Friday Jan 08, 2016

Informatica Analytics on Oracle SPARC: Up-to 9X Faster with In-Memory DB

Oracle and Informatica have a very close working relationship and one of the recent results of this collaboration is the joint project done by Informatica and our Oracle ISV Engineering team to test the performance of Informatica software with Oracle Database 12c In-memory on Oracle SPARC systems. 

Informatica previously optimized their PowerCenter and Data Quality applications on Oracle Engineered Systems, achieving up-to five times faster performance with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the SPARC-based Oracle SuperCluster (see announcement). They have been Oracle SuperCluster Optimized as well as Oracle Exadata and Exalytics Optimized since 2014. Now they have taken a step further by successfully testing PowerCenter with the Oracle Database 12c In-memory feature achieving extreme performance on SPARC.

A significant number of Informatica customers use Oracle as their main database platform. With the introduction of the Oracle Database 12c In-Memory Option, it is now possible to run real-time, ad-hoc, analytic queries on your business data as it exists right at this moment and receive results in sub-seconds. True real-time analytics! The Oracle SPARC big memory machines with up to 32 terabytes of memory are the perfect match, delivering extreme performance for in-memory databases and business analytics applications. 

Informatica PowerCenter and Oracle Database 12c were both installed on the same machine and Informatica leveraged the In-memory feature really well and was able to scale very well on the Oracle SPARC machine.

The following are some of the test results showing the Oracle Database 12c in-memory advantage on SPARC for Informatica:

  • TPC-H Q6 Performance: 9x in-memory over buffer cache for the workload tested
  • TPC-H Q10 Performance: 1.5x in-memory over buffer cache for the workload tested
  • Oracle Writer Throughput Performance: 2.5x performance improvement in Ram Disk to Ram Disk over Disk to Disk
  • PDO Performance:  Aggregator Tx Throughput: 1.5x in-memory over buffer cache for the workload tested

The tests were run with the following software/hardware stack: 

  • Informatica 9.6.1
  • Oracle SPARC, 8 PROCESSOR, 12 core , 2TB RAM, 4.3 TB Disk
  • Oracle Solaris 11.2
  • Oracle DB 12c
  • Network 10GBps
  • Setup: Domain and DB on same machine

Oracle SPARC servers and Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Database 12c In-memory prove to be a great platform for Informatica customers to run their analytic queries. 

For more details you can contact isvsupport_ww@oracle.com.


Thursday Dec 24, 2015

The Advantage of Running Temenos on Oracle Engineered Systems

Temenos, a market leader in banking applications, recently won the prestigious Oracle Excellence Award for Exastack ISV Partner of the Year for EMEA.

In the following video Simon Henman and Martin Bailey from Temenos discuss their banking applications and the main challenges their customers face.  They also discuss how Oracle Engineered Systems address these challenges and allow their customers to focus on their banking task itself and not on the infrastructure. That is why they recommend them to their customers and have become Oracle SuperCluster, Exadata and Exalogic Optimized.

In previous blogs we discussed how their main application T24 is SuperCluster Optimized as well as their WealthManager application.

Watch the Video.

Monday Dec 21, 2015

Scaling Intellect MH on Oracle SPARC to 25,000 TPS


Intellect Design Arena Ltd, a Polaris Group company, is a global leader in Financial Technology for Banking, Insurance and other Financial Services.

A joint performance and scalability testing exercise was conducted by Intellect Design and Oracle Engineering teams to study the performance and scalability of Intellect MH on Oracle SPARC systems. The activity was aimed at scaling up the application load in terms of Transactions Per Second (TPS) with a workload that consisted of a mix of 10 OLTP scenarios with audit logging enabled, as well as some related batch scenarios. 

Intellect FT Message Hub (MH) is a lightweight Java based integration platform that facilitates seamless and transparent integration of business applications. It reduces the complexity of integrating disparate applications by leveraging the principles of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).   

MH provides a function to exchange data online and in batch mode, and enables various interfaces, integration of customer access channels like PCs connected to the Internet and mobile phones, and connection with external financial intelligence institutions and settlement networks.

Message Hub serves as a pass-through station between business applications. It provides a common platform for the customer to do business transactions. The Listeners will be an entry point for front-end systems to perform straight through transaction processing. Transaction Rule Engine (TRE) communicates with the Communication Engine and the Message Engine for communication with the host and message formatting requirements respectively. These engines coordinate the operations based on configured rules. 

The following are the key features of Intellect FT Message Hub:

  • Routing
  • Message transformation
  • Message enhancement
  • Protocol transformation
  • Transaction workflow management
  • Synchronous/Asynchronous transaction
  • Pre/Post process transaction
  • Post dated/ scheduled transaction 
  • Fail-over
  • Support custom action 

MH supports all industry standard protocols including SOAP over HTTP, SOAP over JMS, RESTful, TCP/IP, MQ, JMS, HTTP/s, EJB, File, FTP, SFTP, SMTP, IMAP, POP3. The product also supports a wide range of messaging standards such as SWIFT, ISO 8583, XML, SOAP, JSON, Fixed Length, NVP, Delimited, EBCDIC, POJO, MAP.

