appliance

Ah, it’s Fridaymorning. You’re looking forward to the weekend playing golf at the spectacularPebble Beach Golf Links in California. Reading through your emails, you see amessage from your boss reminding you of your presentation to the CIO and VP ofInfrastructure at 1 pm today. At this important meeting, you need to presentyour findings from your search for the Cloud-in-a-boxat Oracle OpenWorld to help the CIO and VP narrow their choices for aprivate cloud solution. With the help ofthe Hero 6 team, you got the answers to all your questions. This presentationwill be a breeze with the assets you found. First, you’ll use the Infographicto explain why your executivesshould consider Oracle Private Cloud Appliancefor theirprivate cloud solution: Your customers are asking your company todeliver an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Your organization needs a private cloud platformfor Windows applications and Linux applications. Your organization is using Oracle Database, E-BusinessSuite, Flexcube, JD Edwards, Hyperion, Siebel, PeopleSoft, SAP and homegrownapplications. Next you talk about the what: Private Cloud Appliance features to address the needs of yourorganization. You know the CIO and VP want more details on how Private Cloud Appliance is considered aCloud-in-a-box solution, so you discuss the top three reasons. Budget isalways a major part of the decision. You will explain how the Private CloudAppliance will reduce yourorganization’s CapEx and OpEx. The quotes from two customers PLDT Alpha and Secure-24 help you validate the benefits. Now that you have captured the attention of yourexecutives, you play the 5-minute video of the PrivateCloud Appliance, which demonstrates the benefits in cool animation. Finally, to address your executives’ question: “who elseis using this platform for private cloud?” you show the BT Spain video. For its "Cloud of Clouds" vision, BTSpain uses Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to address its needs for incrementalscalability, operational efficiency, workload consolidation, and TrustedPartitions licensing. You feel confident that these three assets will help your CIO and VP ofInfrastructure narrow their choices and consider Oracle Private Cloud Applianceas a solution to address their business challenges. At a minimum, they willfind your presentation informative, interesting and not a boring session ofslides. It will be a fantastic weekend. (Full Infographic can be downloaded here)

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Friday Spotlight: How to find your Cloud-in-a-box in San Francisco?

Attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco is like walkingthrough the famed FAO Schwarz toy store or the LEGO store. There are so manycool and fantastic products that wow you. If you are on a mission to find your cloud-in-a-box at this conference,let the Hero 6 team help you navigatethrough the sea of 60,000 people and thousands of sessions. Meet Hero #1: ICA AB Group,one of the largest retail companies in the Nordics region, covering Norway,Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.  On Monday October 26th morning, you attend the Private Cloud Appliance Roadmap andInsights from Engineering [CON8762] at the Intercontinental Hotel.Hero #1 explains how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was used to set the newbenchmark within ICA and how this Engineered System became the “standard platform” for all database andapplication deployments. You run into Hero #2: Atos Nederland B.V.,an international leader in digital services and Worldwide IT Partner for theOlympic Games. Always a fan of the Olympic games, you attend the Atos Virtual Oracle Computing Hotel: Private Cloud Appliance in aFlexible Service Wrapper [CON7886] to hear Hero #2 talk about how he createdthe “Virtual Oracle Computing (VOC) Hotel" with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.The VOC hotel offers guests 4 different room sizes and aligns Oracle licensecost with the CPU cores you actually use. On Tuesday October 27th, you want to hearabout Oracle’s Virtualization vision and attend the General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud[GEN9486] with Senior VP Wim Coekaerts. This General Session takes place atthe Park Central hotel. You then hurry over to the Intercontinental Hotel to meet Hero #3: Secure-24, a leading Service Providerin North America. During the session TransformingApplication Delivery with Private Cloud Appliance [CON2528], Hero #3 willdiscuss how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance combined with Oracle ZFS StorageAppliance helped this hero achieve performance improvements whilereducing delivery costs by 90 percent for Oracle workloads running on bothLinux and Windows. Still in pursuit of your cloud-in-a-box, you go back to theIntercontinental hotel on Wednedsday October 28th to meet Hero #4: Xait, a leader in Oil and GasCollaborative Authoring Solutions with headquarter in Norway. And Hero #5: Tier1, a NorthAmerican consulting and support organization  In the Real-WorldInsight: Private Cloud Appliance in Action [CON8765], you hear about bestpractices and learnings from these vastly different heroes when they deployedOracle Private Cloud Appliance for a range of traditional and cloud workloads. Happy with what you have heard from 5 different customers,you head off to the Oracle Customer Appreciation Event to hear the music ofElton John and Beck while enjoying the 360-degreeviews of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines. Ah, on the last day of the conference Thursday October 29th,you go to Moscone South to meet the last Hero: Accenture Enkitec Group Hero #6 provides the last use-case in the session on Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Exadatafor High-Volume Financial Services Systems [CON5175]. Wait, one more session to attend All-Flash Cloud—Simplify Deployment Using Private Cloud Appliance withOracle All Flash FS [CON8066] to complete your search for a cloud-in-a-box. It’s been a whole week of fun. You've found what you werelooking for through all the sessions with the Hero 6 team. Good bye San Francisco.

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FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:   Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud From power-on to production in few hours Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack  It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers. There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples: • In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services • Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services. • By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers. • We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples. Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

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Uganda Revenue Authority and Oracle SuperCluster: Achieves 99.9% Service Uptime for Government Ministries and Services

                                  Among its objectives, URA was established to improve the standard of tax administration and correct the weaknesses that characterized the older tax administration. One of the major drivers for deploying Oracle solutions was to reduce the frequent downtime previously experienced due to poor database performance and to rectify a reduction in peak-time response. URA worked with Oracle and its implementation and logistical partner Technology Associates to deploy a robust, scalable, high-availability database solution that includes software and hardware engineered together, as it felt that having a single vendor for both hardware and software would be advantageous. To that end, URA deployed Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle Database. The authority’s new system is a pivotal resource for the calculation of international trade taxes. It is also used to manage compliance for the Ministry of Finance, as well as collecting transactional, financial, and tax data for the country’s citizens. Today, Uganda Revenue Authority ensures 99.9% service uptime for its government ministries and citizens, and is now able to resolve database issues before they have any impact on the organization. Outages have been entirely eliminated, service performance has improved dramatically, and system responsiveness during peak usage is no longer a cause for concern. The system has supported a national rollout and the implementation of the agency’s Single Customs Territory, taking on more data to process without impacting performance.   "Implementing Oracle SuperCluster as part of your IT infrastructure removes significant implementation risk and ensures that your organization benefits from a truly engaged vendor committed to delivering powerful, integrated hardware and software that you can trust now and in the future. Oracle Database runs best on Oracle hardware, and our services run best on Oracle." – Kizza James, Assistant Commissioner, IT, Uganda Revenue Authority

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Portic Barcelona Logistics Services: Oracle SuperCluster Transformational Architecture

        Portic Barcelona manages logistics through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logistics agents and other customers. Portic deployed Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris to multiply the number of commercial transactions that the e-commerce platform can manage by a factor of six—equivalent to a 32x performance increase—enabling Portic to process up to 26,000 service requests per hour and 500 messages per minute, with room for future expansion.   Oracle SuperCluster Results - Modernization of the platform with Oracle Advanced Support Services in 3 months, virtually eliminating risk - Performance increases with 50x faster backup - Number of manageable transactions increased 6x Oracle Solution - Implement a new platform for the port community—quickly and with minimal risk—to simplify and automate document-exchange procedures regarding freight traffic in the Port of Barcelona - Support exponential growth in port-management services delivered to more than 360 customers—such as dock workers, freight forwarders, shippers, and customs brokers—through a scalable system that   reduces the time and cost of each transaction - Consolidated servers at a ratio of 16:2 with the extreme performance of Oracle SuperCluster running Oracle VM Server for SPARC—halving space requirements, reducing the energy footprint, and completing backups 50x faster - Obtained a 5x better price/performance ratio for the port management platform as compared to other solutions - Reduced IT complexity, cut platform management costs, and increased data-center availability by consolidating three Oracle Real Application Clusters into two - Minimized configuration, support, and maintenance tasks with Oracle SuperCluster, an optimized solution that provides a single point of support for all components—increasing platform reliability and availability - Used Oracle WebLogic Suite as a foundation for building an on-premise cloud across web servers, application servers, and databases—deploying databases and applications 12x faster, within minutes instead of hours - Increased service levels through faster processing of commercial transactions, enabling Portic to include logistic community subsidiaries throughout the country in its electronic commerce platform, greatly simplifying invoicing, payments, and reconciliations “The Oracle solution allowed us to set up a private cloud to become hardware independent. We also could continue to use Oracle Solaris, and benefit from its stability and ease of handling. We analyzed alternatives, but the change would have been too drastic and the costs too high. Oracle provided much greater value.” – Vinicio González, Director de Sistemas, Portic Barcelona S.A. Portic delegated the Oracle SuperCluster project migration and go-live support to Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS). The Oracle ACS team managed technical design, Oracle SuperCluster installation, initial setup, and configuration of Solaris zones, and automatic storage management and domains, Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters.

        Portic Barcelona manages logistics through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logisticsagents and other customers. Portic...

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Saudi Arabia Public Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service

  Saudi Arabia Public Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service The Public Pension Agency (PPA), an entity within KSA’s Ministry of Finance, has announced the successful implementation of Oracle SuperCluster. PPA decided to implement Oracle technology with a disaster recovery architecture across two separate sites. Oracle SuperCluster also provides high availability for Oracle E-Business Suite, with SuperClusters in two different locations running Oracle E-Business Suite in active/passive mode using Oracle DataGuard technology. PPA’s UNIX environment was consolidated into a single system and a private Unix cloud environment created. In addition to Oracle SuperCluster,PPA installed a range of products including Oracle Exadata X4-2, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager OpsCenter 12c. “Oracle technology has provided important benefits to PPA’s IT infrastructure and the implementation has been quick and simple.” “Oracle SuperCluster has enabled us to reduce operational issues, and adopt new business models with greater business agility, better use of resources, less capital expense and increased speed in response to unforeseen events. It is now easy to get the latest updates; we have improved information security, and our deployment time has been decreased from years to months. Our risk is lower with a subscription-based cost model and we also now have Automatic Software Integration. We are proud to be the first government body in KSA to successfully implement Oracle SuperCluster,” Engineer Faraj Aljaeed, Operations & Network Manager, PPA

  Saudi ArabiaPublic Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service The Public Pension Agency (PPA), an entity within KSA’s Ministry ofFinance, has announced the...

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Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation

    Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation   Specialized Bicycles implements a transformative solution to simplify IT and modernize the data center with Oracle SuperCluster. Read from the CIO of Specialized, Ron Pollard about their breakthrough performance and technology transformation including streamlining IT, tightening their supply chain, and BI strategy with Oracle. A pioneer in e-commerce, Specialized Bicycles had implemented a B2B web portal to take online orders from its dealers. But as the years passed and the business grew—from 6 subsidiaries throughout North America to 40 subsidiaries throughout the world by 2015—it became clear that Specialized lacked the hardware infrastructure it needed to keep up with escalating customer demands. Specialized is in the process of setting up automated replenishments at its global distribution center in Hong Kong to create a pull-based replenishment system for its inventory. Specialized replaced legacy servers with an Oracle SuperCluster T5-8. Specialized also purchased an Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 appliance and a StorageTek SL150 modular tape library to replace a legacy NetApp system, providing a more modern environment for development, production, disaster recovery, and archiving. “It used to take seconds to submit an order, but we reached the point where it sometimes took minutes,” he recalls. “We were getting crippled by order volume as our business expanded. We did have very reliable hardware, but after adding three or four subsidiaries every year for eight years, it was time to upgrade to a more powerful platform.” “When we went to Oracle SuperCluster from the legacy system, we saw a night-and-day difference for our dealer base,” Pollard reports. “We benchmarked 60 critical processes, and the performance was an average of 17 times faster—in some cases much more—with Oracle SuperCluster. For example, our account reconciliation report used to take 20 hours to run and now it takes 20 minutes.” Pon Polard, CIO Specialized Bicycles. See Specialized in Action      

    Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation   Specialized Bicycles implements a transformative solution to simplify IT andmodernize the data center with Oracle...

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iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs

                                      iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs iQor is a global provider of business-process outsourcing and product-support services. They required a platform to improve performance, support scalability, and provide a disaster recovery environment for mission-critical support. They chose Oracle SuperCluster, optimized the production, business intelligence reporting, and reduced operating cost. iQor realized a 30% improvement in performance for critical applications while lowering IT managed services costs by 20%. “With Oracle, we can run all application tiers on one set of hardware. We can also run related applications on the same hardware by taking advantage of the Infiniband connection and excellent hardware performance. It’s a one-stop shop for running our database-and application-optimized environments, and for general-purpose nodes,” said Erik Carlson, vice president, IT, iQor. Oracle SuperCluster takes reliability and scalability to the next level. Oracle SuperCluster combines highly available and scalable technologies, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Database 12c and 11g, and Oracle Solaris Cluster software. Its architecture enables a high degree of isolation between concurrently deployed applications, which may have varied security, reliability, and performance requirements. "We optimized the production, business intelligence reporting, and disaster recovery environments for our mission-critical systems on Oracle SuperCluster, improving performance, scalability, and up time, while managing to reduce operating cost.” “In addition, by working with Oracle Advanced Customer Support and its Oracle Advanced Monitoring and Resolution service, we have one vendor as the point of contact, access to experts across our IT environment, and detailed documentation for downtime and rollback plans. We are pleased to work with an organization that can scale and grow with us.” – Erik Carlson, Vice President, IT, iQor

                                      iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs iQor is a global provider of business-process outsourcing andproduct-...

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IDC Report: Oracle Engineered Systems Provides US Retailer $28M in Total Cost of Ownership Savings

    Major U.S. Department Store Retailer Leverages Oracle Engineered Systems for Greater Business Agility with Oracle SuperCluster Read how a major US retailer simplified their IT environment by replacing multiple merchandising systems and consolidating database operations with Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Exadata and Oracle E-Business Suite. This research report was commissioned by Oracle and conducted by IDC. Here is a summary of the benefits: Three-Year Cumulative Benefits: · $27.66 million in business benefits · ROI of 437% · Payback in 6.5 months Additional Benefits: · Avoided $250 million for additional warehouse resources · 67% savings in datacenter-related OPEX spending · $1.8 million per year in data center CAPEX savings IDC projects that the retailer will earn total discounted benefits worth $27.66 million over three years through its deployment of Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster engineered systems, and Oracle E-Business Suite. It will achieve these financial benefits by reducing its data center capital and operating expenses, making its IT staff more efficient, reducing user productivity losses associated with downtime, increasing user productivity through improved systems and application performance, and avoiding costs associated with building out an additional fulfillment warehouse. These benefits compare with a discounted investment of $5.15 million. As a result, IDC projects that the retailer will earn a three-year ROI of 437% on its investment in these Oracle solutions, and will break even on its investment in 6.5 months. Consolidation has enabled the retailer to put multiple databases in Oracle Exadata and Oacle SuperCluster. In the past, they needed many more servers to host these databases in a more distributed environment. Consolidation has helped the retailer reduce the number of software licenses it requires to support its data center operations by moving more workloads from a more distributed environment to these Oracle engineered systems, saving an average over three years of $512,000 a year. “We were able to retire a whole bunch of earlier generation servers. We had a couple of hundred servers before and reduced the number to about 20, or a tenfold consolidation. We have a deep commitment to technology and our IT budget has gone up over the past five years because of investments and improvements we’ve made. However, if we hadn’t simplified our IT infrastructure we would have spent 20% more to support the same capability.” IT Manager, Retail Store, Oracle Customer.

