Oracle has introduced new software enhancements to the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster engineered system that enable customers to consolidate any combination of mission-critical enterprise databases, middleware, and applications on a single system and rapidly deploy secure, self-service cloud services. Oracle SPARC SuperCluster can deliver 10 times application consolidation ratios, using new layered, zero-overhead virtualization combined with the database offload functions of Oracle Exadata storage servers and efficient networking. Compared to customer-integrated systems, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster delivers 5 times faster time to value, cutting time for installation to production from months to weeks. Continue reading Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: Cloud and Consolidation Capabilities
Oracle SuperCluster Datasheet
The Oracle SuperCluster engineered system integrates the following Oracle technologies: SPARC T5-8 and SPARC M6-32 servers; Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 10 operating systems; Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization; Oracle Solaris Zones; Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and Exadata Storage Server Software; Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance; InfiniBand QDR networking; Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c; Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (Optional); Oracle Solaris Cluster (Optional).
This paper helps customers to benefit from accelerating the performance of Oracle Databases, middleware, and business applications on an integrated platform.
Oracle SuperCluster Price
Lojas Renner Business Case
One of the primary reasons companies implement the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is to focus on
their business rather than on their IT.
Or, as Lojas Renner CIO Leandro Balbinot says, “We’ll leave the technology to our technology partners. ”
In deciding to move to the cloud, Balbinot says, the critical time for Lojas Renner came at the very beginning, “when we were deciding about the tool and the model and choosing a partner. I was familiar with Oracle Hyperion Planning and knew how useful it could be for Lojas Renner. ” So why use the cloud ?
Before a company decide moving into the cloud, it must map its business processes to the new software tools its IT partner will provide—a task Christopher Koch, associate vice president of research and thought leadership at IT Services Marketing Association, says can be “a nightmare”.
“At any company, there are all sorts of different databases and applications hiding behind the walls. Cleaning it all up and integrating the SaaS application with the non-SaaS applications it needs to talk to are significant challenges.” However, says Nicolas Simone, director of process and corporate projects at Lojas Renner, the company was not simply mapping its processes to enable the move to SaaS; the ultimate goal was to improve them. “We’re collecting workflows in all the stores, ” says Simone. “We’re working in all areas of the company—the stores, the suppliers, logistics, internal support, IT—to improve our business. ” Lojas Renner’s main implementation challenge this year was to “review all the processes to enable us to use the Oracle Hyperion tool best, ” says Balbinot. But the real difficulty, he says, came not with the tool but with change management. “You always have to deal with the Golden Age syndrome, ” Balbinot says. “That’s the idea that things were better before. But we brought examples of ROI (Return of Investment) from other companies to show how we could do better with the new model. It took some time, but in the end, most people supported what we implemented.”
Now, says Balbinot, for the first time, a majority of Lojas Renner transactions are accomplished through company- issued credit cards, leveraging Brazil’s transformation from a cash- to a credit- based economy and prompting the CIO to consider moving the company’s database offshore. “We’re looking to grow faster than we can with a local database. We ran some security tests, and we think our data could be safer in an Oracle center in the U.S. than in a dedicated center in Brazil. In practice, high service levels are achieved when you have the right experts and standard infrastructure when moving into the cloud.”
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Database Consolidation onto Private Clouds
The Oracle Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides a shared and elastically scalable platform for consolidation of existing applications and new application development and deployment. It includes database services based on Oracle Database and Oracle Exadata Database Machine, as well as middleware service based on Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. With engineered systems such as Exadata and Exalogic providing extreme performance and efficiency for mixed workloads, Oracle provides the best foundation for PaaS.