Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

DB2 v10.5 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM has released a fixpack for DB2 v10.5 which provides Solaris 11 support on SPARC-based servers.

D
B2 Cancun Release 10.5.0.4 (also known as v10.5 fixpack 4) is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM.

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.


Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

bash Vulnerabilities in Solaris - info for partners

A number of vulnerabilities affecting GNU Bash were publicly disclosed.  These include CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-7186, CVE-2014-7187, CVE-2014-6277 and CVE-2014-6278.  GNU Bash is a popular open source command line shell incorporated into Linux, Solaris, and other widely used operating systems. These vulnerabilities affect multiple Oracle products.

 As a result Oracle has published Security Alert CVE-2014-7169Solaris customers can also refer to the Third Party Vulnerability Resolution Blog for information about IDRs or updated SRUs to address these issues.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Solaris transition to LP64 model

Alan, one of our Solaris technical leads, has written-up a very comprehensive article on Solaris increased use of 64bit which should be of interest to anyone developing software for Solaris or looking at addressing the year 2038 wrap-around issue.

After providing some tips and advice on what a software developer should pay attention to in order to accompany Solaris in its transition to the LP64 model, Alan gives some practical examples that he himself followed when he delivered Xorg as LP64 binaries in Solaris, for both SPARC and x86

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Are you Ready? and Optimized?

Oracle Solaris Ready, Oracle SuperCluster Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized      

ISVs who support their applications on Oracle Solaris 11 are taking advantage of
the Oracle Solaris Ready and Oracle SuperCluster Ready programs which
are part of the Oracle Exastack Ready program from Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).  
Some are using the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab, a cloud based solution with both SPARC
and X86 VMs, to validate their applications on Oracle Solaris 11 and become Oracle Solaris Ready. 

Unleash ISV Application Performance with Engineered Systems

Qualified OPN members are provided access to Oracle performance experts and lab environments for testing and tuning their applications with Oracle SuperCluster through the

Customers can be confident when selecting Oracle SuperCluster Optimized applications knowing that they are supported, and have been tested and tuned with Oracle SuperCluster Systems to help deliver optimum speed, scalability and reliability.

Partners who have recently achieved Oracle SuperCluster Optimized are:

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

Building and Deploying Nagios on Oracle Solaris 11

For everyone interested in running the popular open source system, network, and infrastructure monitoring application Nagios on Solaris, here is a great paper describing how to build and integrate it with Solaris 11 SMF and IPS frameworks: Building and Deploying Nagios on Oracle Solaris 11

 


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



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.

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh

The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14 release is now available for download

This update includes new features and enhancements based on current customer feedback during the Beta program.  We look forward to getting additional feedback!

Feature highlights in this update include: 

  • Additional support for C++11, including full support for Lambda expressions and initializer lists
  • Updated Performance Analyzer with a completely redesigned UI that automatically saves your configuration settings and allows you to save custom configurations, new Heap data view, new metrics to track IPC/CPI, and call-tree enhancements
  • Updated Code Analyzer with performance and memory usage improvements
  • OpenMP 4.0 implementation tuned for the latest Oracle systems 
  • And many more features, enhancements and fixes in response to user feedback

Learn More and explore resources including the What's New guide and the latest videos and articles. 


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.

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


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).


Monday Jun 02, 2014

Oracle regains the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare

Oracle has regained the #1 UNIX Server Shipments spot! According to IDC, Oracle’s share was 33.6%, up from 32.7% in the year ago period, and 32.2% in C4Q13: 

IDC: WW Unix Unit Shipments, Share, Growth

2014Q1

Share

Oracle

8,355

33.6%

IBM

6,919

27.8%

HP

6,549

26.4%

Fujitsu

1,069

4.3%

Dell

519

2.1%

NEC

63

0.3%

Others

1,380

5.6%

Total Market

24,854

100.0%

While the UNIX server space is currently undergoing some contraction (on a pure numbers basis), this can be traced in part to an overall consolidation trend, due to the greatly-increased price-performance of our systems. Consider this: one SPARC T5-4 system has 1/16th the number of sockets and 1/192nd the number of cores of the previous high-end M9000-64 system -- all at 5X the price-performance.

SPARC. Solaris. Nuff' said.


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

Thursday May 01, 2014

Oracle SPARC/Solaris - Coming to EMC World May 5-8


EMC World 2014 returns to Las Vegas May 5-8 at The Venetian! As data growth explodes, EMC creates the infrastructure that enables you to manage your business and your career. Come to EMC World 2014 to find out how we collaborate with EMC on Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC products:

  • The Solaris/SPARC kiosk, in the EMC Storage booth area

  • The Oracle Customer Meeting Room
    Meeting Room Toscana 3607
    Open every day for customer meetings

  • Theater Presentations
    Topic: Oracle SPARC/Solaris and EMC - An Unmatched Combination
    Location: Symmetrix VMAX booth (Booth #268)
    Presenters: Abhishek Gupta, Angelo Rajadurai, Oracle ISV Engineering
    Times:
       Tues 6 May 11:30 - 11:45AM
       Wed 7 May 11:00 - 11:15AM

Register today and meet us at EMC World to understand how you can benefit from Oracle Solaris and SPARC servers. 

Oracle also has Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Linux sessions and kiosks. Visit this Everything Oracle @EMC page for more information on all of Oracle presence in EMC World.


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.



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