The diagram below shows the technical architecture of Intellect FT Message Hub.


Test Details 

OLTP Tests:

The most common MH transactions were covered in the tests. Different transactions were tested with different listeners and communication engines. A mix of the following 10 OLTP Scenarios was tested:

Audit logging:

Audit records  that contain the request and message details are inserted into  the MH database, once at the point of receipt of the message in MH and a second time after the message has just been processed but before the transmission of the message to the external system using communication engines.

Batch Tests:

In batch processing, records are picked up by Intellect MH from a preconfigured location. The files are processed and records are submitted to external systems (stubs) using JMS communication engines.  Multiple files are processed by the managed servers in parallel. The following batch processes were tested:

Hardware Details:

The application was deployed on Oracle SPARC T5 systems, FS1 Flash storage and ZS3 storage. 

Software Details:

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 
  • Oracle Database 12c RAC 
  • Oracle Weblogic 12c Cluster 
  • Oracle HTTP Server 12c 
  • Oracle JDK 8 
  • Apache JMeter  
  • IBM MQ 
  • Polaris FT Message Hub 15.1 


Test Results:

The systems near linearly scaled up to 25,000 TPS, with an average response time of 323 ms and about 52K concurrent users.  For the batch tests around 10 million records (1000 Files, each containing 10000 records) were processed in 21 minutes. 

These results are 6x better than results seen currently on typical large customer deployments.

More Information: 

For more information, details and system sizing help you can contact the team via isvsupport_ww@oracle.com.



Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Quartet FS In-Memory Analytics Java Advantage on Oracle SPARC

In a previous blog we had talked about the benefits of scaling up ActivePivot on large memory SPARC machines. ActivePivot, is the in-memory analytics suite from QuartetFS, which is implemented by customers such as HSBC and Société Générale.

ActivePivot is an in-memory analytic database written in pure Java that is frequently deployed in a terabyte of memory. Earlier this year, Quartet FS partnered with Oracle to deploy a large credit risk use case in 16 TB of memory and the 384 cores of an M6-32 SPARC server from Oracle. Antoine Chambille, the global head of research and development at Quartet FS presented "Operating a 16-Terabyte JVM...and Living to Tell the Tale" at JavaOne 2015 twice. These sessions were very popular and standing room only! You can download the presentation here.

During JavaOne 2015 we also had a chance to sit down with Antoine and discuss how they work with Oracle to push the limits of Java and take advantage of Oracle Big Memory machines to deliver interactive calculations for a new generation of credit and market risk applications. The new proposals of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) run by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) increase the need for such applications and scenarios.Watch the video for more details.


Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

IBM GSKit Supports SPARC M7 Hardware Encryption

Oracle and IBM have a very close working relationship running IBM software on Oracle hardware. One of the recent results of this collaboration is the announcement by IBM that its GSKit v8 now supports SPARC M7 hardware encryption (as well as SPARC T4 and T5 processors). This, in turn, means that several IBM software products can now make use of on-chip SPARC hardware encryption today, automatically, without significant performance impact

What Is GSKit?

The IBM Global Security Kit (aka GSKit) is not a product offering in itself, but instead a security framework used by many IBM software products for its cryptographic and SSL/TLS capabilities. Example IBM products making use of GSKit today include DB2, Informix, IBM HTTP Server and WebSphere MQ. This latest version of GSKit ( aka "IBM Crypto for C" ), version 8, was validated as a FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module within the past earlier this year.

Obtaining The Proper Version of GSKit

GSKit is bundled with each product that makes use of it; over time, new product releases will incorporate GSKit v8 by default. Until then, the latest GSKit v8 for SPARC/Solaris is available on IBM Fix Central, for download and upgrade into existing products. Installation instructions can be found here.

The support described above is available in GSKit v8.0.50.52 and later. As of this writing, the latest GSKit v8.0.50.55 is available for download from Fix Central.

IBM Products that currently make use of GSKit v8 on Solaris (and therefore could take advantage of SPARC on-chip data encryption automatically) include (but are not limited to):

Determining Current GSKit Version

  • $ /opt/ibm/gsk8/bin/gsk8ver # 32-bit version
  • $ /opt/ibm/gsk8_64/bin/gsk8ver_64 # 64-bit version

What This Means

In many cases (such as SSL/TLS over-the-wire communication), products using the proper version of GSKit on Solaris/SPARC will automatically take advantage of hardware encryption. Situations with larger client-server packets will benefit more than those with small packet sizes.  

