Monday Apr 08, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC (and x86) Performance, Part 4

East or West?

I admit it. Being a bit removed from my days as a system administrator, and not necessarily steeped in the day-to-day existence of network design, I was slightly perplexed when I first saw the original of the illustration on the right.

This was shortly after we'd acquired Xsigo, a company whose name also did not immediately reveal anything about the cool stuff they made, and what problems it solved.

So here's this slide I need to present, with this illustration, and no speaker notes. Well, most of it makes sense, but "W" and "E"? Ah, possibly "Web" and "Enterprise"! It sure couldn't be anything like, I don't know... "West" and "East!" What would that have to do with networking?

And many of you are already throwing things at your screen, yelling, of course it's "West" and "East," dumkopf! (Especially if you're German.) It turns out that if you're smarter than, oh, say, me, you know that the "East/West problem" is a thing, and Oracle Virtual Networking, the products the Xsigo acquisition adds to our portfolio, are the things that solves that thing.

Home is Best

(If by "home" we mean "simplified data center deployments with a wire-once solution and simple software defined network configurations."  And it's my blog post, so that is indeed what it means.)

Simply speaking, east/west traffic is the traffic that rather than going in and out of the data center (which in the world of this metaphor is called north/south traffic), goes between servers in the same data center -- or even within the same physical server.

Clearly, the more devices you have interposed in this traffic, or the more congested your connections are, the slower, more complicated, and expensive things are. Equally clearly, east/west traffic is becoming a really big deal in the age of virtualization and networked storage.

Oracle Virtual Networking addresses this in a big way, with an open architecture data center fabric delivering 80 Gb/sec bandwidth. Not only does this make for faster services (customers have seen fourfold application performance improvement), it can also cut capital expenditures by significant amounts and simplify administration, allowing new services to be set up in minutes instead of days. We have one customer who was able to take the 98 network cables they would run into a single blade chassis down to 6, and drop 6 switches in such a configuration down to 2.

And, as the title of this post indicates, this is now available for Oracle Solaris deployments. It's supported with Oracle Solaris on both x86 and SPARC systems, including the new SPARC T5 and M5 servers.  It also supports Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, VMware, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Hyper-V, so we've pretty much got you covered.

Where things can get very interesting with Oracle Solaris, of course, is how this can be used in conjunction with a feature like Oracle Solaris Zones, and how that in turn leverages the power of ZFS. Basically, you're putting everything in your data center on frictionless bearings, so that instead of recabling your systems, or having to physically provision new storage, you can instead stand up new application environments at a moment's notice by reallocating existing resources.

Now, instead of throwing things at the screen, I imagine you're now cleaning up the coffee spray and saying, "My gosh, you guys should do a Webcast about this!" Excellent idea.

Webcast: How to Manage Your Data Center with Oracle Virtual Networking
Tuesday April 30, 2013
11:00am PT

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Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

Since You Asked... A Couple of Oracle Solaris Resources

OK, you didn't ask (unless you in fact are Adix or Mark), but someone did -- as part of today's Twitter activity, we got to bring up two resources that I thought were worth sharing more broadly.

Mark was asking about moving from AIX to Solaris, and it turns out we have a recent document on just that: the IBM AIX to Oracle Solaris Technology Mapping Guide, subtitled "Preparing for the Move to Oracle Solaris 11". This is a 55-page technical white paper identifying and comparing the differences between AIX 7.1 and Oracle Solaris 11.

During today's webcast on Oracle Solaris on Oracle's x86 systems, we mentioned the bidirectional connection between Oracle Solaris and our x86 systems' service processors, and Adix wanted to know more.  There's a white paper on that, too: Oracle’s x86 Systems: The Best x86 Platforms for Oracle Solaris, where it covers, among other things, the "Oracle Solaris–Aware Service Processor" .

If you missed the webcast, by the way, it should be available for replay starting tomorrow morning it's now available for replay.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Webcast, Tuesday Feb 26: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance

In this short webcast, you'll learn about how Oracle has created unique value for its x86 systems by close integration with the features offered by Oracle Solaris and Oracle's system management tools, delivering increased system performance, reliability and security.

Why does Oracle Solaris offer unique advantages in performance and reliability when run on Oracle's own systems? This is your opportunity to find out more about lower total cost of ownership, increased reliability, and the overall value of integration.

