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23 Jun 2011 Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server: Best Virtualization Server for Business Apps [24293]
Two or Four Intel Xeon E7-4800; Up to 1 TB Low Voltage Memory

Oracle calls its Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server the "best virtualization server for business applications," especially as a consolidation platform for mixed workloads. The Sun Fire X4470 M2 offers a 35% lower TCO than comparable four-socket HP or IBM systems which, incidentally, it has beaten in standard industry benchmarks. The Sun Fire X4470 M2, that can be consistently and efficiently managed with Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager, delivers superior performance and lower power consumption with its integrated Sun FlashFire technology and up to 1 TB of low voltage memory. The key specifications of the Sun Fire X4470 M2 Server include:

  • Two or four Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 processors
  • Up to 64 DIMMs with a maximum memory of 1 TB
  • Up to six 2.5" disk drive bays for HDDs or SSDs
  • Up to four Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards
  • Hot-swappable disks, cooling fans, and power supply units
  • Optimized to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM

This server is also certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server, and VMware.
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05 May 2011 Improving Oracle Database Performance by Adding Smart Flash Cache [24138]
Paper Reports Impressive Results on Sun SPARC Enterprise Midrange Server

In a paper released on the Oracle Technetwork and written by Roger Bitar, significant improvements in the performance of Oracle database were found when smart flash cache was added to the configuration. Testing was done with the iGEN-OLTP 1.6 benchmark formulated to simulate a lightweight Global Order System. Tests were run both with and without the smart flash cache, each time varying the size of the SGA buffer cache at 10%, 16%, and 20% the size of the database, Bitar reports.

The results demonstrate that an intelligent database that knows how to efficiently take advantage of flash-based storage can experience significant improvements in performance. Specific findings are that, when the SGA buffer cache size in memory is equal to 10% of the total database size, the system can scale to support 43% more users and 29% greater TPM than on a Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server without Database Smart Flash Cache technology.

This approach is markedly less costly than increasing the capacity of the SGA buffer cache size.
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26 Apr 2011 Boosting OLTP Performance with Sun Smart Flash Cache [24137]
Impressive Gains When Coupled with Oracle Database 11g Release 2

A post in the OTN Garage, Oracle's blog for Sys Admins and the developer community, discusses the experiments of Roger Bitar, who has written about Oracle Database Performance Results with Smart Flash Cache on Sun SPARC Enterprise Midrange Server. Bitar coupled the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCle Card with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 in an effort that resulted in a 25% increase in number of users and 17.2% more TPM when he ran the GEN-OLTP 1.6 benchmark, an internally developed transaction processing database workload that simulates a lightweight Global Order System.
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16 Feb 2011 Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache [23927]
Bigger Database Buffer Cache Without Adding RAM

Entities operating in Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) environments can expect to benefit from Database Smart Flash Cache, a feature now available on Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Linux that allows customers to increase the effective size of the Oracle database buffer cache without adding more main memory to the system. According to the white paper "Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache" the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array and the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card provide a natural fit for Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache and offer an excellent opportunity for end users to take advantage of this new functionality. Database Smart Flash Cache on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Linux has the potential to offer considerable benefit to users of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with disk-bound read-mostly or read-only workloads, the white paper concludes.

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24 Jun 2010 Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000, Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Set Payroll Processing World Record [23222]
On PeopleSoft Payroll 9.0 (North American) 500K Employees Benchmark

The Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server together with the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array system processed payroll for 500K employees using 32 payroll threads with a payroll processing result of 50.11 (time in minutes). The world-record result proved to be 92% faster than an HP rx7640 and 18% faster than the IBM z10 EC 2097-709 mainframe as measured for payroll processing tasks in the Peoplesoft Payroll 9.0 (North American) benchmark.
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