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15 Jun 2013 SPARC T5-8 Delivers Best Single System SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark running WebLogic 12c [31404]
27,843.57 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS

Oracle produced a world record single-server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 27,843.57 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using one of Oracle's SPARC T5-8 servers for both the application and the database tier.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server ran the Oracle Solaris 11.1 operating system and used Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate eight Oracle WebLogic application server instances and one database server instance to achieve this result. The IBM system used LPARS and AIX V7.1.

  • This result demonstrated less than 1 second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and represents JEE 5.0 transactions generated by 227,500 users.

  • The application server used Oracle Fusion Middleware components including the Oracle WebLogic 12.1 application server and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_15. The database server was configured with Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

  • The 8-chip SPARC T5 processor based server is 2.6x faster than the 8-chip IBM POWER7+ processor based server.

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15 Jun 2013 Comparing Solaris 11 Zones to Solaris 10 Zones [31399]
Solaris 10 Whole-Root, Solaris 10 Sparse-Root, Solaris 11, Solaris 11 Immutable Zones

Jeff Victor writes, "Many people have asked whether Oracle Solaris 11 uses sparse-root zones or whole-root zones. I think the best answer is "both and neither, and more" - but that's a wee bit confusing. This blog entry attempts to explain that answer.

First a recap: Solaris 10 introduced the Solaris Zones feature set, way back in 2005. Zones are a form of server virtualization called "OS (Operating System) Virtualization." They improve consolidation ratios by isolating processes from each other so that they cannot interact. Each zone has its own set of users, naming services, and other software components. One of the many advantages is that there is no need for a hypervisor, so there is no performance overhead. Many data centers run tens to hundreds of zones per server!..."
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25 May 2013 Non-interactive zone configuration [31100]
For Solaris 11

Jeff Taylor writes, "When creating new Solaris zones, at initial boot up, the system administrator is prompted for the new hostname, network settings, etc of the new zone. I get tired of the brittle process of manually entering the initial settings and I prefer to be able to automate the process. I had previously figured out the process for Solaris 10, but I've only recently figured out the process for Solaris 11..."
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25 May 2013 How to go Physical to Virtual with Oracle Solaris Zones using Enterprise Manager Ops Center [31101]
By Rodney Lindner

Rodney Lindner writes, "Many customers have large collections of physical Solaris 8, 9 and 10 servers in their datacenters and they are wondering how they are going to virtualize them. This leads to a commonly asked question. Can Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12C be used to P2V (Physical to Virtual) my old servers? Ops Center does not have a single button P2V capability, but it is possible for Ops Center to deploy physical servers, LDOMs and branded zones based on flash archives(flars) that have been taken of your existing physical servers. Ops Center achieves P2V by deploying flars and leveraging its patching and automation capabilities, to make the P2V process consistent, repeatable and as cost effective as possible.

As with any virtualization project, there will be a number of things that will need to be updated as you move from a physical to a virtual environment. It is a common misconception that you can virtualize a system and change nothing about it. There are always a few things that have to be changed on an OS or process level to make it compatible with the virtualized environment. As a best practice, there are many more things that should be updated, re-allocated and redesigned as part of a virtualization project but that is a subject for another blog.

In this blog, we will be covering migrating physical servers to Oracle Solaris Zones..."
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22 Apr 2013 Solaris 11 Network Virtualization now Possible with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0.0.2 [30627]
New Version Allows vNICs on VNets

Jeff Savit addresses the new capability in Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which is that version 3.0.0.2 now supports the removal of restrictions that in earlier versions prevented vNICs on VNets, further allowing Solaris 11 network virtualization. Now, instead of just consolidating servers, users can consolidate a data center's servers and network topologies into a single Solaris instance, setting up multiple isolated virtual networks, associating zones with the different virtual networks, and establishing rules for isolation, connectivity and quality of service (QoS). Savit goes on to explain the use of this new capability, providing the necessary code.
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