Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster Datasheet

Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 in Half Rack and Full Rack configurations
Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 in Half Rack and Full Rack configurations

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.

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StorageTek Virtual Library Extension

Oracle has unveiled the StorageTek Virtual Library Extension, the industry’s first highly scalable second tier of disk storage that optimizes tape processing in mainframe environments. The StorageTek Virtual Library Extension expands the disk capacity of the StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager virtual tape environment to enable a secondary tier of disk-based performance while maintaining streamlined management. This addition provides as much as 3.5 PB of additional effective disk storage space, giving customers more-seamless disk buffer scalability to manage growth and increase performance while reducing costs.

The integrated StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager/StorageTek Virtual Library Extension environment is the only mainframe virtual tape solution to provide a single, policy-based management interface that migrates data between high-performance disk, high-capacity disk, and tape tiers.

The StorageTek Virtual Library Extension maximizes data protection and availability by leveraging the unique StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager architecture that enables data to be dynamically stored and protected in multiple tiers of storage and at multiple locations without involving the mainframe. The product uses Oracle Solaris ZFS technology to provide higher reliability with triple-parity RAID-Z3, which delivers five times more data reliability than IBM systems using RAID-6.

“Oracle continues to address the needs of mainframe virtual tape customers, ” says Robert, research director of data protection and recovery at International Data Corporation (IDC). “Oracle’s StorageTek Virtual Library Extension provides an innovative and cost-effective approach by adding a second tier of disk to its StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager products.”


Driving Down the High Cost of Storage

Does it seem like only yesterday that you made a sizable investment in a storage area network (SAN), only to find that it already needs to be significantly upgraded or even replaced? With data size and complexity increasing all the time, and with SANs remaining the technology of choice for data center storage, it’s not surprising that legacy investments in storage infrastructure are failing to keep up. What’s needed is a storage infrastructure that can handle increasingly insistent data storage demands in order to deliver IT and business value both now and far into the future.

That’s an impossible challenge for traditional approaches to SAN storage, which were simply not designed to keep pace with data growth. It may be possible to add capacity to legacy systems to support critical applications, but this often comes at the expense of performance. Adding both capacity and performance generally requires frequent new hardware investments. The cost to acquire, deploy,maintain, and inevitably replace that hardware—not to mention the cost to expand the data center to accommodate it—ultimately becomes simply intolerable from a business standpoint.

Oracle’s Pillar Axiom 600 storage system is an alternative to traditional SAN storage. It shortens time to value and continues to deliver value over the long term by speeding application deployment and facilitating rapid access to data. It represents a fundamentally different approach: Storage adapts dynamically to changing application requirements from the start, scales to accommodate growing performance and capacity demands over time, and simplifies the storage infrastructure to keep ongoing administrative requirements to a minimum.

Eliminate Costly, Inefficient Data Silos

Traditional storage solutions typically address different applications’ data needs by having dedicated storage for each application, resulting in a multitude of silos of data.These have to be deployed and maintained separately in order to meet performance requirements, which slows time to value and also minimizes that value, because capacity is used inefficiently.Pillar Axiom 600, by comparison, is implemented as a single consolidated SAN storage platform that meets the storage needs of multiple applications simultaneously. It’s designed to be fast and simple to deploy, speeding time to value. And the value it achieves is greater than what traditional solutions can deliver because of its unique quality of service (QoS) capability, which dynamically and automatically allocates storage resources to applications based on their importance to the business.Pillar Axiom 600’s QoS capability allows rapid, efficient allocation of storage, with minimal administrative overhead.

It also automatically detects changes in application priorities and responds accordingly, making it possible to meet performance requirements without sacrificing utilization. Integrate with Oracle Software and Mixed Application Environments Reap the Benefits of Hardware and Software Engineered to Work Together The economic benefits of application-aware storage are available to any data center environment, regardless of the associated software stack. But the benefits are even greater in Oracle software environments, because the storage is engineered for Oracle software, with a number of unique integration points that are available only when Oracles torage is deployed with Oracle software. For example, Oracle Database includes a high-efficiency data compression feature—hybrid columnar compression—that only works with storage developed by Oracle, including Pillar Axiom 600 storage systems.

The ability to leverage hybrid columnar compression, integration with Oracle VM, andother unique benefits of the Oracle software environment further speed the time to value for Pillar Axiom 600, as well as lowering business risk for companies that deploy it with Oracle applications.

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Report: Cost/Benefit of Enterprise Warehouse Solutions

In-depth Comparison of IBM Smart Analytics System 7700,
Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse and
Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

Data warehousing has emerged as one of the IT world’s fastest growth areas. New deployments continue to accelerate, and numbers of applications and users within organizations continue to expand. Demand for high-quality, current information and for tools to interpret and exploit it shows no signs of abating. High
double-digit growth in data volumes has become the norm.

The business benefits of data warehouse applications are clearly recognized. But, increasingly, users are faced with escalating expenditure not only on data warehouse solutions, but also on underlying platforms. At a time of budgetary pressures, questions are raised about the most cost-effective means of realizing
information value.

This is particularly the case for special-purpose platforms offered by IBM (Smart Analytics System, Netezza TwinFin), Oracle (Exadata Database Machine), Teradata (Active Enterprise Data Warehouse) and smaller players. Architectures and technologies of these systems are often unfamiliar to organizations that deploy them. Techniques for measuring comparative performance and cost are rudimentary.

Challenges are compounded by several factors. One is that the performance of different architectures depends on the workloads they execute. Another is that data warehouse usage tends to evolve rapidly – organizations that deploy platforms for specific applications may soon find that they must deal with significantly different environments. A third is that vendor pricing may vary widely between customers.

This report sets some parameters for comparisons. To do this, it takes into account types of workload – in particular, a key distinction is drawn between complex mixed workloads and queries involving large sequential table scans – compares overall three-year as well as acquisition costs, and bases platform calculation on “street” pricing (i.e., discounted prices paid by users).

The report focuses on three platforms: IBM Smart Analytics System 7700, Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Teradata’s flagship Active Enterprise Data Warehouse (Active EDW) 6650. Results are based on input from 46 users of these systems and their recent predecessors, on other industry sources, as well as on research and analysis conducted by the International Technology Group (ITG).

Two sets of cost comparisons, based on performance and user data, are presented.

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