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 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.

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Record Performance and Seamless Scalability in Core Banking with Infosys Finacle and Oracle SuperCluster

New White Paper                               

Demonstrating extraordinary performance and scalability, an Infosys Finacle core banking solution version 10.2.13, running on an Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 system recently set a new global benchmark for the number of transactions processed across key banking functions. In a test that was audited and reviewed by a global business consulting and audit firm, the solution supported more than 1.9 billion bank accounts with near linear scalability. The test also saw Infosys Finacle processing 726 million effective transactions in four hours, or more than 50,000 average transactions per second. The press release was issued by Infosys a while back.

A new whitepaper describers the technical details behind the testing and results of this work and how it sets a new standard of scalability for core banking infrastructure.

Read the white paper for details.

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.

Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Murex Looks to SPARC Solaris Systems to Provide Value

Managing risk in a real-time capital market industry is something Murex customers have been doing successfully for over 27 years.  Murex builds software platforms for integrated trading, risk management, processing and clearing solutions for financial institutions, corporations and utilities located across the globe.



Murex has a long history with Oracle, starting with SPARC Solaris systems in 1992, moving to a Java development platform in 1998, and beginning development on the Oracle Database back in 2001.  Murex customers demand reliable solutions, which are extremely secure and very performant — as they are operating in real-time.  

In this video [click on picture below], Fabrice Blanc, Alliances Director, Murex, describes why 80% of Murex customers run on Solaris systems today.  He also describes the partnership with Oracle and how they are now looking to explore new emerging technologies like Database 12c and the Oracle cloud.

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.

Monday Nov 10, 2014

SAS Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems

Oracle and SAS have been partners for over 20 years and they continue to work closely on joint technology projects to increase solution benefits to customers. One such technology area is Big Data Analytics on Oracle Engineered Systems.



Paul Kent, Vice President of Big Data at SAS, discusses SAS strategy for Big Data Analytics and how Oracle Engineered Systems simplify implementations for customers at increased performance and reduced risk in this video:


SAS had an important presence at Oracle OpenWord 2014 in both SAS and Oracle sessions. Some examples are:

For more information about Oracle and SAS please visit oracle.com/sas

Monday Nov 03, 2014

Software in Silicon Innovations for Database

Juan Loaiza, Sr. VP of Technology at Oracle gave an overview of innovative new Software in Silicon technology and its benefits to databases and applications at Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

He talked about three key ways this new revolutionary technology enhances performance, capacity and reliability:

  • Extreme performance with DB in-memory acceleration engines
  • Increased data capacity with decompression engines
  • Revolutionary change to memory architecture that stops memory corruption, be it from malicious attacks or programmer errors

Watch the video to learn details:

Please note: developers can take advantage of this revolutionary technology using the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud today!

Real-time Analytics with MicroStrategy and Oracle

Oracle and MicroStrategy, a gold certified Oracle Partner, have been working closely on testing out the Oracle Database 12 in-memory option on the M6 SPARC server and Oracle Solaris.

Significant number of MicroStrategy customers use Oracle as their main database platform.With the introduction of the Oracle Database In-Memory Option, it is now possible to run real-time, ad-hoc, analytic queries on your business data as it exists right at this moment and receive results in sub-seconds. True real-tine analytics.

Powered by the new SPARC M6 processors, the SPARC M6-32 server is Oracle's big memory machine. With up to 32 terabytes of memory it delivers extreme performance for in-memory databases and business analytics applications.

Jochen Demuth, Director of Partner Engineering at MicroStrategy, discusses this work and how the combination of the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform using Oracle Database 12c In-memory option on Oracle M6 Big memory machines provides real-time analytics to customers in this video:



Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Why ISVs Run Applications on Oracle SuperCluster

Michael Palmeter, Senior Director Product Development of Oracle Engineered Systems, discusses how ISVs can easily run up to 20x faster, gain 28:1 storage compression, and grow presence in the market all without any changes to their code in this short video.

One of the family of Oracle engineered systems products, Oracle SuperCluster provides maximum end-to-end database and application performance with minimal initial and ongoing support and maintenance effort, at the lowest total cost of ownership.

Java or enterprise applications running on Oracle Database 11gR2 or higher and Oracle Solaris 11 can run up to 20X faster than traditional platforms on Oracle SuperCluster without any changes to their code. 

Large number of customers are consolidating hundreds of their applications and databases on Oracle SuperCluster and are requiring their ISVs to support it.

ISVs can become Oracle SuperCluster Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized by joining the Oracle Exastack program


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

Friday Apr 04, 2014

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

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.

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