Wednesday Jun 29, 2016

What's New in Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 ?.. flagging "Unsafe Code!"

Do you want to increase your Application Performance on Solaris or Linux by 450%  vs. GCC.. !??

.. 700% Faster parsing than Eclipse !?  .. supporting C, C++, Fortran, Java & Scala Apps .. with GNU compatibility !?

? How about an IDE that identifies and flags "Unsafe Code" !?? (yes, ODS 12.5 does just that, in addition to supporting the latest Oracle SPARC CPU SW-in-Silicon capabilities.

Oracle Developer Studio 12.5 Key Benefits: 

  • Oracle SPARC M7 Silicon Secured Memory integration in developer tools delivers real-time memory access checking
  • Generate up to 4.5x faster code on the latest Oracle systems, including SPARC S7
  • Industry-leading performance profiling tool for accurate analysis of Java and Scala apps (in addition to C/C++)
  • Efficient code editing of large enterprise apps, delivering up to 7x faster parse time than Eclipse
  • Easy compilation of open source apps with GNU support and binary compatibility
  • Remote interfaces that allow developers to code from most laptop / desktop environments and remotely connect to applications on premise or in the cloud

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Watch LIVE : as Oracle Launches the NEXT Generation of SPARC Cloud Infrastructure & SW-in-Silicon.. taking on ALL price-points !

Join Oracle tomorrow to witness LIVE the product launch and expansion to our "Best-In-Class" SPARC portfolio that accommodates the demand for lower-cost scale-out architectures (on-premise / cloud).   This product line not only offers more aggressive "economies of scale" (Price/Performance), but does so along side FREE (and zero overhead) "SW-in-Silicon" benefits (Silicon Secured Memory Security, DB Query acceleration, Encryption, inline Decompression, ..) all at wire-speed and unrivaled by our competition.

Please feel free to pass this invite along to your colleges and register using the link below to be a part of this historic event !

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Tuesday Jun 14, 2016

Welcome to the M7 Processor InfoWall ! ..

For a High-level review of the latest Oracle M7 CPU/System News & Video's.. chekout the "M7 InfoWall" :

Monday May 30, 2016

Migrating from Linux (or AIX, HPUX) to Solaris.. and unlock the Optimal Performance of your Applications

If you don't already realize that Solaris offers a plethora of Performance and LifeCycle Management benfits not found or available in Linux.. then test out your Application on Solaris and see for yourself !

I'll be posting an up-coming article regarding the MANY Solaris-Only capabilities for the Oracle DB and Java apps that aren't available on any Linux .. from RAC Solaris Kernel mode acceleration, resizing the DB SGA without incurring reboots.. to HUGE memory pages (16GB on M7/T7 HW ! vs. Linux and it's few MB pages!).

For now, take a look at the following links and take the plunge to better Performance, Availability, Linear scalability, Virtualization, LifeCycle Management and patch automation ..

Migrating to Solaris 11 ..Step-by-Step (From AIX, RedHat Linux, HP-UX) :

 .. with Porting Guides, OS Comparisons, and Hands-On Demo Labs .. 

Sunday May 15, 2016

How to seamlessly Transition to Solaris 11..

For those new to Solaris 11, the following article is a fabulous introductory way to kick the tires of Solaris 11 :

Taking Your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11

The following Transition Guide is an invaluable reference to follow according to Oracle's Solaris team "Best Practices" :

Transition Guide from S10 to Solaris 11.3 :

For those System Administrators that just want to cut to the chase and see any side-by-side differences between S10 & S11 : 

Differences between S10 and S11 for Admin's :

.. and a HUGE Treasure Trove of "How To" articles for Admins

Index of Solaris 11 "How to" Articles :

Converting Jumpstart to Automated Installer (js2ai utility demo!) :

Monday May 02, 2016

OpenStack FULL distribution included/supported in Solaris 11.2 and beyond !!

The FULL OpenStack distribution has been available since Solaris 11.2 (2014) !  

Once again, proving that Solaris is THE single most complete, mission critical, linearly scalable, binary compatible.. Opertating System on the planet !    (beyond the dozens of Solaris-ONLY capabilities that blow away Linux.. here is but another, at NO COST to you)

Many references & WP's are available at the following link :

For a good high-level overview of what OpenStack in Solaris offers watch this video : 

Tuesday Apr 05, 2016

Edison Group TCO shows how SPARC/Solaris beats RH/x86/VMware hands-down !

.. and another example (PRIOR to the introduction of the M7 CPU and T7/M7 Servers) of how Oracle's TCO has been proven, even against the "Commodity" solution low-cost facade !