This will allow these products to make use of the increased security that encryption offers with extremely low performance overhead (something that is not possible with software-only crypto or hardware crypto on other platforms).

Because each of these IBM products has specific use cases, we'll cover more details for each in future blogs.

Monday Dec 07, 2015

End-to-End Security: Solaris 11, SPARC M7 and the ISV Ecosystem

You'll be seeing quite a bit on this blog about increasing security of your applications in the coming weeks and months. Before that, however, before we dive into the specs and numbers, the wonders of CPU features, the software technologies that protect -- it is worth setting some overall context.  

Security is more than just data encryption. Indeed, security is more than any single feature, technology or product. Security, as much as anything in the IT world, must be addressed, planned-for and administered both in the whole, as well as the details. Security must be considered from beginning to end or -- as we engineers like to say -- "end-to-end". Holistically. The Big Picture. Soup to Nuts. You get the idea.

Because, in truth, while any single component of a system can provide state-of-the-art security for its little realm, the entire system is only as secure as each and every component. Your on-disk encryption can be unbreakable, but if your system uses weak passwords on internet-facing portals, your company could be the next featured New York Times data breach story.

Within the Oracle Systems Group, we get that. We understand that it takes more than algorithms and firewalls. That's why we'll be talking about Best Practices. About Security Compliance. About Industry and Governmental Security Standards. About hardware encryption. About all the roles in the development, deployment and use of a system. About the pieces of a system which, in total, is 'end-to-end secure'.

With the recent announcement of SPARC M7, Oracle now has the most compelling End-to-End Security platform for the Data Center. These new SPARC-based servers, with on-chip Security in Silicon, and running the Solaris 11 Operating System provide the following enhancements:

  • Silicon Secured Memory: For the first time, Silicon Secured Memory adds real-time checking of access to data in memory to help protect against malicious intrusion and flawed program code in production for greater security and reliability. This protection is available to third-party software developers via application programming interfaces.

  • Hardware-Assisted Encryption: Built into all 32 cores, this feature enables data encryption without performance penalty. This gives customers the ability to have secure runtime and data for all applications even when combined with wide key usage of AES, DES, SHA, and more. Existing applications that use encryption will be automatically accelerated by this new capability including Oracle, third party, and custom applications.

  • Built-in Solaris Compliance Tools: Oracle Solaris 11 lowers the cost and effort of compliance management by designing security features to easily meet worldwide compliance obligations; documenting and mapping technical security controls for common requirements like PCI-DSS to Oracle Solaris technologies with a simple-to-use tool that provides not only reporting but also simple instructions on how to mitigate any compliance test failures; and providing compliance report templates. The compliance system is standards based (XML) and built on the SCAP ecosystem (XCCDF, OVAL, and SCE), which easily integrates with enterprise wide compliance management programs. 

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

Increasing Data Security with SPARC M7 'Always On' Cryptography

Oracle's new SPARC M7-based servers (released in late October) have numerous compelling hardware features, including the all new Software in Silicon feature set. What many still don't realize is that one of these features -- Hardware Assisted Cryptography -- has existed on SPARC CPUs for several generations. SPARC M7 provides the most powerful on-chip hardware encryption capabilities to date, and what many don't know is that it's Always On and it's available at No Extra Cost. It's also supported by a plethora of Oracle and third-party software offerings Right Now.

SPARC M7 provides 32 cryptographic engines per processor, delivering wide-key encryption of both 'data at rest' and 'data in-motion' with near zero performance impact. Most of today's most secure bulks encryption ciphers, message digests and public-key encryption algorithms are supported. Nothing to enable, no code to change.

SPARC M7 on-board encryption functionality (similar to that of previous-generation SPARC T5):

Accelerator Driver: Userland (no drivers required)
Public-Key Encryption: RSA, DSA, DH, ECC
Bulk Encryption: AES, DES, 3DES, R4, Camelia
Message Digest: CRC32c, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512
APIs: PKCS#11 Standard, UCrypto APIs, Java Cryptography Extensions, OpenSSL

What about software support? Oracle 12c already takes advantage of M7 HW Crypto via its Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), out of the box. WebLogic? The same - it works out of the box. This is true for both native (C/C++-based) and Java Oracle "Red Stack" applications, all of which make seamless use of the underlying hardware encryption mechanisms. 

Okay, you say, we'd expect Oracle's Database and Middleware to support Oracle hardware features -- what about the rest of us? Well, as it turns out, much of the framework software in Solaris 11 is hardwired to take advantage on SPARC HW Crypto when it's detected. Third-party software that makes use of these will usually "get HW Crypto for free". This list includes:

  • openssl (5)
  • ssh (1)
  • Solaris VM for SPARC (aka LDoms)
  • Java runtime - configured via standard JCE/JSSE security mechanisms
The Systems ISV Engineering team is currently working with a number of Solaris ISVs to insure support and optimal usage of SPARC Hardware Crypto functionality. Look for future blog posts here (and technical articles on OTN) where we will cover this topic with ISVs such as IBM and Sybase.

