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Intel and Cisco partner to offer servers platforms that are ideal to run Oracle applications

October 2, 2011 - 1 Comment

Cisco and Intel have a strong partnership, especially around Cisco UCS , the  Cisco server platform which is a real game changer for mission critical applications such as Oracle applications and data base. Today I invited an Intel blogger, Sandhya Gorman to share with us her view of the partnership and the benefits for the Oracle customers.

“Oracle Open World ( / #OracleOpenWorld  is always an exciting industry event where not only do you learn something new, but you also hear at least 1-2 juicy announcements that rock the high tech world.   I’m sure this year will be no different.

One company I am looking forward to seeing at the show is Cisco.  As you know, Cisco entered the server business a few years ago and is becoming the darling of the data center.  The company offers a unique platform known as Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) that is based on the Intel® Xeon® E7 Processor Family.  This platform has already set 9 world-record Oracle benchmarks to date.

What makes UCS unique for running Oracle databases and application?  In most competing platforms, there is an inherent imbalance between CPU, memory and I/O that inhibits performance.  To resolve this processor-I/O imbalance, Cisco incorporated a Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) unified fabric for processor-to-I/O communications in its UCS platform. A unified fabric can quickly move massive amounts of data from the I/O subsystem to the processor, between different nodes in an Oracle rack cluster, or in and out of the network infrastructure.  This allows data to be loaded in and out of memory at speeds that optimize processing power.

Speaking of memory, Cisco UCS can be populated with up to four times as much memory as competing solutions.  This not only helps optimize performance of Oracle software but also allows for more opportunities for virtualization.  Virtualization is a key part of the journey to the cloud as is standardization on an x86 platform such as the Intel Xeon Processor Family

In summary, Cisco’s UCS offers a high performance, memory intensive and integrated platform that is ideal to run to Oracle applications.  Be sure to stop by the Cisco Booth #721 and Intel Booth #711 where Oracle solutions running on the latest and greatest Cisco UCS platform will be shown.  You can follow me @ITSandhya on Twitter or read my blog on .  Who knows, you may even hear a juicy announcement or two! ”

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  1. Great info! Thanks for the additional blog, Gorman has some good info as well. 🙂