Presenters include Chris Baker from the Oracle Solaris team, a familiar name for those who have been using Solaris on their x86 systems for a while; Chris has been around long enough to remember when Oracle Database could run on a 24MB Pentium III.  From the hardware side, we'll have Josh Rosen and Ed Franklin.

Oracle Webcast: Oracle Solaris on Oracle x86 Systems – Co-engineered For Efficiency & Performance
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 noon ET
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Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Manic Monday - More OpenWorld Solaris Sessions: Developers, Cloud, Customer Insights, Hardware Optimization

We're overflowing with Monday sessions; literally more than one person can take in. Learn more about what's new in Oracle Solaris Studio, hear about the latest x86 and SPARC hardware optimizations, get some insights on cloud deployment strategies, and find out from your peers what they're doing with Oracle Solaris.

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. See yesterday's blog post and the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide for even more sessions.

Monday, October 1st:

10:45 AM - Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance
(CON6382,  Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3)

Hear how customers and commercial software partners have reached peak performance on SPARC T4 servers and engineered systems with Oracle Solaris Studio and its latest tools for analyzing, reporting, and improving runtime performance:

  • Autoparallelizing, high-performance compilers
  • Performance Analyzer (used to find performance hotspots)
  • Thread Analyzer (to expose data races and deadlocks)
  • Code Analyzer (used to discover latent memory corruption issues)

10:45 AM - Cloud Formation: Implementing IaaS in Practice with Oracle Solaris
(CON8787, Moscone South 302)

Decisions, decisions--at the same time, we've got a session that covers why Oracle Solaris is the ideal OS for public or private clouds, IaaS or PaaS, with built-in features for elastic infrastructure, unrivaled security, superfast installation and deployment, nonstop availability, and crystal-clear observability. This session will include a customer study on how Oracle Solaris is used in the cloud today to implement the Oracle stack.

12:15 PM - Customer Insight: Oracle Solaris on Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, and SPARC SuperCluster
(CON8760, Moscone South 270)

Hear from customers what benefits they have realized from using the Oracle stack on Oracle Exadata and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster and from using Oracle Solaris on those engineered systems, taking advantage of built-in lightweight OS virtualization (Zones), enterprise reliability and scale, and other key features.

1:45 PM - Case Study: Mobile Tornado Uses Oracle Technology for Better RAS and TCO

(CON4281, Moscone West 2005)

Mobile Tornado develops and markets instant communication platforms, replacing traditional radio networks with cellular networks. Its critical concern is uptime. Find out how they've used Oracle Solaris, Netra SPARC T4, and Oracle Solaris Cluster, including Oracle Solaris ZFS and Zones, for their Oracle Database deployments to improve reliability and drive down cost.

3:15 PM - Technical Panel: Developing High Performance Applications on Oracle Solaris
(CON7196, Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C2)

Engineers from the Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, and Oracle Tuxedo development teams, and Oracle ISV Engineering discuss how they develop high-performance enterprise applications that take advantage of Oracle's SPARC and x86 servers, with Oracle Solaris Studio and new Oracle Solaris 11 features. Topics will include developer tools, parallel frameworks, best practices, and methodologies, as well as insights and case studies on parallelizing and optimizing application performance on Oracle Solaris. Bring your best questions!

3:15 PM -  x86 Power Management with Oracle Solaris: Current State, Opportunities, and Future
(CON6271, Moscone West 2012)

Another option for this time slot: learn about how Intel Xeon and Oracle Solaris work together to reduce server power consumption. This presentation addresses some of the recent power management improvements in Oracle Solaris, opportunities to further improve energy efficiency, and some future directions for Oracle Solaris power management.

Monday Apr 02, 2012

Oracle's Sun x86 Server Product Launch Webcast, April 10th

On April 10th, 2012, Oracle will host a webcast to discuss its new generation of x86 servers.

Register today

Topics covered will include:

  • Enhanced virtualization for consolidation and improved server utilization
  • Reduced licensing costs with 0.5 core factors for Oracle per core-priced software
  • Unparalleled reliability and availability for enterprise environments
  • Increased visibility and efficiency with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and expert 24/7 support
  • Ongoing protection for your existing software and training investments

Live Webcast:
The Industry's Best x86 Platform for Running Oracle Enterprise Applications

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
9:00 AM PDT

40 minutes including Q&A 

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