    Major U.S. Department Store Retailer Leverages Oracle Engineered Systems for Greater Business Agility with Oracle SuperCluster Read how a major US retailer simplified their IT environmentby...

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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Implements Oracle SuperCluster: Extreme Performance and to Supports a 10x Increase in Enrollment

Oracle continues to innovate for Education & Research excellence with Oracle solutions for the modern campus. University of Madrid (UAM) enabled a 10x increase in student enrollment, and enabled UAM to manage students’ class selections and scheduling 91% faster with an Oracle SuperCluster half-rack, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database .   Oracle SuperCluster improved the UAM’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), including functions that support over 35,000 students including enrollment, scheduling, classroom assignments, human resources management, and financial management. With Oracle ERP for Education, financials, procurement, and project portfolio management are integrated, with robust report and analysis tools for insight.   Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 is based on the fastest database and application server, fastest database storage, and the world’s fastest microprocessor and operating system combination, with more than 17world record benchmarks for database, middleware and core business applications. UAM revamped the university’s application server and web-management platform to improve user experiences and efficiency.   UAM implemented a completely integrated, performance optimized Oracle solution enabling 98% of students to complete enrollment with no limits to concurrent sessions, and to meet the future scalability requirements. Oracle database exports and imports 12x, improving IT administration efficiencies. SuperCluster employs a massively parallel architecture and Exadata Smart Flash Cache to dramatically accelerate Oracle Database processing and speed I/O operations.   “Oracle provides the best database and application server, and Oracle SuperCluster enables us to get the most performance out of it, specifically by enabling hundreds of students to enroll for classes faster and simultaneously.”– María José García Rodriguez, director of information technology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.   With Oracle SuperCluster, average response times were reduced from more than five seconds to less than one-half second, enabling 98% of students to register faster, simultaneously. UAM upgraded the web management platform to Oracle WebCenter Suites, enabling deployment that allows for more than 350 web contributors to publish content more efficiently and to roll out a modern website that reflects the university’s corporate image of an elite higher-learning institution.   “Thanks to Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Oracle Database, UAM is without a doubt in a class of its own in terms of academic-planning effectiveness and efficiency. Server overloads, and downtime are things of the past,” said María José García Rodriguez, director of information technology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.   Oracle Consulting assisted in implementation of the Oracle SuperCluster solution in only 3 weeks, provided training to the administrative and IT staff, and it continues to consult with UAM on additional projects.

Oracle continues to innovate for Education & Research excellence with Oracle solutions for the modern campus. University of Madrid (UAM) enabled a 10x increase in student enrollment, andenabled UAM to...

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Oracle Innovates Secure Multi-Tenancy with Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster delivers a complete set of integrated security controls, implemented as a comprehensive platform, to enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers. Unique in the industry, the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture enables market leading performance, high availability, and extreme scalability while also satisfying key customer security requirements such as secure isolation, strong authentication and access control, end-to-end data protection, and comprehensive monitoring and compliance auditing. The security protections designed into the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture span every layer of the IT stack from the compute hardware, virtualization, and operating system to networking, storage, database and applications. Oracle SuperCluster Multi-tenant Architecture From a service provider perspective, each tenant will be isolated using a combination of system and network virtualization techniques. To further reinforce this segregation, system, network, storage, and database access control mechanisms will be implemented ensuring each tenant’s applications, resources and data are protected and not impacted by other tenants residing on the same physical platform. Throughout the architecture, strong encryption will be leveraged to help ensure that information is protected in transit. Finally, comprehensive logging and auditing will be enabled to help support audit and compliance requirements. From an individual tenant perspective, resources are made available to ensure proper operation of single instance and clustered application and database workloads. Individual tenants are not able to interact or even detect that other tenants may be operating on the same physical platform. Each tenant is logically isolated into one or more Solaris non-global zones, supporting either application or database workloads, connected together using a collection of virtualized networks.   These non-global zones are each allocated specific compute, storage and network resources, based upon their unique requirements, and tenants are not permitted to alter these settings. Further, tenants are given sufficient administrative privileges to manage their applications and database, no tenant is permitted to have unrestricted administrative privileges to their respective non-global zones. For example, the following diagram illustrates one possible approach where a tenant is offered to support Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Database servers. Figure 1, Oracle SuperCluster Multi-Tenancy Architecture ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Oracle SuperCluster Customer Advocacy – IT Service Providers: Hear what Oracle SuperCluster IT Services host providers have articulated as their specific multi-tenant environments and business benefits.   Bottom of Form

Oracle SuperCluster delivers a complete set of integrated security controls, implemented as a comprehensive platform, to enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers. Unique in the industry, the...

Events

IEEE Presents Prestigious SPARC Milestone Plaque in Front of SRO Crowd

On February 13, a standing room only crowd approaching 200 attendees at Oracle’s Santa Clara Auditorium watched as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented the prestigious Milestone plaque recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence. After being introduced by Uday Kapoor, Director of Hardware Development for Oracle and IEEE member, John Fowler, Oracle’s Executive Vice President Systems, thanked IEEE for recognizing SPARC “as an accomplishment which belongs on the same list as the CD player and the light bulb.” IEEE 2015 President, Howard Michel presented the award and talked about the significance of the SPARC architecture and its impact on the future, “Built upon the work of UC Berkeley in creating the RISC microprocessor, the SPARC architecture proved readily adaptable in meeting evolving needs. They demonstrated how engineers, scientists and technologists have contributed to our global community, helping to build today’s advanced world.” Professor David Patterson, who led the early design and implementation of what eventually became known as the SPARC architecture, reminisced from the stage about its magical beginnings, “There was just a buzz in the room, everyone was talking and at that remarkable moment in time it was clear that a dozen Berkeley graduate students could build a better microprocessor than Intel could build.” Co-founder and CEO of Sun Microsystems which successfully commercialized the SPARC architecture, Scott McNealy, could not attend in person but his prerecorded statement reminded the audience that by leveraging the SPARC processor, Sun became the fastest tech company (at the time) to grow from $0 to $1B.   Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun co-founder (left), and John Fowler, Executive Vice President Systems at Oracle standing next to the IEEE Milestone plaque recognizing the SPARC RISC architecture for excellence and innovation. While most of the dedication ceremony focused on past accomplishments, John Fowler made it clear that the SPARC architecture is still a leading technology which continues to advance and improve, "Fast forward to now and M7 (Oracle newest SPARC processor) is in volume production: 20 nanometer technology, 700 (square) millimeters." Immediately following the dedication ceremony, the IEEE Milestone plaque was unveiled in the Clock Tower on the Oracle campus where it now resides. Most of the attendees waited patiently in a long line to view the plaque up close and get pictures of themselves standing next to it. View the video of ceremony: Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvb1WZzrmBM Full ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkoZtOtwnQ0 To learn about the most recent SPARC processor breakthrough, please visit Oracle Innovation Spotlight.

On February 13, a standing room only crowd approaching 200 attendees at Oracle’s Santa Clara Auditorium watched as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)presented the prestigious...

Announcements

Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year - What Do They Have in Common?

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine. This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure. IDC expects the worldwide integrated systems market to grow from $7.3 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018 and estimates that 15% of the IT hardware market (server, external storage, and networking) will be sold as part of an integrated system by 2018. I'd like to congratulate the Oracle Excellence Awards CIOs of the Year and invite you to read their stories: Nam-Seuk Han, senior vice president and CIO at SK Telecom —Asia Pacific Jordi Fontanals, chief operations officer (and former CIO) of CaixaBank in Barcelona, Spain —EMEA Yoshifumi Ozawa, general manager of the IT Solution Division at Mazda Motor Corporation —Japan Patricio Melo, executive vice president of IT and operations at Banco Davivienda in Bogotá, Colombia —Latin America Marty Schoenthaler, vice president and CIO at ADM —North America

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine. This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our...

Perspectives

HBR Finds Lack of IT/Business Partnership is Top Roadblock to Digital Innovation

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries.  Yet, a recent study by Harvard Business Review’s research arm indicates that the biggest barrier to driving digital innovation in the enterprise is the IT / business partnership. The need for speed is a driving factor, with business decision makers wanting faster response times from IT, and often outsourcing apps or other IT functions if they can’t get them. At the same time, IT is spending most of its resources just keeping the lights on and getting bogged down by increasing complexity (exacerbated by 3rd party apps and “shadow IT”). However, according to the HBR survey, the majority of business managers prefer to work with their internal IT departments vs. outsourcing. So what’s the solution? It has to be multi-faceted to incorporate people, processes, and technology…all in an effort to drive tighter business and IT alignment.  I’m going to talk about this topic in-depth with Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review Analytic Services during a webcast on March 18 at 10am PT. If you’re interested, please register to join us and participate in the live chat.  I’d also like to hear your opinion. Does your company have strong IT/business alignment? If so, what do you do that works? What do you think the biggest challenges are?

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries.  Yet, a re...

Events

Mobile: The Console of the Future?

As Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona, there’s a lot of focus around mobile in the news. Mobility is now essential for consumers and companies, and incorporating it into a digital strategy that also includes social, cloud, and analytics is an important part of digital innovation.   While most of the focus for mobile is on the edge of the infrastructure and delivering apps to users, you still need a backend that can support the front-end – response time and relevant data are ‘must haves’. An infrastructure that can power the complex queries of a data-driven strategy is part of a mobile strategy that will allow business data to flow across the enterprise. As consumers, we don't think or care about the backend, but as providers you need to ensure it will support the service levels required.     You can read more about this topic in last week’s Forbes article titled, “Here's Why Mobile Shouldn't Stand Alone” in which I discuss this issue with my colleague Suhas Uliyar, vice president of mobile strategy product management at Oracle.     How important is mobility to your customers and what are the most challenging issues that it’s posing to your organization? Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

As Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona, there’s a lot of focus around mobile in the news. Mobility is now essential for consumers andcompanies, and incorporating it into a...

Announcements

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS)

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS), a new systems architecture which merges bladed system concepts with rack mount server architectures, to create a new innovative next generation platform. We are really excited to finally announce this product which has been under development for several years. Where to begin? One of the driving design objectives has been to realize all the benefits that people like with bladed systems, like ease of scale with plug and play bladed servers; but to eliminate the constraints and issues that people have with bladed systems, such as limited blade area, cooling issues and technology evolution challenges. I'm happy to say that we've achieved that goal and then some.  We also wanted to create a new architecture which addresses the new challenges in today's modern data center. Rapid scale, both physically and virtually is required. In Netra's traditional market, communications network data centers, an extension to commercial data center virtualization called Network Functions Virtualization is the hot topic for new infrastructure roll out. Using this approach to implementing traditional communications network functions holds the promise of providing much greater flexibility and rapid scale of network services while reducing hardware device costs as some functions become software based on general purpose servers. We believe Netra Modular System is a very attractive foundation platform for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure.   You can see a demonstration of Netra Modular System at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, Hall 3, Stand 3B20 - between March 2-5, 2015.

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS), a new systems architecture which merges bladed system concepts with rack mount server architectures, to create a new innovative next generation...

Events

Oracle to Receive IEEE Milestone Award for SPARC RISC Architecture

The SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence will be held on February 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Clock Tower on Oracle’s Santa Clara Campus. The plaque unveiling will be preceded by a dedication ceremony in the Oracle Auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. Speakers will include IEEE 2015 President Howard Michel, John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems, Oracle, and Professor David Patterson along with others instrumental in shaping the success of this highly impactful technology. A History of Record Performance and Mission Critical Enterprise Capabilities Sun Microsystems first introduced SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) RISC (Reduced Instruction-Set Computing) in 1987. Over the course of its life, the SPARC processor architecture has powered millions of servers and workstations, and is still a leading and highly valued technology today. Closely integrated with the Oracle Solaris operating system, Oracle's SPARC-based systems provide customers extreme performance to maximize the up-time and ROI of mission-critical enterprise applications and cloud services—at a fraction of the cost of mainframe computers. With a long history of record-breaking performance, SPARC-based systems have achieved over 450 record benchmarks, with 32 currently standing. Today, the SPARC processor family is used in Oracle's enterprise servers to create architectures that are optimized for a powerful mix of applications, from CRM systems and Java/Web middleware infrastructure applications to mission-critical ERP and backend OLTP/data warehousing enterprise applications that depend on high availability and scalability. SPARC Innovations Continue Building on over 27 years of innovations and a long list of "firsts," Oracle continues to engineer record-breaking SPARC-based systems running Oracle Solaris. As first announced at Hot Chips 2014, Oracle’s new and revolutionary Software in Silicon technology hardwires key software processes directly onto the processor. Software in Silicon accelerates functions running on special engines on the processor's silicon, separate from its cores, and speeds up application performance while retaining the overall functionality of the processor.   To attend the SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling please register here.

The SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence will be held on February 13, 2015 at 11:0...

Perspectives

Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:     •    67% of respondents stated that IT has to offer access to business-critical data in real-time     •    61% say upgrades and new roll-outs have to occur seamlessly, stay out of the way     •    57% say they must be confident of the system’s security What do you think about these survey findings? Do they reflect what you're seeing in your own business? To read about the survey in more detail, you can download the Gatepoint Research white paper here. In addition, I'll be talking on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT with Doug Barth, founder of Gatepoint Research and Aaron DeLosreyes, Senior Director of Oracle Technology Practice for Cognizant, about these findings and their implications during a webcast. I hope you can join us - information about the webcast is here: http://ora.cl/WuG. Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business...

Perspectives

The Internet of Things Will Be Huge, Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support It?

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 (1). IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained. (2) As further evidence, analyst firm 451 Research reported an increase in M&A spending in 2014 that pushed 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark, a fortyfold increase in acquirer spending compared to 2013. (3) This rate of growth cannot be ignored. IoT is inevitable and will create tremendous opportunity for a new wave of services built around connected devices. It will also pose challenges to IT and infrastructure leaders for the following reasons: The volume of data that will come off devices will be enormous and capable of completely overwhelming network infrastructures. IT infrastructures will need to support these vast amounts of data. Solutions that aren’t fully integrated will fail to deliver needed data and analytic capabilities. All devices will need to be integrated with all other devices, so seamless integration of applications and technologies will be critical. Realizing business value from IoT will be dependent upon scalable and flexible infrastructures that can integrate and secure data received from various components and devices. How can you prepare? A good first step is to modernize IT infrastructures and upgrade legacy architectures. As is the case with other technology trends like mobile, big data, and social, IT needs to be agile and strongly aligned with the business. This means anticipating and responding to business needs quickly, providing real-time information that informs decision-making, and being scalable to support planned and unplanned growth. What are you doing as an IT leader to prepare for this next wave of technology change? If you want to see a short video about the growth of IoT, check out, “The Internet of Things: Managing the Complexity” Follow me on Twitter @hvenkat1. Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. (1) ‘Finding Success in the New IoT Ecosystem: Market to Reach $3.04 Trillion and 30 Billion Connected "Things" in 2020, IDC Says,’ press release, Nov. 7, 2014 (2) IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions, Dec 2014, http://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=252872 (3) “451 Research: Jump in M&A spending in 2014 pushes 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark.” PRWeb, Jan 6, 2015, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12424187.htm

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 (1). IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having...

