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.

Wednesday Jun 17, 2015

Sinosure Core Business System Excels on Oracle SPARC T5 and Solaris

China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE) is China's only policy-oriented insurance company specializing in export credit insurance. It began operations on December 18, 2001. Since then SINOSURE has formed a nationwide service network. 

SINOSURE Core Business System 6.0 is the main platform for insurance product operation & risk control, covering the execution & management of all of the insurance business.

Recently Oracle and SINOSURE worked together to test and certify SINOSURE Core Business System 6.0 on Oracle Solaris 11 and SPARC T5. This application is based on Oracle Weblogic 12c, JVM HotSpot JDK7 and Oracle Database 11gR2.  Oracle Solaris Zones, the built-in, no-cost, no-overhead virtualization technology in Solaris, was used to consolidate the application, middelware and database on the same SPARC T5 server. Oracle Solaris delivers unique innovation and optimization for Oracle database and middleware that helped increase the application performance.

The tests demonstrated that SINOSURE Core Business System6.0 runs extremely well on the Oracle SPARC T5 server.  The speed to start-up was much faster than any previous deployment and the combined solution proved to be very stable and fast!

Monday Jun 01, 2015

Oracle's Software In Silicon Cloud Is A Hit!

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!

JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO

">Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

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Friday May 22, 2015

Tivoli Storage Manager Supports Solaris 11.2

IBM recently announced support for Tivoli Storage Manager on Solaris 11.2. TSM Client is supported on both SPARC and X86, while TSM Server is supported only on SPARC.

This support is available in v7.1.1.200 of the product.

Monday May 11, 2015

Oracle for SAP Technology Update

Oracle and SAP have had an ongoing commitment to tens of thousands of joint customers for over 27 years. Deploying SAP applications on Oracle platforms delivers end-to-end SAP infrastructure solutions that improve productivity and performance, increase system utilization, and create an eco-friendly data center. The two companies recently renewed their longstanding reseller and support agreements to provide enhanced access to Oracle Database technology and world class customer support.

The Oracle for SAP Technology Update is an annual publication that provides updates and information about Oracle products and services for SAP customers. The latest update was published this month.  Example topics covered are:

  • Oracle Database 12c for SAP: Roadmap and Base Certification Features 
  • Implementing a Data Management Infrastructure for SAP with Oracle Database Options and Packs
  • Why Oracle Database and Engineered Systems for SAP
  • Oracle Mission-Critical Support Services for SAP Customers
  • Oracle DB and Oracle Solaris related Notes for SAP
  • Why more and more SAP customers are migrating to Solaris
  • Oracle Security Solutions for SAP environments
  • Customer Examples

You can get the full report here: Oracle for SAP Technology Update #24

Friday May 08, 2015

Oracle Supported Platforms by Software AG

Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. The company’s big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is ranked as a “leader” in more than a dozen market categories, fueled by core product families webMethods, Adabas-Natural, Alfabet, Apama, ARIS, Terracotta, and Software AG Cloud.

Customers have been running Software AG products on the Oracle Solaris and SPARC for many years, taking advantage of the performance, security and reliability of the platform.

"Software AG’s Integration Platforms, based on webMethods, enables customers using Oracle Solaris to quickly integrate systems, partners, data, devices and SaaS applications. The webMethods platform today leverages the complete, reliable, and secure solution of Oracle Solaris 11, to deliver uninterrupted application performance across the enterprise."  —Jonathan Heywood, Director, Product Management, Software AG

You can check the availability of Software AG’s products on Oracle Solaris and SPARC here

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

EMC Storage Arrays Support Oracle Solaris Cluster

EMC, a leading provider of IT storage hardware solutions, and Oracle have collaborated for more than 15 years. EMC leverages Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 functionality to achieve optimal integration with their storage arrays. The following EMC Storage arrays are certified with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4:  Clariion, Symmetrix, VNX and XtremIO. Recently EMC VPLEX Metro GeoSynchrony 5.4 completed testing and is now supported with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.1 on Solaris 11.1. This means they have successfully completed the stringent OSCATE test protocols required to establish system compatibility and interoperability and customers can enjoy a higher degree of confidence resting assured that both parties jointly respond to support calls.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 4 is a comprehensive High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution for Oracle SPARC and x86 environments based on Oracle Solaris 11. It combines extreme service availability for applications and virtualized workloads, operational flexibility, agile deployments and simplified administration for traditional or cloud-based deployments.

