Thursday Feb 19, 2015

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.


Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Siemens Teamcenter Optimized with Oracle SuperCluster

Siemens PLM Software is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, systems and services. It has over nine million licensed seats and 77,000 customers worldwide. Siemens’ Teamcenter is one of the world's most widely used digital lifecycle management software.

Recently Siemens achieved Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status after testing and tuning Teamcenter 10.1 on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Database RAC.

Siemens wanted to define an integrated architecture that would address PLM requirements for large Automotive, Aerospace, and other manufacturing companies and provide scalability to support the anticipated growth of number of users without any degradation in the performance characteristics. 

Chris Brosz, Vice President of Technical Operations at Siemens PLM Software, summarizes the results as follows:
“Combining Teamcenter with Oracle SuperCluster delivers to our customers a secure, stable, high-performance platform for future growth. Using the embedded virtualization features that come with Oracle Solaris 11 on Oracle SuperCluster we were able to quickly install our entire Teamcenter software stack and rapidly transfer a massive Teamcenter database onto the Oracle SuperCluster engineered system. This high capacity system easily supported 5,000 concurrent heavy profile users with acceptable server response times with significant computational room for growth.”

More information on Siemens PLM can be found here
Oracle Exastack Optimized program information is here.

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 11.2.0.2.


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.

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
http://www.doag.org/konferenz/kprogramm.php

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


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).







Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 Now Generally Available

Today Oracle Solaris 11.2, now with OpenStack Havana, Unified Archives, Kernel Zones, Immutable VMs, compliance reporting, Application driven SDN, and many more new features, is generally made available.

You can read all about it and download it today



Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Oracle Joins OpenDaylight Project, Plans to Integrate OpenDaylight SDN Capabilities Into Oracle Solaris

Good news for our Telco ISV partners who want to leverage virtualization technologies such as SDN and NFV: We just announced that Solaris 11.2 will integrate OpenDaylight SDN, and that Oracle will join the OpenDaylight project as a Silver member.

The integration will allow customers to improve service quality and take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs through compatibility with a wide range of SDN devices, applications and services. It will also allow them to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds.

The OpenDaylight Project is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


Wednesday May 21, 2014

Want to setup a Hadoop Cluster from a Solaris Unified Archive?

Here is a great paper written by an engineer in ISV Engineering on how to set up an Apache Hadoop 2.2 (YARN) cluster on a single system using Oracle Solaris Zones, the ZFS file system, and the new Unified Archive capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11.2. Also see how to configure manual or automatic failover, and how to use the Unified Archive to create a "cloud in a box" and deploy a bare-metal system

This article starts with a brief overview of Hadoop and follows with an example of setting up a Hadoop cluster with two NameNodes, a Resource Manager, a History Server, and three DataNodes. As a prerequisite, you should have a basic understanding of Oracle Solaris Zones and network administration.

Do you want to check all those new features for yourself? Download the Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta

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