It’s been a couple of weeks since the Cisco data center and partner teams wrapped up a terrific Oracle OpenWorld 2014. We had a great week of conversations with customers and partners on how Cisco UCS provides a superior platform for Oracle Data Base and applications. We also announced three record-setting benchmarks for Oracle E-Business Suite and Java operations (SPECjbb2013).
This year, we placed a greater emphasis on communicating beyond our booth via video, digital and social streams. We staged a studio in the Cisco booth that enabled us to stream live video interviews with industry luminaries and Cisco experts hosted by theCUBE, the leading interview format show in enterprise tech. We were honored to host Intel CIO Kim Stevenson immediately following her main stage keynote presentation. Other featured guest included Jim McHugh, Cisco VP of UCS Marketing; Intel VP, Shannon Poulin; Cisco VP of Global Partner Marketing; Sherri Liebo; and Red Hat VP, Mike Evans. The videos are now available for replay here.
The Cisco booth was a hub of non-stop action in our theater where we hosted a terrific line-up of presentations by Cisco experts, customers and partners. We took advantage of this opportunity to record video summaries of these sessions and are pleased to present this video library from Oracle OpenWorld 2014.
House of Brick Technologies on the Advantages of Cisco UCS for Oracle Workloads
Why is Cisco UCS everywhere? Dave Welch, CTO of House of Brick Technologies, highlights the many advantages of UCS for Oracle workloads in this discussion with Jim McHugh, Cisco VP of UCS Marketing.
Oracle OpenWorld is a show like no other, with over 60,000 IT professionals convening in San Francisco for a week of all things, Oracle, Java and more. Cisco has a full slate of activities planned, including demos and theater sessions on the many benefits of running your Oracle workloads on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). We’re also teaming with theCUBE to stream three days of live interviews with the industry’s leading thought leaders and Oracle solution experts. All of our activities have a common theme – Unleashing Oracle Performance.
With more than 25 world record benchmarks for Oracle workloads, Cisco has a proven record of delivering record-setting Oracle performance with each generation of server and processor technologies. This week at Oracle OpenWorld, we’re showcasing three recent world record benchmarks for Oracle E-Business Suite and critical Java operations.
Oracle E-Business Suite Applications R12 (12.1.3) Payroll and Order-to-Cash Benchmarks
The Cisco UCS® B200 M4 Blade Server with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family, is the number-one server with top results on the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications R12 benchmark. The Cisco UCS B200 M4 performed over a million employees per hour on the Payroll Extra-Large Model Benchmark, outperforming the IBM Power System S824. UCS also set a world record on the Order-to-Cash workload, processing more than 11,000 more order lines per hour than the same server configured with previous-generation processors. The performance brief has all the details.
Virtualizing Oracle Databases – The Time Has Come!
Overall, virtualization of IT applications and databases is quite pervasive. Estimates from industry analysts show that some applications and databases have virtualization penetration rates of 80 to 90%. Overall the estimates for datacenter virtualization range from 60 to 70%. One curious exception is the rate of virtualization for Oracle Databases. Some estimates put the Oracle Database virtualization rate below 20%. The big question is why so low for Oracle Database?
While I have never seen any formal research documenting the reasons, ad-hoc discussions with many DBAs and Architects and other Oracle users indicates that some of the major reasons for their reluctance to virtualize include:
Fear of performance degradation
Concern over availability and stability
And an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” view
And for mission critical Oracle Databases those are valid concerns. Any outage or performance degradation is costly. Status quo is the safest approach. But what I am hearing from customers and the Oracle community at large is that the time has come for virtualization. The improvements in configuration flexibility, reduced deployment times, dramatically improved disaster recovery and cost savings are great motivators for virtualization by themselves. One of the early adopters for virtualizing and Oracle infrastructure was EMC. lets hear what EMC’s Chief Database Architect, Darryl Smith, has to say about the benefits of EMC’s virtualization efforts with EMC’s Oracle Infrastructure.
So EMC found great performance, improved availability and a reduction in database licenses all because of their move to virtualize their Oracle infrastructure. Here is more of Darryl talking about Oracle virtualization and the cloud.