Perspectives

Are Two HPs Better Than One?

HP recently announced plans to split into two separate companies. One company will target enterprise customers (data center infrastructures), the other will focus on the client side (consumers). This move has sparked a series of questions among financial and industry analysts alike: What will it mean to customers who currently hold enterprise agreements or other company-wide contracts with HP products and services? HP stated the goal to split the company was to become profitable again, however, very few details were provided around HP's planned execution. "This would not have been possible three years ago," Whitman said, referring to a proposal to spin off PCs in 2011. Some analysts expressed skepticism about the latest move. Barclays analysts recently noted that the sudden announcement in 2011 was disruptive to HP's sales, its sales force and demand. "If the (latest) decision by HP isn't well communicated or is not well executed, the negative share shifts could be material," they said in a note. (footnote 1) Also consider Oracle’s investment in R&D on average from 2010-2013 as compared to Hewlett-Packard’s: Oracle FY12 $5.0B vs. HP FY12 $3.2B: (footnote 2) Oracle spent ~12% of revenue into R&D, contrast that with HP, which spent $3.2B/year on average from FY2010-FY2013, constituting a mere 2.6% of revenue. And that is before this recent split. Will HP still have the same resources to spend on R&D in the future as it does today? With declining revenues for 11 of the past 12 quarters, the same leaders running the same businesses, and no details provided yet to fix their underlying problems, one could ask if this split was to meet the expectations of Wall Street. How exactly is this a win for customers and not just investors? How will HP cross-integrate and innovate now as two separate companies? It was not that long ago when HP touted the combined portfolio of its consumer and enterprise businesses as a competitive differentiator. In contrast to HP, Oracle is clearly investing in R&D and continuing to innovate with expanded server and hardware offerings with published and committed roadmaps to ultimately SIMPLIFY IT and increase customer value. Chart 1 source: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/investor-relations/index.htm http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23437659/exclusive-hp-hewlett-packard-slashed-rd-spending-fraction-norms Chart 2 source: http://www.slideshare.net/Pronq/hp-mobility-perspective-at-hp-world-congress-2014 Footnote 1: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/06/us-hp-restructuring-idUSKCN0HV0U720141006 Footnote 2: http://www.work-bench.com/blog/2014/09/03/analyzing-r&d-and-m&a-activity-by-legacy-tech-vendors/

HP recently announced plans to split into two separate companies. One company will target enterprise customers (data center infrastructures), the other will focus on the client side (consumers). This...

Perspectives

Are You (or Should You Be) Worried about Industry Disruption?

Innovation fueled by technology is laying the groundwork for new business models to disrupt industries and threaten established companies. Market dynamics influenced by mobile, social, big data, and the Internet of Everything are forcing businesses into an ‘adapt or die’ mode. In the retail sector, Amazon not only dominates ecommerce, but has also reset expectations regarding affiliate programs, fulfillment, customer loyalty, and user experience. Tesla Motors has shaken the auto industry with electric cars sold directly to consumers rather than through franchised dealers. Airbnb’s community based travel service in 34,000+ cities is directly challenging the hotel industry. Twitter has changed the way we track news and consume media, providing a platform for global real-time communications. Other companies such as Uber, Square, Kickstarter, and 23 and Me are challenging the status quo in transportation, payment services, fundraising, and personalized medicine. It seems that no industry is untouched. Yet, IT departments are so busy running the business that they can only spend 16% of their time transforming the business. Being able to execute on innovative ideas and strategies will separate future industry leaders from laggards. And alignment of business objectives and IT infrastructure is key to a successful execution model. I’ll be presenting this topic and speaking with global business executives next week in Prague at the Wipro Leading Edge conference. Do you have any ideas to share? What dynamics in your industry are forcing companies to adapt and change? How will you keep up and what should you be watching out for? Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. As leader of hardware strategy for both sales and product marketing, Harish is responsible for growing Oracle’s server, storage and engineered systems business. With a focus on helping customers optimize both business and IT in today's rapidly changing environment, Harish and his organization deliver integrated system and software solutions that drive business transformation. With nearly 20 years’ industry experience, Harish is recognized for the leadership, know-how and strong focus on customers that he brings to his current role.

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Game Changing Innovation with Power8?

On Monday, October 12, IBM announced their first Power8-based enterprise class systems and yet still did not deliver the full realization of its 12-core Power8 processor, previewed by IBM in August 2013. Potential customers should also really consider IBM's lack of deep-level optimization, as compared to Oracle and SPARC. By opening Power to partner co-development, IBM has lost much of its ability to retain control of deep-level optimizations. Consider that IBM agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands. It now makes much more sense as to why IBM is investing in partner add-on capabilities through CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface), such as chips from NVIDIA, instead of investing in its own software in silicon enhancements like Oracle. And while Oracle was busy acquiring Sun, Pillar, Xsigo and more, IBM was divesting its networking, hard disk, x86 server business and most recently their chip manufacturing unit.  From a product feature standpoint, consider that CAPI lacks the true software in silicon (as Oracle is doing with SPARC/Solaris) approach and co-engineered Hardware + Software solutions (such as Oracle ECI Solution for SPARC), from a workload optimization and total business solution standpoint. Customers increasingly state that they want and need optimized solutions for their data centers to reduce complexity and simplify data center management, as well as resource utilization. They need this to drive their time to value; Oracle delivers. With CAPI, who is going to test, support, and optimize for key customer workload environments – IBM? NVIDIA? Why Invest with Oracle?   Oracle has proven massive investments in its hardware and software portfolios Oracle Servers, OS, and Storage's publicly committed forward-looking roadmap Oracle's full stack, including industry-leading software solutions, enabling deep integration with software in silicon that customers can leverage Oracle enables your business transformation What do you think? Are these game changing innovations from IBM?

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SPARC and Solaris Leadership in Security

Oracle’s SPARC systems and Oracle Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient secure technology. SPARC security uses hardware accelerators to deliver leading performance. Oracle leads in providing encryption and policy-based key management that ensure data protection for cloud and virtual environments. Oracle has proved its dramatic security performance advantages through rigorous testing. In the cloud a huge amount data needs to be encrypted. For data at rest, AES block-level encryption is FIPS 140-2 certified to support U.S. government agencies. The end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment. AES Security Performance (per chip)   Figure 1. SPARC T5-2 is 2.5x faster on AES-128-CBC versus the best x86 E5 v2 result (with AES-NI) and 4.6x faster versus the IBM POWER8 result. This result demonstrates the superiority of Oracle’s SPARC T5 processors with Oracle Solaris for security and demonstrates the leadership SPARC servers provide in large-scale secure cloud environments. With Solaris 11.2 command compliance provides system assessments against security/compliance benchmarks and generates actionable reports. SPARC Customer Successes Large Mobile TeleCommunications Provider utilizing the SPARC T5-2 server, Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center realized the benefits of the feature functionality of Oracle core technology and the RAS capabilities of SPARC/Solaris. Global Investment Management Firm needed to provide a platform to meet business needs during spikes and growth and encryption to meet 2016 requirements. The customer consolidated from 60 servers to just a few racks of SPARC T5-2, T5-4 and T5-8’s to provide Infrastructure as a service. SPARC T5-2 Server Utilizing modular design architecture and powered by either one or two SPARC T5 processors—Oracle’s most powerful SPARC processors ever—the SPARC T5-2 server delivers exceptional single- and multi-thread performance. With 16 cores and 16 memory slots per SPARC T5 processor, the SPARC T5-2 server provides extreme compute density, with up to 32 cores and 1 TB of system memory within a 3U enclosure. Oracle has also proven that the SPARC T5-2 is the fastest server for Java applications, which is critical in many cloud deployments. The SPARC T5-2 is 1.8x faster than the best Intel 2-chip x86 E5 v2 Ivy-Bridge-based Cisco UCS C240 M3 server. Conclusion The SPARC T5 server running Oracle Solaris 11 automatically utilizes hardware accelerators for security. Combined with the Oracle virtualization technologies such as the Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones, which provide a low overhead, flexible, scalable, manageable and secure virtualization environment with no extra cost for customers that have Oracle premier support. For more information about SPARC and Solaris performance, please visit http://www.oracle.com/benchmarks. Benchmark Disclosures 1) SPARC, x86 and POWER8 security performance: https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20130925_crypto_t5_2_x4 and www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/library/i-ibmi-7_2-and-ibm-power8 (fig 2) 2) SPARC T5-2 114,492 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 43,963 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; Cisco UCS C240 M3 63,079 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 23,797 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

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SPARC It Up! M7 Promises Once in a Generation Innovation

Oracle's microprocessor received a lot of coverage at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. The extreme performance, efficiency and optimization gains will rewrite the rules for price and performance value, plus speed the time it takes to deploy technology. Masood Heydari, SVP of Hardware Development at Oracle, provided an update to the SPARC M7 roadmap, first revealed at the Hot Chips conference in August 2014.   Click here to view Masood's "SPARC Server Strategy and Roadmap" presentation. Software in Silicon Heydari explained, "The goal of our strategy is to make Oracle engineered systems running on SPARC the best systems on which to run Oracle applications, period. That means optimizing around the best execution environment, best reliability, best management, etc." He emphasized Oracle has innovated on this strategy by placing software functions directly into the processor, calling them "software in silicon," an Oracle phrase that’ll be repeated as products featuring M7 near release. This design approach is where specific software functions are performed in hardware, enabling applications and operations to run faster. For example; SPARC will incorporate in-memory query acceleration engines that take over certain database search functions so that database queries "speed up query performance by 10x and spit out results at the speed of memory," according to Larry Ellison. Ellison made his first public appearance as Oracle's CTO and executive chairman of the board. He talked about the importance of doing things differently when running a database in memory. "Within the acceleration engine is decompression. When you compress and decompress data, the ratio of reading the data is 10 to 20 times more frequent than loading the data in memory. The magic to speeding things up isn’t compression, but decompression. We're processing data that runs at 120GB/second. That's a shocking number," and equivalent to 64 CPU cores.   The most important innovation in the M7 is its new memory protection features. The computer will notify the developer when an application is tampering with another application. This "always on" memory protection is hard-wired in the silicon to defend against memory violations, speeding up software development and resulting in more secure and available applications.  "It means applications can only access the memory they're supposed to access. Otherwise, the hardware will stop them" Ellison said. "Even smart programmers make mistakes and those mistakes can be really hard to find. Those are some of the hardest bugs to find. The failures are intermittent; they're extremely hard to trap. They're extremely hard to trace. With memory protection, you can discover those bugs really early, so it saves you a fortune in finding really difficult bugs. But the cool thing about it is because it's in hardware, you can leave this memory protection on without paying any performance price."   The upcoming SPARC M7 will be available across the Oracle server product line in 2015. Tell us, which M7 features or applications do you look forward to?   To learn more about SPARC technology, click here. Rick O'Herron is the director of content strategy in Oracle's brand communications team.   

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Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Integrated Systems

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Oracle. Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle a Leader in its latest Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on both their completeness of vision and their ability to execute. The authors of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems define integrated systems as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” The Gartner analysts listed six drivers for adopting integrated systems. Improved performance Perceived lower operating expenditure costs and greater IT optimization Increased automation Simplified sourcing and support Faster time to value with infrastructure Support in moving from IT maintenance to IT innovation “Oracle is the only integrated systems vendor that architects, integrates, and implements the entire technology stack of hardware and software, so customers can simplify IT and focus on innovating in their core business,” says Steve Rudinsky, principal product marketing director for Oracle SuperCluster. “As a market leader, no other vendor offers the breadth of integrated systems portfolio, the level of intra-stack optimization, or the proven track record.” Ability to Execute When assessing the two main selection criteria for determining leaders, the Gartner analysts note, “The market for integrated systems is complex, with greater dependency on very specific topics. We have, therefore, added several sub-criteria to the standard list of criteria, to enable more accurate vendor assessment. For our assessment of Product/Service, we examine the degree of software integration available from the vendor or implementation partners, plus the vendor’s ability to deliver on road map promises. Sales Execution/Pricing examines both direct and indirect execution, as most integration system strategies are highly dependent on the role of local channel partners.” Completeness of Vision Reiterating their comments about the complexity of the integrated systems market, the authors added, “As with Sales Execution/Pricing, the Sales Strategy criterion for Completeness of Vision assesses both the direct strategy and the channel partner strategy. Offering (Product) Strategy focuses on the breadth of the total solution (including software integration), the investment in management tools and the technology portfolio breadth. Business Model examines the implementation services that are available through the vendor or channel partners, and the variety of solutions and use cases that can be addressed.” Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems (June 16, 2014, ID:G00252466, Analyst(s): Andrew Butler, George J. Weiss, Philip Dawson). Learn more about Oracle’s engineered systems and download the e-book Engineered for Extreme Performance. About Gartner Research Publications Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Oracle’s Software in Silicon

Earlier this month at the Hot Chips Symposium on High Performance Chips, Oracle announced its next generation M7 processor designed to supercharge in-memory computing. The 32-core M7, ‘the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created’, as referred to by Timothy Prickett Morgan of Enterprise Tech, will offer huge performance advantages and includes Software in Silicon features for Application Acceleration Support on each core. Learn more about Oracle’s Software in Silicon strategy at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco (September 28-October 2) when Rick Hetherington, VP Hardware Development, discusses the latest advancements being made in SPARC to dramatically increase application performance, availability, and security. Rick’s session, ‘Oracle Software in Silicon Technical Deep Dive’ reveals the details on the next generation chip as told by one of Oracle’s most seasoned and respected processor architects. This is a ‘must see’ session for those companies interested in being the first to master and fully take advantage of these next generation technologies. For details on all of the Oracle OpenWorld Server sessions, demos and labs see Focus On Oracle Servers.

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Two Ways IBM Has Over-promised and Under-delivered with POWER8 to Date

IBM launched its first POWER8 systems in April 2014. So now that the dust has settled and the first systems have started shipping, let’s take stock of what IBM actually delivered with POWER8. POWER8 Is More Than a Year Late IBM has shown on previous roadmaps that it has a 3-year release cycle for new POWER generations. Following that cadence, IBM clearly missed its POWER8 release by more than a year, given that POWER7 systems started shipping the Spring of 2010 and the first POWER8 systems started shipping June 2014.    Where Is AIX8? We give IBM marketing credit for trying to re-spin a patched AIX7.1 (TL3 released November 2013) as their next generation OS, but the fact of the matter is that all IBM has added to the latest patch is basic enablement for the new hardware and rejigger their feature packaging a bit (e.g., more is now included in the higher cost enterprise edition of the OS).   Further, there are few if any incremental functional improvements and no major new features planned even for its next impending patch release (TL4), which according to IBM’s AIX release history is still not yet available as of July 2014. However, the really critical point for anyone considering POWER8 is that AIX8 isn’t even on IBM’s public roadmap yet. Where is AIX8 and what exactly will IBM deliver? FACT: AIX 7 TL3 last November just released “WPAR alt-disk install and rollback”. Solaris has provided similar technology, called Live Upgrade, since Solaris 10 was released in 2005. FACT: Apparently per IBM’s roadmaps, AIX does not yet support SR-IOV, as it is shown as a future still, while Solaris has supported SR-IOV since 2010. FACT: Consider all of the advantages Oracle just released in Solaris 11.2. Click here to see what’s new in 11.2. Just to give some examples… Centralized cloud management with Oracle's OpenStack distribution. Integrated at the core of Oracle Solaris 11.2, deploy a private cloud instance in minutes instead of weeks. Secure and agile application provisioning in the cloud with Unified Archives, a new archive format that allows total portability between bare metal and virtualized systems. Instant cloning in the cloud when you need it, to scale out or for reliable disaster recovery in emergencies. No compromise virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones enhanced. Oracle Solaris 11.2 brings an even greater level of flexibility with independent and isolated Kernel Zones. Maintain SLAs with application driven Software Defined Networking, extending the network virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris. Elastic Virtual Switching ensures dynamic networks across your cloud environment with unprecedented agility. Lower the effort of meeting compliance with an integrated and automated checking and report generation tool, reducing the time needed for compliance review by as much as 10x.

