Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Murex Looks to SPARC Solaris Systems to Provide Value

Managing risk in a real-time capital market industry is something Murex customers have been doing successfully for over 27 years.  Murex builds software platforms for integrated trading, risk management, processing and clearing solutions for financial institutions, corporations and utilities located across the globe.

Murex has a long history with Oracle, starting with SPARC Solaris systems in 1992, moving to a Java development platform in 1998, and beginning development on the Oracle Database back in 2001.  Murex customers demand reliable solutions, which are extremely secure and very performant — as they are operating in real-time.  

In this video [click on picture below], Fabrice Blanc, Alliances Director, Murex, describes why 80% of Murex customers run on Solaris systems today.  He also describes the partnership with Oracle and how they are now looking to explore new emerging technologies like Database 12c and the Oracle cloud.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Announcing the release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4

Oracle announces the availability of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4, the latest release of Oracle’s #1 C, C++ and Fortran development environment. Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 offers enhanced software analysis tools and support for the latest programming language standards, helping customers create higher performing, reliable and secure applications in record time.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 is included in Oracle's Software in Silicon Cloud and uses the Software in Silicon Application Data Integrity (ADI) feature to help the code analyzer work at near hardware speeds on this feature to allow developers (effectively speeding up what was simulated in software) to quickly find and fix memory errors with minimal overhead.

ISV Engineering has already started working closely with a number of our ISV partners on the latest new features from
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 and some of them had some nice things to say:

  • "SAS delivers enterprise applications for high end business analytics and we require development and deployment platforms that are specifically optimized for business-critical applications," said Bob Huemmer, software development manager, UNIX Platform Delivery, SAS. "The Oracle Solaris Studio development tools are world class; we use the Performance Analyzer on Oracle Solaris to tune and optimize our applications which also typically yields performance benefits across all of our platforms. We've seen impressive long term and consistent innovation for both Oracle Solaris Studio and Oracle Solaris. Rock solid, worry free binary compatibility translates to lower development and support costs, higher productivity and affords our Solaris customers the confidence to readily upgrade their systems to enable innovative functionality such as Kernel Zones."

  • "AsiaInfo, an industry leading supplier of software solutions and services for telecommunications, has been an Oracle partner for many years and our SMS Gateway solution is supported on Oracle SPARC T5 and Oracle Solaris 11," said Mr. Fu Tingsheng, director of engineering, China Mobile Customer Data Business Division of AsiaInfo. "Oracle Solaris has proven to be a trusted platform for our applications, and the latest release of Oracle Solaris Studio delivers high-productivity features and tools that help improve our time to market. We used the Oracle Solaris Studio Code Analyzer for memory leak protection and it helped us be more proactive and improve our efficiency by 50 percent. Our developers were impressed with the ease of use and depth of data provided by the Oracle Solaris Studio analysis tool suite."

  • Capitek, one of the leading suppliers in wireless access software in China, has a long history of using Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio for its Authentication, Authorization, Accounting (AAA) solution. "We are excited about the latest innovations in Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio for developing, analyzing and running our mission-critical applications. The Oracle Solaris Studio compilers are highly optimized for the latest Oracle systems and advanced analysis tools, such as the Performance Analyzer, allow us to easily profile our technology solutions for optimal scalability. The combination of Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio delivers a robust and reliable platform with high performance, high efficiency and high value," said Jerry Chen, senior manager, Telecom Software Product Department at Capitek.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 is free to download from the Oracle Technology Network site.

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Infosys Finacle Payment Solution on Oracle SPARC T5 Servers Sets New Global Benchmark

Infosys has set a new global benchmark for the volume of inter-bank payment transactions processed, by conducting a performance benchmark exercise of Finacle Payments solution version 11.0 on Oracle SPARC T5 servers running Oracle Solaris 11.2 and Oracle Database version

The solution processed over 75 million payments per hour or over 21,000 payments per second. This capability supersedes known inter-bank payment transactions volume requirements of banks of all sizes.

