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

Friday May 06, 2016

Best Practices Using ZFS For SAP ASE Database

SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database 16.0 and 15.7 are certified to run on Oracle Solaris 11 systems using ZFS as data storage and logs. Recent testing with OLTP workloads on Oracle SPARC systems with Solaris 11 show better or on-par performance with ZFS compared to UFS or raw devices.  

Oracle Solaris ZFS is a powerful file system that combines file system capabilities with storage features that are traditionally offered by a volume manager. ZFS is the default file system in Oracle Solaris 11 and includes integrated data services, such as compression, encryption, and snapshot and cloning. Oracle Solaris and ZFS are also the foundation of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.  

ZFS Best Practices For SAP ASE Database:

  • Create separate zpools for data and the transaction log.
  • Create zpool for data using multiple LUNs for better I/O bandwidth.
  • ZFS record size for data is one of key parameters for optimal performance. The default  value of 128K is too large and causes page overhead.  For Solaris SPARC systems with the DB page size of 8K or less, a ZFS record size of 32K provides  the best performance for both file system block and raw zvol.
  • Place ZIL (ZFS Intent Log) on SSDs for improved latency of both data and transaction log.
For more details see SAP Note  2300958 : ZFS Certification of SAP ASE 16.0 and Sybase ASE 15.7 on Oracle Solaris 11 (requires SAP login).

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

Simplify Software Development with Solaris 11 Zones, ZFS etc (Replay available)

Oracle University is offering the replay of the webinar "Simplify your Software Development with Solaris 11 Zones, ZFS and the new TCP/IP Stack". The replay is available for free to all OTN members. 
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Tuesday Feb 09, 2010

Webinar sécurité pour applications Web: conclusion

Merci d'avoir assisté au webinar sur la sécurité  pour les applications Web, et merci pour vos questions. Cette présentation était réservée aux membres du programme Sun Startup Essentials. Comme promis, voici une liste de liens utiles qui viennent compléter les sujets abordés pendant la présentations[Read More]

Sunday Jan 31, 2010

Security For Web Applications Webinar: Wrap Up

Thank you for attending the Sun Startup Essentials webinar on Security for Web Applications, here is a list of useful links to learn more about and start implementing the different technologies that were covered during the presentation[Read More]

Monday Jan 25, 2010

Webinar securite pour applications Web

Mercredi 10 Février - 11h00, rejoignez-nous pour un Webinar sur la sécurité des applications Web.[Read More]

Saturday Dec 26, 2009

Reminder: Tech Webinar on Security for Web Application

Reminder: Wednesday January 27th, Join the Sun Startup Essentials Webinar on  Security for Web Applications.[Read More]

Sunday Dec 20, 2009

ZFS and Solaris: storage optimization for the cloud

Cloud computing has been one of the most discussed topic over the year. What is usually less discussed is the technology behind cloud-computing, though this is no secret that virtualization is playing a key role. Cloud data-centers will be loaded with virtual machines each of these machines potentially requiring in disk-space what a complete operating system (OS) requires[Read More]

Monday Dec 07, 2009

Tech Webinar: Security for Web Application

Wednesday January 27th, Join the Sun Startup Essentials Webinar on  Security for Web Applications.[Read More]

Monday Nov 23, 2009

Webinar hébergement nouvelle génération

Le mercredi 2 décembre à 11h00 - heure de Paris - Sun Starup Essentials vous invite à découvrir l'offre de Planet-Work, notre partenaire hébergement.

Frédéric Vannière, Directeur Technique, vous expliquera comment il a mis en oeuvre les fonctionnalités de virtualisation de Solaris et de ZFS pour proposer des packages d'hébergement souples, évolutifs et économiques. En route pour le Cloud Computing !

Inscrivez-vous !

Sunday Nov 22, 2009

My swap space on an SSD?

If I consider the gain in latency that an SSD brings versus a capacity disk - in the region of 100x - the solution seems obvious. Swapping must be much faster with an SSD. Since RAM is expensive versus SSD, I could even be tempted to design a system with little RAM and a large swap space on SSDs. In other words, I can ask myself if trying to prevent my system to page is still a good fight?[Read More]

Friday Nov 06, 2009

ZFS compression: perf, disk-space, and watts. The naked truth. (part 2 of 2)

ZFS compression improves IO perf by 1.35x, saves disk space by 1.77x, and reduces power consumption by 1.09x. Find out more.[Read More]

Friday Oct 23, 2009

ZFS compression: perf, disk-space, and watts. The naked truth. (part 1 of 2)

I did a quick check about what ZFS compression brings in terms of IO performance and I also measured the impact on power consumption - a good opportunity to familiarize with the OpenSolaris Power Management. This article describes my experiment and provides the results.[Read More]

Saturday Oct 17, 2009

Technical Webinars

Take advantage of some free technical Webinars conducted by Sun's experts.[Read More]

Monday Sep 28, 2009

Backup MySQL in a Second with ZFS

MySQL backup soon becomes an important matter when the database is used in production. The pain-point comes from the fact that while backuping, the database is not available to respond to client requests anymore. ZFS snapshosts bring a new and straightforward approach that enables to backup MyISAM or InnoDB in less than a second[Read More]

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 Jul 27, 2008

ZFS write throttle observations

The new ZFS write throttle feature, which integrated in Nevada build 87, specifically addresses write intensive workloads. Today, we take a closer look at the write throttle in action...[Read More]

Monday Jul 07, 2008

A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools; Part 3: RAIDZ2, scrubbing and resilvering

The second chapter of the hands on ZFS tutorial will introduce RAIDZ2, disk scrubbing and resilvering with help of 6 USB memory sticks and a USB hub.[Read More]

Thursday Jul 03, 2008

A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools; Part 2: Mirrors, Disk Failures and Spare Disks

The second part of the ZFS  hands on tutorial shows how to build mirrors and spare disks with the help of 6 USB sticks and a hub. It'll allow to test failure and recovery procedures with least cost components.[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 02, 2008

A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools: Part 1: Getting Started (zpool create, status, import, export)

Learn how to run your own ZFS training with a USB hub and 6 memory sticks. The tutorial introduces the key concepts of zpools in part 1.[Read More]

Application tuning, sizing, monitoring, porting on Solaris 11


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