IBM launched its first POWER8 systems in April 2014. So now that the dust has settled and the first systems have started shipping, let’s take stock of what IBM actually delivered with POWER8. POWER8 Is...

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The Ideal Platform for Oracle Database 12c In-Memory and in-memory Applications

Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle's SPARC M6 and T5 servers, Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and Oracle Enterprise Manager have been co-engineered with Oracle Database and Oracle applications to provide maximum In-Memory performance, scalability, efficiency and reliability for the most critical and demanding enterprise deployments. The In-Memory option for the Oracle Database 12c, which has just been released, has been specifically optimized for SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris. The unique combination of Oracle's M6 32 Terabytes Big Memory Machine and Oracle Database 12c In-Memory demonstrates 2X increase in OLTP performance and 100X increase in analytics response times, allowing complex analysis of incredibly large data sets at the speed of thought. Numerous unique enhancements, including the large cache on the SPARC M6 processor, massive 32 TB of memory, uniform memory access architecture, Oracle Solaris high-performance kernel, and Oracle Database SGA optimization, result in orders of magnitude better transaction processing speeds across a range of in-memory workloads.   Oracle Database 12c In-Memory The Power of Oracle SuperCluster and In-Memory Applications (Video, 3:13) Oracle’s In-Memory applications Oracle E-Business Suite In-Memory Cost Management on the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 (PDF) Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise One In-Memory Applications on Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 (PDF) Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise One In-Memory Sales Advisor on the SuperCluster M6-32 (PDF) Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise One Project Portfolio Management on the SuperCluster M6-32 (PDF)  

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Oracle’s Sun Server X4-8 with Built-in Elastic Computing

We are excited to announce the release of Oracle's new 8-socket server, Sun Server X4-8. It’s the most flexible 8-socket x86 server Oracle has ever designed, and also the most powerful. Not only does it use the fastest Intel® Xeon® E7 v2 processors, but also its memory, I/O and storage subsystems are all designed for maximum performance and throughput. Like its predecessor, the Sun Server X4-8 uses a “glueless” design that allows for maximum performance for Oracle Database, while also reducing power consumption and improving reliability. The specs are pretty impressive. Sun Server X4-8 supports 120 cores (or 240 threads), 6 TB memory, 9.6 TB HDD capacity or 3.2 TB SSD capacity, contains 16 PCIe Gen 3 I/O expansion slots, and allows for up to 6.4 TB Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Cards. The Sun Server X4-8 is also the most dense x86 server with its 5U chassis, allowing 60% higher rack-level core and DIMM slot density than the competition.  There has been a lot of innovation in Oracle’s x86 product line, but the latest and most significant is a capability called elastic computing. This new capability is built into each Sun Server X4-8.   Elastic computing starts with the Intel processor. While Intel provides a wide range of processors each with a fixed combination of core count, operational frequency, and power consumption, customers have been forced to make tradeoffs when they select a particular processor. They have had to make educated guesses on which particular processor (core count/frequency/cache size) will be best suited for the workload they intend to execute on the server. Oracle and Intel worked jointly to define a new processor, the Intel Xeon E7-8895 v2 for the Sun Server X4-8, that has unique characteristics and effectively combines the capabilities of three different Xeon processors into a single processor. Oracle system design engineers worked closely with Oracle’s operating system development teams to achieve the ability to vary the core count and operating frequency of the Xeon E7-8895 v2 processor with time without the need for a system level reboot.  Along with the new processor, enhancements have been made to the system BIOS, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle Linux, which allow the processors in the system to dynamically clock up to faster speeds as cores are disabled and to reach higher maximum turbo frequencies for the remaining active cores. One customer, a stock market trading company, will take advantage of the elastic computing capability of Sun Server X4-8 by repurposing servers between daytime stock trading activity and nighttime stock portfolio processing, daily, to achieve maximum performance of each workload. To learn more about Sun Server X4-8, you can find more details including the data sheet and white papers here. Josh Rosen is a Principal Product Manager for Oracle’s x86 servers, focusing on Oracle’s operating systems and software. He previously spent more than a decade as a developer and architect of system management software. Josh has worked on system management for many of Oracle's hardware products ranging from the earliest blade systems to the latest Oracle x86 servers.

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SPARC and Solaris Leadership in the Cloud

Oracle’s SPARC systems and Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient virtualization technology. SPARC virtualization is “Built into Firmware” which reduces costs and improves performance. Oracle has proved its virtualization performance advantages through rigorous public testing. SPEC1, the performance standards group, defined the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark to uniformly measure the end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment. The SPECvirt_sc2012 benchmark is a good indicator of virtualization performance, which is critical for any cloud environment. Virtualization Performance Figure 1. SPARC T5-2 is 2.3x faster in the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark versus the best VMware result on an HP BL620c G7 two-processor x86-based blade server. Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 server running Oracle Solaris 11 delivered a two-socket world-record SPECvirt_sc2010 result of 4270 @ 264 VMs. This result demonstrates the superiority of Oracle’s SPARC T5 processors with Oracle Solaris virtualization and demonstrates the leadership SPARC servers provide in large-scale environments. SPARC Customer Successes Large Communications Provider utilizing the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, running on SPARC T5 Servers, realized 2.5x faster virtual server deployment versus bare metal for faster time-to-user and administrative productivity. Regional Water Company realized 7x better cost/performance for virtualized Java, and 2x faster data warehouse performance and order-entry transactions than IBM running Oracle Solaris, Database, Applications and Middleware on SPARC T5 servers with Oracle VM for SPARC versus competitive systems. Oil and Gas Company running Oracle Database, PeopleSoft, and SAP on Oracle SPARC T5 servers achieved 3x faster provisioning of new services and OPEX savings of $2.8M using Oracle VM for SPARC. Oracle SPARC T5-2 Server Utilizing modular design architecture and powered by either one or two SPARC T5 processors—Oracle’s most powerful SPARC processors ever—the SPARC T5-2 server delivers exceptional single- and multi-thread performance. With 16 cores and 16 memory slots per SPARC T5 processor, the SPARC T5-2 server provides extreme compute density, with up to 32 cores and 1 TB of system memory within a 3U enclosure. Oracle has also proven that the SPARC T5-2 is the fastest server for Java applications, which is critical in many cloud deployments. The SPARC T5-2 is 1.8x faster than the best Intel 2-chip x86 E5 v2 Ivy-Bridge-based Cisco UCS C240 M3 server.2 Conclusion The SPARC T5 server running Oracle Solaris 11 utilizes embedded virtualization products, such as the Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones, which provide a low overhead, flexible, scalable and manageable virtualization environment with no extra cost for customers that have Oracle premier support. For more information about SPARC and Solaris performance, please visit http://www.oracle.com/benchmarks. Benchmark Disclosures 1) SPEC and the benchmark names SPECvirt_sc are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Results from http://www.spec.org as of 3/6/2014. Solaris SPARC T5-2, SPECvirt_sc2010 4270 @ 264 VMs; VMware ESXi4.1 HP Proliant BL620c G7, SPECvirt_sc2010 1878 @ 120 VMs. 2) SPARC T5-2 114,492 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 43,963 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; Cisco UCS C240 M3 63,079 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 23,797 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS. SPARC Customer SuccessesLarge Communications Provider utilizing the Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, running on SPARC T5 Servers, realized 2.5x faster virtual server deployment versus bare metal for faster time-to-user and administrative productivity.Regional Water Company realized 7x better cost/performance for virtualized Java, and 2x faster data warehouse performance and order-entry transactions than IBM running Oracle Solaris, Database, Applications and Middleware on SPARC T5 servers with Oracle VM for SPARC versus competitive systems.Oil and Gas Company running Oracle Database, PeopleSoft, and SAP on Oracle SPARC T5 servers achieved 3x faster provisioning of new services and OPEX savings of $2.8M using Oracle VM for SPARC.Oracle SPARC T5-2 ServerUtilizing modular design architecture and powered by either one or two SPARC T5 processors—Oracle’s most powerful SPARC processors ever—the SPARC T5-2 server delivers exceptional single- and multi-thread performance. With 16 cores and 16 memory slots per SPARC T5 processor, the SPARC T5-2 server provides extreme compute density, with up to 32 cores and 1 TB of system memory within a 3U enclosure. Oracle has also proven that the SPARC T5-2 is the fastest server for Java applications, which is critical in many cloud deployments. The SPARC T5-2 is 1.8x faster than the best Intel 2-chip x86 E5 v2 Ivy-Bridge-based Cisco UCS C240 M3 server.ConclusionThe SPARC T5 server running Oracle Solaris 11 utilizes embedded virtualization products, such as the Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones, which provide a low overhead, flexible, scalable and manageable virtualization environment with no extra cost for customers that have Oracle premier support.For more information about SPARC and Solaris performance, please visit http://www.oracle.com/benchmarks.Benchmark Disclosures1) SPEC and the benchmark names SPECvirt_sc are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Results from http://www.spec.org as of 3/6/2014. Solaris SPARC T5-2, SPECvirt_sc2010 4270 @ 264 VMs; VMware ESXi4.1 HP Proliant BL620c G7, SPECvirt_sc2010 1878 @ 120 VMs.2) SPARC T5-2 114,492 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 43,963 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; Cisco UCS C240 M3 63,079 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 23,797 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS. This blog post is provided for information purposes only, and the contents hereof are subject to change without notice. This post is not warranted to be error-free, nor subject to any other warranties or conditions, whether expressed orally or implied in law, including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. We specifically disclaim any liability with respect to this document, and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or indirectly by this post. 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Is IBM POWER8 a Smart(er) Choice?

On Wednesday, April 23, IBM announced new POWER8 systems at the OpenPower Forum. But IBM customers might be disappointed, as it appears that IBM is shifting its strategic R&D focus to Linux on POWER. IBM recently stated that they will “significantly reposition POWER8” and that they are trying to displace x86 with POWER8 in hyperscale/scale-out data center deployments. IBM seems to be re-aligning POWER8 to cover lost ground since it decided to de-invest in x86 entirely, while Oracle has instead adopted the strategy of adding/building value for enterprise environments and adding functionality to enhance customer experience (our software in silicon with SPARC processors, Oracle Solaris enhancements and Engineered Systems as examples). Ultimately IBM's strategy may lower the starting price, but IBM may not be able to sustain the model nor add significant net-new value longer term with POWER or AIX. This represents a major shift in strategy and potentially a reduced investment in POWER AIX for the enterprise. IBM’s hardware business is in a state of major transition. Is hardware even strategic to IBM?  "They used to be a leader. Now they sell one business after the next. That is not a way to grow," said Fred Hickey, editor of The High-Tech Strategist newsletter who has followed IBM for 30 years. There is clear evidence that IBM is reducing investment in  hardware: IBM sold their PC and Workstation business to Lenovo in 2005 IBM just closed their deal to sell off its x86 server business to Lenovo IBM has retained Goldman Sachs to find a buyer for their chip fabrication facilities IBM delivered only two POWER updates in the last four years IBM doesn’t have a public POWER roadmap beyond POWER8 and AIX8 On the other hand, Oracle is doubling down on integrated hardware and software investments to support a long-term innovation roadmap and increased customer value: Oracle increased investment in SPARC and Oracle Solaris delivering five generations of SPARC processors in four years, and doubling performance with each release Oracle plans to release Solaris 11.2 next week, the world’s first cloud operating system coupled with the benefits of advanced virtualization, software-defined networking, and OpenStack integration The SPARC roadmap now shows three future generations of SPARC processors through 2019 Oracle continues to invest heavily in a broad portfolio of Engineered Systems to simplify IT Lots of Unanswered Questions IBM leaves a lot of unanswered questions on what is going to happen next and whether its new strategy will add any real value: IBM’s POWER strategy is complex and unclear with its new focus in the entry/scale-out market vs. the enterprise. What do current AIX/POWER customers do? Can IBM and the OpenPOWER consortium deliver value with a complex multi-year effort to build a new ecosystem around design, manufacturing and software for the x86/scale out segment? IBM is offering customers new hardware for Linux. What are the bottom line costs and benefits for migrating Linux applications running on x86 to POWER8? What is the value for Linux on POWER over x86?  How does IBM plan on implementing future hardware/software optimization, i.e., PureSystems and PureFLEX, while at the same time pursuing a purely OpenStack model for POWER8? For that matter, what is IBM’s current strategy for PureSystems, given that it did not announce POWER8 Flex nodes and did not mention PureSystems at its recent earnings? Given this radical new strategy and all the surrounding uncertainty and potential risk, do customers really want to continue to invest in POWER8 and AIX? Stay tuned for more analysis, as IBM reveals more details about POWER8. The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.   .htmtableborders, .htmtableborders td, .htmtableborders th {border : 1px dashed lightgrey ! important;}html, body { border: 0px; } body { background-color: #ffffff; } img, hr { cursor: default }  

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Oracle SPARC Systems

Abu Dhabi Police Implements Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 for Oracle E-Business Suite

Abu Dhabi Police has been working on revamping their IT infrastructure to bring the best-in-class technologies. They selected Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 to implement a large-scale consolidation of Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Enterprise Database instances, consolidating data center environments for rapid deployment. Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 was the optimal, integrated solution. Abu Dhabi Police decided on an "Oracle on Oracle" approach--running Oracle software on Oracle hardware--which provided Oracle Database RAC, Solaris zone clusters for Oracle E-Business Suite, migration of database to 111gR2 database instances, and supporting applications. Oracle Consulting Services managed the complete end-to-end migration. The work done in this project demonstrates how Oracle software on Oracle hardware delivers a compelling value proposition to customers that are seeking to run their most critical processes with the lowest risk, while having the best total cost of ownership in the market. Abu Dhabi Police is implementing a complete and high-level model that will enable them to be ready for future growth, hosting all their existing database instances and applications.   Oracle identifies, integrates, and conducts full Oracle stack testing, resulting in documented practices for deployment and Oracle E-Business Suite tuning. This has been tested to result in up to a 3x reduction in data center footprint as compared to the competition, and reduce total cost of ownership by up to 3x.   What benefits can you derive from running Oracle software on Oracle hardware?   Christine Kipp (christine.kipp@oracle.com) is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle. She has 20 years' experience with Solaris/UNIX working for Oracle and Sun Microsystems, managing high-end super computing and networking technology. She launched the highest performance Oracle SuperCluster Engineered System to market, and meets with customers to articulate technology and implementations of Oracle SPARC and Exadata, which are engineered and integrated for optimal performance on Oracle software.