"The future data center is completely encrypted, and this is the first processor that enables that."

— John Fowler, Oracle Executive Vice President for Systems

You can test your applications on SPARC M7-based systems today, to explore and leverage their breakthrough technologies using the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud for developers and partners. Available now to all OPN members, enterprise developers with MOS accounts and university researchers (members of Oracle Academy), the Software in Silicon Cloud is a robust and secure cloud platform with ready-to-run virtual machine environments and offers easy access to Oracle SPARC M7 systems running Oracle Solaris 11.3. Try it today!

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Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

New Record for Infosys Finacle on Oracle SuperCluster M7

Today Infosys Finacle announced that its Finacle Core Banking Solution running on an Oracle SuperCluster M7 has set a new record for the number of banking transactions processed. In the test, which was observed and reviewed by the global advisory firm Ernst & Young, the solution supported more than 2.0 billion bank accounts with near linear scalability. The tests were conducted across a mix of delivery channel transactions that could originate from branches, ATMs, online and mobile channels. The test was simulated on the Finacle database of more than 65 terabytes having more than 210,026 branches.

Finacle processed 279 million business transactions per hour (i.e. 446.76 million effective transactions per hour) which is equivalent to more than 77,000 business transactions per second (i.e. more than 124,000 effective transactions per second), to manage workloads comprising customer touch points across delivery channels and third-party systems.

What was tested:

  • Finacle Core Banking version 11.1.2
  • Oracle SuperCluster M7
  • Oracle SPARC T7 and M7-16 servers
  • Oracle Database 12c 
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c
  • Oracle Solaris 11.3
  • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4
  • Oracle All Flash FS Storage Systems

PCI DSS security compliance on Oracle Solaris 11.3 was completed as well.

Read the press release here

Monday Oct 26, 2015

New SAP-SD 2-Tier 1-node Benchmark Record on SPARC T7-2

Today Oracle announced an all-new family of SPARC systems with new dramatic advancements in memory protection, encryption acceleration, and in-memory database processing.

A new record result of 30,800 SAP-SD users for the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application benchmark has been published for one of the small servers in this family, the SPARC T7-2 server with 2 processors / 64 cores / 512 threads, SPARC M7 4.133 GHz, 16 KB (D) and 16 KB (I) L1 cache per core, 256 KB (D) L2 cache per 2 cores and 256KB (I) per 4 cores, 64 MB L3 cache per processor, and 1024 GB main memory. 

Comparing this result to other SAP SD results* shows the new SPARC M7 to be:

  • SPARC M7 1.9x faster per chip than x86 E5 v3 (Haswell)
  • 2-chip SPARC M7 nearly same performance as 4-chip x68 E7 v3
  • SPARC M7 2.9x faster per chip than IBM Power8 (6c)

The SAP SD benchmark results can be found here.    

* Results as of Oct. 26, 2015. Source: SAP, www.sap.com/benchmark.  The following two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) application benchmarks have been certified with SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0: SPARC T7-2, 2 processors / 64 cores / 512 threads, SPARC M7 4.133 GHz, 30,800 SD users, 168,600 SAPS, Solaris 11, Oracle 12c, 1 TB main memory. Certification Number: 2015050. Dell PowerEdge R730, 2 Processors / 36 Cores / 72 Threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3, 2.3 GHz, 16500 SD Users, 90120 SAPS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, SAP ASE 16, 262 GByte main memory. Certification Number: 2014033. IBM Power System S824, 4 Processors / 24 Cores / 192 Threads, POWER8, 3.52 GHz, 21212 SD Users, 115870 SAPS, AIX 7.1, DB2 10.5, 524 Gbyte main memory. Certification Number: 2014045


ISV Partners See Amazing Results on SPARC M7-Based Systems

Today Oracle announced an all-new family of SPARC systems built on the revolutionary 32-core, 256-thread SPARC M7 microprocessor. The systems feature Security in Silicon for advanced intrusion protection and encryption; SQL in Silicon that delivers unparalleled database efficiency; and world record performance spanning enterprise, big data, and cloud applications. These new systems, include the Oracle SuperCluster M7 engineered system and SPARC T7 and M7 servers. Read the full press release.

Some of our ISV partners have been testing these new systems through the early access program and have been seeing amazing results: 

Siemens PLM: Hear how Siemens looks to Oracle for innovation and integration across the stack, highlighting the SPARC M7 servers with Software in Silicon technology for unprecedented performance and unique security capabilities in this video.

