Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Announcing Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud

Today Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud.

Download Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta


Oracle Solaris 11.2 is a result of Oracle’s increased investment in systems. With the release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta, we’ve made it more than just an OS. Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days or weeks. It’s a complete platform for quickly and simply building secure and compliant enterprise clouds.



New feature highlights include:

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2  includes a complete OpenStack distribution, the popular cloud solution, allowing unified management of heterogeneous data center environments. An OpenStack Unified Archive allows administrators to go from zero to enterprise in 10 minutes or less.

  • No compromise virtualization with enhanced Oracle Solaris Zones. Oracle  Solaris 11.2 brings an even greater level of flexibility with independent and isolated Kernel Zones.

  • Unified Archives are a new, simple and highly flexible snapshot and disaster recovery feature that allows for flexible redeployment of multiple VMs in cloud environments.

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 integrates compliance reporting that dramatically reduces the time needed for compliance review by as much as 10x. The generated reports also describe how to resolve any out-of-policy conditions detected.

  • Application-driven Software-Defined Networking allows you to build virtual networks beyond system boundaries by using the existing network fabric where possible, or using tunneling, if required. They give the applications like Oracle RAC and Java VMs the ability to specify the SLAs for the application traffic, resulting in higher uptime, lower latency and better performance.

Learn more about deploying Oracle Solaris 11.2!

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud

On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days and weeks.

Please join Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Markus Flierl in New York City or our Live Webcast, and learn more about Oracle Solaris 11.2

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Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Infosys Finacle Supports Over 1.9 Billion Customer Accounts on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris 11

Infosys announced on April 9, 2014 that its Finacle core banking solution(1) running on an Oracle SuperCluster engineered system(1) has set new global benchmarks for the number of transactions processed across key banking functions. The solution supported over 1.9 billion(2) bank accounts with near linear scalability – a number higher than the current population of China the most populous country in the world(3)!

The tests were conducted across a mix of 12 business-critical online transactions and batch processes. The Finacle solution(1) was tested on an Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle SPARC T5 servers with Oracle Solaris 11 to determine its performance and scalability parameters.

The test also saw Finacle processing 726 million effective transactions in four hours, or over 50,000 average transactions per second, to manage workloads comprising of multiple online transactions and customer touch points as well as third-party systems. 
  • The Finacle core banking solution(1) processed interest accruals for over one billion term deposit accounts in less than 87 minutes, or an average of 213,000 records per second.
  • The solution demonstrated its ability to manage large delivery channel workloads by processing 204 million effective transactions in 35 minutes, or an average of 97,000 effective transactions per second.
  • Interest payments to over 79 million savings accounts were processed in 32 minutes, or an average of 41,000 transactions per second.
  • The test was simulated on the Finacle database of over 49 terabytes having over 205,000 branches and more than a million branch users.
  • Finacle’s latest performance levels(1) have shown an improvement of three to five times over its own earlier established benchmarks.

Infosys achieves Oracle SuperCluster Optimized Status
Infosys Finacle(1) has earned the Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Finacle(1) has been tested and tuned on Oracle SuperCluster to deliver speed, scalability, and reliability to customers. Infosys is a Diamond level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Read the press release.

News spreads fast: Marketwatch, PRNewswire, Business Standard, Kerala IT News, AD HOC NEWS, moneycontrolIIFL, WN

More information about Infosys on Oracle SuperCluster:
Infosys Finacle Core Banking Solution on Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle’s SPARC T-Series Servers

Notes:
(1) Infosys Ltd., conducted a performance benchmark exercise of Finacle Core Banking Solution version 10.2.13 (herein referred to as ‘Finacle’) on Oracle Solaris 11.1 operating system, Oracle T4/T5 servers at the web, JEE and application layers. Further, Oracle RAC database was deployed on Oracle SuperCluster, WebLogic Server 10.3.6 was deployed on JEE servers and Oracle Http Server 11.1.1.6 was deployed on Web servers for online transaction processing mix of 12 business critical transactions
(2) The benchmark was simulated on Finacle database of size 49.84TB having 205,028 branches, 947,364,904 customers, total of 1,969,026,822 accounts, 17,825,570,000 transaction history and 1,037,904 branch user.
(3) China’s population figure as of 2012 from World Bank website
(4)As per the recent CEB Towergroup report titled Planning Your Cross-Channel Future published on Dec 2012, the total volume of transactions per year in US is 73.9 billion or 205 million transactions per day

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Solaris/SPARC Tip for April: Making Existing Software Licenses Work

Many ISVs license their software based on the number of CPU cores. In many instances, these licenses allow a particular instance of the software to be moved between systems as needed. In this age of massively-multicore CPUs, some customers find themselves unable to move said software to newer systems with larger core counts. "We have a license for at most 8 CPU cores, but are moving to a SPARC T4-4." What to do? 

