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Informatica Power Center v10.1 on Oracle Solaris and SPARC

Parnian Taidi
Product Marketing Manager

Update: Informatica v10.1.1 is now available and supports Oracle Solaris 11 and SPARC.

Informatica and Oracle have had a
close working relationship for many years. 
For an example of our joint projects see
Informatica Analytics
on Oracle SPARC: Up-to 9X Faster with In-Memory DB

Recently we had a chance to talk to
Paul Veilleux, head of Partner Eco-System Development for Data Integration
and Big Data at Informatica. The following are highlights from our discussion:

Q. How do you see Oracle SPARC servers,
engineered systems and in the cloud supporting your key business
initiatives and challenges?

   This past year, we
have been highly focused on Big Data Management and driving data driven
solutions for customers that require self-service BI. In addition, we are providing
several new options for our existing Power Center customers that have traditionally
managed ETL workloads on-premise and now want to manage those same workloads in
the cloud. We will be launching Power Center 10.1.1 in December of 2016 this

Oracle SPARC innovations provide Informatica
with a clear competitive edge. Feature rich functions such as on-chip Data
Analytics Accelerators, which are automatically leveraged by Oracle DB 12c
In-memory, provide tremendous boost to analytic application performance to our
customers while reducing storage and network footprint. In addition, Oracle’s SPARC
on-chip cryptography and Silicon Secured Memory features provide us with increased
security without the usual related performance penalty.

In fact, we have seen truly
tremendous performance while running Oracle DB 12c In-memory on SPARC. Despite
all of the hype vendors promote, our analytic workload results were 9x faster with In-memory DB. In
addition, the SuperCluster Optimized options provided us with 5x faster data
ingestion feeds into Oracle Exadata and SuperCluster engineered systems with Power
Center 10.1.1. Oracle and Informatica are simply engineered to work together.
Collectively, together we provide the performance, scale and security demanded
by customers running Big Data & analytics.

What about the unique choices Oracle
Cloud offers?

Paul: Oracle and
Informatica are working together to uniquely offer our customers with the
broadest range in choice. It is imperative that we get this right. Therefore, we have partnered closely with
Oracle Solution Center’s Partner Business Strategy team, led by VP, Shankar
Jayaganapthy. We want to be sure that customers with the most demanding of
workloads see no sacrifice in performance between choosing to run seamlessly on
Oracle on-premise servers versus running on the Oracle Cloud at Customer or on the
Oracle Public Cloud. We want to provide our customers with the same level of
service regardless of where they choose to manage their applications.

In addition, we also worked closely
with Oracle’s VP of Platform Products, led by VP Sanjay Sinha. This is a real competitive
advantage that our mutual customers can take advantage of and makes the move to
the cloud much easier and more flexible compared to any other offering we’ve
seen out there in the marketplace.

What’s next?

Paul:  We are currently working
on supporting our latest 10.1 version on Oracle Solaris 11 and SPARC. It will
come with the v10.1.1 GA in December
of 2016. So please stay tuned for that.

In addition, we are working on providing some
sizing and benchmarking results on the latest SPARC S7 and M7 systems,
leveraging the Data Analytics Accelerators that Oracle DB In-memory uses
automatically on these systems.

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