“As a leading global provider of product lifecycle management software and services, Siemens PLM Software, helps thousands of companies realize innovation by optimizing their processes. We continually leverage our strong relationship with Oracle to ensure that our Teamcenter software is tuned to run on Oracle platforms. Teamcenter tests of the new Oracle SPARC M7 servers showed dramatic performance improvements, surpassing any improvements seen with a single generation upgrade of SPARC servers. Software-in-Silicon features of the SPARC M7 processor such as the Silicon Secured Memory and SQL in Silicon offer unique capabilities for performance tuning,” said Chris Brosz, vice president of Technical Operations, Siemens PLM Software. 

BPC: “BPC Banking Technologies’ long-term relationship with Oracle aims to find the best technology solutions for our clients. We successfully tested SmartVista on Oracle’s SPARC M7 server running Oracle Solaris, and measured the impact of the Oracle Database In-Memory option along with the SPARC M7 processor’s new SQL in Silicon feature,” said Evgeny Kozhin, senior solutions architect, BPC Banking Technologies. “We were excited to see dramatic performance increases for both our online and batch processing tests. SmartVista is highly tuned and traditionally we only see incremental performance gains with new processor generations. No modifications to SmartVista were needed to get these extraordinary results.”

Capitek: “Capitek AAA is a carrier-grade access authentication management application for the wireless communication networks across China. In our tests processing log files for each AAA server, Oracle's SPARC M7 systems with Silicon Secured Memory and Oracle Solaris Studio development tools proved to be the only effective method of protection against dangerous programming vulnerabilities,” said Jerry Chen, senior manager, Telecom Software Product Department. “It enabled Capitek AAA to be more secure and highly available with very little impact on overall system performance. Other software based memory checking tools proved to be unusable due to their large overhead.”

JomaSoft: “JomaSoft recently completed performance tests on Oracle’s SPARC T7 system running Virtual Datacenter Control Framework (VDCF), our management solution for creating, migrating, patching and monitoring Oracle Solaris environments. Our results showed VDCF to be 1.5x faster core-to-core on SPARC T7 compared to SPARC T5. JomaSoft views Oracle’s powerful SPARC M7 and T7 systems as ideal platforms for customer consolidation and virtualization projects, with technology and value that no other vendor can offer,” said Marcel Hofstetter, CEO at JomaSoft.

MSC Software: “MSC Software, a worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation technology, recently tested our SimManager simulation data and process management system on Oracle’s SPARC M7 system with Oracle Database 12c. Our testing found SPARC M7 to be extremely scalable and able to deliver better core-to-core throughput than an Intel Xeon X5 v3 server running a SimManager workload. Oracle Solaris 11 virtualization also consolidates multiple instances of the MSC SimManager server, providing a simplified method of managing and processing hundreds of thousands of simulations for product design onto a single platform,” said Leo Kilfoy, general manager, Engineering Lifecycle Management Business Unit, MSC Software Corporation.

SAS: "Oracle's Software in Silicon technology delivers significant value to both SAS customers and internal development teams. The scalability, performance and extensive memory bandwidth of the Oracle SPARC M7 is well-matched with the highly threaded and memory intensive algorithms of our high performance Business Analytics software – which means customers running SAS on Oracle will see faster analysis of their data so they can make better business decisions,” said Craig Rubendall, vice president, Research & Development, SAS. “In addition, SAS uses a variety of tools to ensure the quality of code that is delivered to our customers. The SPARC M7’s Silicon Secured Memory feature along with the Oracle Solaris Studio Code Analyzer detected difficult to find run-time errors far more quickly than other products we use for this purpose, resulting in faster fixes to common code across all platforms.”

Software AG: “Software AG’s Adabas Database Management System Platform is optimized for large-scale transaction processing and provides high-performance and reliable data processing for enterprise business transactions. We have been collaborating closely with Oracle engineering and we recently tested Adabas version 6.4 SP 1 on Oracle’s SPARC M7 system through their early access program and achieved an amazing 2.8X performance increase over Oracle’s SPARC T5 system,” said Angelika Siffring, VP, Product Management, Software AG. “Software AG’s relationship with Oracle helps us provide the fastest and most secure software solutions to our mutual customers.”

Software in Silicon Cloud 

You can test your applications on these new systems to leverage their breakthrough technologies using the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud for developers and partners. Available now to all OPN members, enterprise developers with MOS accounts and university researchers (members of Oracle Academy), the Software in Silicon Cloud is a robust and secure cloud platform with ready-to-run virtual machine environments and offers easy access to Oracle SPARC M7 systems running Oracle Solaris 11.3. Try it today!

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Informatica New V10 release on Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster

This week Informatica announced Informatica v10, the latest version of its award-winning data management platform. Informatica v10 is purpose-built to deliver great data at nearly any speed across today’s hybrid IT environments, both cloud and on-premise. The solution is designed to deliver performance, flexibility, usability, governance and productivity across its three core components – Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica Data Quality and Informatica Data Integration Hub. 