The Edison Group white paper (which doesn't account that T7/ M7 Servers can do 2-3x Performance in the SAME footprint as the T5-2 systems assessed !)  : 

"Advantages of Oracle SPARC Servers Running Oracle Solaris over Commodity Alternatives" : a TCO Perspective ..

Edison's analysis revealed that the Oracle SPARC T5-2, with Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization, is 29.8% percent more cost-effective than the competing x86, RHEL-based system. In the case outlined above, the comprehensive TCO savings equaled $1,293,758.    Edison’s findings suggest that Oracle has succeeded in engineering a data center solution that melds heightened performance and reduced risk with significant value.

Edison Concludes :  "There is, perhaps, a new standard in enterprise computing" !

Thursday Mar 31, 2016

HotChips 2015 and Oracle's Future Systems.. TheRegister speculates

TheRegister speculates on Oracle's System and CPU futures.. based upon last year's HotChips CPU conference and presentation. 

 .. interesting stuff, and could be an other Game-Changer for Oracle ! .. TBD

Saturday Mar 05, 2016

Solaris 11.3 : THE Cloud OS .. OpenStack, Puppet, World-Record Performance/ Availability/ Scalability..

For those that haven't yet benefited from the MANY advantages that Solaris 11 (available since 2011!) offers your IaaS->PaaS+ initiatives, the following will rapidly bring you up to speed regarding World-Record Performance / Availability/ Scalability.. not to mention the fully supported inclusion of OpenStack, Puppet, ...

From Markus Flierel's blog entry, he outlines the high level benefits of what Solaris 11.3 offers :

 Solaris 11.3 is taking things to the next level by making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform. We are introducing a number of critical enhancements in the following areas:

1. Security and Compliance: 

x Verified boot for Kernel Zones

x BSD Packet Filter

x Tailoring of compliance policies

2. Virtualization:

x Secure (encrypted) live migration of Kernel Zones

x Zones on Shared Storage via NFS

x Live reconfiguration of I/O resources

3. OpenStack: There are a number of major enhancements:

x Automated upgrades to the newer versions of OpenStack

x Support for orchestration of services (Heat)

x Support for bare metal provisioning (Ironic): This is already in S11.3 but not yet in the beta

We are also working on integrating DBaaS with Trove and Murano. On the latter I had provided an overview at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit back in May.

4. Networking: 

x Private VLANs

x Flows support for DSCP Marking 

5. Deep integration with the Oracle stack, for instance: 

x Up to 6x faster DB restart and shut-down by leveraging the latest Virtual Memory Management(VM2) capabilities

In addition to that we are providing early access to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) components that we are shipping with Solaris. 

Beyond these highlights, the full "What's new" can be found here :

What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3

Solaris 11.3 FAQ :

Solaris 11 Training, Screencasts, Podcasts, Demo's ..and more :

Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

Edison Group TCO shows how SPARC/Solaris beats IBM Power by 2-3x in Consolidation Ratio's alone !

Even PRIOR to the introduction of the M7 CPU and T7/M7 Servers, Oracle's TCO has been proven over and over against the competition !

Take the following as a precursor to what you can now expect, noting M7 CPU's offer 2-3x better performance and Consolidation Ratio's vs. what the T5 Servers offered !!

From the Edison Group's prior T5-based TCO analysis vs. IBM Power7 Servers : 

The Edison Group white paper: Enterprise Server Infrastructure Cost of Ownership: Oracle SPARC T5-2 with Oracle Solaris 11 versus IBM Power 750 Express with AIX 7.1.

In a NutShell :  the Oracle systems do better. Key findings:

  • Over a five year period, the Power7 system solution has a total cost of ownership 59 percent higher than the SPARC T5 solution !
  • There's even more of a disparity in cost of acquisition, where the IBM solution is 2x ! twice as expensive right out of the chute.

Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

A LONG list of Oracle World-Record Benchmarks for the M7 CPU & T7/M7 Systems..

As several have recently asked for, the following list should provide an ample starting point to review the 20+ M7 CPU World-Record and/or Best-In-Class benchmark results :

Virtualized Network Performance: SPARC T7-1

SPARC T7-4 Delivers 4-Chip World Record for SPEC OMP2012

SPARC T7-1 Delivers 1-Chip World Records for SPEC CPU2006 Rate Benchmarks

SAP Two-Tier Standard Sales and Distribution SD Benchmark: SPARC T7-2 World Record 2 Processors

PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials 9.2: SPARC T7-2 World Record

Oracle E-Business Order-To-Cash Batch Large: SPARC T7-1 World Record

Oracle E-Business Suite Applications R12.1.3 (OLTP X-Large): SPARC M7-8 World Record

