Oracle Press Release

Oracle Unveils SPARC Servers with the World’s Fastest Microprocessor

New SPARC Servers Redefine the Economics of Enterprise Computing: Deliver Extreme Performance and Value for Database and Enterprise Applications, Trump the Competition on Multiple Business-Critical Workloads

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 26, 2013

News Facts

Oracle today announced a complete refresh of their midrange and high-end SPARC server lines with new SPARC T5 and M5 servers running Oracle Solaris.
Oracle’s new SPARC T5 midrange servers are based on the SPARC T5, the world’s fastest microprocessor.
Businesses today need the computing power to exploit Big Data to maximum advantage, to use analytics to discover growth and opportunities, and turn social streams into market intelligence. Traditional systems simply don’t have the horsepower to handle those demanding tasks.
Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers have set 17 world records(1) and are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale, delivering the best value for database and enterprise applications.
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 is the fastest single server for Oracle Database(2).
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 is also the fastest single server for Oracle Middleware with a 12x cost performance advantage over the IBM Power 780(3).
Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 server has a 2.5x price performance advantage over the IBM P780 3-node cluster, when including hardware and software costs(4).
Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server has a 7x price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database on a server-to-server basis(5).

New Servers Build on SPARC T4 Momentum and Expand Oracle’s SPARC Family

Oracle’s SPARC T5 and M5 servers join its entry-level SPARC T4 servers to complete Oracle’s new SPARC family, spanning entry-level, midrange and high-end.
Oracle’s SPARC M5-32 high end server delivers a 2.5x cost advantage over a comparable IBM system(6) with massive I/O and memory capacity for large, complex workloads and application consolidation.
The new SPARC M5-32 server is up to 10x faster than previous generations and offers superior hardware domaining and RAS capabilities.
The new servers expand Oracle’s SPARC portfolio and enable near linear scalability from 1 to 32 sockets, with one common core, one operating system, and one common set of systems management and virtualization tools, making them ideal platforms for building clouds. The servers also easily address multiple application requirements and quickly meet demanding service level agreements.
The new SPARC servers and Oracle Solaris deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS), with the Oracle Solaris Guarantee Program for binary and source compatibility to ensure the highest levels of enterprise application availability and backwards compatibility to run a broad range of new and existing enterprise applications.
Additionally, Oracle’s new SPARC T5 and M5-32 servers include zero-overhead virtualization via Oracle VM Server for SPARC and unified systems management via Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c at virtually no extra cost with Oracle Premier Support services. Now all SPARC servers have the same virtualization capabilities, greatly simplifying resource management across both SPARC T5 and SPARC M5-32 servers.

New Oracle Optimized Solutions: Real-world Tested, Customer Proven Architectures Optimized to Run Oracle Software

Oracle also announced two new Oracle Optimized Solutions that exploit the performance, reliability and value of SPARC T5 servers, Oracle storage, Oracle Database and Oracle Middleware. These new solutions help maximize application performance and availability while lowering acquisition cost and operating expenses:
Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database: Best value for Oracle Database. For example, upgrade and modernize existing IBM Power 570 infrastructure and enable potential savings of $4.8 million(7).
Oracle Optimized Solution for WebLogic Server: Rapidly deploy cost-effective, secure, high-performance, mission-critical application environments with 3.4x more transactions per hour than a similar IBM Power 780 system(8).

Supporting Quote

    “Oracle has refreshed its SPARC family with the world’s fastest processor and launched the world’s fastest single server for Database, Java and multi-tier applications,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “The new SPARC T5 and M5 systems leapfrog the competition with up to 10x the performance of the previous generation, offering an unbeatable value for midrange and high-end enterprise computing.”

