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UCS: A Better Home for Oracle Apps

This week our team is out in force at Oracle Open World in San Francisco, and with good reason.  Last week Scott Ciccone and I talked about the kinds of applications that are particularly well-served (no pun intended) by the new UCS B230 blade. Yesterday, Oracle quantified what that means when they announced world-record results with the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, using a pair of B230s running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, with our 4-socket B440 M1 acting as the database server.

I asked my colleague Girish Kulkarni, who works closely with our application partners, to help put this into context:

“We got the top dual-node SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark result of 11,283.80 JOPS@ Standard (jAppServer operations per second). This result surpasses the prior dual-node world record by 54 percent and was obtained running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.”

So we have some large, dense, fast servers on which you can very effectively run mission-critical apps.  But the other key point here is that they’re part of a portfolio that allows you to optimize for a variety of important parameters, including cost and alignment with application architecture, without compromising performance. For example, we also helped deliver a world-record-setting Oracle E-Business Suite performance with our standard two-socket, half-width B200 M2 blades with Intel Xeon 5600 series processors.  From Girish’s smartphone (with a few edits):

“Top three results for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.4 Standard Benchmark!

• Highest results on Payroll Benchmark: Medium, Large and Extra-Large Models

• Highest result on Order-to-Cash Benchmark: Medium Model  

“Better than IBM’s best Power7 result by up to 43 percent, HP’s best Intel® Xeon® score by up to 60 percent, especially in the large and extra-large models. 11th top benchmark result we’ve posted so far in 2010.”

You can read about these and other UCS benchmarks on the UCS @ Work page. If you’re at Oracle Open World this week, stop by the Cisco booth to meet Girish and some of the rest of our team. 

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