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
  • 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

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.

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.

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.

Friday Jul 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Linear Scaling

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

• SPARC T5-4 for 2-tier deployments 

• SPARC T4-4 for 2-tier deployments

• SPARC T4-4 for 3-tier deployments

2-tier Infor LN OLTP throughput comparison:

Infor LN Scaling: 

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

Monday Jun 09, 2014

DB2 v10.1 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)

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

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

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

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

Friday Apr 04, 2014

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

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

IBM Software Product Compatibility Report for details.

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Don't Try This At Home #1: Never Anger the Python

We in Oracle Systems ISV Engineering work with Solaris. A lot. In doing so, we tend to 'push the envelope' in trying new things, and thinking 'out of the box', for our ISVs and ourselves.

When deploying a new Solaris 11.1 instance last week as an internal infrastructure server (LDoms and Zones and Oracle 11g, oh my!!), one of our engineers determined that the default version of Python that comes with Solaris had a few minor issues with one of our applications.

As we learned the hard way, you do not wish to replace the Python that comes with Solaris with an older version. No, Sir. Because, as some of us know, Solaris has made copious use of Python for a growing percentage of its userland infrastructure in the last few years. Solaris can't live without Python -- more specifically, the exact version of Python with which it ships.

What happens when you replace that Python installation with a reasonable-but-earlier version? Bad things. Very bad things. Your system won't boot next time you want it to -- it will whine and tell you it has a bunch of unhappy SMF services, and will then dump you out in Single-user Maintenance mode. All attempts to use pkg or most any other CLI tools to bring back the original Python instance fail, because of the Python mismatch.

We eventually sorted it all out, and thereby learned a hard lesson. By the way, multiple Python installations can co-exist in Solaris just fine -- just be very careful about all your PATHs, so that Solaris doesn't somehow end up using your second installation.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1. on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe Output Server FAQ discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Monday Jul 15, 2013

Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe "Tech Specs" document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Software AG releases webMethods 9.0 Suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC,x64)

Software AG supports the webMethods 9.0 product suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Software AG supported Operating Systems Platforms document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

Thursday Jul 11, 2013

Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 89.0.2 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 9.0.2 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.


Application tuning, sizing, monitoring, porting on Solaris 11


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