More details about EMC arrays supported with Oracle Solaris Cluster can be found here.

Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Business Control Solutions Integrity is Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized

Business Control Solutions is a provider of GRC control software to the financial services sector based in London, with a development center in Peterborough.

Recently they earned Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that BCS integrity version 3.8 has been tested and tuned with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle SuperCluster to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status, Business Control Solutions is able to offer its BCS integrity clients a significant increase in performance and scalability while processing millions of accounts per month.

Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle's most powerful Oracle Database Machine, is an integrated server, storage, networking, and software system that provides maximum end-to-end database and application performance.  It requires minimal initial and ongoing support and maintenance effort, and helps reduce complexity at the lowest total cost of ownership. Oracle SuperCluster is ideal for Oracle Database and best for Oracle Applications customers who need to maximize return on their software investments, increase their IT agility, and improve application usability and overall IT productivity.

For more information see the press release.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015

Temenos WealthManager is Optimized for Oracle SuperCluster

Temenos, a market leader for banking software, is always looking for ways to use innovation to improve banking for their customers. The benefits of using modern software are clear to them: customers are more agile, able to offer more personalized products and services, to operate at lower unit costs, to react quicker to market opportunities and to manage risk better. Temenos has grown its product set from core banking to payments, wealth management, business analytics and channels, offering a comprehensive solution set to meet the industry’s needs. It has more than 1,600 installations in over 150 countries.

WealthManager is an integrated Wealth Management Platform designed to simplify and improve the daily work of professionals who advise and serve private investors. Recently Temenos achieved Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status after testing and tuning WealthManager R13 on Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 with Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software 11g. They wanted to test the high scalability of WealthManager to enable rapid expansion of customer implementations and support the high-volume requirements of the largest banks while increasing customer satisfaction by meeting financial processing SLAs.

"A testament to WealthManager scalability is Oracle SuperCluster's ability to handle CPU & I/O intensive operations yielding throughput benefits that enable us to meet stringent Service level agreements" - Janet Julian, Product Manager, WealthManager, Temenos.

The results showed high intensity financial engines executing 2x-3x faster compared to previous benchmarks and their largest customer throughput, as well as less than 2s average response times for 3x users and data volumes.

More information about Temenos can be found here. Oracle Exastack Optimized program information is here.

BMC Control-M Workload Automation integration with Solaris Cluster 4.2 on Solaris 11.2

The upcoming V9 release of BMC Control-M Workload Automation has been certified with Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.2 on Oracle Solaris 11.2. The certification was run on a T5-1 Blade running Solaris 11.2 on guest LDoms at BMC's Tel Aviv Lab.

The ability of Solaris 11 to provide customized and virtualized HA capability for BMC's environment, in addition to building application-specific agents was key. The certification will directly benefit Oracle and BMC customers who want to deploy Control-M in their high-availability production environments.

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

Software in Silicon Cloud for Partners and Developers (video)

Software in Silicon is a new revolutionary technology from Oracle with security benefits, database benefits, and increased capacity benefits. Software in Silicon Cloud for partners and developers provides early access to this technology, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments. It includes access to hardware-enabled functionality to detect and prevent data corruptions and security violations and includes the latest Oracle Solaris Studio release with tools that detect numerous types of memory corruption and aid developers in quickly improving code reliability. It is available to partners and developers today.

Watch this short video to learn more about the Software in Silicon Cloud and find out how to request access.

SoleraTec Video Surveillance Management Software For Oracle Solaris 11 and SPARC

SoleraTec, a provider of innovative video lifecycle management and storage products, has released the PHOENIX RSM video surveillance management software solution for Oracle Solaris 11 operating system on the SPARC processor.

