Thursday Jun 28, 2012

An Oracle Exastack Recap

For those ISVs and OEMs who tuned into Oracle’s FY13 Partner Kickoff, thank you! It was with your participation and presence that helped make this year’s show another great success.

The OPN Communications team was lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Chris Baker, Oracle SVP of Worldwide ISV, OEM & Java, all the way from London, as he recapped the achievements that were seen over the past year with the Oracle Exastack Program. Be sure to watch his short video below:



Here are some highlights:
  • Over 1000 “Readies”- Those partners that support and are ready to use the latest version of our products
  • Over 100 partners that are ready to use Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • New Oracle Exalytics machine for analysis

In less than one year, more than 100 ISV applications have achieved an Oracle Exastack Ready status and more than 35 ISV applications have achieved Oracle Exastack Optimized status. These partners can be found by Oracle customers listed in the Oracle Solutions Catalog.

Demonstrating to customers that their solutions are tuned to deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability on Oracle Engineered Systems, Oracle partners are rapidly achieving Oracle Exastack Optimized certification. Read the press release here.

By simplifying your company’s architecture with the Oracle Exastack program, both ISV’s and OEMs are able to better concentrate on their application and deliver enhanced benefits to their customers.

Cheers!
The OPN Communications Team


Thursday May 10, 2012

M2M Architecture (Guest Post)

Machine to Machine – The Internet of Things – It’s about the Data

by Tim Hardy

There is now no question that we are beginning to use the technology that enables us to connect the ‘things’ that surround us, and to collect data from these ‘devices’ and use that data to improve the information that we have to make decisions. This might be a “pay-as-you-drive” insurance policy based on tracking speed, braking and cornering style, the time of day you tend to drive and the types of road you travel on. “Smart Meters” now provide real-time or near real-time sensors, power outage notification, and power quality monitoring as well as just meter reading. Shipping containers can not only be tracked but monitored for security through sophisticated blending of sensor feeds. Buildings –data centers for example – can provide data on not just temperature and humidity for environmental efficiency control, but also vibrations to support other uses such as disk failure prevention. All this information can be used to improve processes such as maintenance and supply chain operations. Growth of these devices is significant, and this means more software needs writing to run on them, more capability needs programming into them, and more data needs processing and analysing. One of the fastest growing areas of healthcare is remote patient monitoring, especially for chronic disease management. A remote sensor gathers source data (blood pressure, heart rate, blood levels, sleep patterns), and it is collected at the data center. The data is then analyzed and acted upon. In this scenario, reaction time is important, and ‘transactions’ cannot be lost.

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Monday Apr 09, 2012

Partners, Start your Engines

Hello speed racer - OPN here to inform you that in case you missed it, our ISV Focused PartnerCast took place last week in Oracle's Redwood Shores studio. Without a roadblock in site, Oracle's key drivers discussed topics like Optimized and Oracle's Cloud offerings; even OPN partner MSC took it to the next level by stopping by to share with us their first hand experience with the Oracle Exastack Optimized program.

By stepping into Oracle's "Motor Speedway", better known as the Exastack lab, MSC was able to fine tune, test and optimize their application on Oracle Exadata, as well as gain outstanding expertise on several technical areas such as optimizing multithreaded applications and database tuning. By optimizing their solution, MSC has "decreased their deployment time and saw a 30 percent performance improvement in database." Sounds like someone's gearing up for an "Oracle Indy 500."

By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized status, MSC is putting performance in the driver's seat, and their customers at the front of the race by delivering a solution that is tuned for performance, scalability and reliability. So go ahead and let the Oracle Exastack Optimized pit crew take you to the finish line. Learn how to go from 0-60 by watching MSC's segment of the ISV Focused PartnerCast below.

Ready...Set...Optimize!
The OPN Communications Team

Friday Jul 29, 2011

Who Doesn’t Want Extreme Performance?

Extreme Makeover.  Extreme Couponing.  Even Extreme Angler.  The list of ‘Extreme’ TV goes on and on but we think the really exciting Extreme offering is with the Oracle Exastack program.   Launched in June and announced during Oracle’s FY12 Partner Kickoff the Oracle Exastack program is a stack of software based on Oracle servers, storage, and networking – engineered and optimized to work together. In essence, it’s the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Together.  It’s the only platform you need for your on-premise or cloud-based solutions.   Listen in as Judson Althoff and Chris Baker discuss.

ISVs and partners can qualify and tune their applications with Oracle Exastack and become Oracle Exastack Ready and Oracle Exastack Optimized.  Oracle Exastack Ready means your applications have been tested and they support Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud component products including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server. 

And about that performance thing, Oracle Exastack Optimized means your application has been tuned on Oracle Exadata Database Machine or Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability.  Want numbers? Java runs up to 10x faster.  Cash management transactions have run 20x-30x faster. 

And Oracle partners can leverage their Oracle Exastack Ready applications to meet some requirements for OPN’s Platinum or Diamond level specializations. That’s not all.   New partner enablement resources, dedicated Oracle Exastack labs, Guided Learning Paths, and exclusive benefits for ISVs and partners are all part of the Oracle Exastack offering.  Unleash yourself and check it out.

In the spirit of things we are going to be extremely detailed and even offer up the latest webcast on the topic because we just can’t say enough about Oracle Exastack – learn more here.

Extremely excited about Oracle Exastack,

The OPN Communications Team