Informatica has been identified as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration for 10 consecutive years due to the capabilities and market strength of Informatica PowerCenter. PowerCenter now provides up to 5x faster data ingestion for Oracle Exadata, Oracle SuperClusterPowerCenter is certified as optimized for both Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster.

For more details see the press release.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Asseco def3000/CB Core Banking Systems Optimized on Oracle SuperCluster


 “Our biggest clients need highly performant and scalable systems to grow their business and consolidate data from other banks in the future.  With Oracle SuperCluster we can offer a platform that meets these requirements and offers our. Oracle Systems are now a preferred platform customers lower TCO for Asseco's def3000/CB solution.”- Robert Płociński, Technical Director, Commercial Banks Dept, Asseco

Asseco Poland is the largest IT company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It has developed technologically advanced software solutions for companies and institutions of all key sectors of the economy for more than 20 years. Today, Asseco is the number one IT powerhouse in Central Europe and the sixth largest software vendor in Europe.

Their def3000/CB (Core Banking) system constitutes the central point of their product offerings for a modern financial institution. It is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive tool, which allows to pursue an effective, efficient and competitive policy of the Bank.

Recently Asseco tested and tuned def3000/CG on Oracle SuperCluster and achieved Oracle Exastack SuperCluster Optimized Status.

Here's what they tested:

  • def3000/CB 10.05.000N
  • Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 Half Rack using Solaris Zones and 4 Exadata X5 HC storage nodes
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 11g
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition Release 12.1.0.2
  • Oracle Real Application Clusters
  • Oracle Partitioning

Oracle Solaris 11 Oracle SuperCluster accommodated the workload requirements and performance SLAs from their biggest customers as well as near linear scalability with RAC and Database partitioning.

It met business and technical requirements to be a preferred platform for def3000.

For more information about def3000 check here.



Thursday Oct 08, 2015

Oracle ISV Engineering at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will take place in San Francisco October 25–29.  It provides an unparalleled opportunity to share your ideas and learn about the latest technologies from the people who are creating and using them. If you are attending, please make sure to come by and meet our ISV engineering team. say hi and discuss any questions or issues you might have. We will be at the following demo booth, sessions and hands-on-labs:

Exhibit Hall:

Demo pod SC-015 @ Engineered Systems, Servers, and Storage demogrounds area, Moscone South
"ISV Applications Achieve New levels of Security and Performance by Leveraging Software in Silicon"

Sessions and Hands-on-labs:
CON5743 How to Securely Consolidate High-Performance SAP Landscapes
CON8216 Inoculating Software, Boosting Quality: SAS & Oracle Experience with Application Data Integrity
CON1855 Operating a 16- Terabyte JVM...and Living to Tell the Tale (JavaOne)
BOF10260 Multidimensional Java Databases, Large Heap Sizes, and the JVM...Oh My! (JavaOne)
THT10983 Features and Benefits of Oracle’s Sonoma Chip for Enterprise Workloads
THT10991 Secure Your OpenStack Environment
THT10972 Securely Consolidating High Performance SAP Landscapes
THT11011 Test Oracle Solaris Server Running SAP with the New Compliance Tool

HOL6978 Getting the Most Out of Oracle Solaris 11 Using Oracle Solaris Preflight Applications Checker
HOL1598 How to Build a Hadoop Cluster Using OpenStack
HOL5447 Learning to Use SPARC M7 Application Data Integrity to Detect Buffer Overflow Attacks
HOL1931 Deploying Oracle Solaris Cluster with the Automated Installer Feature
HOL8218 Software in Silicon Virtual Address Masking
HOL6427 Uncover JDK 8 Secrets Using DTrace on Oracle Solaris 11
HOL6663 Build Your Own Cloud Environment with Oracle Solaris 11 RAD and REST
HOL4645 Assessing, Reporting, and Customizing the Security Compliance in Oracle Solaris 11.2
HOL4613 Set Up an End-to-End High-Performance, Secure Enterprise Solution on Oracle Solaris 11
HOL6011 Speeding Up Oracle Database Using SPARC M7 Hardware Acceleration
HOL6653 Deploying a Multinode OpenStack Setup with a Preconfigured Oracle WebLogic Cluster

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

Innovative Software Provider Moves to SPARC Solaris


Shanghai Baosight Software Company is the IT software business unit of Baosteel, recognized as the fourth-largest steel producer in the world.  Baosight Software is an innovative software provider in the manufacturing industry delivering a variety of enterprise modernization software solutions, such as manufacturing execution systems (MES), energy management systems (EMS), ERP, BI, and IT consulting services.