Organizations that need a cost-effective integrated and professional video surveillance solution can look to SoleraTec's PHOENIX RSM, for Oracle Solaris 11. When businesses need to capture evidentiary quality video around the clock, this reliable and comprehensive video surveillance solution provides affordable real-time video monitoring and simultaneous recording for a larger number of surveillance cameras. With the performance capabilities of the SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris 11, multiple concurrent video camera feeds can be displayed along with camera carousel (patrolling) and various live-view camera layout options. Multi-tiered storage management capabilities provide practical and economical long-term video retention for dispute resolution, detailed evidence collection for crime investigations, and improved risk management.

"Video surveillance has become an all-important operation that —in many installations— cannot tolerate downtime. As a result, customers are demanding a solution that will provide the highest level of up-time possible," stated Mark Armstrong, CEO of SoleraTec. "We believe that Oracle Solaris 11 provides impressive video lifecycle management and security capabilities in addition to excellent reliability. This gives customers a new level of assurance in their system's continual operation to protect their assets."

For more information please read the January 6th, 2015 press release.

CPU utilization of multi-threaded architectures explained

by Martin Tegtmeier from ISV Engineering in Walldorf


Simple CPU metrics (user/system/idle/io-wait) are still widely used although these numbers need interpretation on today's multi-thread/multi-core architectures. "Idle" as measured by operating systems cannot be literally translated into available CPU resources - turning capacity planning into a more complex problem.


Back in the days when 1 processor contained 1 core capable of running 1 thread, CPU utilization reported by the operating system indicated actual resource consumption (and resource availability) of the processor. In such environments CPU utilization grows linearly with increased workload.

Multi-core CPUs:  1 processor = 2 or more cores
In multi-core CPUs, where 1 processor contains 2 or more cores, each processing core has its own arithmetic and logic unit, floating point unit, set of registers, pipeline, as well as some amount of cache. However multi-core CPUs also share some resources between the cores (e.g. L3-Cache, memory controller).

Simultaneous multi-threading CPUs/cores:  1 processor or core = 2 or more threads  (aka "Hyper-Threading", "Chip Multi-threading")
The hardware components of one physical core are shared between several threads. Each thread has at least its own set of registers. Most resources of the core (arithmetic and logic unit, floating point unit, cache) are shared between the threads. Naturally those threads compete for processing resources and stall if the desired units are already busy.

What are the benefits of resource sharing?
Resource sharing can increase overall throughput and efficiency by keeping the processing units of a core busy. For instance hyper-threading can reduce or hide stalls on memory access (cache misses). Instead of wasting many cycles while data is fetched from main memory the current thread is suspended and the next runnable thread is resumed and continues execution.

What are the disadvantages?

  • CPU time accounting measurements (sys/usr/idle) as reported by standard tools do not reflect the side-effects of resource sharing between hardware threads
  • It is impossible to correctly measure idle and extrapolate available computing resources

Idle does not indicate how much more work can be accomplished by the CPU

Assuming 1 CPU core has 4 threads. Currently 2 (single-threaded) processes are scheduled to run on this core and these 2 processes already saturate all available shared compute resources (ALU, FPU, Cache, Memory bandwidth, etc.) of the core. Commonly used performance tools would still report (at least) 50% idle since 2 logical processors (hardware threads) appear completely idle.

In order to correctly estimate how much work can be added until the system approaches full saturation the operating system would need to get detailed utilization information of all shared core processing units (ALU, FPU, Cache, Memory bandwidth, etc.) as well as knowing the characteristics of the workload to be added (!).

Measurements with SAP ABAP workload

To illustrate our case, let's look at a very specific but very common workload in Enterprise Computing: SAP-SD ABAP. We took these measurements on a SPARC T5 system running the latest Solaris 11 release. Simulated benchmark users logged onto the SAP system and entered SD transactions. The maximum number of SD-Users and SAP transaction throughput the system could handle are represented by the 100% mark on the X-Axis. A series of test runs was carried out in order to measure CPU utilization (Y-Axis) as reported by the operating system at 0%, 12.5%, 25%, 50%, 60%, 75%, 90% and 100% of the maximum number of SD-Users.