Monday Jun 20, 2016

SPARC Solaris Virtualization ROCKS for SAS Analytics

A global life sciences company recently undertook a complete infrastructure refresh of its SAS Analytics environment to meet critical business requirements, such as industry compliance, scale for growth and resiliency for non-stop operations . This case study documents the strategic choices and the procedural details involved in modernizing their SAS Analytics environment and demonstrates how SPARC Solaris virtualization ROCKS! (see white paper below).

The Challenge:

This company was looking to replace an aged 16-core HPUX Itanium system with performance issues that was currently running SAS to support 150 users.  Their goal was to move to a SAS Grid Computing framework that could support 400 users in a high availability (HA) and disaster recovery architecture for non-stop operation.  In addition, they required high-performance shared file system storage and needed to consolidate three separate SAS releases (9.2; 9.3; and 9.4).  All this while needing to map SAS services to 15+ separate OS instances.


The SPARC Solaris Virtualization Solution:

Combining Oracle’s Solaris 11 OS with SPARC servers and ZFS Storage created a very flexible and powerful virtualization solution for this complex challenge with Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms) and Oracle Solaris Zones. The SPARC Solaris virtualization strategy enabled strict compliance to SAS licensing policy while allowing for prioritized resource allocations for memory, I/O, and network bandwidth – all without adding additional licensing and virtualization costs to the customer.

Leveraging the flexibility of Oracle Solaris virtualization technologies to achieve both business and IT infrastructure needs enabled this pharmaceutical company to transform and optimize their SAS Analytics environment.

The Devil is in The Details:



Read this white paper for best practices, lessons learned, and the detailed deployment anatomy to understand the specifics of this case study.  It also includes the actual scripting of the virtualization services which were created:

White Paper: Modernization of a SAS® Analytics Environment -
Solving Complicated Refresh Challenges with Oracle Solaris and SPARC Virtualization Technologies


Should you have any questions on this case study, you can contact us at isvsupport_ww@oracle.com.

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 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.

Monday Mar 25, 2013

Build Solaris Clouds with Oracle Storage Library for SAP Virtualization 1.0.0.0 for Solaris

Oracle released the first version of the SAP Storage Library for SAP Virtualization Version 1.0 . The virtualization library is available for the Solaris SPARC and x64 platform. The documentation explains how to build SAP virtualization landscape with the ZFS storage appliance and other SAN devices.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Symantec releases Storage Foundation 6.0PR1 on Solaris 11

Symantec logo Symantec Storage Foundation6.0PR1 is the first Storage Foundation release to support Solaris 11, SPARC (see release notes).

Thursday Sep 24, 2009

Storage for your Database

Sun invites you to join a free Webinar on how databases can take advantage of the next wave in storage techologies. ZFS, SSDs and the Open Storage line of products from Sun are changing the rules in the database storage industry[Read More]

Sunday Feb 24, 2008

Innovative Storage - Customer Events, 28 Feb in Sale, 6 March in City

Find out more about Sun's x4500 and Solaris ZFS and hear from application partners including BakBone, Symantec and Coppereye on 28 February and 06 March at Sun's Sale and City CBC respectively. 

Make sure to visit http://uk.sun.com/personalities for more information and to register. 



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