Oracle Press Release

Oracle Expands and Optimizes Sun Blade Systems for Cloud and Highly-Virtualized Environments

Tightly Integrated Systems Deliver Powerful Performance, Simplified Management

ORACLE OPENWORLD LATIN AMERICA, Brazil, Sao Paolo – December 8, 2010

News Facts

To provide customers with optimized and integrated systems for cloud and highly-virtualized environments, Oracle today announced the expansion of its Sun Blade systems portfolio with new SPARC and x86 blade products and supporting integrated solutions.
The expanded portfolio adds the SPARC T3-1B blade server and a dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module to existing blades, storage and networking modules, as well as an Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration and Oracle’s optimized solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite.
Featured in the SPARC Solaris-based Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B, Oracle’s enhanced Sun Blade modular systems offer extreme compute density and reduced power consumption, delivering leading performance, simplified management and best-in-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features for enterprise customers.
Complementing Oracle’s offerings for rack-optimized servers and ensuring rapid deployments, Sun Blade server modules will also be available with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM pre-installed. When included with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, the complete application-to-disk infrastructure can be easily deployed, managed and maintained.
Benchmarks on the Sun Blade X6275 M2 demonstrate the outstanding performance characteristics critical for running varied commercial applications used in cloud and highly-virtualized environments. These include three Fluent world records, and 1.8 times the price performance of the IBM Power 755 running the NAMD workload. (1)
Oracle’s Sun Blade systems support Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and deliver an end-to-end virtualized environment that provides tested and supported solutions for Oracle and non-Oracle software. These systems are also certified with other third-party x86 operating systems and software.

High Performance, Seamless Deployment for Cloud and Highly Virtualized Environments

The dual-node Sun Blade X6275 M2 server module is an ideal choice for highly virtualized environments and cloud infrastructure, increasing compute density by up to two times, and improving performance while reducing power consumption.
Customers using Oracle’s blade systems have the choice of embedded 1GbE and 10GbE networking for high speed Ethernet data transport and seamless integration with Oracle’s network fabric.
Oracle’s network fabric provides seamless integration with Ethernet and InfiniBand over a single switched fabric, delivering unique virtualization capabilities and extreme application performance using Oracle’s own unique silicon capabilities.
Delivering superior performance and ease of management when compared to 10GbE alone, Oracle’s network fabric is the best solution to integrate networking services across Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database running on Oracle’s SPARC and Sun Fire x86 clustered systems with Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux or Oracle VM.
Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration provides a documented best practice guide that speeds VM deployment time by up to 98 percent for customers implementing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds or any highly virtualized software infrastructure.
Oracle’s optimized solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite demonstrates the unique advantages of mixed processor architecture support with Oracle’s Sun Blade 6000 modular system, and enables customers to consolidate applications for easier deployment, better flexibility and lower operating costs. By upgrading to the new Sun Blade X6275 M2 blade, this solution demonstrates up to 25 percent faster response times and 20 percent greater throughput in half the footprint of previously published tests.

Supporting Quote

“We continue to expand our Sun Fire x86 clustered systems with new SPARC and x86 blade and network products. These enhancements help facilitate integration into existing datacenters and support new application-to-disk solutions that address our customers’ most challenging cloud requirements,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle.

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(1) IBM Power 755 4-way Cluster (16U). Total price for cluster: $324,212. See IBM United States Hardware Announcement 110-008, dated February 9, 2010, pp. 4, 21 and 39-46. Sun Blade X6275 M2 8-Blade Cluster (10U). Total price for cluster: $193,939. Price/performance and performance/RU comparisons based on f1ATPase molecule test results. Sun Blade X6275 M2 cluster: $3,568/step/sec, 5.435 step/sec/RU. IBM Power 755 cluster: $6,355/step/sec, 3.189 step/sec/U. See http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/reports/system_perf.html. See http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd/performance.html for more information, results as of 11/24/10. All information on the FLUENT website (http://www.fluent.com) is Copyrighted1995-2010 by ANSYS Inc. Results as of November 24, 2010.

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