• IBM Consulting

    DBA Consulting can help you with IBM BI and Web related work. Also IBM Linux is our portfolio.

  • Oracle Consulting

    For Oracle related consulting and Database work and support and Migration call DBA Consulting.

  • Novell/RedHat Consulting

    For all Novell Suse Linux and SAP on Suse Linux questions releated to OS and BI solutions. And offcourse also for the great RedHat products like RedHat Enterprise Server and JBoss middelware and BI on RedHat.

  • Microsoft Consulting

    For Microsoft Server 2012 onwards, Microsoft Client Windows 7 and higher, Microsoft Cloud Services (Azure,Office 365, etc.) related consulting services.

  • Citrix Consulting

    Citrix VDI in a box, Desktop Vertualizations and Citrix Netscaler security.

  • Web Development

    Web Development (Static Websites, CMS Websites (Drupal 7/8, WordPress, Joomla, Responsive Websites and Adaptive Websites).

24 December 2015

Hybrid Infrastructure Automation with Azure Resource Manager Templates

Back in May of this year Microsoft announced Azure Resource Manager Templates.

On today’s Microsoft Mechanics show, Corey Sanders who heads up the team for Microsoft Azure compute, addresses the tech advantages of Azure Resource Manager Templates for IT. If you've ever had to set up a test or production environment for something like SharePoint, you know there are several pieces to set up - like Active Directory, SQL for your backend data, and then your SharePoint servers.

Early look at containers in Windows Server, Hyper-V and Azure – with Mark Russinovich

While it's possible to automate this with advanced scripting or level 400 task sequencer skills, imagine just choosing a template or manifest file and clicking go to spin up a dozen or so VMs all wired together and talking to each other. That is effectively what Azure Resource Manager templates do and what Corey demonstrates on the show while taking a step back to illustrate how they actually work to automate resources in the Cloud, on-premises or both.

Hybrid Infrastructure Automation with Azure Resource Manager Templates

Unified model for infrastructure automation in the Cloud and on-premises

As we gear up to deliver you the upcoming Azure Stack which brings the operational and resource management model of Microsoft Azure right inside your own private data center, Azure Resource Manager Templates serve as a unified model for automating how you build the infrastructure for running your apps and services whether in the Cloud or on-premises.

Simply put, they give you a, tried and tested reference architecture of the infrastructure components required to run your apps.

Business Intelligence (BI) solutions need to move at the speed of business.  Unfortunately, roadblocks related to availability of resources and deployment often present an issue.  What if you could accelerate the deployment of an entire BI infrastructure to just a couple hours and start loading data into it by the end of the day.  In this session, we'll demonstrate how to leverage Microsoft tools and the Azure cloud environment to build out a BI solution and begin providing analytics to your team with tools such as Power BI.  By end of the session, you'll gain an understanding of the capabilities of Azure and how you can start building an end to end BI proof-of-concept today.

The templates themselves, offer a pre-configured and declarative representation of your solution, grouping together the resources that you need. This in turn, allows you to manage required resources as a logical unit and deploy your apps in a repeatable manner in your testing, staging and production environment whether on premises or in the Cloud. Further, as Corey demos on the show, you can also easily replicate the same security constructs today via Azure Active Directory synchronization to govern access to resources and even tag resources to track usage costs.

Azures next generation compute platform

Beyond PowerShell

While we still bring you the Cmdlets for PowerShell, this approach now gives you an alternative beyond the scripting and task sequencing that you might be used to. Deploying a template typically requires just calling three lines of PowerShell, saving you time as you don’t have to determine the logic and Cmdlets to automate and deploy the same infrastructure.

Infrastructure Automation Quickstart Templates

With our open model, we have an increasing number of partners building templates such as DataStax, Cloudera, Mesosphere and much more. There are now hundreds of templates supplied by Microsoft or curated from the IT community covering infrastructure automation scenarios.

