Oracle SPARC, Solaris, Oracle Database Optimisation

Optimising Infrastructure for Your Business- Critical Applications?

CIOs that are looking to optimise their infrastructure in order to ensure applications run more efficiently and at peak levels, which has to be everyone really, may find it difficult to know where to look. Some server and software platforms may be cloud-ready but might not be suitable for running legacy applications, which mean a huge investment across the board. Not something most CIOs are prepared to do or have the budget for. Other hardware and software may be suitable for upgrading on-premise infrastructure, but isn’t cloud-ready, so the CIO has to make impossible, immediate decisions about what to move to the cloud, which will inevitably be subject to change.

The Oracle SPARC and Solaris platform is different. Because it is built using the same binary interfaces, applications built on earlier releases can still run as effectively as before, yet the new hardware and software is cloud-ready and enabled for any point in the future when the organisation deems it necessary or prudent to move workloads or applications to the cloud.

This key element of Oracle’s architecture allows businesses to modernise in stages, spreading the cost out to a more manageable level and minimising disruption along the way. This is very positive, especially in light of Gartner’s prediction that whilst spending on data centre systems will continue to grow through 2018 and 2019, it will grow at an increasingly slower rate. Businesses will be looking for new ways to maximise their budgets yet still get the best performance from their applications.

Where Oracle applications are run on an Oracle SPARC and Solaris platform, performance is totally optimised. Oracle Database offers complete IO visibility, instances can be started quickly and resized dynamically for minimal disruption, SPARC servers can be zoned to allow multiple versions of databases to be run on the same server, moving between them easily. SPARC servers also provide end to end encryption and capabilities which dramatically speed up database performance. These are exclusive capabilities to SPARC servers and Solaris and really do make it an easy choice for CIOs seeking transformational performance.

Oracle Virtual Machine is also optimised when run on SPARC servers, at a great price. Oracle VM are speedily deployed and allow flexible migration of active domains and encryption for security during migration.

SPARC and Solaris aren’t just suitable for the latest Oracle applications, although if developed on a SPARC and Solaris platform, new applications can then run on older versions of the OS or be recompiled to run on X86, but this also works vice versa with older applications running on a next generation SPARC and Solaris platform, because of the neutral API it uses. This sort of architecture means Oracle SPARC and Solaris are future proofed and non-proprietary, both high priorities on the technology wish list of many organisations.

To find out more about how to future-proof and optimise your infrastructure with SPARC and Solaris, read the Oracle Solaris for Dummies Guide.

SPARC and Solaris

Ten Reasons to Run Your Business on SPARC with Oracle Solaris

In a list of top ten predictions for the data centre in 2018 published earlier this year, IDC talked a lot about standardisation. In the complex world of the enterprise data centre, standardised hardware, software and processes can bring huge benefits in terms of scalability,streamlined maintenance contracts, improved user knowledge resulting in less downtime (hopefully) due to human error and faster deployment of additional resources.

If you are looking to standardise your server infrastructure, Oracle SPARC servers offer a more scalable and highly reliable server architecture than leading popular alternatives for business-critical systems and applications. The high-end, mid-range and scale-out servers in the SPARC portfolio mean they are a great choice for enterprise workloads. SPARC servers also run Solaris, which provides a secure, robust and flexible foundation for public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

So, what are the main reasons for choosing SPARC systems with Oracle Solaris?

1. Namely because you can enjoy transformational performance and efficiency gains, particularly for Oracle databases and applications, which are greater than with any other commercial processor.

2. Because your hardware is optimised to match your applications and databases. SPARC servers have been engineered to optimise the entire technology stack so that you can your databases and applications securely, speedily and more cost effectively.

3. Prior investment in applications is not wasted. SPARC servers support your legacy applications, both on premise and in the cloud, so your existing investment is optimised and your data centre can be modernised with minimal disruption.

4. Analytics are crucial in today’s data driven enterprises, in fact, IDG’s CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities for 2018 found that 60% of CIOs surveyed planned to increase spending on analytics this year. SPARC servers have built in features to accelerate database queries and offer data decompression for better analytics performance.

5. Oracle developer tools are built to work better on SPARC servers and can help identify coding errors, improve security and get new applications to market faster.

6. Open source software is free, non-proprietary and incredibly flexible. What’s not to like about that? SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris allow developers to adopt open source and take advantage of new security and analytics capabilities on your own scripts.

7. & 8. Security is paramount in the enterprise data centre. SPARC servers offer built-in encryption and Software in Silicon and Solaris protect data at rest and on the move. In addition, SPARC servers and the Oracle Solaris offer protection for applications in memory, access controls, automated patching, and security compliance auditing.

9. To future proof your investment, Oracle offers a guarantee that they will delivery binary compatibility until 2034, at least.

10. SPARC servers and Oracle Solaris provide a clear path to the cloud, using the same technology on premise as in the cloud, and applications and databases can be migrated to the cloud at any time without modifications. Speedy and simple.

Ten very compelling reasons to choose SPARC and Oracle Solaris as your enterprise data centre infrastructure, now and in the future.

Useful Links

IDG CIO Tech Poll

IDC Top Ten Data Centre Predictions

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