Recently Oracle and Baosight worked together to successfully port the iHyperDB and iCentroView Systems applications from Windows OS to Oracle Solaris 11.2 on SPARC T5 servers.  The primary drivers of this move to SPARC Solaris is improved performance and greater system stability.   Oracle Solaris 11.2 delivers an integrated cloud platform with industry-leading virtualization and a complete OpenStack distribution for Baosight.

Baosight's iCentroView is an integrated monitoring system which is widely used in  intelligent traffic, intelligent buildings, coal mine safety, water conservancy, and many other sectors.  iCentroView was utilized on the integrated monitoring system for the first cross-river tunnel under the Qiantang River, to intelligently observe the running state of equipment and traffic conditions inside the tunnel.

Baosight's iHyperDB is a high performance real-time database, which stores massive amounts of data while providing efficient data indexing, statistical analysis and visualization capabilities. Baosight is basing its future on the Internet of Things (IoT), and iHyperDB will enable large amounts of data storage for IoT solutions in enterprise modernization solutions for Baosight.

Baosight was rated among “The Ten Most Innovative Software Company in China” by China Software Industry Association in 2007and 2008.  Baosight owns 143 registered software products, 150 patents and 261 registered software copyrights. Shanghai Baosight Software Co., Ltd. is an Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold member.

Monday Aug 31, 2015

Temenos T24 Optimized for Oracle SuperCluster

Earlier this year Temenos, a market leader for banking software, optimized their integrated Wealth Management Platform: Temenos WealthManager,  on Oracle SuperCluster. See blog for details. Now they have optimized their flagship product T24 on it.

T24 is a complete front- to back-office, CRM and product lifecycle management software platform that powers core banking operations. Consistently ranked as the first or second best-selling core banking software platform worldwide for the past 14 years (International Banking Systems Sales League Table), T24 has been developed using a complete service-oriented architecture that’s modular so banks can deploy and integrate the required functionality alongside the needs of their business.

Tests were run with the following:

  • Temenos T24 R14 Core Banking
  • Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 (used at Half capacity) with:
    • 2 x M6 Cabinet : 8 CPU each (50% of CPU capacity )
    • Exadata  Storage Server software
    • Exalogic  Elastic Cloud software
    • Exadata Storage Rack : 9 Storage Cell
  • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 11GR2
  • Oracle Transparent Data Encryption (Advanced Security)
  • Weblogic Enterprise Edition 11G

Lower TCO, Maximum Performance and Reliability

This solution at a customer deployment provided savings of close to $5.6 million over 5 years with lower TCO and much higher availability. Storing the Temenos core banking data on SuperCluster storage cells costs 50% less than before.

“Temenos T24 on Oracle’s M6-32 SuperCluster engineered system enables Temenos’s customers to securely consolidate their solution at a large ratio without affecting performance, replacing a number of machines with capacity still available for future plans as well as growth. Temenos T24 on Oracle SuperCluster improves efficiency, performance and reduces costs, leading to a better customer experience.  With storage performance improving 10x on existing solutions and a TCO providing massive savings, the platform considerably improves security, performance and availability over existing deployments.” - Simon Henman, Temenos performance manager.

More information about Temenos can be found here.

Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

OpenWay Optimized on Oracle SuperCluster


OpenWay Group is a payment processing software vendor headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. OpenWay’s WAY4 Card Issuing and Merchant Acquiring, Financial Switching, Personalized Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallet and other payment solutions successfully operate at 130 banks, processing and telecom companies in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. WAY4 is a customer-centric rule-driven environment for debit, credit, prepaid and commercial cards, deposits, loans, current accounts, mobile money and other financial products, for targeted marketing campaigns and personalized self-service via ATMs, kiosks, POS terminals, web, mobile banking and other channels.

Recently OpenWay completed Oracle SuperCluster Optimized testing and certification. They had the following goals:
  • Prove that the SuperCluster T5  solution performance meets and exceeds the results of a similarly scaled platform with traditional storage on volumes of up to 10 Million cards
  • Demonstrate a configuration as close as possible to real life conditions: a complex credit card configuration and a long transaction history, high availability for authorizations, PCI DSS, as well as simulation of long distance between two sites.
  • Measure the results in terms of TPS, response time and scalability

The tests were conducted on an Oracle T5 SuperCluster with:

  • WAY4 CMS and Switch v03.40
  • Oracle Database 11g, Release 2
  • Oracle Database, Real Application Clusters
  • Oracle Database, Advanced Security and Partitioning Options
  • Oracle Solaris 11

Results demonstrated a 2x shorter average response time compared to a similarly scaled platform with traditional storage and great scalability on TPS and response time when adding more CPUs. The data encryption as per PA-DSS standards also resulted in only 5% performance overhead.

