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Oracle Magazine
July/August 2013

UP FRONT: From the Editor


Location, Location, Location

By Tom Haunert


It’s important in real estate, and it’s important in information technology.

The evolution of mainframe, mini-computer, and commodity server hardware based on RISC and x86 processors has helped to reinvent business processes. When you worked in a client/server or Web-based application on the latest terminal, work-station, desktop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone device through the years, however, you likely didn’t know the physical location of the servers and systems you were connecting to. And in most cases, you probably didn’t know about the system’s internals and the geography of the processor, memory, storage, and networking.

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You still don’t need to know where your back-end systems are located and how their internals are designed and assembled to complete your daily tasks, but the people who purchase or architect these systems and deploy them know that system architecture and integration—including internal design and chassis placement—are like real estate. What’s important is location, location, location.

This issue of Oracle Magazine demonstrates that where your servers, storage, networking, and processing are located can make all the difference for national regulatory requirements, system integration and administration, and application performance.

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In “Grow Up, Branch Out” organizations are setting up Oracle Database Appliance as a convenient local or departmental solution and as part of an international solution, where national regulations require systems to be located in a specific country. Deploying the pay-as-you-grow Oracle Database Appliance supports international operations by addressing national requirements and also provides room for international businesses to grow.

Oracle Database Appliance also consolidates processing, database, storage, and networking in one prebuilt engineered system, delivering solution-in-a-box power and convenience. And no team of system, database, storage, and networking specialists is required to install and maintain the solution.

Blazing Performance” introduces Oracle’s SPARC T5 and SPARC M5 processors. The processors are located in SPARC servers, of course, and those servers have set 17 performance records. In addition to record-setting performance, the SPARC T5 processor offers additional on-chip resources, including PCI Express I/O support and coherence link interfaces to allow communication between up to 8 SPARC T5 chips in a system without an external hub chip. But it’s not the location of the SPARC processor in the server, additional interfaces, or where the SPARC servers are located that’s the most important part of the SPARC processor location equation.

In his presentation on March 26, 2013, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison referred to the SPARC processor’s moving software into silicon as “the ultimate optimization.” Current SPARC processors move encryption processing, for example, to special on-chip accelerators, and plans call for adding database and Java accelerators to future SPARC processors.

SPARC’s current and future silicon-located accelerators will make applications running standard encryption ciphers, database processes, and Java run faster. That’s a lot of applications running in a lot of places.

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Tom Haunert, Editor in Chief



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