EMC took the next logical step from initial virtualization and moved their Oracle infrastructure to a full cloud implementation with even more benefits thanks to the improved Oracle workload mobility.
EMC is a great example of why there appears to be a growing tide of Oracle users who are ready to ride the wave of virtaulization. To learn more about EMC’s virtualization efforts and results, these two whitepapers on Cisco.com will provide a more complete overview of their journey:
In April the largest conference for Oracle users, outside of Oracle OpenWorld, occurred in Denver. With 6000 attendees “Collaborate”, the annual Oracle user conference sponsored by IOUG (Independent Oracle User Group), OAUG (Oracle Application User Group) and Quest International, is one of the best events For Oracle users, whether it is Oracle Database or any of the other Oracle software products, to learn, network, share and teach. Oh, and have some fun too.
But for companies like Cisco who exhibit and sponsor Collaborate, it is also a great chance to informally “take the pulse” of the Oracle user community. The questions they ask and the sessions they attend provide a clear indicator of where Oracle users are headed, what the trends are and and where they are putting their efforts in the future. Here is what I discovered at this year’s Collaborate.
So unlike past conferences, the Oracle community is actively looking at
a) Virtualization for their Oracle infrastructure, including Databases and
b) Preconfigured/prevalidated hardware solutions (sometimes called converged infrastructure solutions) instead of just the old DIY custom system approach for hardware.
To me these are both major changes in the mindset of those using Oracle Database and applications. And the implications are significant. As virtualization permeates the large Oracle install-base (largest business software vendor), the hypervisor vendors will see significant growth and many operational aspects of Oracle infrastructures will change and improve. That virtualization push includes Oracle who is making inroads with their dramatically updated Oracle VM (virtual machine) product.
The move towards pretested hardware solutions is also a major directional shift which should drive an increased focus on reducing software and database upgrade/version cycle times and downplay the need to do extensive hardware testing. In today’s environment of “do more with less”, pretested hardware solutions may be a great way to help the Oracle IT team address that conundrum.
Can Cisco help with these trends towards more Oracle virtualization and pretested hardware configurations? The answer is a resounding YES! With our storage partners EMC and NetApp, and our software partners Oracle and VMware, we have developed an extensive array of pretested/prevalidated solutions with hypervisors (Oracle VM and vSphere), storage (EMC and NetApp) and software (Oracle Database and applications) all running on Cisco UCS servers and Cisco networking. For more information on Cisco’s Oracle solutions and to see the available Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) for Oracle, go to Cisco.com/go/oracle
Coming up in my next blog, more on the move to virtualize Oracle database and applications.
In a recent interview, the Director of IT Operations at a New York based Enterprise said that one of the biggest problems he was facing was maintaining customer satisfaction on performance as the data deluge grew unabated. According to an IDC 2012 report “..Data creation is taking place at an unprecedented rate and is currently growing at over 60% per year. IDC’s Digital Universe Study predicts that between 2009 and 2020, digital data will grow 44-fold to 35ZB per year..”. One ZB or Zettabyte is 1000 billion gigabytes… you get the picture.
The implications are that more data will be stored and processed on servers. Data could be on local disks or it could be in some large storage arrays, which are connected to the server by a network. It may be pre-processed and stored in a database for faster analysis. The computer (server) or applications must now quickly access the partially processed or raw data. The data could be structured as in ERP solutions or unstructured and handled by scale out Big Data applications. Nevertheless, data will have to flow back and forth through the network connecting servers and the storage. Additionally as Client Virtualization gains traction, data center servers would need to access large files located in storage devices most likely connected through networks. These use cases are addressed by the Cisco UCS and Fusion-IO partnership and therefore generated a whole lot of interest in the June 2012 announcement. In a recent interview at CiscoLive London, Cisco Executive, Paul Perez, reiterated the importance of the collaboration, and benefits to Cisco UCS customers.
So how does Fusion-io ioDrive2 accelerate data access? It optimizes the use of existing network bandwidth for data i/o intensive workloads with a low