Abu Dhabi Police has been working on revamping their IT infrastructure to bring the best-in-class technologies. They selected Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 to implement a large-scale consolidation of...

Oracle Tape Storage

What's the #1 Ranked Tape Library? The Results May Surprise You...

Having been working in the IT industry for 27 years, I’ve seen my share of outrageous vendor claims. In fact, it is one my biggest pet peeves about our industry. How many times have you seen XYZ vendor claiming their solution is “industry leading”, “best-in-class”, “world class” or “leading edge” without providing any empirical evidence to back up that claim. Worse yet, I’ve seen claims (from vendors not to be mentioned here) of 3x, 4x or 10x faster, bigger, or otherwise “better” than the competition with no report, benchmark test or third-party source credited. It happens all the time and it begs the question, if it comes from the vendor, not an independent third party, why would a potential customer believe it? That’s why I’m proud to say that DCIG, whose tagline is “empowering the IT industry with actionable analysis,” recently ranked #1 the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library in their 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer’s Guide. According to DCIG: “The Oracle StorageTek SL8500 is truly a 'Big Data' offering engineered to handle tremendous volumes of data.” DCIG uses a rigorous 8-step evaluation process to arrive at their recommendation(s). This year, DCIG evaluated 42 tape libraries from eight different vendors and classified them into five categories: Best-in-class (bestowed upon a single product) Recommended Excellent Good Basic I particularly like the DCIG analysis because it makes a strong effort to evaluate its subject matter from the perspective of the customer. As stated in the report’s executive summary, the DCIG 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide accomplishes the following objectives:     Provides an objective, third-party evaluation of tape libraries that weights, scores and ranks their features from an end-user’s viewpoint   Scores and ranks the features on each tape library based upon criteria that matter most to end-users, so they can quickly know which tape libraries are the most appropriate for them to use and under what conditions”     So, if you want the inside scoop from an independent third-party on why the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 was ranked the #1 Big Data tape library and superior to offerings from IBM, HP, and Spectra Logic, then click here.

Having been working in the IT industry for 27 years, I’ve seen my share of outrageous vendor claims. In fact, it is one my biggest pet peeves about our industry. How many times have you seen...

Oracle ZFS Storage

Cut! A Quick Take on the Storage Challenges in Media & Entertainment

  With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, I can’t help but think about how much the motion picture industry has changed over the last 10 years, especially from a production and technology perspective. The transition to digital film making has had a transformational impact on the industry. The onslaught of HD digital cameras and digital technology in the post production workflow has not only overtaken the motion picture industry, but it has also transformed the video production and broadcast segments. The transformation to an all-digital workflow, from content creation, with seamless blending of live action footage and computer-generated imagery, to content delivery and finally to digital archives is now nearly complete. For example, try to find a new analog camera on display at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April in Las Vegas. They will be hard to find.  Shooting with HD and newer UltraHD digital format cameras means huge digital files, creating a new set of storage problems. Most media workflow architects and archivists will tell you that current digital storage solutions are struggling to keep up. Consider this:   Some of the latest HD cameras produce up to 85TB of data throughout a 24 hour shoot; and these “dailies” need to be backed up, essentially doubling the amount of storage The 3D movie Avatar used over one Petabyte of storage; industry experts predict that future feature-length digital motion pictures will consume an Exabyte of storage from initial capture to final cut So, where will all this data be stored? On efficient and economic digital tape, of course. At Oracle, we recently announced two new storage technologies—the StorageTek T10000D tape drive and Linear Tape File System--that are being embraced by the Media & Entertainment industry. Our StorageTek T10000D tape technology is the highest capacity storage technology available today. At 8.5TB per cartridge, it is more than 2x the capacity of today’s 4TB disk drives. And due to its unique scalability, discrete cost and power/cooling advantages, tape storage (at scale, re: petabyte[s]), carries a total cost of ownership (TCO) that is 26x lower than conventional disk storage.   In addition, the T10000D supports the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) format, which enables users to easily access files on tape just like a thumb drive or a NAS device. LTFS is popular across the film, video and broadcasting segments. In fact, the StorageTek T10000D with LTFS recently won Best Professional Media and Entertainment Class Archive Storage at the 2014 Storage Visions Conference. I know it’s a mouthful, but there you have it!    While you may be surprised that tape is in high demand in the Media & Entertainment industry, this is not an isolated case. Indeed, industry influencers and the media have pronounced a resurgence of tape (follow the links below): Storage Challenges In The Digital Age of Media – Coughlin Associates [Video] Rise of the Machines: The Rebirth of Tape – Wikibon Disk-pushers, Get Reel: Even GOOGLE Relies on Tape – The Register Magnetic Tape to the Rescue – The Economist Meeting Exa-Scale Archive Requirements in the Digital Age of Media and Entertainment – Coughlin Associates So, when you watch the Oscars, think of the many Petabytes of digital content to be archived and preserved for posterity—and how Oracle StorageTek tape solutions are addressing the Media & Entertainment industry’s storage challenges. To learn more about how digital tape storage is helping the Media & Entertainment industry to overcome challenges arising from the transition to an all digital business visit the Oracle booth (SL 13909) at NAB in Las Vegas, April 7-10. Chris Ilg (chris.ilg@oracle.com) is a Senior Principal Product Marketing Director for storage at Oracle. He has 27 years' experience in the information technology industry, across the storage, channel and services segments.

  With the Academy Awards coming up this weekend, I can’t help but think about how much the motion picture industry has changed over the last 10 years, especially from aproduction and technology...

Oracle SPARC Systems

CRN Names Oracle SuperCluster One of 10 Coolest Servers Of 2013

CRN recently gathered and reviewed computer systems of all shapes and sizes, including microservers, rack-mount servers, integrated systems, and even mainframes. The result is their list of 10 of the coolest server introductions for 2013 -- which includes the latest Oracle SuperCluster. Oracle has lead the shift from stand-alone servers to converged (or engineered, in Oracle speak) systems, starting over five years ago with the Exadata Database Machine. That accelerated four years ago with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems, as well as the introduction of the Oracle SuperCluster over two years ago. Industry analysts now recognize Oracle's leadership role in this category. The Oracle SuperCluster family is experiencing triple-digit growth, as customers are shifting their IT spend towards proven, high performance, integrated systems. The newest member of the Oracle SuperCluster family, the SuperCluster M6-32, builds on the existing architecture of Exadata storage servers integrated with compute and network servers that run the complete software stack of OS, database and applications, all of which are optimized for the SuperCluster architecture. It is this architecture, and the 32TB of main memory, that allows for both database and applications to be run completely in memory for optimal performance. Oracle SuperCluster systems are not just for running database and applications in memory, but also are ideal systems for Database-as-a-Service implementations, mission-critical Oracle Database deployments, consolidating enterprise application and database workloads on a single platform, and private cloud deployments.   Oracle continues to lead the industry in converged systems, and it is nice that CRN has recognized the Oracle SuperCluster engineered system as one of the Top 10 Coolest Servers for 2013.

CRN recently gathered and reviewed computer systems of all shapes and sizes, including microservers, rack-mount servers, integrated systems, and even mainframes. The result is their list of 10 of the...

Oracle SPARC Systems

SPARC T5-2 Server Shatters Another World Record and Gets Single-Processor Configuration

Since their introduction last year, Oracle's T5 servers have topped performance metrics across enterprise workloads. The SPARC T5 server has just shattered another world record (see the latest SPECjEnterprise2010 2-socket benchmark result). In that test, the SPARC T5-2 server: Showed the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier (1) Demonstrated 1.5 times higher performance compared to Oracle’s 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 systems, running Intel's E5-2600 v2 series processor (Ivy Bridge) (1) Delivered 29% better performance (1) and 20% better price performance compared to a two-socket IBM PowerLinux POWER7+ processor-based server (2) Another piece of good news is that Oracle is announcing that the SPARC T5-2 server is now offered in a single-processor configuration, making it easier to adopt Oracle's latest technology - see details here. Customers will now have options for deploying T5-based servers starting with 16 and going up to 128 cores. Complementing this server line-up, the SPARC T4-1 server provides an entry-level configuration with 8 cores, while the SPARC M6-32 system provides massive scalability up to 384 cores.


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  (1) Results from www.spec.org as of 1/22/2014. SPARC T5-2, 17,033.54 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; Sun Server X4-2, 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. The SPARC T5-2 server result represents the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier of 8,516.77 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS per socket. SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. (2) SPARC T5-2 configuration: Java EE server, 1 SPARC T5-2 server, 2 chips, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5, Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2); Database server, 1 SPARC T5-2 server, 2 chips, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5, Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1). The SPARC T5-2 configuration cost is the total application and database server hardware plus software. List price is $613,052 from http://www.oracle.com as of 1/22/2014. IBM PowerLinux 7R2 configuration: Java EE server, 1 IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 2 chips, 4.2 GHz Power 7+, WebSphere Application Server V8.5; Database server: 1 IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 2 chips, 4.2 GHz Power 7+, IBM DB2 10.1 FP2. The IBM PowerLinux 7R2 configuration total hardware plus software list price is $588,970 based on public pricing from http://www.ibm.com as of 1/22/2014. Pricing does not include database storage hardware for IBM or Oracle.

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Oracle SPARC Systems

Revolutionizing Server Economics: Terabyte-Scale Computing Without the Premium

Large-scale servers offer significant advantages in the areas of application performance, simplified data center operations, and higher server utilization for large, complex workloads or for consolidating smaller servers. Historically, large-scale servers have had a higher cost per unit of performance, therefore limiting large servers to specialized workloads. Oracle has re-engineered server economics, enabling near-linear pricing from two-processor SPARC T5 servers to the terabyte-scale SPARC M6-32 server. Oracle customers can deploy any workload onto a larger scale server, obtaining better performance, better efficiency, and less complexity without a price premium over small servers. Video: Revolutionizing Server Economics Terabyte-Scale Computing Advantages “Scaling up” with large servers—generally SMP servers hosting eight or more processors—provides significant advantages over “scaling out” with many small servers. Higher system performance is available from larger pools of compute resources due to higher bandwidth system interconnects and lower latencies, versus conventional networking across clusters of small servers. Additionally, large-scale servers can be configured with terabytes of system memory, allowing entire databases and applications to be cached in-memory for unprecedented performance levels. Oracle’s SPARC M6-32 server offers up to 32 terabytes of system memory—twice the memory per processor of any other large-scale enterprise-class server—and more than a terabyte/sec of memory or I/O system bandwidth. The system provides terabyte-scale computing without the price premium found on large-scale servers from other vendors.   The New Wisdom of Near-Linear Pricing—What Does This Mean? For a few decades now, conventional wisdom has said that vendors charge a significant premium for larger multiprocessor servers, thereby delivering price/performance that is worse relative to smaller severs. These price premiums have limited big-scale servers to specific workloads for which large compute resources, memory footprint, high availability, or other large-scale server capabilities are required. This trend has led IT organizations to build larger-scale deployments with increasing quantities of smaller networked servers, resulting in challenges to achieve performance, increased complexity, higher costs for high-speed networks, and lower server utilization. Oracle has created new wisdom with the introduction of the SPARC T5 and M6 servers. Near-linear pricing means that the price/performance of the terabyte-scale SPARC M6-32 server is nearly the same as the price/performance of the SPARC T5-2 server. In fact, the price/performance for all SPARC T5 servers, which scale from two to eight processors, is nearly the same. Oracle customers can now deploy any workload onto larger-scale servers obtaining the advantages of terabyte-scale computing including higher performance, higher efficiency, higher system availability, and less complexity for nearly the same price/performance as smaller servers. This chart above illustrates how price/performance across Oracle’s SPARC T5 and SPARC-M6 servers is nearly constant. The lines show the price/performance for servers configured with the same amount of memory per processor, but different maximum processor (socket) counts, while the numbers indicate list prices. Other vendors charge high premiums for large servers—regardless of the processor (x86, POWER, Itanium, etc.) on which they are based. As shown in the example above, IBM’s POWER servers still follow conventional wisdom, with a high price premium for larger servers. The revolutionary price/performance introduced by Oracle is made possible by breakthrough engineering, such as the creation of a highly efficient processor interconnect design and the utilization of non-proprietary memory components.   The comparison table above shows that, for about the same price, a single SPARC M6-32 server offers a dramatically simpler deployment, while providing much better performance, than a network of smaller servers. The architecture using SPARC T5-2 servers needs to factor in the cost of expensive, complex, high-performance networking that is necessary to make a cluster of small servers perform like a single high-end system. However, even the most sophisticated conventional technologies available today for networking cannot match the speed and efficiency of the SPARC M6-32 internal system interconnect. A similar argument can be made when comparing an architecture with one SPARC T5-8 server with a cluster consisting of a few smaller servers. Oracle’s new large-scale servers—SPARC M6-32 and SPARC T5-8—are ideal consolidation platforms, delivering the scalability, high availability, virtualization, and system management capabilities to support hundreds of diverse workloads of varying sizes. Oracle customers can benefit from the significant advantages of Oracle’s large servers in terms of higher performance, system availability, and reduced management complexity when compared to many smaller networked systems. For more information, download the product brief on Revolutionizing Server Economics:
 Terabyte-Scale Computing with the Premium.

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Announcements

Oracle SuperCluster Optimizes IT Outsourcing Services for ATOS

ATOS, a leading international IT services outsourcing provider, has implemented Oracle SuperCluster as a complete, high-availability, multi-tenancy infrastructure, increasing performance, increasing profits, and providing higher services levels to customers. With Oracle SuperCluster support for multi-tenancy through virtualization, and Oracle Exadata Storage engineered and performance optimized, ATOS significantly increased batch processing with more than 10x more IOPS with Oracle Exadata Storage X3-2. The optimized Oracle SuperCluster engineered system includes Oracle Exadata, Oracle Solaris 11, ran batch jobs 1.5x faster as compared to the former IBM AIX platform, which was consolidated to Oracle SuperCluster. With Oracle SuperCluster ECC DRAM providing more memory per processor,  it is ideal for in-memory workloads and large vertically scaled multi-tenancy databases and applications including SAP. Business benefits are significant, with profit margins are projected to increase through a significant reduction of software license costs by 1.5x due to the higher performance and capacity of Oracle SuperCluster. Rapid provisioning increased ATOS service levels, and requires fewer resources to manage incident services.   As a single Oracle Engineered System, Oracle SuperCluster is intrinsically high-availability, tested and integrated by Oracle, and was rapidly deployed. About ATOS: ATOS SE (Societas Europaea) is an international outsourcing provider of IT services operating in 47 countries. The global customer base of the company benefits from an extensive portfolio that encompasses three areas: consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services.

ATOS, a leading international IT services outsourcing provider, has implemented Oracle SuperCluster as a complete, high-availability, multi-tenancy infrastructure, increasing performance, increasing...

