News about Oracle's Solaris and Sun Hardware
System News
Sep 9th, 2013 — Sep 15th, 2013 Generate the Custom HTML Email for this Issue
System News System News for Sun Users
Volume 187, Issue 2 << Previous Issue | Next Issue >>
Sections in this issue:
click to jump to section


Features
x
Oracle ZS3 Storage Appliances: Tier-1 Performance at Tier-3 Prices
A Wikibon Report
"On September 10, 2013 Oracle announced a major upgrade to its storage appliances by introducing the ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 products. Table 1 shows the summary data highlighting the major attributes of the systems. Wikibon has written in depth about the Oracle Storage Appliance, and concludes that the ZFS appliance is a true "flash-first" hybrid, allowing high continuous read and write rates with sustained low latency. Oracle continues to add functionality to this platform and as a result is expanding its use cases. Specifically, "sweet spot" applications for the solution span a widening spectrum suitable for high performance streaming workloads such as database backups, latency-sensitive data warehouse loading, use as an analytics file system and as a high-performance filer..."
DTrace
x
Happy 10th Birthday, DTrace!
From Bryan Cantrill
Bryan Cantrill posted a blog entry noting that "Ten years ago this morning (Sept 3rd) - at 10:27am local time, to be exact - DTrace was integrated. On the occasion of DTrace's fifth birthday a half-decade ago, I reflected on much of the drama of the final DTrace splashdown, but much has happend in the DTrace community in the last five years; some highlights:

  • DTrace was ported to Linux - twice

  • Brendan's DTrace book became the canonical guide to using DTrace in practice, bringing DTrace to a new generation of practitioners

  • Chris Andrews lit the way for bringing USDT to dyanamic languages with his terrific libusdt, using it to bring DTrace to node.js, bring DTrace to Lua, bring DTrace to Perl and bring DTrace to Ruby.

  • Dave Pacheco became a master of the black art of DTrace ustack helpers, and developed a DTrace ustack helper for node.js

  • I expanded DTrace in the non-global zone

  • Eric Schrock added the print action

  • We got the DTrace community together at the first DTrace unconference - dtrace.conf(08)

  • and then followed that up at an Olympiad cadence with dtrace.conf(12)

  • The International DTrace Committee will soon be selecting the host city for dtrace.conf(16)

And a bunch of other stuff that's either more esoteric...

Cloud Computing
x
Podcast of Oracle Cloud Computing experts
From OTN ArchBeat
The latest OTN ArchBeat Podcast program is a three-part series recorded during a question and answer session at the OTN Architect Day event held at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores California on July 9, 2013. Earlier in the day the audience attended three presentations given by Oracle Cloud Computing experts Dr. James Baty, Anbu Krishnaswamy, and Markus Michalewicz. After those presentations the Q & A session gave the audience a chance to pick the brains of those experts.

In order to provide some context to the Q&A,take a moment to review the slide presentations from the event, listed below:

  • 21st Century IT | Dr. James Baty
  • Oracle Cloud: A Case Study in Building a Cloud | Anbu Krishnaswamy
  • Case Study: Database as a Service | Markus Michalewicz

As you'll hear, the first couple of questions refer to Markus's presentation, which covered the DBaaS implementation at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. When Markus mentions "CBA," he's talking about Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Servers
x
Sun Server X4-2
versatile two-socket server for clustered computing and virtualization
Unrivaled Performance and Scalability for the Data Center

Oracle's new x86 servers pack in 50 percent more compute power than the previous generation. This performance boost comes while remaining within the same power profile as the prior generation of servers, making them some of the greenest servers for running mission-critical Oracle software.

Oracle's Sun x86 servers come included with advanced system management tools, Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager and Oracle System Assistant.

Oracle's new Sun x86 servers include the Oracle Advanced Cooling System. This innovation uses cooling zones to maximize airflow at lower fan speeds while minimizing power consumption to ensure the maximum lifetime of temperature-sensitive components.

