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 cab be found 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

Summary

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 8.0.0.4 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.

Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

Quest supports Privilege Manager for Unix 5.0 with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports Privilege Manager for Unix 5.6 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

Quest supports Foglight with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports Foglight 5.6.7 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

The supported products known to us are:

  • Foglight 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86) 
  • Foglight Management Server 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight cartridge for infrastructure - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
  • Foglight for Operating System - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones
  • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7.2 Patch - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones

Monday Jul 08, 2013

Quest supports Shareplex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

Quest supports SharePlex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The the Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

Thursday Jun 20, 2013

Opentext releases Opentext Archive Storage Server 10.5 on Solaris 11

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Opentext released the Opentext Archive Storage Server 10.5 on Solaris 11 (SPARC).

Please find the details in the document "OpenText Archive Server Release Notes 10 (2013-05-13). The document is available through the OpenText customer Knowledge Center.

The Sun QFS WORM file system is certified for compliance archiving by the OpenText Archive Server 10.5.  See document " OpenText Archive Server Storage Platforms Release Notes 10.5 (2013-05-15)" in the OpenText customer Knowledge Center for more information.

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Juniper Networks supports Steel-Belted Radius Carrier (SBRC) 7.5 on Solaris 11 (x86)

Juniper Networks supports Steel-Belted Radius Carrier (SBRC) 7.5 with Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 (x64). See Juniper Networks Technical Documentation for details.

SAP Netweaver supports Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11

SAP supports all SAP Netweaver products which are supported on Solaris 10 as well in Solaris 10 branded zones with Solaris 11. See SAP note 1824835 (authentication required, SAP customers only).

Thursday May 16, 2013

All IBM Products which support Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

IBM maintains an excellent page (click here) with all products which are available on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC).

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

IBM releases Websphere 8.0 on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM released Websphere 8.0 on Oracle Solaris 11 for SPARC. See IBM Product Compatibility Report

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