Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

DB2 v10.5 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM has released a fixpack for DB2 v10.5 which provides Solaris 11 support on SPARC-based servers.

D
B2 Cancun Release 10.5.0.4 (also known as v10.5 fixpack 4) is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM.

Thursday Oct 09, 2014

ECS electraSWITCH On Oracle SPARC T5: 5x Better Performance, Linear Scaling

ElectraCard Services, a MasterCard company, and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests of electraSWITCH iTX on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer transaction mixes for Switching, ATM Transactions and Authorization Transactions. The measured results on the SPARC T5-4 were 5X better than previous results on the SPARC T4-4 showed near-linear scaling.

electraSWITCH 10 iTX from ElectraCard Services is a powerful payment processing application software that acquires, authenticates and routes financial transactions from multiple channels such as ATM, POS terminals, mobiles, IVR and kiosks to account management hosts, utility companies, service providers and interchanges such as MasterCard, Visa or domestic networks.

Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design.

The following three real world workloads were run to measure how well these combinations of hardware and software could perform while supporting a very high OLTP load.

100,000 ATMs Supported, Linear Scaling

The ATM Transaction Processing workload involves the processing of financial transactions from ATMs. The mode involved a mix of 70% ONUS (card is used in same Bank’s ATM) and 30% NOT-ONUS (card is used in other Bank’s ATM). For both of these types, mix of 70% Cash Withdrawal & 30% Balance Inquiry Transactions were used. Transactions were pumped at 2 TPM for each ATM.

The tests showed 4x to 5x better performance on T5 compared to T4 both in terms of throughput (TPS) as well as the number of ATM’s supported. The tests also showed linear scaling from 1 to 3 sockets.

T5 Configuration & Results

T4 Configuration & Results

Note: T5 : 16 Cores Per Socket , T4 : 8 Cores Per socket


Over 20,000 Switching Transactions Per Second

A switching transaction comprises of receiving the transactions from a network such as VISA or MasterCard, which may
include transactions coming from e-commerce, POS, ATM etc. Transactions coming from the network are calibrated in
Transactions Per Second (TPS) sustained by the source switch and to be routed to the target switch. This mode comes in
effect when the switch is not having any information about the issuer of the transaction and hence there is no validation
performed by the SWITCH.

The tests showed that the workload scaled linearly from 2 to 6 sockets on T5. There is also about 2.3x better switching
performance in terms of TPS on T5 compared to T4.

T5 Configuration & Results

 T4 Configuration & Results

Issue Authorization

The issue authorization transaction is similar to the switching transaction where the transactions come from a network such as VISA or MasterCard, which may include transactions coming from e-commerce, POS, ATM etc. However here the switch possesses all the information about the issuer of the transaction and hence the SWITCH validates the transactions.

The tests showed 4x better performance on T5 compared to T4 both in terms of throughput (TPS)


T5 Configuration & Results

T4 Configuration & Results

Summary

These tests demonstrate that the combination of ECS electraSWITCH and the Oracle SPARC T-Series hardware prove to be a highly reliable configuration offering excellent performance with highly consistent scalability and broad flexibility for single-site or multi-site enterprise implementations for customers. In addition, the scalability of ECS electraSWITCH on the SPARC platform can make it easier for an organization to accommodate more users or higher loads, with additional servers or CPU cores.


Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

bash Vulnerabilities in Solaris - info for partners

A number of vulnerabilities affecting GNU Bash were publicly disclosed.  These include CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187, CVE-2014-6277 and CVE-2014-6278.  GNU Bash is a popular open source command line shell incorporated into Linux, Solaris, and other widely used operating systems. These vulnerabilities affect multiple Oracle products.

 As a result Oracle has published Security Alert CVE-2014-7169Solaris customers can also refer to the Third Party Vulnerability Resolution Blog for information about IDRs or updated SRUs to address these issues.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Solaris transition to LP64 model

Alan, one of our Solaris technical leads, has written-up a very comprehensive article on Solaris increased use of 64bit which should be of interest to anyone developing software for Solaris or looking at addressing the year 2038 wrap-around issue.

After providing some tips and advice on what a software developer should pay attention to in order to accompany Solaris in its transition to the LP64 model, Alan gives some practical examples that he himself followed when he delivered Xorg as LP64 binaries in Solaris, for both SPARC and x86

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

What happens when software moves into silicon?

On September 30, 2014 Oracle announced Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud which provides early access to revolutionary Software in Silicon technology that dramatically improves reliability and security, and accelerates application performance.

Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud provides developers a ready-to-run virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in a robust and secure cloud platform powered by the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in Oracle’s forthcoming SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris.

Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud is available today and was introduced at Oracle OpenWorld by John Fowler in his keynote speech today. It is also featured in DEMOgrounds booth SC-170 in Moscone South.

“Oracle’s Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor is the result of close co-engineering between our software and microprocessor teams and the benefits it will bring to customers are dramatic,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “With the Software in Silicon Cloud, developers can take advantage of this revolutionary technology, bulletproof their code, and develop and run databases and applications faster.”

One example of the great features of the SPARC M7 Software in Silicon technology is in-memory query acceleration of the Oracle Database. Read this blog to learn more.

What happens when software moves to silicon?

Find out by testing your applications on the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud which provides developers a secure environment to test and improve their software and exploit the unique advantages of Oracle’s Software in Silicon technology.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Oracle ISV Engineering @ Oracle OpenWorld 2014

If you are coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco September 28-October 2, please make sure to come see us at the following demo booth, sessions and hands-on-labs:

Exhibit Hall:

Demo pod SC-123 @ Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage demogrounds area, Moscone South, Center
Our worldwide team of engineers collaborate with our ISV partners to drive technology adoption and integration of Oracle Systems to create uniquely differentiated solutions that are compelling to Oracle customers. Visit us and learn about joint success stories, latest benchmarks and solutions as well as developer tools and resources.

Monday:

 1:15 pm: Turbocharge Your SAP Environment on Oracle SuperCluster [THT11481] 
                 Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 2:15 pm: What Happens When Software Moves to Silicon? [THT11235] 
                 Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 5:15 pm: Optimizing SAP Performance on Every Tier on Oracle SuperCluster [CON5925]
                Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

 5:15 pm: Hadoop 2 cluster with Oracle Solaris Zones,ZFS and Unififed Archives [THT11268]
                 Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 5:45 pm: Using Unified Archives to Deploy Oracle WebLogic Server Cluster on Oracle Solaris 11.2 [HOL9777]
                 Hotel Nikko - Mendocino I/II

 9:00 pm: Look Under the Hood of Java 8 Parallel Streams with an Oracle Solaris DTrace–Powered Tool [BOF1937]
                 Moscone North - 131

Tuesday:

11:15 am: What Happens When Software Moves to Silicon? [THT11235]
                  Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 1:15 pm: SAP Applications in Oracle Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zones [THT11273]
                  Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

                 Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

Wednesday:

11:45 am: Create Quality, Secure, High-Performing Applications on Oracle Solaris [HOL9805]
                   Hotel Nikko - Mendocino I/II

12:15 pm: Oracle Database 12c Data Protection and Multitenancy with Oracle Solaris 11 [THT11236]
                   Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 1:45 pm: When Big-Memory SAS Applications Meet Oracle’s Big-Memory Machines [THT11274]
                 Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage Theater, Moscone South, Center

 1;15 pm: Set Up a Hadoop 2 Cluster with Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, and Unified Archive [HOL2086]
                  Hotel Nikko - Mendocino I/II

 1:15 pm; Oracle Database 12c Data Protection and Multitenancy on Oracle Solaris 11 [HOL9762]  
                 Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom I

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Are you Ready? and Optimized?

Oracle Solaris Ready, Oracle SuperCluster Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized      

ISVs who support their applications on Oracle Solaris 11 are taking advantage of
the Oracle Solaris Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Ready programs which
are part of the Oracle Exastack Ready program from Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).  
Some are using the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab, a cloud based solution with both SPARC
and X86 VMs, to validate their applications on Oracle Solaris 11 and become Oracle Solaris Ready. 

Unleash ISV Application Performance with Engineered Systems

Qualified OPN members are provided access to Oracle performance experts and lab environments for testing and tuning their applications with Oracle SuperCluster through the

Customers can be confident when selecting Oracle SuperCluster Optimized applications knowing that they are supported, and have been tested and tuned with Oracle SuperCluster Systems to help deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability.

Partners who have recently achieved Oracle SuperCluster Optimized are:

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

JomaSoft releases VDCF 5.4 on Solaris 11.2

JomaSoft GmbH has just announced the release of their flagship VDCF product Release 5.4

New major functionality includes:

  • Support of Solaris 11.2
    Rapid Deployment using Unified Archives

  • VDCF Proxy
    Allows access to separated Networks

  • High Available LDoms with Solaris Cluster 4.2 Integration

  • Easy SWAP Management using Node SWAP ZPOOL datasets

  • ssh Key Support for Console/System Controller Access

  • Enhancements for mixed environments with Solaris 10 and 11:
    Separate your configuration and use the new display options