Sun Server X4-2L
Unrivaled Performance and Scalability for the Data Center
Unrivaled Performance and Scalability for the Data Center

Oracle's Sun Server X4-2L system is the perfect integration of compute and storage in a single two rack unit (2U) enclosure for clustered databases and virtualized business applications. It is a unique and scalable enterprise-class, two-socket Sun x86 server.

Oracle's new x86 servers pack in 50 percent more compute power than the previous generation. This performance boost comes while remaining within the same power profile as the prior generation of servers, making them some of the greenest servers for running mission-critical Oracle software.

With the new Sun Server X4-2, Oracle has designed in the perfect balance of compute power, I/O bandwidth, and memory footprint in one rack unit, making it the best platform for high-density, clustered computing in an enterprise cloud environment.

Oracle raises the bar with the new Sun Server X4-2L, supporting more than 50 TB of internal storage and 24 CPU cores in two rack units. By maximizing storage and compute density simultaneously, Sun Server X4-2L is the ideal platform for compute-intensive applications requiring large amounts of direct-attached storage.

Oracle's Sun x86 servers come included with advanced system management tools, Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager and Oracle System Assistant.

Oracle's new Sun x86 servers include the Oracle Advanced Cooling System. This innovation uses cooling zones to maximize airflow at lower fan speeds while minimizing power consumption to ensure the maximum lifetime of temperature-sensitive components.

Storage
x
ZS3 Storage
Delivers World Record Performance and Unrivaled Efficiency for Oracle Applications
Oracle's latest ZFS Storage Appliances, the ZS3 Series, enable customers to significantly improve operational efficiencies, reduce data center costs, and increase business application performance. Powered by an advanced cache architecture and multi-threaded SMP OS, the ZS3 Series has achieved the highest throughput, the lowest latency, and better price/performance when compared to similar NetApp, EMC, IBM, and HP systems.

With new world record performance, Oracle's ZS3 Series storage enables customers to perform critical business functions faster, including optimizing supply chains, closing quarterly books, evaluating a greater number of investment scenarios, and accelerating database queries. It also enables enterprises to respond to application needs dynamically while helping to reduce time-to-business value.

Sun Tape
x
StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive
8.5 TB of native capacity per cartridge; 252 MB/sec
Oracle has introduced the StorageTek T10000D Tape Drive, the "Industry's Fastest, Highest Capacity Tape Drive, Ideally Suited For Cloud, Big Data and Enterprise Archive Environments."

Oracle says, the "StorageTek T10000D tape drive shatters existing capacity and performance speeds, dramatically reducing the number of cartridges, slots, and library modules required to archive and retrieve data. With up to 8.5 TB of native capacity per cartridge and native data rates of 252 MB/sec, the StorageTek T10000D tape drive stores and retrieves more than 3x the data per cartridge and offers 57 percent faster native throughput than LTO-6. With 3:1 compression, it can achieve data rates more than 19 percent faster than the IBM TS1140, while storing more than twice the data per cartridge.

Deployed in the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 tape library system, the StorageTek T10000D enables customers to scale in excess of 68 exabytes of capacity under a single point of management..."

StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library Edition
Simple Drag-and-Drop File Management with Tape
Oracle Makes Tape Storage Easy to Use and Manage like Flash and Disk with Drag-and-Drop User Interface for Exabyte Scale Archives

Oracle's StorageTek Linear Tape File System, Library Edition (LTFS LE) helps makes tape storage as easy to use and manage as disk at a lower cost, using a familiar "drag-and-drop" paradigm. It further broadens the appeal of tape storage in industries with large file assets, such as media and entertainment, enabling customers to take advantage of tape's low cost per terabyte for backup, large-scale data retention, archive and preservation projects, while allowing customers to save 40 percent in acquisition cost over IBM's TS3500 20PB Tape Library solution.