Perspectives

The Unique Business Value of Oracle Engineered Systems: Why Oracle Engineered Systems Are Best

The trend toward adoption of pre-integrated data center "building blocks" combining applications, database and middleware software, data storage, compute, networking, virtualization and management is well underway within most global enterprises. This trend, and Oracle's leadership position, is evidenced by recent survey data and analysis published by numerous industry luminaries (such as Gartner and IDC). While not all such offerings from all vendors are equivalent, they all have common aims: cost reduction, improved efficiency, better ease of use and the agility to take advantage of marketplace opportunities and technology changes as quickly as they occur, for as long as they last. While other technology solution vendors are now racing to close the gap, Oracle's offering continues to outpace our competition, propelled by numerous commercial, marketplace and unique technical advantages. The basic integration of hardware, virtualization and management software into factory-assembled products has been happening for several years, largely driven by the desire to help the owners and operators of data centers to do more with less cost and risk.  This factory integration of "infrastructure" components is largely the evolution of an even earlier trend toward vendor-lead development of reference architectures (a la "cookbooks") which aimed to ease the post-sale deployment and integration of complex infrastructure systems comprised of tens or hundreds of discrete components, often from multiple separate vendors.  Oracle, by way of comparison, has taken a different approach that reached further up the technology stack to include, and optimize, the application software that lies at the heart of the enterprise.   For most enterprises, and certainly most of Oracle's customers, it is the applications (and their enabling middleware and database software) that matter most. Oracle has become one of the largest technology companies in the world on the strength of our extensive portfolio of software products, and our strategy with Oracle Engineered Systems has therefore been to develop infrastructure that is both easier for data center operators to deploy and operate and which delivers unique optimizations which enhance the performance, reliability, manageability, efficiency to the owners of the applications and software that are essential to the business and are driving the lions share of overall IT investment.  Simply put, Oracle's Engineered Systems are more than reference architectures or pre-integrated hardware infrastructure building blocks.  Oracle's Engineered Systems are each designed to support specific high-value, mission critical software workloads, from industry-specific applications and ERP to database, middleware, big data and analytics. Since their introduction, Oracle Engineered Systems products have proven to be extremely appealing to enterprises the world over.  This is not simply because Oracle has unsurpassed engineering talent and unique intellectual property and therefore delivers extremely technically advanced Engineered Systems products, although this is unquestionably true.  While we do have some of the best engineering talent in the world developing our Engineered Systems products, there are many reasons why Oracle Engineered Systems are superior to home-grown alternatives.  Oracle's unique position as the only vendor offering a complete portfolio of applications, database, middleware, storage, compute platforms, networking, virtualization, operating systems and management has given us a huge advantage over our competitors which we are augmenting at an already rapid and accelerating pace.   In general, however, within any given IT organization and enterprise, different stakeholders continue to have different concerns, reflecting their roles within the organization, backgrounds and the importance of any given application or technology within their industry.  It is not uncommon for concepts like Total Cost of Ownership to have limited relevance outside the executive suite, with management layers below focused entirely on their area of responsibility and not at all on benefits that lie outside.  That said, the benefits of Oracle’s Engineered Systems are not at all hard to characterize and are, at some level, common to all of the products in our Engineered systems portfolio:    Shorter implementation time  Many (most) of the components of the desired application platform are pre-assembled by Oracle and are rapidly manufactured, shipped and installed Oracle and our partners offer expert services tailored for our well known (global standard) Engineered Systems The target Oracle software has been pre-tested, documented and (in many cases) designed for deployment on/with that specific Engineered System Oracle support has special skills and tools to help find and correct stability and performance problems with our Engineered systems, especially when running Oracle workloads (reflected in our Platinum Services SLAs)   Better reliability and reduced downtime  Engineered systems are carefully designed for reliability and serviceability (such as the RAS features of our T and M-series servers,  our delivery of fully tested Engineered System patch bundles containing firmware, device drivers, OS patches, management agent patches, system software and middleware or database patches, and design for no-single-point-of-failure redundancy and built in disaster recovery)  Oracle support has special skills and tools to help find and correct stability and performance problems with our Engineered systems, especially when running Oracle workloads (reflected in our Platinum Services SLAs) Hundreds or thousands of Oracle customers are running the same systems under the same workloads, resulting in a higher degree of ‘testing’ than could ever be possible in a single Quality Assurance lab environment   Better performance and resource efficiency  Oracle designs Engineered System hardware based on intimate knowledge of the software workloads each system will support, and modifies the Oracle software to take fullest advantage of the Engineered system hardware it will run on Oracle tests the characteristics of the combined hardware and software (the Engineered Systems, often including Oracle applications) in our labs continuously and thereby identifies flawed components (and suppliers/product lines), system design limitations and ideal tuning and configuration to a degree that is utterly impractical in the field, under the time and budgetary constraints of any typical customer project   Lower software license and ongoing costs and higher software ROI Oracle’s tools and services span the entire Oracle stack, simplifying system-wide maintenance and administration Superior engineered system performance and efficiency results in the need for fewer software licenses and instances and higher productivity per licensed user   Better investment protection and business continuity Oracle’s software and hardware are engineered together, resulting in a much higher degree of out-of-the-box compatibility and usability than would otherwise be possible and guaranteed alignment between new feature development and the ability of the underlying platform to support them (Oracle’s Hybrid Columnar Compression, Smart Flash Cache, Exabus, in-memory application modules, in-memory database enhancements and Software-in-Silicon technology are all excellent examples) Oracle has world-wide reach and an unparalleled ability to manage its supply chain, assuring that the availability of key technologies and components of our systems is uninterrupted and intellectual property rights are safely and consistently managed Quantifying these benefits is often a challenge, of course, simply because the necessary information about current and projected costs and revenue opportunities tends to be distributed within the enterprise and (in many cases) carefully guarded.  While the precision with which we can predict the business value of any given Oracle Engineered system deployment versus some other lesser option is therefore limited, an increasing number of Oracle customers are making the decision to take steps now, in the right direction.

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Oracle SPARC Systems

Oracle Has a SPARC-powered Exadata Configuration Called SuperCluster

Oracle has been shipping an Oracle Exadata configuration that runs Oracle’s T and M-series (SPARC) microprocessors for more than 2 years. This database machine is called Oracle SuperCluster. Technically, SuperCluster has always included every single Exadata feature of note. This is because every SuperCluster configuration is built around the same Exadata Storage Servers and InfiniBand switches that are used in every other Exadata system configuration.   In the case of the SuperCluster configurations, however, we have added Oracle T and M-series microprocessors to the compute nodes (used for running Oracle Database and other software) and ZS3-ES storage (used for pre-11gR2 Oracle Database storage, virtual machine images and other data needed by the system). SuperCluster is a ‘hybrid’ system that integrates both x86 processors and Oracle’s T and M-series microprocessors in the interest of achieving the greatest flexibility, performance, efficiency and reliability possible. Both SuperCluster and Exadata X-series configurations are equally well suited to all of the major classes of Oracle Database use cases: OLTP, Data Warehouse, Database Consolidation and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). There are technical differences, however, which make SuperCluster the right first choice for some customers or projects. SuperCluster offers several important features that are not available today in other Exadata configurations:   Support for multi-tenancy through virtualization (which some customers prefer, rather than using the Plug-able Database (PDB) approach pioneered in Oracle Database 12c, for example) Oracle’s T and M-series microprocessors (which deliver world-record-breaking Oracle Database performance) Larger blocks of contiguous memory (ECC DRAM) and more memory per processor (ideal for in-memory workloads and large vertically scaled databases) Support for multiple database versions concurrently, including pre 11gR2 Oracle Database Direct integration with existing Storage Area Networks via the optional addition of Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (FC HBAs) Support for running application-tier workloads along with Oracle Database, to further improve overall application performance, reliability and consolidation density where desired More compute power per gigabyte of included Exadata Storage Server capacity (although Exadata Storage Expansion Racks may be added if desired) Exadata configurations, on the other hand, offer some capabilities that are essential in some cases:   They can run either Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems, whereas SuperCluster only supports Solaris They have more Exadata Storage Server capacity per processor than SuperCluster in their factory configurations They come in very small Quarter Rack or Eighth Rack configurations, while the smallest SuperCluster configuration is a Half Rack.   So which configuration should you choose? The guidance we offer customers about whether to choose an Exadata or SuperCluster configuration is fairly simple: both Exadata and SuperCluster configurations are equally optimized for Oracle Database and can, in fact, be deployed together to create a single system for customers that require maximum flexibility.  For customers currently running Oracle Database (or other databases) in mission-critical deployments on UNIX/RISC platforms (such as Power, SPARC or Itanium), SuperCluster would be the natural first candidate because of it's familiarity, technical similarity and feature set.  Conversely, customers running Oracle Database with Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) in commodity x86 server environments will likely find the Exadata X-series configurations to be the most natural first choice. In most cases, the decision about which configuration to deploy will be driven by technical needs, and the distinctions outlined above are sufficiently straightforward to interpret without appreciable risk or uncertainty.

Oracle has been shipping an Oracle Exadata configuration that runs Oracle’s T and M-series (SPARC) microprocessors for more than 2 years. This database machine is called Oracle SuperCluster. Technically...

Oracle SPARC Systems

How Office Depot Optimizes ERP by 20% with SPARC and Solaris

Office Depot simplifies IT architecture and reduces complexity with Oracle E-Business Suite applications, Oracle’s Sun SPARC platform, and the Oracle Solaris platform. Office Depot is one of the largest retailers of office supply products in the world with over 900 stores in the United States and another 400-500 in Europe and the Middle East. Their challenge was that they couldn’t scale their Oracle ERP applications on their current hardware platform, so they made the move from an x86 architecture to a SPARC and Solaris platform to get better scalability and reliability. This wasn't a decision to be taken lightly. Oracle ERP is Office Depot's largest application with the largest workload. The company supports over 40,000 employees on this platform alone. “We needed something that we could just put in and operate,” says Marshall Lew, Sr. Director of Computing Platforms at Office Depot. The Benefits What Office Depot saw was a 20% improvement in application performance on the SPARC and Solaris platform, with Oracle database running on top of it. “Oracle database runs on many platforms, but on Solaris it really leverages the horsepower, engineering and design of the SPARC architecture and how it handles memory and core processing.” --Marshall Lew, Sr. Director of Computing Platforms at Office Depot “Before, it was always a challenge to get all of the different components working together. With Solaris and with Oracle database on top of it, it made it a lot easier,” says Lew. “From paper to production, the SPARC and Solaris combination was a much more simplified architecture, with a lot less complexity.” To learn more about the success that Office Depot is having, watch this video: Do these issues resonate with you? Let us know in the comments below. <a platform.&img="//cdn.app.compendium.com/uploads/user/e7c690e8-6ff9-102a-ac6d-e4aebca50425/f4a5b21d-66fa-4885-92bf-c4e81c06d916/Image/b052bc7ed1e93c95b5eb315034089263/urazjvw2xscvkvzutdcd4hnnfaumrryxdphgsmsu2fe_w633_h354_no&pageInfo=%7B%22%Oracle" "&summary="Office" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sharethis.com/share?url=https://blogs.oracle.com/hardware/entry/how_office_depot_optimizes_erp&title=" href="http://www.sharethis.com/share?url=https://blogs.oracle.com/hardware/entry/how_office_depot_optimizes_erp&title=" title="Share this page" target="_blank">

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How HDFC Securities Gains 3x Throughput Performance, Executes Online Trades Up to 60% Faster, and Cuts Data Center Costs

Oracle SuperCluster has been sold in over 30 countries across a wide range of industries including Financial, Telecommunications, Government, Oil and Gas, Retail, and to Hosting Services Providers. Over half of these Oracle SuperCluster implementations replaced existing HP and IBM infrastructure. Many customers are also opting to implement Oracle SuperCluster as brand new architectures due to the simplicity of the Oracle engineered, integrated, and optimized system that includes SPARC T5 or M6 compute nodes, Exadata Storage Servers, and ZFS storage, all connected through a high-speed Infiniband interconnect. Oracle SuperCluster installation time is greatly reduced from weeks and months to as short as 25 days, which significantly reduces overall implementation costs and gets applications up and running faster, leading to quicker production-level deployment of applications. Hear what HDFC Securities said about Oracle SuperCluster (here): "Oracle SuperCluster was the obvious choice for our time-sensitive business, as it offers extreme performance, has no single point of failure, delivers single-vendor support, and provides the highest level of efficiency for our online trading platform where 100% up-time is essential. We saw a three-fold improvement in throughput performance, increased the speed of online trading by up to 60%, produced reports 67% faster, improved risk management, and cut data center costs." –Vivek Joshi, CTO, HDFC Securities Other Oracle SuperCluster customers include: What do you think Oracle SuperCluster can do for your business? Christine Kipp (christine.kipp@oracle.com) is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle. She has 20 years' experience with Solaris/UNIX working for Oracle and Sun Microsystems, managing high-end super computing and networking technology. She launched the highest performance Oracle SuperCluster Engineered System to market, and meets with customers to articulate technology and implementations of Oracle SPARC and Exadata, which are engineered and integrated for optimal performance on Oracle software.

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Announcements

Don't Miss the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 Launch WebCast on December 4!

Announcing oracle’s most powerful Engineered System for Oracle Database, database-as-a-Service and database and application consolidation On December 4, 2013, Oracle will host a customer webcast to acquaint customers with the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, Oracle’s most powerful engineered system for in-memory Oracle Database performance, Database-as-a-Service and application consolidation. Hosted by Oracle’s Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Oracle Exadata Development, Ganesh Ramamurthy, Vice President, Oracle SuperCluster Development, Michael Palmeter, Senior Director of Engineered Systems Product Management, this webcast will explain why the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 is ideally suited for Oracle Database consolidation and Database-as-a-Service, maximum-performance in-memory applications and consolidation of mission-critical business applications. Ultimate In-memory database performance, Platform-as-a-Service and consolidation The new Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 offers unprecedented in-memory database and application performance with the highest levels of availability, scalability, reliability of any Engineered System.  Combining Oracle’s Exadata Storage Server technology, SPARC microprocessors, silicon network, highly-secure virtualization, out-of-the-box platform and database-as-a-service-management, the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 is the best example of Oracle’s Engineered Systems vision thus far. Join us for this webcast and learn how Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 can help you: Increase performance by up to 10–20X over the performance of standard systems for new in-memory applications, legacy applications and Oracle Database utilizing: Up to 384 microprocessor cores and 32 terabytes of high-performance memory in the most powerful and flexible system design Oracle has ever developed Complete set of Exadata technology for optimal Oracle Database performance and efficiency Realize rich multi-tenancy with near-zero-overhead virtualization Implement Platform-as-a-Service and Database-as-a-Service management out-of-the-box Wed, December 4, 2013 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET 5 p.m. CET / 4 p.m. GMT Duration: 30 minutes including Q&A View local time here. Register Now

Announcing oracle’s most powerful Engineered System for Oracle Database, database-as-a-Service and database and application consolidation On December4, 2013, Oracle will host a customer webcast to...

