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December 5, 2012

Oracle updates SPARC SuperCluster

Customers can now consolidate mission-critical enterprise databases, middleware and applications on a single system in any combination

By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle has upgraded its SPARC SuperCluster engineered system which claimed to enable customers to consolidate mission-critical enterprise databases, middleware and applications on a single system in any combination and deploy secure, self-service cloud services.

SPARC SuperCluster claimed to offer ten times application consolidation ratios leveraging layered, zero-overhead virtualisation along with the database offload functions of Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and efficient networking.

With SPARC SuperCluster, the company said the customers can now deploy mission-critical, multi-tenant applications faster, without virtualisation overhead, using Oracle Solaris Zone workload isolation capabilities.

They can also deploy multiple Oracle Database and enterprise application domains on each SPARC SuperCluster compute node to maximise consolidation and cloud deployment flexibility.

In addition, the customers can virtualise Oracle Databases running on Oracle Exadata X3 Storage Servers within Oracle Solaris Zones to enable secure, isolated database services in a cloud and can reallocate CPU and memory resources across existing SPARC SuperCluster domains and zones to meet workload requirements.

SPARC SuperCluster with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is claimed to enable up to 10x faster provisioning of multi-tenant application cloud services versus manual provisioning and up to 32x faster deployment of an Oracle Database instance versus manual installation.

It also provides a cloud lifecycle management application through Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

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The SPARC SuperCluster claims to deliver five times faster time-to-value and ten times better performance for data warehousing compared to customer integrated systems. It delivers virtualised applications that run as quickly and efficiently, using the SPARC T4 processor’s built-in hypervisor, the company said.

It also helps customers save operational costs by consolidating Oracle Solaris 10 and earlier environments onto the high performance, efficient SPARC SuperCluster without modifying day to day operations of those environments.

SPARC SuperCluster customers also have access to Oracle Premier Support, including Oracle Platinum Services, which provides engineered systems customers running a supported configuration with 24/7 Oracle remote fault monitoring, response and restore times, and quarterly patch updates deployed directly to their systems.

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