Top10
x
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 187 Issue 1; Vol 186 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 185 Issues 3, 4 and 5
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Hadoop on an Oracle SPARC T4-2 Server
  • So, what makes Solaris Zones so cool?
  • Oracle's Next-Generation Application Engineered Storage
  • Administering Solaris Zones
  • OpenStorage Summit to be Held With Open Server Summit
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
  • Direct I/O and SR-IOV features are now extended to Non-Primary root domains
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1
  • Misys Kondor+ runs best on SPARC T5
  • DTrace with PHP Update

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Performance
    x
    Oracle ZFS Storage Outperforms IBM and HP
    World Record Industry-Standard SPC-2 Benchmark Results
    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 Delivers Greater Throughput and Better Price/Performance for Data Mining and Business Intelligence than High-Performance Systems from IBM and HP

    New Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 achieves the highest ever Storage Performance Council SPC-2 Result for processing throughput and beats the price/performance ratio delivered by the IBM System Storage DS8870 and HP P9500 XP Disk Array by over 3x.

    The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 sets a new world record with aggregate throughput of 17,244.22 SPC-2 MBPS with SPC-2 Price Performance of $22.53. The SPC-2 benchmark consists of three application-oriented sequential I/O performance tests, which include large file processing, large database queries and video on demand.

    The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 has 11 percent higher throughput and 5.8x better price/performance than the IBM DS8870, which is IBM's best SPC-2 Result.

    The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 has 31 percent higher throughput and 3.9x better price/performance than the HP P9500 XP Disk Array, which is HP's best SPC-2 Result.

    These world-record results demonstrate the performance and lower TCO possibilities that organizations using high-throughput business analytics and reporting can achieve with the new Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Series to realize real-time business advantage.

    Oracle ZFS Storage Sets World Record with Fastest Response Times on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark
    40 Percent Faster than NetApp
    Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 and ZS3-2 Storage Systems Deliver 2x Better Throughput and 3.5x Better Value than Comparable Dual-Node High-End and Mid-Range NetApp Systems

    Oracle's new ZS3 storage delivers world-record SPECsfs2008_NFS overall response times, plus the combination of extreme throughput, and exceptional value to enable customers to run database systems faster and at lower cost than comparable NAS systems from NetApp.

    The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record for dual-node NAS system throughput with 450,702 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, delivering 2.3x the performance of the best dual-node NetApp NAS system, the FAS6240 storage system, which offers 190,675 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, and supporting more transactions per storage system to increase operational value.

    The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record with a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT (overall response time) of 0.70 milliseconds, beating by 40 percent NetApp's best reported ORT, achieved on the 2-node FAS 6240 which has a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT of 1.17 milliseconds, and shortening critical I/O wait times to help improve database responsiveness and business value.

    Networking
    x
    Advanced Network Monitoring Using Oracle Solaris 11 Tools
    by Orgad Kimchi
    In this article, we will examine three use cases in order to demonstrate the capability of Oracle Solaris 11 tools. The first use case will show how to measure the network bandwidth between two systems. The second use case will demonstrate how to observe network statistics on a specific TCP port, and the last use case will demonstrate, by example, how to collect and display historical statistics of network resource usage for a given date and time range.

    The following are benefits of using these tools:...

    Virtualization
    x
    If Virtualization Is Free, It Can't Be Any Good - Right?
    A Consolidation Case Study on Oracle SuperCluster

    by Thierry Manfé, with contributions from Orgad Kimchi, Maria Frendberg, and Mike Gerdts

    Best practices and hands-on instructions for using Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate existing physical servers and their applications onto Oracle SuperCluster using the P2V migration process, including a step-by-step example of how to consolidate an Oracle Solaris 8 server running Oracle Database 10g...

    This article provides guidance, best practices, and hands-on instructions for using Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate existing servers onto SuperCluster. It focuses on the operating system and virtualization layers, on the P2V migration process, and on the associated tools for facilitating this migration.

    This article is intended to help system administrators, architects, and project managers who have some understanding of SuperCluster and want to familiarize themselves with P2V migration and evaluate the possibility of conducting such a transition.

    Java Technology
    x
    Java Spotlight Episode 144: Danny Coward on his Java WebSocket Programming Book
    Weekly Podcast
    This week's interview is with Danny Coward. Danny is a software architect for the Java Platform and has contributed to all editions of the platform from mobile to enterprise and JavaFX. His new book Java WebSocket Programming is available on Amazon and your local bookstore.
    Trending in
    Vol 230, Issue 3
    Trending IT Articles