Oracle x86 Systems

Oracle x86 Systems: The Best x86 Platforms for Oracle Solaris

With adoption in over 50,000 businesses and institutions, Oracle Solaris has clearly established itself as the world leader in UNIX-based operating systems. Oracle Solaris includes many unique and innovative technologies that are not commonly available in other operating systems, such as Oracle Solaris ZFS, Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), predictive fault detection, built-in virtualization, and advanced security. As a result of a broad strategic alliance between Oracle and Intel, Oracle Solaris has become widely deployed on Intel-based x86 systems from a variety of different hardware vendors. Intel has embraced Oracle Solaris as a mainstream UNIX operating system for enterprise-class, mission-critical systems based on Intel Xeon processors. While Intel Xeon processor-based systems from any hardware OEM can be certified to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle has engineered Oracle Solaris to provide additional benefits when running on Oracle x86 systems. A primary example of this is the Oracle Solaris Fault Management Architecture (FMA). Developed and enhanced over the past decade, Oracle Solaris FMA is composed of a set of diagnosis engines that process raw error events from the hardware and provide an automated and intelligent method for problem diagnosis. As a result of Oracle’s partnership with Intel, Oracle Solaris FMA was instrumented with diagnosis ability for DIMM and CPU correctible errors and fault detection for PCIe errors. Oracle Solaris also has the ability to offline individual processor strands, retire individual pages of memory and cease using problematic I/O devices. While Oracle Solaris FMA is a built-in feature of the operating system, its capabilities can vary dramatically based on the server on which it is running, as is shown in the figure below: Figure 1. Complete Oracle Solaris FMA capabilities are only available on Oracle x86 systems. When running on Oracle x86 servers, Oracle Solaris automatically detects the presence of Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (Oracle ILOM), the embedded service processor that is part of every server from Oracle, and establishes a high speed connection between the two which allows both Oracle Solaris FMA and Oracle ILOM to have total visibility into the health of the entire system. Oracle’s x86 systems are the only Intel-based systems in which the service processor and Oracle Solaris are tightly integrated. As a result, organizations running Oracle’s x86 servers have the flexibility to choose how they want to monitor their servers, which simplifies their management infrastructure. Oracle has also engineered Oracle Solaris FMA to provide special serviceability features when running on Oracle x86 systems. When a component fails in any of Oracle’s x86 servers, Oracle Solaris FMA will diagnose the problem and specify the failed component using the same nomenclature as the slot/component identification label silkscreened on the chassis. To further help in identifying and locating faulted components, when Oracle Solaris diagnoses a fault, a fault message is sent to Oracle ILOM, which in turn lights the appropriate fault indicators. Both of these allow for easier and faster service, enabling technicians to quickly restore services that were brought down by a fault. Oracle Auto Service Request (ASR) is a secure, scalable, customer-configurable software solution for Oracle hardware products that resolves problems faster by providing automatic service request generation and priority service request handling for specific faults. If a fault is detected, the ASR software automatically creates a service request with the My Oracle Support portal. By automatically including the component part number in the service request to Oracle, Oracle ASR makes ordering replacement parts very simple. While non-Oracle hardware vendors have their own technologies for communicating problems back to their respective support organizations, those technologies are not tightly integrated with Oracle Solaris. Having a set of software and firmware components that have all been engineered and tested together is the only way to ensure accurate diagnosis of problems. Oracle’s x86 systems are the best x86 platforms for Oracle software. Only Oracle provides customers with an optimized hardware and software stack that comes complete with choice of operating system, virtualization software and cloud management tools – all at no extra charge. Oracle’s optimized hardware and software stack has enabled a 10x performance gain in its engineered systems and has delivered world-record benchmark results. Oracle offers a wide range of Intel Xeon processor-based servers to suit the needs of enterprise class application that are required to conduct day-to-day operations:    Product Name  Features  Primary Application  Sun Blade X4-2B  Two-socket blade module based on Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family  Compute node for clustered computing and virtualization needs in a blade form factor  Sun Server X4-2 Two-socket 1RU server based on Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family Compute node for clulstered computing and virtualization needs  Sun Server X4-2L Two-socket 2RU server based on Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family Storage node for large internal storage capacity needs  Sun Server X2-4 Four-socket 3RU server based on Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 product family Consolidation node for efficient use of resources with high-performance and large memeory availability  Sun Server X2-8 Eight-socket 5RU server based on Intel Xeon processor E7-8800 product family  SMP node for scale-up computing Figure 2. Oracle x86 system portfolio Oracle Solaris runs better and smarter on Oracle x86 servers. By engineering Oracle Solaris to work with Oracle’s x86 hardware, Oracle has engineered unique features that bring value to organizations that are looking to run their mission-critical applications. The advanced fault management and serviceability features, as well as improvements to installation and system management, make Oracle x86 systems the best hardware choice for running Oracle Solaris. Pierre Lessard is a Principal Product Manager in Oracle’s Systems Group, focusing on x86 servers.  He spent the last fifteen years at Oracle in Operations and Engineering, working on both SPARC and x86-based systems.

With adoption in over 50,000 businesses and institutions, Oracle Solaris has clearly established itself as the world leader in UNIX-based operating systems. Oracle Solaris includes many unique and...

Oracle x86 Systems

Driving Database Innovation Down the Stack: Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 Hardware

Oracle has always been a database company, but more recently we are driving database innovation even further down the stack through the operating system all the way down to the hardware. Oracle x86 servers are the building blocks for Oracle’s engineered systems such as Exadata. These engineered systems run Oracle Database and Oracle Linux and are highly optimized to work together and provide unique features and benefits. For example, there is code in Oracle Linux and Oracle Database to make it run faster on Oracle x86, and there are firmware enhancements embedded in the server that make Oracle x86 the best x86 platform for running Oracle Database. Oracle made these enhancements as part of the work to build engineered systems, but you can still take advantage of many of these features outside of engineered systems, if you are running Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86. To understand how Oracle engineers its x86 servers to be the best for Oracle software, let’s first talk about Oracle’s overall design approach for building x86 systems. Oracle strives to make the most reliable, enterprise-grade servers because we know that this is what Oracle’s database customers want and expect. Oracle x86 servers are built using Intel Xeon Processor family CPUs and chipsets, Intel NICs, and Intel SSDs. Oracle and Intel have a shared vision of creating the highest-performance, lowest power, and most reliable servers. Oracle collaborates with Intel to drive performance and reliability improvements at the component level to provide improved RAS features. Oracle also adds hundreds of firmware extensions to the storage subsystem and BIOS to ensure optimal database robustness. In addition to the reliability built into each server, there is additional reliability that is engineered into Oracle Database when running on Oracle x86. This extra robustness comes from the process by which Oracle software is developed, tested, and deployed. Oracle runs its own product development IT infrastructures on Oracle x86. In other words, software engineers developing Oracle Database write and unit test their code on Oracle x86, and Oracle Database builds are tested on a farm of Oracle x86 servers. Running Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 is also a combination that Oracle uses to run its own cloud business, processing 3.2 billion business-critical database transactions per hour in Oracle’s Hosted cloud. Through all of this additional testing and internal use of Oracle Database on Oracle x86, we uncovered many corner-case bugs in our storage subsystem, in our BIOS, and in other subsystems. And we worked through and fixed all of these bugs prior to general release. What this means is that customers running Oracle Database on Oracle x86, whether as part of an engineered system or a stand-alone server, are going to see fewer problems, less downtime, and reduced operating expenses. Oracle and Intel not only collaborate closely to build servers but also to make sure that Oracle Database has maximum performance with Intel Xeon Processors. For example, Oracle and Intel worked together to accelerate encryption and decryption by three times by using AES-NI, improve the performance of checksum calculations in Oracle Database 12c by 40 percent, and add NUMA optimizations to improve locking by over 50 percent. With the new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors, Oracle will refresh its two-socket product line to take advantage of the improved performance, additional cores, and power savings. Oracle’s new Sun Server X4-2L server will support the fastest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Processor family CPUs while also supporting over 50 TB of internal storage in only 2 rack units. And using Oracle’s Sun Flash Accelerator PCIe cards, Oracle Database I/O service times can be made fifteen times faster. The net results from hundreds of firmware enhancements, hundreds more improvements to Oracle Linux, server components engineered for reliability and performance is a server that is designed for Oracle Database at all levels. And there are many more enhancements in the pipeline to further integrate hardware and software to provide a unified Red Stack. Josh Rosen is a Principal Product Manager for Oracle’s x86 servers, focusing on Oracle’s operating systems and software. He previously spent more than a decade as a developer and architect of system management software. Josh has worked on system management for many of Oracle's hardware products ranging from the earliest blade systems to the latest Oracle x86 servers.

Oracle has always been a database company, but more recently we are driving database innovation even further down the stack through the operating system all the way down to the hardware. Oracle x86...

Oracle x86 Systems

Intel and Oracle: 21 Years Of Partnering to Deliver Innovation

As this year is heading to a close, it will complete 21 years of partnership between Intel and Oracle. For over two decades, both firms have worked together to drive increased performance for Oracle Database on Intel’s CPU architecture. In addition, Oracle and Intel have worked together to deliver innovation and hardened reliability for Oracle Solaris. However, what may get overlooked is Oracle’s commitment to the x86 architecture and Intel’s family of processors, through the continued development of Oracle's x86 servers.  Fig-1: Oracle’s Solutions Built On The x86 Architecture & Intel’s CPUs As mentioned above, one such example of this long standing partnership comes in the form of the advanced fault management capabilities of Oracle Solaris on Oracle’s x86 hardware. This enhanced system monitoring comes as a result of years of cumulative engineering investments made across multiple product families and generations. Combined innovations in Oracle Solaris FMA (Fault Management Architecture) and hardware design have resulted in a synergistic progression of new features that benefit end users. Oracle understands that organizations want a holistic approach to fault management in which all aspects of server health are examined together. This approach prevents system administrators from having to mine and collate error conditions from lots of different sources, such as operating system logs, device-specific tools, and service processors. Oracle Solaris FMA was instrumented with diagnosis ability for correctible memory errors for DIMMs, correctable errors (CEs) for CPUs, and fault detection for PCIe errors. For CEs, the component can be off-lined by Oracle Solaris FMA if the CEs occur too frequently. Also, Oracle Solaris FMA captures error state for CPU uncorrectable errors and reports them upon the next server reboot. Oracle’s x86 systems, all of which use Intel Xeon processors, were used to develop the integration between Oracle Solaris FMA and Intel Xeon processors, as well as the testing to ensure maximum visibility into each system. Lastly, these benefits are only available on Oracle x86 systems, as third party solutions cannot offer this level of integration between the operating system, service processor, and core computing components such as the CPU and memory. Oracle’s ground-breaking Engineered Systems offer innovation through the integration of software and hardware to deliver unrivaled customer value. This disruptive design strategy, has created an entirely new market segment and system classification, and at the heart of these solutions are Oracle’s stand alone x86 servers. Oracle’s Intel Xeon based systems are the foundation for the majority of Oracle’s Engineered Systems including Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, and the newly introduced Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle’s x86 servers offer the industry’s leading reliability and performance through hardening in these apex solutions, however they are also the computing backbone for Oracle’s cloud services and daily operations.  Oracle conducts 3.2 billion business critical database transactions per hour, across 20,000 Oracle x86 servers, as well as servicing over five million users through Oracle On Demand. This level of reliability is the reason so many customers use Oracle’s Engineered Systems and stand alone x86 servers for their mission critical or revenue generating IT resources. Oracle’s hardware strategy will continue to be focused on enhancing the performance of Oracle software for greater business value to its customers. As Intel continues to refresh its enterprise class family of processors, customers can count on Oracle to follow the refresh schedule through deployment of Intel’s CPUs in Oracle’s stand alone servers, as well as its portfolio of x86 based Engineered Systems. On September 12, Oracle launched its three new systems based on the Intel E5-2600 v2 family of processors. The X4-2, X4-2L, and X4-2B are the newest two-socket systems from Oracle, and are designed for clustered databases, virtualized cloud applications and mission critical business services. Look for additional blogs to come, detailing how Oracle offers greater database performance when running on Oracle Linux and Oracle x86 systems, and a deeper dive into the additional features of Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 servers. If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld later this month, be sure to attend Intel and Oracle’s joint sessions covering these topics. Oracle Open World x86 Sessions: The Oracle x86 Advantage: An Overview of Oracle’s x86 Products and Value Proposition Westin San Francisco – Concordia Room, Monday, 9/23, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Driving Database Innovation: Oracle Database and Oracle Linux on Oracle x86 Hardware Westin San Francisco – Olympic Room, Monday, 9/23, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Edgar Haren is a Principal Product Director at Oracle for Oracle’s x86 systems and Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance. He previously spent several years in product development and marketing focused on High Performance Computing. Edgar has 8 provisional patents and 11 public disclosures focusing on server power solutions, mobile power, wireless audio, direct audio, USB switching, physical security, video projection and ergonomics.

As this year is heading to a close, it will complete 21 years of partnership between Intel and Oracle. For over two decades, both firms have worked together to drive increased performance for Oracle...

Events

Oracle OpenWorld Preview Guide: Servers and Engineered Systems

For the hardware fanatics out there, Oracle OpenWorld is just about here and we have all the details you need to get the most out of your time. The keynote will be given by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, on Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. to kick off the whole event. This will be held in Hall D at Moscone North. Don’t miss it! Here are some of the Systems highlights during the 5-day event: Over 70 Server, Engineered Systems and Oracle Solaris sessions plus many others covering database and systems management, virtuaization, security and more Meet with Oracle Server developers and product teams 50+ demos running on Oracle Servers and Engineered Systems Many of the System sessions will be held in the Westin San Francisco on Market Street. Some highlights of the upcoming sessions include: General Session: What's New with Oracle Engineered Systems—Moscone North Oracle Exadata--What’s New and Coming—Moscone South What’s Next for Oracle Engineered Systems: A Customer Panel Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap SPARC Systems Update and Roadmap There will also be sessions specifically for SPARC servers, Engineered Systems and Solaris. You can learn about Using Solaris Zones to Enhance Cloud Platforms, Breakthroughs in SPARC Processor Technology and In-Memory Computing and What’s New and What’s Coming in Oracle Exadata. After your sessions, you will be given the opportunity to meet with Oracle developers and product teams. Lunch, coffee, and recharging stations will be provided. Also, you will be given the chance to try things out in our hands-on lab sessions, including: Servers: Database Cloning, Oracle FLEXCUBE, In-Memory Features of M-Series, Consolidation with Oracle Database 12c, Oracle x86 System Advantages, Improving SAP Operations and Performance, Virtualization on SPARC, and many more Engineered Systems: SuperCluster T5, Exadata, In-Memory DB for Exalytics, Oracle Database Appliance, Fusion Middleware on Exalogic, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, and check out the Engineered Systems Showcase outside keynote Hall D Solaris: Optimizing Oracle Databases, Extreme Availability, Virtualization and Consolidation, Software Defined Networking Challenge yourself to soak up as much information as you can! Oracle OpenWorld is only one week long! Don’t forget about Customer Appreciation Night on Wednesday, September 25. It’s a chance to let loose, soak up a great view of San Francisco, and dance the night away with Maroon 5 and The Black Keys. It’s the best party in town! Follow this link for the full schedule of events: https://oracleus.activeevents.com/2013/connect/focusOnDoc.do?focusID=23325 Which Systems event are you looking forward to at Oracle OpenWorld?

For the hardware fanatics out there, Oracle OpenWorld is just about here and we have all the details you need to get the most out of your time. The keynote will be given by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison,...