JomaSoft will also be presenting at the biggest Oracle Event in Europe.
3 Sessions at DOAG 2014 in Nuremberg 18-20 November 2014
http://www.doag.org/konferenz/kprogramm.php

Building and Deploying Nagios on Oracle Solaris 11

For everyone interested in running the popular open source system, network, and infrastructure monitoring application Nagios on Solaris, here is a great paper describing how to build and integrate it with Solaris 11 SMF and IPS frameworks: Building and Deploying Nagios on Oracle Solaris 11

 


Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker 11.2 now available

ISV Engineering is happy to announce the release of the latest version of our Solaris Preflight Checker tool supporting Solaris 11.2. which is now available for download.
The Solaris Preflight Checker enables a developer to determine the Oracle Solaris 11.2 readiness of an application by analyzing a working application on Oracle Solaris 10. A successful check with this tool will be a strong indicator that an application will run unmodified on the latest Oracle Solaris 11.

This release includes:
  • Updated symbol database which will help migration from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11.2
  • Kernel binary and source scanners that now detects, usage of "data structures" changed between Solaris 10 and Solaris 11.2
  • An application analyzer, which looks for usage of specific Solaris features and recommends better ways of implementing the same on Solaris 11.2   e.g. suitability of high performance libraries shipped with Solaris, crypto offload for Java & C based applications,  etc.
  • And bug fixes


Monday Aug 18, 2014

SPARC M7 Chip - 32 cores - Mind Blowing performance

Now that we've just announced our Next Generation Processor at the HotChips HC26 conference , my colleague Angelo Rajadurai has a great write-up on what was announced and what this could mean for our ISV partners, covering in particular the SPARC M7 new Software-in-Silicon features such as Application Data Integrity and the In-Memory Query Accelerator.

During the same presentation we also introduced the SPARC Accelerated Program to provide our partners and third party developers access to all the goodness of the M7's SPARC Application Acceleration features. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in knowing more about this program.


Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Evaluation Survey

The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta will be coming to a close in the next few weeks and now is the time to let your views known directly to the product team by completing this short survey: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Evaluation Survey

We look forward to your feedback


Friday Aug 01, 2014

Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zones on SAP


As the same time as Oracle Solaris 11.2 was released on July 31st, ISV Engineering is happy to report that Oracle Solaris 11.2 has been tested and is fully supported to run SAP applications.

Applications certified for Oracle Solaris 11 do not need to be re-certified when updating to Oracle Solaris 11.2 or later updates, thanks to the Oracle Solaris Binary Compatibility Guarantee

The new Kernel Zones feature of Solaris 11.2 however has been certified for SAP applications and is recognized as a supported virtualization configuration.

You can find the details in SAP Note 2047465 - SAP Software in an Oracle Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zone.
This support is integrated with the SAP monitoring tool saposcol, as shown in the screenshot below.
The type of virtualization will be shown with the latest SAP host agent (7.20 SP188).







Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Now Generally Available

Today Oracle Solaris 11.2, now with OpenStack Havana, Unified Archives, Kernel Zones, Immutable VMs, compliance reporting, Application driven SDN, and many more new features, is generally made available.

You can read all about it and download it today



Friday Jul 18, 2014

Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5: 10X faster, 10X lower cost

The value any ERP system can deliver depends on real-world performance, not just theoretical capabilities. Infor and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests using Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer-based transaction mixes, at the Oracle Solution Center in Linlithgow, UK. The measured results were 10X faster than previous records and showed near-linear scaling in both 2-tier and 3-tier deployments.

Infor LN is a uniquely powerful ERP solution for complex manufacturing, optimized for distributed global operations and equipped with the tools to improve operational performance in manufacturing plants, across the supply chain, and throughout the aftermarket service business. Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design.

Realistic OLTP test loads were generated using a wide range of transaction types to measure how well these combinations of hardware and software could perform while serving a large number of simultaneous users under different performance densities. These tests simulated larger user counts and transaction loads per core than most Infor LN customers require.

Two testing configurations, found in high-demand business environments, were used:

  • 2-tier: The Oracle 11g R2 Database software and the Infor LN software were both deployed on the same physical server.
  • 3-tier: The Oracle 11g R2 Database and the Infor LN software were deployed on separate physical servers. 

The Infor LN application servers were connected via 40 Gbps InfiniBand links to the Oracle Database server which was connected to one Pillar Axiom 600 high performance, highly efficient modular storage system. All tests were conducted running Infor LN in unicode mode. When unicode mode is configured other character sets than standard ASCII - referred to as single byte mode - are supported. Because unicode characters need more resources to compute they influence application performance.