Oracle E-Business Payroll Batch Extra-Large: SPARC T7-1 World Record

Oracle Communications ASAP – Telco Subscriber Activation: SPARC T7-2 World Record

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2: SPARC M7-8 World Record

Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking: SPARC T7-1 World Record

Oracle Stream Explorer DDOS Attack: SPARC T7-4 World Record

Oracle Internet Directory: SPARC T7-2 World Record

Virtualized Storage: SPARC T7-1 Performance

ZFS Encryption: SPARC T7-1 Performance

Live Migration: SPARC T7-2 Oracle VM Server for SPARC Performance

SPECvirt_sc2013: SPARC T7-2 World Record for 2 and 4 Chip Systems

SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v3

AES Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v3

SPECjEnterprise2010: SPARC T7-1 World Record with Single Application Server Using 1 to 4 Chips

Neural Network Models Using Oracle R Enterprise: SPARC T7-4 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v3

Graph Breadth First Search Algorithm: SPARC T7-4 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v2

Graph PageRank: SPARC M7-8 Beats x86 E5 v3 Per Chip

Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark: SPARC T7-4 With Oracle NoSQL Beats x86 E5 v3 Per Chip

Hadoop TeraSort: SPARC T7-4 Top Per-Chip Performance

Memory and Bisection Bandwidth: SPARC T7 and M7 Servers Faster Than x86 and POWER8

In-Memory Aggregation: SPARC T7-2 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v2

In-Memory Database: SPARC T7-1 Faster Than x86 E5 v3

Real-Time Enterprise: SPARC T7-1 Faster Than x86 E5 v3

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Fowler on M7 CPU SW In Silicon breakthroughs..

Oracle's M7 CPU is a "Game-Changer" .. As TheRegister notes a quote from John Fowler VP of Oracle Systems :

(regarding the M7 microprocessor and its builtin coprocessors that speed up crypto algorithms and database requests stood apart from the generic Intel x86 servers swelling today's data center racks.. and relative to M7, poor performing Power8 CPU's)..

"I don't believe that the million-server data center powered by a hydroelectric dam is the scalable future of enterprise computing," Fowler said. "We'll need to keep doing it, but we also need to invest in new technology so you all don't have to build them."

.. and today we have with the introduction of the M7 CPU and related servers @ Oracle !

Friday Oct 30, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Larry Ellison Keynote : SW in Silicon M7 Announcement

Larry Ellison outlines Oracle's Cloud History, Strategy and compelling futures with Oracle's M7 CPU and future offerings centering around it's SW in Silicon ! (HW built-in Silicon Secured Memory, Encryption, Decompression, SQL in Silicon, ..).[Read More]

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

InfoWorld: "Oracle Makes It's BIGGEST SPARC Announcement Since Buying Sun !"

 InfoWorld : "Oracle Makes It's BIGGEST SPARC Announcement Since Buying Sun !!"

M7 Processor and M7/T7 Servers are "Game-Changers" in the following ways :

  • SW IN-Silicon capabilities no where else available ! (Encryption, Decompression, SQL, ..)
  • In-Silicon Secured Memory
  • 32 Cores @ 4.1 GHz, offering 256 HW Threads per Socket !!
  • 20+ World-Records across ALL types of Workloads
  • Astounding reduction in TCO $Savings$, given huge Performance/Consolidation Ratio's !!


Tuesday May 20, 2008

Solaris 10 Throughput tested 50 \* Greater than Linux !! (Article)

The recent article from Enterprise Linux News demonstrates a customer that has migrated production systems to Solaris 10.. formerly being an ALL Linux shop.

The resons noted include :

  • Advanced Lights-Out Manager (ALOM) that enables them to manage the server without the need to shut it down first.
  • Zones (Containers) Partitioning, where they adopted Zones to create separate environments on the same machine.
  • The ZFS File system where they implemented ZFS to facilitate programs that perform massive file caching.
  • and MOST importantly .... Solaris 10 had a throughput that was 50 times better than production #'s using Fedora Linux on AMD cpu's.


One additional item that should be noted is that the target platform tested was using Sun's T1 cpu, which offers 8 cores, each with 4 HW threads of execution (aka.. 32 HW threads within one CPU).

Sun's latest Coolthreads/CMT CPU's (T2's) offer roughly double the performance of the former T1 cpu's (up to 8 cores per cpu, each with 8 HW threads = 64 threads/cpu).. and above and beyond single socket 5120 and 5220 T2 (cpu) based systems, Sun now offers dual socket T2 systems including the T5140 and T5240 systems (totaling up to 128 HW threads of execution in a single 1U or 2U system !!!).

 To read the article in it's entirety click here :,289142,sid39_gci1313798,00.html

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