Perspectives

“As The World 'Goes Software,' Oracle Has An Upside In Hardware” says ESG Analyst

Last month, Oracle invited industry analysts for an annual deep dive on what’s to come. One of these analysts – ESG’s senior analyst Mark Peters – recently posted an update of how he spent some of his time at the event. We totally recommend you visit his blog and check out the post, but here are a few highlights: Diverse Crowd Peters was struck by the fact that he wasn’t seeing a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. He later realized the reason for that was because Oracle doesn’t just have a hardware message – it also speaks to the software side of the equation.  “The opportunities for Oracle to make significant progress in terms of market share and revenue lie in markets that it does not yet dominate. It’s a crucial point for this growing systems house.” That’s a crucial point we’re well positioned for. Our complete stack of offerings provide world-record-breaking performance by fusing critical pieces of software and hardware in ways that deliver cost-performance unlike anything the tech industry has seen. Bullish on Storage Mark filmed a brief interview with Oracle’s Phil Bullinger, senior vice president of storage. Mark and Phil go into great details on the ZFS Storage business. Magnetic Personality Mark also interviewed Jim Cates, vice president of hardware development, regarding what’s coming for tape storage from Oracle – and more.

Last month, Oracle invited industry analysts for an annual deep dive on what’s to come. One of these analysts – ESG’s senior analyst Mark Peters – recently posted an update of how he spent some of his...

Events

Oracle Shines at NAB Show

I attended the 2013 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Las Vegas last week and, wow, I have to say I was a bit blown away.  Of course, it would be prudent to say that it was my first time attending NAB, so that probably had a lot to do with my overall impression. NAB is one of the largest trade shows that comes to Las Vegas each year and the pure size of the show is impressive.  The show is a who's who of technology suppliers to the media and entertainment (M&E) industry.  From the usual tech industry suspects including Oracle, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, EMC, Adobe, etc. to M&E specific suppliers such as Grass Valley, Front Porch Digital, Black Magic, AJA and Avid Technology, anyone who is anyone, or desires to be someone, in the M&E space was there with all their latest software, hardware and other gadgets and gee whiz gizmos.  Everything you need for digital content creation, post production work, workflow management, content distribution and content delivery systems.   The amazing thing for me to witness was the complete transformation of the industry to the digital age. The transformation from analog to digital probably began in earnest in the M&E industry about fifteen years ago and it is evident that the transformation is now nearly complete.  The fact that the above mentioned, traditional IT suppliers were well represented with large booths is a good indication of the progress of the M&E industry to an all digital workflow... from content creation to content delivery and finally to digital archiving. You could consider the NAB show as an annual barometer for how the traditional IT community is embracing the media and entertainment industry as a truly legitimate, high growth opportunity.  As far as vertical market opportunities go these days, you hear a lot about the healthcare, energy, retail and financial industries as the top opportunities, but from the perspective of the floor of the NAB show, you would have to put the M&E industry right at the top with those others.  As the M&E industry completes it's transition to digital, the infrastructure required to drive it becomes a multi-billion dollar opportunity for both software and the underlying hardware infrastructure which includes plenty of high powered servers, storage and networking.  That's why Oracle was at the show with an impressive booth full of M&E solutions including: Oracle Media Intellectual Property Management Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management Oracle Content Management Oracle StorageTek Tape Storage Oracle StorageTek LTFS Software Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Oracle Sun Servers Traffic in the Oracle booth was solid for the entire four days of the show with many industry leaders stopping by for in-booth demonstrations and meetings including HBO, Turner Broadcasting, Front Porch Digital and Harris to name just a few.  Many of these discussions revolved around requirements for moving digital media assets through the workflow process, as well as the integration of digital archiving throughout that workflow.  Many customers were interested in understanding how the new LTFS specification for digital tape has emerged as the  enabler for simplifying the integration a digital repository or archive into the DAM/MAM (digital asset management/media asset management) workflow. As a co-chair of the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) committee responsible for the LTFS specification, Oracle is uniquely qualified to guide M&E customers through that discussion.  And as it is doing with LTFS, Oracle will be there with the right technology and the right solutions to assist the media and entertainment industry as it continues it's digital media revolution.  So don't forget to look for us at the 2013 IBC show on September 13-17 in Amsterdam and next year's NAB show in Las Vegas on April 7-10, 2014.

I attended the 2013 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Las Vegas last week and, wow, I have to say I was a bit blown away.  Of course, it would be prudent to say that it was my first...

Oracle SPARC Systems

Unleash the Full Power of Oracle's new SPARC T5 and M5 Servers with Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

FDR wasn’t talking to storage architects when he famously said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” but with Oracle’s launch of powerful new SPARC servers, he could have been.  Just think, the SPARC T5-8 server packs up to 1,024 threads and 4TB of memory into 8U of rack space – a capability that up until a couple of years ago was reserved for the world’s fastest supercomputers. As a result, storage architects are concerned that their legacy NAS and SAN systems won’t be able to keep up with these new computational powerhouses. Is their fear justified?   The answer is an unequivocal “Yes, “but they can do something about it.   Over the years I’ve seen lots of companies stick with existing storage when they move to new, more powerful servers.  I understand the reasoning – they’re just running the same applications and databases, so they don’t need new storage.  But their users won’t use the applications in the same way  as before even if that was the plan.  For example, business intelligence apps will run faster, so end-users want to analyze larger problems or run more predictive models,  putting unforeseen pressure on the storage systems, which can easily lead to fear.    To assuage your fear, you need to ensure that your new SPARC T5 servers are complemented by equally powerful storage systems that can keep up with the I/O loads the servers generate and yet be agile enough to change when application requirements dictate. The good news is that Oracle has a storage solution that meets these needs.   Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance are specifically engineered to support the new SPARC servers with more compute threads to serve more concurrent I/O requests, more memory and Flash caches to efficiently serve massive numbers of VMs, and more memory bandwidth to move data through the system as it is needed.   And, it doesn’t stop there.    Many of the SPARC T5 servers that we ship will run Oracle Database, and Oracle’s efforts to engineer hardware and software together extend beyond the database and the server to include the three-way optimization of Oracle software, Oracle servers, and Oracle storage.     It only makes sense that Oracle would be able to engineer the best storage for Oracle Database and SPARC T5 systems.  There are many reasons why this is so, but three of the ones we highlight in our press release are:   1. Oracle Database benefits from high levels of parallelization in both SPARC T5 server and Sun ZFS Storage Appliances.    2. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances are the only NAS systems that support Oracle Solaris Cluster and work with SPARC T5 systems to deliver sub-second application failover for mission-critical applications that experience a server or software problem.    3. Sun ZFS Storage Appliances deliver multi-faceted I/O stack optimization for Oracle Database that that increase performance and simplify the creation and development of both production and test and development environments.    The bottom line is that you can update your compute infrastructure independently of your storage and risk the consequences, or you can incorporate Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and get the only storage specifically engineered to optimize SPARC T5 environments.   To find out more about the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and how it supports Oracle Database environments download the Transforming Business with Oracle Optimized Storage for Oracle Database 11g white paper and see how Oracle IT Relies on Sun ZFS Storage Appliance to power the Oracle Cloud.  

FDR wasn’t talking to storage architects when he famously said “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” but with Oracle’s launch of powerful new SPARC servers, he could have been.  Just think, the...

Oracle x86 Systems

Oracle x86 Systems – Putting the Infrastructure in IaaS (Part One of Three)

Recent IDC cloud research shows that worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services will reach $72.9 billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.6%. Specifically, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will have shown a 33% CAGR dating from 2011-2014. There are various forces driving this meaningful growth, and different sources all agree that the SMB-Cloud Market will likely grow to over $50B by 2014, with the Enterprise space reaching $20B. Small- and medium-sized businesses are migrating to the cloud to reduce the operating and capital expenditures associated with hardware and software, as well as costs associated with support and maintenance.  Enterprise customers are also taking advantage of the cloud, but in a different light. Enterprise customers are segmenting their IT into portions that generate revenue and portions that are considered standard IT, and capable of being moved to the cloud. The common theme is that companies want to simplify their IT and focus their internal resources on areas that allow them to meet the expectations of their internal and external customers, as well as keep pace with their competition. Oracle understands these needs and offers a complete ecosystem of solutions jointly designed with their x86 portfolio of systems to offer its customers meaningful innovation centered on delivering business value and the most efficient path to the cloud. Oracle’s IaaS solution includes their x86 standalone servers, the innovative Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, the choice of operating systems in Oracle Linux or Solaris, virtualization software with Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c for complete system management, and the newly introduced Oracle Virtual Networking, which combines hardware and software for tremendous reductions in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Figure-1. Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure   Oracle’s IaaS x86 Block has been implemented in conjunction with Oracle’s middleware and applications by several cloud solution providers, including dcVAST, an IT and Managed Services company serving customers ranging from middle market to Fortune 500 organizations. Prior to 2011, dcVAST has a mixed solution consisting of Oracle software, Red Hat Linux (RHEL), along with HP and Dell servers virtualized using VMware. However, they encountered several challenges including a lack of service flexibility, limited scalability, ineffective solution support, and rising costs associated with VMware and RHEL. This complexity led David Cintron, vice president of Managed Services at dcVAST, to migrate their IaaS services to Oracle’s enterprise cloud infrastructure architecture, which provides a single-vendor solution for the entire hardware and software stack, and is designed for rapid deployment. The solution dcVAST implemented to replace the complex and mixed vendor installation consisted of Oracle’s x86 blade systems, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle’s Fabric Network and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c for ubiquitous management.  Cintron points out, “The fact that Oracle VM and the Hypervisor are included means there is less cost to our customers. Also, our engineering staff finds the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, which includes a patch management tool, especially useful. Without it, we would have had to buy another product or cascade into operating system management around Red Hat. We need to run a supported Linux environment and be able to rely on security and patch fixes, and now this is part of the solution with Oracle hardware. This is a valuable added benefit for us and our ability to service our customers.” Six months after implementation, the Oracle solution is on track in delivering 50 percent TCO savings based on the low acquisition cost and ongoing operational efficiencies. Only with Oracle’s x86 systems with a support contract, do customers receive their choice of Oracle Linux or Solaris, Oracle VM, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at no additional cost, offering valuable savings for customers to reinvest in revenue generating activities. Don Swanson, CEO of dcVAST, explained, "The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure provides a customizable solution that can be tailored specifically for our clients running Oracle systems. It delivers smoother deployment and increased functionality of Oracle ATG Commerce and cloud services. If customers are running Oracle software and they are moving to the cloud, this is the solution they should be using because true to form, Oracle runs better on Oracle.” Now that you have been introduced to Oracle’s IaaS architecture for public or private clouds, look for part two and three of this topic, where I will cover deeper insights into the innovations found within each architectural element, and how they integrate to provide a differentiated solution, aimed at helping customers meet the ever growing demands on their cloud implementations. Edgar Haren is a Principal Product Director at Oracle for Oracle’s x86 systems and solutions. He previously spent several years in product development and marketing focused on High Performance Computing. Edgar has 19 provisional patents and public disclosures focusing on server power solutions, mobile power, wireless audio, direct audio, USB switching, physical security, video projection and ergonomics.

Recent IDC cloud research shows that worldwide revenue from public IT cloud services will reach $72.9 billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.6%. Specifically,...

Oracle Tape Storage

Oracle's StorageTek Tape Products In The Spotlight… Again!

I’ve lived and worked in the Colorado front range technology sector for over twenty years and I have always viewed StorageTek as an incubator of storage talent and the progenitor of much of the storage activity in the area.  I had always hoped to work there and in 2005 I was granted that opportunity.  I left in 2009, but now I am back!  And here is why…  Over its’ nearly 40 year history, Oracle’s StorageTek brand has been representative of highly reliable, high performance, enterprise ready storage solutions.  That is what end customers, channel partners, technology partners and the industry-at-large have come to expect from the StorageTek brand.  And today, it remains the same!  The industry continues to recognize and bestow awards on the StorageTek brand.    For example, in just the past couple of months, Oracle’s StorageTek brand has been recognized three times for excellence in the storage industry.  In December, the StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library won Best Business Storage Product at the V3 Technology Awards, and in January was named a finalist in Storage Magazine/Search Storage’s 2012 Products of the Year Awards.  In addition, Oracle’s StorageTek brand was recognized by Storage Visions as Visionary Media and Entertainment Storage Company for advances in storage for digital archiving and preservation.   And not only is the StorageTek brand winning industry recognition, but the brand continues to experience strong demand in the market.  Here are few excerpts from a recent press release: Oracle has shipped over 3 exabytes1 of media for its StorageTek T10000C tape drives, tripling the capacity shipped that was announced a year ago. Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C tape drive, the world’s highest capacity tape drive, continues to show strong adoption with its best quarterly sales to-date and double-digit revenue growth in Oracle’s Q2FY13. Oracle’s StorageTek Tape Analytics and the Oracle StorageTek SL-series of tape libraries (SL8500, SL3000, and the new SL150) are also experiencing very strong demand, delivering double-digit revenue growth in Q2FY13. And the product innovation for the StorageTek brand continues.  Oracle introduced three new products to the award winning StorageTek tape storage portfolio in the last nine months: Oracle’s StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library, Oracle’s StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager 6 and Oracle’s StorageTek LTO 6 Tape Drives.   Representing significant intellectual property, the StorageTek brand is highly coveted within Oracle and I, for one, am glad to be working with the brand.     Chris Ilg is Senior Principal Product Marketing Director with Oracle Storage Product Marketing. 1 Assumes typical tape compression of 2:1.

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Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand – Engineered Systems Hardware for a Monthly Fee. Possibly the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread.

It’s no mystery that Oracle offers the most comprehensive and flexible portfolio of cloud products and services in the industry. From public cloud to private cloud, our strategy is to empower and support customers to make the best decisions with products and services that address their needs throughout their journey to the cloud. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand (Oracle IaaS).   What is Oracle IaaS you say? It’s Oracle’s newest private cloud offering that enables organizations to deploy Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance,and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, in their own data centers, behind their firewall – all for a monthly fee. Yes, you heard that right. Now you can have Oracle Engineered Systems hardware deployed on-premise without upfront capital expenditures in a pure OpEx model in which Oracle still owns the hardware. With Oracle IaaS, instead of buying or leasing the hardware, you can now spread the cost over time by paying a simple monthly fee – there’s no financing or complex lease terms involved. What’s Capacity on Demand? Well for customers who want the power, security, and reliability of an on-premise engineered system, but don’t necessarily need all of that computing capacity all the time, each Oracle IaaS system includes additional CPU capacity that can be enabled at any time to handle peak workloads and disabled when no longer needed. Capacity on Demand helps keep infrastructure costs down because customers only pay for the additional CPU capacity during the months it’s used, while providing extra juice whenever workloads spike or business requirements change. Wait, there’s more. Oracle Infrastructure as a Service includes industry-leading services that maximize performance, reliability and security. With the monthly fee, customers also receive Oracle Premier Support for Systems, Oracle Platinum Services, and the new Oracle PlatinumPlus Services which provide quarterly proactive analysis and advisory services to ensure that customers’ systems are configured optimally – all at no extra cost. Don't just take my word for it. Learn more about Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand at http://oracle.com/goto/iaas. Also, join Mark Hurd and Juan Loaiza on January 22nd for the LIVE webcast Introducing Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.

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