As Published In
Oracle Magazine
November/December 2013





New SPARC and Oracle SuperCluster Machines Unleashed

Oracle has delivered new systems—the SPARC M6-32 server and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32—that dramatically redefine the price/performance equation in the high-end server market. The SPARC M6-32 server, with up to 32 terabytes of memory and as many as 384 processor cores, can run entire applications and databases in memory to deliver unprecedented performance. The massive memory of the SPARC M6-32—combined with its comprehensive, zero-overhead, no-cost virtualization capabilities—makes it an ideal consolidation platform for mission-critical workloads. It also supports electrically isolated dynamic domains, which provide complete security, service, fault, and resource isolation for maintaining maximum availability and isolation of consolidated workloads.

Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, Oracle’s fastest and most scalable engineered system, integrates SPARC M6-32 servers with Oracle Exadata Storage Servers optimized for Oracle Database performance. It can boost performance by 10 to 20 times for business-critical applications such as financial close, cost management, projections, and planning with Oracle In-Memory Applications to help change business dynamics and enable organizations to discover new growth opportunities, make smarter decisions, and accelerate workloads.

“The SPARC M6-32 server and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 fundamentally change data center economics by combining high-end computing performance and availability with the cost efficiency of entry-level servers,” says John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle. “With our big memory machines, you can run huge databases and applications in memory to accelerate performance 10 or 20 times and experience mainframe-like reliability without paying the high premiums built into other vendors’ high-end systems.”

Oracle Introduces Two StorageTek Devices

Oracle has introduced the StorageTek T10000D tape drive, which offers up to 8.5 terabytes of native capacity per cartridge and native data rates of 252 megabytes per second, and the StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library Edition, which helps make tape storage easier to manage, at a lower cost.

“Oracle’s new StorageTek T10000D tape drive clearly demonstrates Oracle’s continued leadership and innovation in enterprise tape storage technology,” says James Cates, vice president of hardware development at Oracle. “When you add StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library Edition, capabilities and Oracle innovations in both data integrity and monitoring, Oracle is taking a commanding lead in storage.”

Oracle Improves Cloud-Enabled Customer Experience

Oracle has made significant enhancements to its cloud-enabled customer experience (CX) portfolio. The enhancements to Oracle Customer Experience Cloud support sales, marketing, commerce, and service organizations by delivering a more interactive, social, and mobile experience.

“Organizations need to be able to easily establish the operational systems and infrastructure that are required in order to deliver simple, integrated, and relevant experiences across all channels and touchpoints,” says Ken Volpe, senior vice president of Oracle product development. “With the social, mobile, and interactive enhancements across the Oracle CX portfolio, we are in a better position than ever to help organizations create great customer experiences. Our customers can take advantage of the new capabilities immediately in the cloud to meet customer demands and increase revenue.”

Oracle Applications Leverage Oracle Database In-Memory Option

Oracle has announced enhanced in-memory applications that leverage the Oracle Database In-Memory option of Oracle Database 12c, which helps organizations accelerate database performance for analytics, data warehousing, reporting, and online transaction processing (OLTP). Applications that benefit from the new option include Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft applications, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management, and Oracle Value Chain Planning.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor enable customers to increase revenue and profitability by making faster and more efficient business decisions.

PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery helps organizations avoid project failures by providing visibility into projects.

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management delivers real-time insight into all aspects of cost management, enabling organizations to maximize gross margins and profits and enhance product cost structures by optimizing component costs.

Oracle Value Chain Planning applications, including Oracle In-Memory Consumption-Driven Planning and Oracle In-Memory Performance-Driven Planning, help organizations understand and respond to end-customer demand; analyze and plan massive amounts of supply chain data; and get better, more timely business insights.

“The release of Oracle In-Memory Applications will help organizations not only complete load runs faster but also discover new insights for efficiencies that would previously have been overlooked,” says Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development at Oracle.

Product Resources



 Oracle’s SPARC M6-32 Server Virtualization Options
This interactive demo explains the virtualization features of Oracle’s SPARC M6-32 server. It includes discussions of dynamic, bounded, and logical domains and explains the differences between hypervisor and logical domains.

 Creating JAX-RS 1.1 Web Services on the Oracle Java Cloud
This tutorial explains the steps required to locally develop a JAX-RS RESTful web service and then deploy it to an Oracle Java Cloud instance.

 Stock Trading and Analysis Using Oracle NoSQL Database
This video discusses the features of Oracle NoSQL Database in terms of managing fast data and big data. It shows a stock trading and analysis application built on top of Oracle NoSQL Database as an example.

 Publish Your Applications with Oracle Cloud Marketplace
This video illustrates the advantages of publishing applications with Oracle Cloud Marketplace, which provides a targeted channel where independent software vendors and integrators can showcase their products.

 Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: Deploy JVM Diagnostics and ADP Engines
In Part 1 of this three-part video series, you will learn how to deploy the JVM Diagnostics Engine and the Application Dependency and Performance Engine in Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c.

 DBaaS Private Cloud Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Exadata Database Machine
In this tutorial, which includes a brief introduction to cloud computing, you will learn about database as a service (DBaaS) and Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Then you will delve into the steps required to establish an Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c DBaaS private cloud on an Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Oracle Updates Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud 

Extending the industry’s broadest and most advanced cloud portfolio, Oracle has delivered updates to Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud that enable organizations to improve insight, accelerate decision-making with real-time information access, increase productivity through social business objects, and manage controls effortlessly. It includes Oracle Financials Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud.