Inter-bank payment transactions globally consist of both high and low value payments and these are typically processed in large quantities. Finacle Payments, a robust, reliable and highly scalable solution, addresses such high volume requirements of interbank payments across various payment networks and supports the future growth of banks. Moreover, the solution enables significant improvement in operational efficiency and reduction in costs by simplifying and rationalizing multiple payment processing systems, into a single comprehensive solution.

"As customer engagement models transform, new payment options and platforms are driving a surge in non-cash payment volumes globally. Efficient, robust and scalable payment solutions are critical for financial institutions to manage growth confidently. With this benchmark, Finacle running on Oracle SPARC T5 servers has clearly demonstrated its reliability in supporting banks with large payment volumes as well as helping them future proof the ability to manage increasing volumes at significantly lower costs." - Michael Reh, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Finacle, Infosys

For more details, see the Infosys November 4, 2014 press release.

Monday Nov 10, 2014

SAS Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems

Oracle and SAS have been partners for over 20 years and they continue to work closely on joint technology projects to increase solution benefits to customers. One such technology area is Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems.

Paul Kent, Vice President of Big Data at SAS, discusses SAS strategy for Big Data Analytics and how Oracle Engineered Systems simplify implementations for customers at increased performance and reduced risk in this video:

SAS had an important presence at Oracle OpenWord 2014 in both SAS and Oracle sessions. Some examples are:

For more information about Oracle and SAS please visit

Monday Nov 03, 2014

Software in Silicon Innovations for Database

Juan Loaiza, Sr. VP of Technology at Oracle gave an overview of innovative new Software in Silicon technology and its benefits to databases and applications at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

He talked about three key ways this new revolutionary technology enhances performance, capacity and reliability:

  • Extreme performance with DB in-memory acceleration engines
  • Increased data capacity with decompression engines
  • Revolutionary change to memory architecture that stops memory corruption, be it from malicious attacks or programmer errors

Watch the video to learn details:

Please note: developers can take advantage of this revolutionary technology using the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud today!

Real-time Analytics with MicroStrategy and Oracle

Oracle and MicroStrategy, a gold certified Oracle Partner, have been working closely on testing out the Oracle Database 12 in-memory option on the M6 SPARC server and Oracle Solaris.

Significant number of MicroStrategy customers use Oracle as their main database platform.With the introduction of the Oracle Database 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-tine analytics.

Powered by the new SPARC M6 processors, the SPARC M6-32 server is Oracle's big memory machine. With up to 32 terabytes of memory it delivers extreme performance for in-memory databases and business analytics applications.

Jochen Demuth, Director of Partner Engineering at MicroStrategy, discusses this work and how the combination of the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform using Oracle Database 12c In-memory option on Oracle M6 Big memory machines provides real-time analytics to customers in this video:

Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

WebSphere Application Server Excels on SPARC T5

A new white paper, jointly authored by Oracle and IBM, details the exceptional performance of IBM's WebSphere Application Server (WAS) v8.5.5 on SPARC T5 servers. Some of the highlights:

  • SPARC T-Series servers provide a scalable, dependable, and performant platform for the  deployment of WAS application instances.

  • Application architects should have confidence in deploying WAS to multiple “building blocks” consisting of one or more SPARC processors from Oracle; these building blocks may be instantiated as physical or virtualized resources.

  • WAS demonstrates 2.7X better throughput on Oracle’s SPARC T5 processors than on Oracle’s SPARC T4 processors, with improved response time.

  • Use of Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones virtualization technologies not only allows clean separation of virtual environments, but also allows for full and efficient use of physical resources, yielding maximum performance.

  • SPARC T-Series servers demonstrate excellent linear scalability for WAS as the number of CPU cores increase.

  • Careful physical resource management via Oracle Solaris, when done in concert with the above-mentioned virtualization technologies, can improve performance for WAS instances on SPARC T-Series servers running Oracle Solaris.
This white paper is now available on the Oracle Technical Network website by following this link.

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.

B2 Cancun Release (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


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.


 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


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


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

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).


Technical insights for and about ISV applications on Solaris and SPARC.
Application Availability, How-tos, Best Practices, Application Tuning and Results


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