Oracle Press Release

Oracle Launches Next Generation SPARC T4 Servers

New SPARC T4 Servers Deliver World Record Performance, Trump the Competition on Multiple Business-Critical Workloads

Redwood Shores, Calif. -- September 26, 2011

News Facts

Oracle today announced its new SPARC T4 server line, delivering the biggest generational performance increase in the history of Oracle’s SPARC processors.
Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers with Oracle Solaris deliver unparalleled performance with impressive economics and are designed for every tier in the enterprise.
Oracle’s new SPARC systems excel on mission-critical single threaded and highly concurrent workloads, and enable customers to consolidate multiple application tiers onto a single server, reducing system complexity and improving utilization.
Oracle’s end-to-end SPARC T4-4-based solution is 2.4x faster than an all-IBM solution, setting a world record in enterprise Java application environments, and has a 20 percent performance advantage per socket across the entire configuration(1).
Oracle‘s SPARC T4 servers deliver outstanding performance against IBM POWER7 and HP Itanium-based systems. In data warehousing, Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 server delivered over 2.4x better performance per socket than the IBM Power 780 with 33 percent better price/performance(2). Compared to the HP Superdome 2 with 16 Itanium processors, Oracle delivered 5.7x more performance per socket and 2.6x better price/performance(3).
Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers are engineered to provide both Oracle and third- party applications with high performance, security, availability and scalability, and are the foundation for Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, also announced today.

    Additional information on Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers will be available during Oracle OpenWorld 2011.

    Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is being held October 2-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information or to register please visit http://www.oracle.com/openworld.

Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers Offer Built-In Virtualization, Security and Dynamic Threads

Key features in Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers include:
Built-in Virtualization with Live Migration – With both Oracle VM for SPARC and Solaris Zones, Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers provide the industry’s most robust framework for virtualizing both instances of Oracle Solaris, as well as lightweight virtualization for applications. The servers provision in seconds, and now come with live, secure migration.
On-chip Cryptographic Acceleration – New crypto units support over a dozen industry standard ciphers, enabling security conscious organizations in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, financial services and the public sector to keep their data safe with up to 44 percent faster secure queries than the latest generation of x86 systems when encrypted with Oracle's Advanced Security Products(4), 3x faster Oracle Solaris ZFS file system encryption than the latest generation of x86 systems(5), and 4x faster single-thread OpenSSL security than IBM POWER7(6).
Dynamic Threads – The SPARC T4 processor includes automatic continuous adjustment of core resources to balance between per thread and many thread workloads. Integrated with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, and Java, the SPARC T4 processor presents no performance compromise against any customer workload, in real time.

Oracle’s SPARC T4 Servers Provide the Foundation for Integrated, Optimized Solutions

Oracle also announced new versions of three SPARC T4 server-based Oracle Optimized Solutions, which demonstrate the superior performance and value of Oracle’s fully integrated, pre-tested solutions(7):
Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database – 2.5x faster data warehousing, 20 percent faster OLTP than IBM POWER7
Oracle Optimized Solution for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne – 3x faster at less than half the cost of IBM POWER7
Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebLogic Suite – up to 44 percent lower TCO than IBM WebSphere with 20 percent better performance per CPU than IBM POWER7

Supporting Quote

“Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers offer the high performance and flexible application support required by next generation data centers,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “Our customers are seeing up to 5x performance improvements across a wide range of Oracle and third-party applications and have already started placing orders to replace outdated systems from our competitors.”

Supporting Resources

Oracle Magazine: Q&A with Rick Hetherington
Oracle Hardware on Facebook, Twitter
Connect with Oracle Solaris via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

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Footnotes

(1) SPECjEnterprise2010 models contemporary Java-based applications that run on large JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) servers, backed by network infrastructure and database servers. Oracle: App tier - 4x SPARC T4-4 servers (16 chips, 128 cores), DB tier - 2x SPARC T4-4 servers (8 chips, 64 cores), 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS, 1,671 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration; IBM: App tier - Power 780 server (8 chips, 64 cores), DB tier - Power 750 Express server (4 chips, 32 cores), 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. 1,387 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration (Best IBM SPECjEnterprise2010 result). SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS: 40,104.86/16,646.34 = 2.4
(2)Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) www.tpc.org as of September 24, 2011. SPARC T4-4 server (4 sockets/32 cores/256 threads) 201,487 QphH@1000GB, $4.60/QphH@1000GB, 50,371 QphH@1000GB/per socket, available 10/30/11. IBM Power 780 Model 9179-MHB server (8 sockets/32 cores/128 threads) 164,747.2 QphH@1000GB, $6.85 /QphH@1000GB, 20,593 QphH@1000GB per socket, available 3/31/11.
(3) HP Integrity Superdome 2 server (16 sockets/64 cores/64 threads) 140,181 QphH@1000GB, $12.15/QphH@1000GB, 8,761 QphH@1000GB per socket, available 10/20/10. 50,371 QphH@1000GB per socket / 20,593 QphH@1000GB per socket = 2.44
(4)Comparison is based on internal testing of data warehousing queries that accessed tablespaces encrypted with Oracle transparent data encryption(AES-256-CFB).
(5)Based on internal testing of ZFS on Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 using AES with key lengths of 256, 192, and 128 in the CCM and GCM operation modes.(6)Comparison is based on internal testing of AES-256-CBC encryption at 8K using OpenSSL against published test results for IBM: http://xmlisnotaprotocol.blogspot.com/2010/10/openssl-098-benchmark-on-power7-35ghz.html.
(7)Based on published benchmarks and Oracle internal testing results vs published IBM results. For additional details visit: http://www.oracle.com/oos.

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