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Footnotes

(1) All world record claims can be found at www.oracle.com/benchmarks and blogs.oracle.com/bestperf/
(2) Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council, www.tpc.org as of 3/26/13. TPC Benchmark C, tpmC, and TPC-C are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). SPARC T5-8 (8/128/1024) with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning, 8,552,523 tpmC, $0.55 USD/tpmC, available 9/25/2013.
(3) SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 03/26/2013. SPARC T5-8, 57,422.17 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM Power 780, 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.SPARC T5-8 server (SPARC T5-8 server base package, 8x SPARC T5 16-core processors, 128x16GB-1066 DIMMS, 2x600GB 10K RPM 2.5” SAS-2 HDD, 4x power cables, list price $268,742. IBM Power 780 (IBM Power 780:9179 Model MHB, 8x3.86GHz 8-core, 64xone processor activation, 4xCEC Enclosure with IBM Bezel, I/O backplane and system midplane,16x 0/32GB DDR3 memory (4x8GB) DIMMS-1066MHz Power7 CoD Memory, 12x Activation of 1 GB DDR3 Power7 Memory, 5x activation of 100GB DDR3 Power7 Memory, 1x Disk/Media Backplane. 2x 146.8GB SAS 15K RPM 2.5” HDD (AIX/Linux only), 4x AC power supply 1725W) list price $992,023. Source: Oracle price list and IBM.com, collected 03/25/2013. cost/performance ratio = 12.7 = (992,023/16646.34)/(268742/57422.17).
(4) Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council, www.tpc.org as of 3/26/13. SPARC T5-8 (8/128/1024) with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning, 8,552,523 tpmC, $0.55 USD/tpmC, available 9/25/2013. 3 node IBM Power 780 Server 9179-MHB, Power 7 3.86 GHz (8/64/256) with IBM DB2 9.7, 10,366,254 tpmC, $1.38/tpmC, available 10/13/10. price performance ratio = 2.5 = (1.38/.55).
(5) SPARC T5-8: $268,742; 8 x 3.6 GHz T5 CPU, 2024 GB memory. IBM Power 780: $1,908,530; 8 x 3.92 GHz, 64 core POWER7 CPU, 2024 GB memory; price advantage 7x = ($1,908,530 / $268,742)
(6) SPARC M5-32 (SPARC M5-32 Server base package, 32xM5 6-core processors, 64x16GB-1066 DIMMS, 6x600GB RPM 2.5” SAS-2 HDD, 6x Power Cables) List Price $1,045,962. IBM Power 795 (IBM Power 795 Primary System Rack comprising of CEC enclosure and BPA, 4x4.0GHz 32-core, 2x 64 Processor Core activation for Power 7, 2x 1024 (8x(4x32GB)) DDR3 DIMMS-1066MHz, 48x Activation of 1GB DDR3 Power7 Memory, 20x Activation of 100GB DDR3 Power7 Memory, 1x 12X I/O 26 SFF drive bays, 2x 600GB SAS 10K RPM HDD, 1x DVD/Tape SAS External Storage Unit, 1x Rack-mounted HW Mgt Console, 1x Power Cable Group: BPD1 to first Processor Node, 1x Power Cable Group: BPD1 to second Processor Node, 1x Power Cable Group: BPD1 to third Processor Node, 1x Power Cable Group: BPD1 to fourth Processor Node, 6x Bulk Power Regulator, 2x Bulk Power Distribution Assembly. List price of $2,719,336. Source ibm.com, collected 03/25/2013.
(7) To understand the level of potential savings, a 5-year TCO analysis was done replacing an IBM configuration of ten (10) IBM Power P570s, Power 6+ processors and legacy SAN storage with the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database using two (2) Oracle SPARC T5-4 servers and storage. For this analysis, it was assumed that this was a replacement of an existing deployment, therefore Oracle Database Enterprise Edition and Oracle Real Application Cluster licensing was transferred. The analysis results showed the significant benefits of the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database over the legacy IBM system. Five-year Total Cost of Ownership savings of $4.8 million, 5 to 1 server consolidation, 3.5x lower power and cooling costs.
(8) SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 03/26/2013. SPARC T5-8, 57,422.17 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM Power 780, 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

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