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 Dec 10, 2014

Choosing Oracle Solaris Virtualization

A question we very often get asked by our ISV partners is which of the various Solaris virtualization technologies available should they use.

Well, our product manager for Oracle Solaris Virtualization has just put up a very useful write-up to answer this question and help choose between Zones, Kernel Zones or Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms).

And if you want a deeper dive into the topic you can read the relevant chapters in the related SPARC virtualization technologies whitepaper written by an elite team of engineers.

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 May 01, 2014

Guide to using Solaris 11.2 Kernel Zones and Unified Archives with SAS

Kernel Zones and Unified Archives are two new features of the just announced Oracle Solaris 11.2 release and some of our partners, like SAS have already started using them.

In this guide we are explaining why these features make perfect sense for SAS Systems Administrators and provide a simple cookbook for how Kernel Zones can be easily provisioned and duplicated with Oracle Solaris Unified Archives.

Topics covered in the guide:

  • What are Kernel Zones?
  • Why are they relevant for SAS Deployments?
  • A simplified walkthrough
    • Creating the Kernel Zone
    • Post Installation Considerations
    • Performance Impact - Minimal
  • Cloning & Deployment Using Solaris Unified Archives
  • Upgrading from Solaris 11.1 to Solaris 11.2

Do you want to check all those new features for yourself? Download the Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta

Wednesday May 22, 2013

SAP Netweaver supports Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11

SAP supports all SAP Netweaver products which are supported on Solaris 10 as well in Solaris 10 branded zones with Solaris 11. See SAP note 1824835 (authentication required, SAP customers only).

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 May 27, 2008

Wrapup Code Camp Virtualization Light (Optimal Resources Utilsation) in Hegnau, Zürich Schweiz

Anbeidie aktualiserten Dokumente des ersten Schweizer Code Camps in Hegnau/Züric zum Thema "Virtualization light".[Read More]

Thursday May 08, 2008

Erstes Schweizer Code Camp für Software Partner in Hegnau

in der Sprachkategorie "Deutsch" betreuen wir jetzt auch explizit die deutschsprachigen Softwarepartner in der Schweiz. Wir freuen uns auf unser erstes Code Camp am 27.5.2008 in Hegnau bei Zürich![Read More]

Sunday Jun 24, 2007

Zones, Resources, Solaris and SAP Systems (Second follow up of Code Camp)

This blog gives pointers to resource control under Solaris 10 and zones in conjunction with SAP systems. This is a follow up for an code camp being held June 19th 2007 in Germany.[Read More]

Tuesday Jun 19, 2007

Wrapup zum ersten deutschen ISV Code Camp des ISV Engineering

Wrapup des ersten deutschen ISV Code Camps mit neuester Dokumentation.[Read More]
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