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.

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!

Monday Jun 01, 2015

Oracle's Software In Silicon Cloud Is A Hit!

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!



JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO


">Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

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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.

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

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

Software in Silicon Cloud for Partners and Developers (video)

Software in Silicon is a new revolutionary technology from Oracle with security benefits, database benefits, and increased capacity benefits. Software in Silicon Cloud for partners and developers provides early access to this technology, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments. It includes access to hardware-enabled functionality to detect and prevent data corruptions and security violations and includes the latest Oracle Solaris Studio release with tools that detect numerous types of memory corruption and aid developers in quickly improving code reliability. It is available to partners and developers today.

Watch this short video to learn more about the Software in Silicon Cloud and find out how to request access.

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:



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.

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.

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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.

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