Tuesday Jun 14, 2016

Welcom to the M7 Processor InfoWall ! ..

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

http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/assets/infowall/sparc-m7/index.html

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
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/articles/servers-storage-admin/o11-112-s11-first-steps-524819.html

Migrating to Solaris 11 ..Step-by-Step (From AIX, RedHat Linux, HP-UX) :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/overview/evaluate-1530234.html

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

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 :
https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E53394_01/html/E54838/index.html

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 :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/overview/solaris-matrix-1549264.html

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

Index of Solaris 11 "How to" Articles :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/documentation/how-to-517481.html

Converting Jumpstart to Automated Installer (js2ai utility demo!) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWeLDnEb3PE

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

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E53394_01/html/E54847/

Solaris 11.3 FAQ :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/documentation/solaris-11-3-faqs-2489291.pdf

Solaris 11 Training, Screencasts, Podcasts, Demo's ..and more :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/overview/media-186781.html

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
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/201510125_netperf_t7_1

SPARC T7-4 Delivers 4-Chip World Record for SPEC OMP2012
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/201510_specomp2012_t7_4

SPARC T7-1 Delivers 1-Chip World Records for SPEC CPU2006 Rate Benchmarks
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/201510_specpu2006_t7_1

SAP Two-Tier Standard Sales and Distribution SD Benchmark: SPARC T7-2 World Record 2 Processors
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_sap_sd2tier_t7_2

PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials 9.2: SPARC T7-2 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_peoplesoft_fms_t7_2

Oracle E-Business Order-To-Cash Batch Large: SPARC T7-1 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151015_ebiz_otc_sparc_t7

Oracle E-Business Suite Applications R12.1.3 (OLTP X-Large): SPARC M7-8 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_peoplesoft_hrpay_m7_8

Oracle E-Business Payroll Batch Extra-Large: SPARC T7-1 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/2015_ebiz_batch_t7_1

Oracle Communications ASAP – Telco Subscriber Activation: SPARC T7-2 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_asap_t7_2

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2: SPARC M7-8 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_peop_m7_8

Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking: SPARC T7-1 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_flexcube_t7_1

Oracle Stream Explorer DDOS Attack: SPARC T7-4 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_ose_t7_4

Oracle Internet Directory: SPARC T7-2 World Record
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_oid_t7_2

Virtualized Storage: SPARC T7-1 Performance
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_storvirt_t7_1

ZFS Encryption: SPARC T7-1 Performance
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_zfscrypto_t7_1

Live Migration: SPARC T7-2 Oracle VM Server for SPARC Performance
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_livemig_t7_2

SPECvirt_sc2013: SPARC T7-2 World Record for 2 and 4 Chip Systems
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_specvirt_t7_2

SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v3
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_shadigest_t7_2

AES Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v3
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_aes_t7_2

SPECjEnterprise2010: SPARC T7-1 World Record with Single Application Server Using 1 to 4 Chips
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_jent_t7_1

Neural Network Models Using Oracle R Enterprise: SPARC T7-4 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v3
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_neuralnet_t7_4

Graph Breadth First Search Algorithm: SPARC T7-4 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v2
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_graphbfs_t7_4

Graph PageRank: SPARC M7-8 Beats x86 E5 v3 Per Chip
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_graphpagerank_m7_8

Yahoo Cloud Serving Benchmark: SPARC T7-4 With Oracle NoSQL Beats x86 E5 v3 Per Chip
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_nosql_ycsb_t7_4

Hadoop TeraSort: SPARC T7-4 Top Per-Chip Performance
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_terasort_t7_4

Memory and Bisection Bandwidth: SPARC T7 and M7 Servers Faster Than x86 and POWER8
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_stream_sparcm7

In-Memory Aggregation: SPARC T7-2 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v2
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_imdbagg_t7_2

In-Memory Database: SPARC T7-1 Faster Than x86 E5 v3
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_imdb_t7_1

Real-Time Enterprise: SPARC T7-1 Faster Than x86 E5 v3
https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20151025_rte_t7_1

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 ! 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/29/oracle_m7_silicon/

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 !!"

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2997552/processors/oracle-just-made-its-biggest-sparc-announcement-since-buying-sun.html

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 !!

 

Saturday Aug 04, 2007

Sun Cluster 3.2 Aug'07 News: ..Sun is OpenSource#1..

If you haven't been up to date on the latest news regarding Sun's High Availability offerings with Sun Cluster 3.2 .. (even Open Sourcing it !).. I though this would be the perfect opportunity for a quick recap with a few key articles, WP's, and related links ( many of these are specific to Oracle RAC integration with Sun Cluster ) :


\* Sun Cluster 3.2 Offers the Strongest Integration with Oracle RAC 10gR2..

> Sun Cluster 3.2 Software: Making Oracle Database 10G R2 RAC Even More Unbreakable

 

\* Sun offers up Solaris Cluster as Open Source Gem : (Network World link)

> Sun will post code to High Availability Clusters community on OpenSolaris.org

In case you didn't know, Sun is actually ranked #1 in terms of SW Contributions to the Open Source community! Even BEFORE the JAVA (OpenJDK) OR Sun Cluster contributions, the European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has reflected that Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, RedHat, Novell and HP.  See :  (page 51) for the breakdown. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/doc/2006-11-20-flossimpact.pdf



\*Sun™ Cluster Oracle 10g Grid Reference Architecture Optimizing Scalability and Performance


\*Sun™ Cluster and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) : High Availability, Scalability, and Ease of Management (Oracle's internal use is quoted..)


\*Installation Guide for Solaris Cluster 3.2 Software and Oracle 10g Release 2 RAC



 
Sun Cluster 3.x is a Best In Class High Availability Suite that offers everything from single node clustering.. all the way up to Global / Geographic Clustering for Disaster Recovery. You can find Sun's external Availability
Suite page at : http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/cluster/index.xml



Give it a test drive for free .. and let me know what you think !

Cheers, Todd



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