“In this constantly changing global business environment, it is increasingly important for companies to simplify business processes, increase productivity, and control costs,” says Rondy Ng, senior vice president of applications development at Oracle. “Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud is helping customers drive performance across the enterprise.”

Exalytics In-Memory Machine T5-8 Delivers

Oracle has unveiled Exalytics In-Memory Machine T5-8, an engineered system based on Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server with 4 terabytes of memory per machine to drive extreme performance for business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management applications. Built with industry-leading hardware, leading BI software, and in-memory database technology, Exalytics In-Memory Machine T5-8 is designed to deliver the best speed-of-thought analytical in-memory performance for customers wanting to consolidate multiple analytical applications on a single platform.

“Data provides the critical competitive advantage, but only for those who are able to uncover business insights in a timely manner,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management at Oracle. “Exalytics In-Memory Machine T5-8 enables organizations to quickly garner powerful insights into their data, allowing them to make smarter decisions, faster.”

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Unveiled

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance enables customers to go from power-on to production in about an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just a few minutes. This new engineered system enables rapid, repeatable software-defined infrastructure deployment for almost any x86 application and workload. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is a “wire-once” system that comes fully assembled and ready to run production workloads with minimal, software-defined configuration.

“Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is unique not only in accelerating virtual infrastructure deployment but also in speeding deployment of the complete application stacks through Oracle VM Templates,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.

Oracle Unveils Mobile Enterprise PLM Solution

Extending its commitment to the rapidly expanding mobile workforce, Oracle has introduced Agile Product Lifecycle Management Mobile. This solution helps mobile workers increase productivity by providing complete visibility into Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management processes from the Apple iPad. Built on Oracle ADF Mobile, it also enables partners to quickly and easily develop and expand applications and processes for Agile Product Lifecycle Management customers.

“Optimizing all aspects of the product lifecycle gives organizations the opportunity to boost their competitive edge by driving process efficiency, accelerating innovation, and ensuring quality control,” says John Kelley, vice president of product value chain strategy at Oracle. “With the introduction of Agile Product Lifecycle Management Mobile, Oracle has made it easier than ever to securely access and manage PLM data at any time or from any location. This flexibility drives efficiencies across the product lifecycle by supporting strategic and operational decision-making and product innovation.”

New Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Appliances Improve Efficiency

The latest Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance products, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 series, enable organizations to improve operational efficiencies, reduce data center costs, and increase business application performance. The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 series takes advantage of Oracle-only storage features and capabilities such as Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol, introduced in Oracle Database 12c, which automates Oracle Database tuning and administration. It also leverages new heat map and automatic data optimization capabilities of Oracle Database 12c that apply different compression levels through the data lifecycle to deliver consistently high database performance and reduced storage capacity. Finally, the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 appliances use Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression to compress Oracle Database data by 10x to 50x, significantly reducing the amount of storage and bandwidth required.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 appliances also feature real-time, dynamic application-aware performance and health analytics, which enable organizations to visualize CPU, cache, protocol, disk, memory, networking, and system-related data—all at the same time.

“Oracle’s ability to deliver application engineered storage is a major differentiator that enables customers to maximize performance, efficiency, and productivity at a significantly lower cost than the competition,” says Scott Tracy, vice president of software development at Oracle. “The new Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 appliances demonstrate the raw power and value that hardware and software engineered systems can provide.”

New MySQL Workbench 6.0

MySQL Workbench 6.0 is now available with a redesigned user interface and features that enable users to simplify MySQL database development, design, and administration. Expanding data volumes and web, cloud, and mobile computing growth have increased management challenges for database professionals. This new release helps developers and administrators better manage dynamic data environments.

“To address scalability and performance challenges of web, mobile, and cloud environments, organizations around the world are using MySQL,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president of MySQL engineering at Oracle. “MySQL Workbench 6.0 is a major update that features a number of new enhancements based on community feedback. This release makes it easier than ever for administrators and developers to design, develop, and manage their MySQL databases.”

Oracle Delivers Near-Zero Data Loss Data Protection

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance, the industry’s first backup appliance engineered specifically for database protection. This Oracle engineered system delivers near-zero data loss data protection, minimal impact on user performance, and a massively scalable architecture.

Unlike solutions that require periodic backups of all the data in databases, this new appliance processes and stores only changed data, reducing the impact of backups on production servers and networks while reducing storage costs. It is massively scalable, enabling a single appliance to handle the data protection requirements of thousands of databases in a data center or region.

In addition to offering Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance for on-premises use, a new Oracle service, Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service, enables organizations to back up their on-premises Oracle Database instances directly to Oracle Cloud or replicate their on-premises Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance to Oracle Cloud for added protection.

“Businesses today can’t afford to lose critical data, incur long downtimes, or suffer application slowdowns,” says Juan Loaiza, senior vice president of systems technology at Oracle. “Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance is the first product to move beyond the decades-long paradigm of ineffective nightly backups to deliver a solution that meets the need for complete protection of critical business data.”

Big Data: More Secure

Oracle Big Data Appliance now includes enterprise-class security capabilities for Hadoop. It offers integrated enterprise security with preconfigured Kerberos authentication, LDAP-based authorization, and robust centralized auditing with Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall. In addition, Oracle has introduced new versions of Oracle Big Data Connectors and Oracle NoSQL Database that provide enhanced functionality, performance, and scalability.

“Hadoop systems and NoSQL databases have proven to be groundbreaking technology for big data management,” says Çetin Özbütün, senior vice president of data warehousing and big data technologies at Oracle. “With the latest enhancements to Oracle Big Data Appliance, Oracle is addressing the enterprise-grade security and performance customers require in big data solutions.”

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