Customers can, of course, make use of one or more of Oracle virtualization technologies, to create Solaris environments with the requisite CPU cores, but that is sometimes not possible or practical for some IT shops.

There is, however, a relatively simple solution, which makes use of Oracle VM for SPARC (aka LDom) software to disable CPU resources in the existing operating environment:

a) [Solaris 10] Download and install Oracle VM for SPARC (latest version is 3.1)

b) Limit the CPU resources of your system (no Guest LDoms needed, just restrict the current system (the Primary LDom)

No virtualized resource management needed. Just set it and forget it (or change it later).

The following checklist table details the required steps to implement this scheme on Solaris 10 and Solaris 11, using Oracle VM for SPARC 3.1, and assuming the software in question is licensed for 8 cores:

1) (Solaris 10) Download OVM for SPARC 3.1 (instructions here)

2) (Solaris 10) Install OVM for SPARC 3.1 (instructions here)

3) Enable OVM for SPARC: 
# svcadm enable ldmd

4) Set CPU resources current system:
# ldm list -o core
NAME             
primary

CORE
    CID    CPUSET

    0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
    2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)
    3      (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)
    4      (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
    5      (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
    6      (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
    7      (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
    8      (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)
    9      (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
    10      (80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87)
    11      (88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)
    12      (96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103)
    13      (104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111)
    14      (112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119)
    15      (120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127)
    16      (128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135)
    17      (136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143)
    18      (144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151)
    19      (152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159)
    20      (160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167)
    21      (168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175)
    22      (176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183)
    23      (184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191)
    24      (192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199)
    25      (200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207)
    26      (208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215)
    27      (216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223)
    28      (224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231)
    29      (232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239)
    30      (240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247)
    31      (248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255)

# ldm set-core 8 primary
# ldm list -o core
NAME             
primary

CORE
    CID    CPUSET

    0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
    2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)
    3      (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)
    4      (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
    5      (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
    6      (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
    7      (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
    8      (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)

It's just that easy!

Friday Apr 04, 2014

IBM Supports Websphere Message Broker 8 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x86)

IBM supports Websphere Message Broker 8.0.0.4 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64).  See         

IBM Software Product Compatibility Report for details.



New World Records for SAP SD benchmarks on Oracle SPARC/Solaris


Oracle SPARC Servers have produced amazing results setting a new 32-processor systems world record for the SAP SD benchmark. These results attest to the power of the SPARC architecture and the unique scalability of Oracle Solaris. Customers running SAP on Oracle servers can leverage such performance to consolidate workloads and dramatically reduce data center costs.

The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that is indicative of full business workloads of complete order processing and invoice processing, and demonstrates the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. It represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments and it's the benchmark most widely used by SAP customers.

World Record for 32 processors:

Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server produced a world record result for 32 processors beating the IBM Power 795 32-chip system results.
  • The SPARC M6-32 server with 32 processors, 384 cores, and 3,072 threads achieved two-tier results of 793,390 SAPs with 140,000 users on the SAP Standard Application (SD) Benchmark using SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 running on Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database 11g.
  • 15% faster than the IBM Power 795 32-chip results (32/256/1024)
  • 14% more SAP users per chip than the Fujitsu M10-4s 40-chip results (40/640/1280)
  • Details here

For more information about SAP on Oracle SPARC/Solaris see:

Oracle IT infrastructure Solutions for SAP
SAP Community Network: SAP on Oracle Solaris

Disclosure Statement
Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 as of 3/26/14:
SPARC M6-32 (32 processors, 384 cores, 3072 threads) 140,000 SAP SD users, 32 x 3.6 GHz SPARC M6, 16 TB memory, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Solaris 11, Cert# 2014008.
Fujitsu SPARC M10-4S (40 processors, 640 cores, 1280 threads) 153,000 SAP SD users, 40 x 3.0 GHz SPARC65 X, 10 TB memory, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Solaris 11, Cert# 2013014.
Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0:
IBM Power 795 (32 processors, 256 cores, 1024 threads) 126,063 SAP SD users, 32 x 4 GHz IBM POWER7, 4 TB memory, DB2 9.7, AIX7.1, Cert#2010046.
SAP, R/3, reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark

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