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27 Jul 2011
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Oracle x86 Infrastructure TCO Study [24393]
Oracle's Vertical Integration Carries the Day, Edison Group White Paper Finds

The Edison Group's white paper, "Oracle x86 Infrastructure: The Optimized Stack: Reducing Total Cost of Ownership through Vertical Integration" examines the cost structures across a range of system sizes and deployments for the core x86 system stack by comparing Oracle's integrated complete infrastructure with alternatives from HP and HP, all deployed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware vSphere, both together and separately.

Among the findings is that TCO with an Oracle solution is as much as 57 percent lower than comparable deployments. Edison evaluated two, four and eight socket systems over three and five year periods using the Oracle Sun Fire X4170 M2 server for the two socket study and the Sun Fire X4470 M2 for the four socket system.

The white paper concludes that, "By engineering the entire infrastructure with service and support in mind, Oracle can deliver lower TCO in the design and operation of its system, in the ease of deployment enabled by VM Templates and Validated Configurations ... and in the efficiency and effectiveness of its ... Premier Support package."
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14 Jul 2011
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Joerg Moellenkamp on Solaris 11 and UltraSPARCs without a T [24364]
Caveat Emptor -- or at Least Buy with an Eye on the End Date of Support Agreements

At greater length than typical Joerg Moellenkamp muses about issues like migration and upgrades, noting the importance of making purchases of either with attention to the expiration of support agreements. (Why upgrade to Solaris 11 if you have hardware issues that will shorten its useful life in your enterprise, for example?) He concludes his reflections with the comment that, "The future of any technology in the marketplace [SPARC, for instance] isn’t decided on - sorry - outdated systems, it will be decided on current and future systems. Otherwise you may win the fight because we can run Solaris on old gear, but lose the war. And sorry … everything needed to win or have at least the usual balance is okay to me. Even when it means that my playground systems in the basement are now not enabled to be upgraded to Solaris 11 FCS."
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23 May 2011
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Sun SPOT Java Development Kit [24201]
Rev8 Now Available in the Oracle Store

The Sun SPOT Hardware Developers Kit Rev8, now available in the Oracle Store contains all the essential components for implementations of Small Programmable Object Technology. A Sun SPOT device is a small, wireless, battery powered experimental platform that is programmed in Java, allowing programmers to create projects that once required specialized embedded system development skills. The hardware platform includes a range of built-in sensors as well as the ability to easily interface to external devices. Clearly, Sun SPOT devices are much more than just an embedded microprocessor that runs Java. Each Sun SPOT Java Development Kit contains two free-range Sun SPOT devices (with processor, radio, sensor board and battery) and one base station Sun SPOT device (with processor and radio). Also included in the kit are software development tools and a USB cable allowing you to start developing applications for your Sun SPOT devices.
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21 Apr 2011
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Consider Oracle's Upgrade Advantage Program [24115]
Upgrade Infrastructure, Realize Performance Benefits, Cut Costs -- Try UAP

The Oracle Upgrade Advantage Program (UAP) offers superior trade-in discounts toward new Sun systems from Oracle when returning used equipment. The UAP also includes an Eco Returns Program that recycles, reclaims, and reuses components and entire systems at no charge to the customer. Consider UAP as a means of boosting performance, utilization and availability on crowded networks while simultaneously reducing TCO. UAP advantages also extend to improvements in eco-efficiency and ease of regulatory compliance.
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12 Apr 2011
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Reduce TCO with Oracle’s x86 Infrastructure: 4-Page Executive Brief [24077]
Manage Your Entire Stack with a Single Tool 51% Faster Than Possible with HP or IBM Servers Running RHEL

The recently released executive brief Reduce TCO and Get More Value from Your x86 Infrastructure makes the impressive claim that, "By integrating the full hardware, software and support stack, Oracle can reduce your three-year TCO on its Sun x86 infrastructure by as much as 51% over comparable HP and IBM servers deployed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and VMware vSphere." Part of the reason for this impressive rate of savings, the brief goes on to explain, is that Oracle Linux 5 is as much as 75% faster than Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5; Oracle Solaris is able to provide flexible and efficient resource sharing of idle resources; and Oracle VM Server for x86 is the only certified virtualization technology for Oracle software. Furthermore, the brief concludes, Oracle dramatically simplifies administration by offering a single tool to manage the entire stack and a single support organization: award-winning Premier Support.
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22 Mar 2011
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Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview [24027]
Designed as an Integrated, Engineered System

IT architecture is moving inevitably in the direction of tightly integrated, engineered systems as a cost effective, simple way of obtaining optimized purposefully built systems that offer improved quality and efficiency over custom-built systems assembled ad-hoc within IT departments. The Oracle white paper "Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud: X2-2 Hardware Overview" focuses on the hardware aspects of Exalogic Elastic Cloud, including the selection process and rationale, as well as technical insights into what systems modifications have been engineered to offer a system optimally suited for middleware workloads. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud takes the performance of Java- and Java EE-based applications to the next level by offering a platform with a particular focus on WebLogic server and the rest of Oracle Fusion Middleware.
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