The results on the SPARC T5 server was measured to be 10X faster per processor than the previously best record performance measured for Infor LN on the M8000 16-processor (SPARC64 VII+) server.  An Oracle M8000 16-processor server is approximately 10X more expensive than an Oracle SPARC T5-4 server. The combined price/performance benefits of running Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5 servers prove to be extremely advantageous for customers.

Near Linear Scaling

Multiple configurations were tested and all showed near linear scaling for Infor LN:

• SPARC T5-4 for 2-tier deployments 

• SPARC T4-4 for 2-tier deployments

• SPARC T4-4 for 3-tier deployments

2-tier Infor LN OLTP throughput comparison:


Infor LN Scaling: 



These tests demonstrate that the combination of Infor LN and the Oracle SPARC T-Series hardware prove to be a highly reliable configuration offering, excellent performance with highly consistent scalability and broad flexibility for single-site or multi-site enterprise implementations for customers. In addition, the scalability of Infor LN on the SPARC platform can make it easier for an organization to accommodate more users or higher loads with additional servers or CPU cores.

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh

The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14 release is now available for download

This update includes new features and enhancements based on current customer feedback during the Beta program.  We look forward to getting additional feedback!

Feature highlights in this update include: 

  • Additional support for C++11, including full support for Lambda expressions and initializer lists
  • Updated Performance Analyzer with a completely redesigned UI that automatically saves your configuration settings and allows you to save custom configurations, new Heap data view, new metrics to track IPC/CPI, and call-tree enhancements
  • Updated Code Analyzer with performance and memory usage improvements
  • OpenMP 4.0 implementation tuned for the latest Oracle systems 
  • And many more features, enhancements and fixes in response to user feedback

Learn More and explore resources including the What's New guide and the latest videos and articles. 


Monday Jun 09, 2014

DB2 v10.1 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM has just released a fixpack for DB2 v10.1 which provides Solaris 11 support. Per the IBM DB2 support statement for Solaris:

Support for Oracle Solaris 11.1 was added as of DB2 v10.1 fixpack 4, released May 23rd, 2014. The DB2 v10.1 Information Centre does not yet reflect this change. Plans for DB2 v10.5 will be announced at a later date.

DB2 on Solaris 11 is supported on SPARC only. At this time there are no announced plans to support Solaris 11 for x64 platforms, or versions of DB2 prior to v10.1.

This fixpack is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM.

Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Why ISVs Run Applications on Oracle SuperCluster

Michael Palmeter, Senior Director Product Development of Oracle Engineered Systems, discusses how ISVs can easily run up to 20x faster, gain 28:1 storage compression, and grow presence in the market all without any changes to their code in this short video.

One of the family of Oracle engineered systems products, Oracle SuperCluster provides maximum end-to-end database and application performance with minimal initial and ongoing support and maintenance effort, at the lowest total cost of ownership.

Java or enterprise applications running on Oracle Database 11gR2 or higher and Oracle Solaris 11 can run up to 20X faster than traditional platforms on Oracle SuperCluster without any changes to their code. 

Large number of customers are consolidating hundreds of their applications and databases on Oracle SuperCluster and are requiring their ISVs to support it.

ISVs can become Oracle SuperCluster Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized by joining the Oracle Exastack program


Oracle Joins OpenDaylight Project, Plans to Integrate OpenDaylight SDN Capabilities Into Oracle Solaris

Good news for our Telco ISV partners who want to leverage virtualization technologies such as SDN and NFV: We just announced that Solaris 11.2 will integrate OpenDaylight SDN, and that Oracle will join the OpenDaylight project as a Silver member.

The integration will allow customers to improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a wide range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

The OpenDaylight Project is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


Monday Jun 02, 2014

Oracle regains the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare

Oracle has regained the #1 UNIX Server Shipments spot! According to IDC, Oracle’s share was 33.6%, up from 32.7% in the year ago period, and 32.2% in C4Q13: 

IDC: WW Unix Unit Shipments, Share, Growth

2014Q1

Share

Oracle

8,355

33.6%

IBM

6,919

27.8%

HP

6,549

26.4%

Fujitsu

1,069

4.3%

Dell

519

2.1%

NEC

63

0.3%

Others

1,380

5.6%

Total Market

24,854

100.0%

While the UNIX server space is currently undergoing some contraction (on a pure numbers basis), this can be traced in part to an overall consolidation trend, due to the greatly-increased price-performance of our systems. Consider this: one SPARC T5-4 system has 1/16th the number of sockets and 1/192nd the number of cores of the previous high-end M9000-64 system -- all at 5X the price-performance.

SPARC. Solaris. Nuff' said.


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