Oracle spare servers for enterprise infrastructure and data centres in Birmingham

Why Oracle SPARC?

Choosing server technology is an important part of any businesses’ technology strategy and there are many factors affecting the decision. IT leaders should factor in the business platforms it should be running, will they be frontline applications or backup files, will it be cloud based or on premises, does it need to consolidate an existing server estate, what is the best technology the budget will allow?

What platforms will it be running?

For customers who are looking for server technology to run Oracle database and applications, Oracle SPARC servers are fully optimised for Oracle databases and applications and will deliver the best performance and security available. Oracle SPARC’s reporting and analytics capabilities are incredibly fast and inbuilt virtualisation features secure data and improve application performance. Whilst SPARC is optimised for Oracle applications, it is non-proprietary, enabling transformational performance and efficiency gains for most enterprise applications, at an affordable price point.

Cloud or on-premises?

Most businesses today are using the cloud, the Flexera State of the Cloud Report for 2019 found that 94% of businesses surveyed used cloud services, with 91% using public cloud, 72% using private cloud and 69% using at least one public and one private.

For organisations that are considering migrating services to the cloud, or extending onsite data centres to the cloud, even if it is not an immediate plan, servers that have been designed with cloud services in mind will have greater longevity. By taking a cloud-first approach to technology infrastructure development, Oracle has built its cloud solutions using the same SPARC technology that it uses in its servers allowing customers a clear path to the cloud. Customers undecided on when they will move to the cloud can purchase SPARC servers to use on premises, easily moving to cloud services with few migration costs, and without the need to change applications, driving value from today’s investment in the future.

Server consolidation

By consolidating large numbers of smaller servers onto fewer large symmetric multiprocessing (MSP) servers the workload demands on compute power are evened out improving overall utilisation and performance. Large SMP servers simplify the deployment of applications, and less servers to manage means less management overhead, meaning further savings. Oracle approaches server consolidation with different levels of partitioning within SPARC servers, involving PDoms, Oracle VM Server partitioning and Oracle Solaris Zones technology, getting increasingly more granular and flexible. Different workloads have different service levels and will utilise resources differently, which will require different configurations. Oracle’s centralised, single management console simplifies the management of the consolidated servers.

Cost

Oracle SPARC has been priced competitively in the enterprise server market, with feature rich hardware at comparatively lower prices than many other vendors. Cost savings can also come from efficiency gains, enabled because SPARC servers perform more business transactions at a faster rate, so customers need less of them, keeping hardware costs and software license costs down.

Performance

Performance is critical for servers that will be running enterprise applications and serving mission critical data, and this is another area where Oracle SPARC performs well. Core and processor performance are strong, and specific features like Software in Silicon have been designed to ensure faster enterprise apps.

Security

Oracle has built in security from the group up, with advanced encryption for data at rest, in transit and in storage, with no degradation of performance. Oracle’s Silicon Secured Memory provides 24/7 intrusion protection. In addition, SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris offer protection for applications in memory, access controls, automated patching, and security compliance auditing.

Whatever the business requirement, application or environment, Oracle SPARC is a viable server technology that can meet the needs of a modern business, today and in the future.

Useful Links

Flexera State of the Cloud Report – 2019

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