“WAY4 CMS and Switch solutions by OpenWay have demonstrated a very high performance on the SuperCluster T5 while running in a high available configuration. This benchmark will create opportunities for OpenWay customers to benefit from the engineering solutions by Oracle on SuperCluster T5/Solaris platform while reaching another level of the service quality." - Dmitry Yatskaer, CTO OpenWay

More information about OpenWay Group can be found here and the Oracle Exastack Optimized program information is  here.

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Docker in the Zone with Oracle Solaris

After including a full distribution of OpenStack in Oracle Solaris 11.2 last year, Oracle recently announced plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris. The integration will allow enterprise customers to use the Docker open platform to easily distribute applications built and deployed in Oracle Solaris Zones. Oracle also plans to make software including Oracle WebLogic Server available for development and testing as Docker images.

A majority of Oracle Solaris customers use Solaris Zones for its industry-leading scalability and efficiency, as well as comprehensive resource and security isolation, which is critical for enterprise class environments. Oracle Solaris Zones are also widely recognized as license boundaries for most enterprise applications, allowing customers to significantly lower costs.

“Docker welcomes Oracle Solaris to the Docker community. Integrating Docker with Oracle Solaris Zones will bring a mature and proven container technology to Docker environments running in enterprise class clouds,” said Nick Stinemates, vice president of Business Development & Technical Alliances for Docker.

“As enterprises have increasingly adopted cloud technologies over the last few years, collaboration between development and operations has become a business imperative,” said  Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum.  “Oracle’s move to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris is a win-win proposition. Cloud developers can take advantage of Oracle Solaris’ full OpenStack distribution, built-in security capabilities and easily migrate workloads across a broader choice of platforms.”

Read the full press release here.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

Scale up or Scale out?

QuartetFS In-memory Analytical Suite on Oracle SPARC Servers

Is scale out really the most cost effective architecture for all solutions?

ActivePivot, the in-memory analytics suite from QuartetFS, is implemented by customers such as HSBC, Société Générale, FNAC, Gefco and EBRD. On June 12, during Technology Keynote of the 7th annual ActivePivot User Group conference, Antoine Chambille, head of research & development at Quartet FS, along with Eric Bezille chief technologist of Oracle Systems France, discussed the benefits of scaling up ActivePivot on large memory machines. They shared the near linear scalability and great performance results of a joint benchmarking and tuning effort with recently released ActivePivot 5.2 running on an Oracle M6 SPARC server with 3072 CPU threads and 16 TB of memory. They also discussed the cost effectiveness of such a solution.

Watch the video and check out the presentation for more details.

Two sessions in JavaOne 2015 will also discuss the results of this project CON1855 and CON1917.




Monday Jul 13, 2015

Surveillance Video Vault with Oracle SPARC T5

Scalable Combined Solution

Powered by Oracle, the SoleraTec Surveillance Video Vault delivers exceptional video surveillance recording, storage, and management in one complete end-to-end solution. With the stability and robustness only Oracle can deliver, the SoleraTec Video Vault solution provides police departments, transit authorities, critical infrastructure facilities, bank and finance companies, retail establishments, and educational institutions complete peace of mind. 

Providing architecture for each discrete section of an overarching video surveillance infrastructure, the Oracle based
SoleraTec Surveillance Video Vault manages the initial capture, live view capabilities, and complete video migration to
long-term retention storage. This Oracle hardware stack in concert with SoleraTec’s Phoenix RSM™ surveillance video management software delivers the most cost-efficient, dependable, scalable multi-tiered solution available without any of the complexity.

Check out the datasheet for more details.

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta is now available

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta is now available for download!

The Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta program is an opportunity for developers and architects of our ISV partners to evaluate a pre-release version of the latest Oracle Solaris enterprise cloud platform.

Some of the key new features in this release:

  • Oracle Solaris’ advanced and easy to use, built-in security features help you prevent hacking and avoid malware for the lifetime of your applications, from install to run-time and prove it simply! Through the bundled compliance tools, tailored reports can be generated easily and rapidly saving money and time.
  • Support for Oracle's Software in Silicon ADI feature on SPARC M7 processors. Oracle Solaris 11.3 introduces support for this new functionality through both tools (mdb, DTrace) and APIs through a new libadimalloc system library.
  • Live Migration for Kernel Zones. You can now move kernel zones instances around in your cloud infrastructure without incurring an outage.
  • Updated OpenStack software to the Juno version of OpenStack, including new services like Heat, Ironic and the Murano application catalog from our friends at Mirantis.
  • Oracle Solaris virtualization technologies give you all the flexibility of a hypervisor with the performance and density of a container, enabling you to deploy your enterprise workloads safely and securely, in traditional or OpenStack based cloud environments.
  • Simplified and fast lifecycle management provides for large gains in productivity and lower cost of operations, enabling you to build new products and services and deliver on your business strategy faster.

Start learning about these new features by reviewing the What's New document and check the Product Documentation.

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