An overview of Microsoft azure new networking capabilities 

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14 December 2015

IBM Linux One Systems

IBM Unveils Linux-Only Mainframe; Builds on Linux Success

IBM announced a significant expansion of the mainframe’s strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities to provide clients with the most secure, highest performance capabilities for an era where mainframes increasingly anchor corporate analytics and hybrid clouds.

IBM LinuxONE™: Linux Without Limits

Linux may not have limits, but what you run it on does. That's why you need LinuxONE™. LinuxONE is a powerful suite of hardware, software, services and solutions from IBM that unleashes the full potential of Linux for business.

For more information, visit IBM on the web at http://www.ibm.com/linuxone

To get updates on LinuxONE In real-time, follow the hashtag #LinuxONE on Twitter.

Unveiling the most secure Linux servers in the industry – The company is introducing two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – that are the industry’s most powerful[2] and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

Deepening open source software enablement – IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker on z Systems to provide clients with choice and flexibility for hybrid cloud deployments. SUSE, which provides Linux distribution for the mainframe, will now support KVM, giving clients a new hypervisor option. Canonical and IBM also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems. The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu’s scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support.

Contributing the single largest amount of mainframe code to open source community – The code, designed to fuel digital transformation, includes technology from IBM’s mainframe to help enterprises identify issues and help prevent failures before they happen, help improve performance across platforms and enable better integration with the broader network and cloud.

"Fifteen years ago IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “We are deepening our commitment to the open source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."


"Open source is about choice for customers, in software, hardware infrastructure, support and services. SUSE continues to innovate with IBM on new solutions and initiatives including LinuxONE, KVM for IBM z Systems and the Open Mainframe Project to expand enterprise horizons and multiply opportunities. Extending and adapting the open source ecosystem can only help clients succeed." – Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing.

LinuxONE – Industry’s Most Advanced Enterprise-Grade Linux Platform

IBM is launching LinuxONE, a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions, providing two distinct Linux systems for large enterprises and mid-size businesses. LinuxONE Emperor, based on the IBM z13, is the world’s most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry.

The system is capable of analyzing transactions in “real time” and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. The system can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers – currently the most of any single Linux system. LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package.

IBM’s LinuxONE systems, available starting today, are the most secure Linux systems with advanced encryption features built into both the hardware and software to help keep customer data and transactions confidential and secure. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology.

IBM Enables New Open Software and Industry Tools for Mainframe

Significantly broadening options for enterprises, IBM has enabled key open source and industry software for LinuxONE and IBM z Systems, including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker. These technologies work seamlessly on the mainframe just as they do with other platforms, with compelling performance advantages while requiring no special skills.

IBM helped pioneer virtualization on the mainframe and is now offering more choices for virtualization by enabling the new LinuxONE systems to be provisioned as a virtual machine through the open standards-based KVM hypervisor, just like any Linux server. SUSE, a leading distributor of Linux, will provide initial support for KVM for the mainframe.

Canonical and IBM also announced an initiative to encourage the growth of Ubuntu Linux on z Systems. Canonical plans to distribute Ubuntu for LinuxONE and z Systems, adding a third Linux distribution. SUSE and Red Hat already support distribution. Canonical also plans to support KVM for the mainframe.

Introducing IBM LinuxONE™: Linux without Limits Announcement

It’s time to unleash the full potential of Linux. With IBM LinuxONE, you’ll have one portfolio of hardware, software and service solutions for business critical Linux applications.

For more information on LinuxONE, visit IBM on the web at IBM.com/LinuxONE.

For real-time updates on LinuxONE, follow the hashtag #LinuxONE on Twitter.

Join us for the complimentary webinar, as we celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking new system, bringing you Linux without limits.

Learn about:
- Moving forward in the digital economy
- Consolidating virtual servers and containers on one system
- Eliminating risk with Linux
- Linux your way, with ultimate choice and flexibility
- Expansion of the open community

- Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM z Systems
- Deon Newman, Vice President, Marketing, IBM z Systems
- Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Canonical
- Kevin Barber, CIO, SinfoniaRx

IBM Joins New Linux Foundation Project as Demand Grows for Mainframe in Open Source Community

Enabling greater access in the developer community, IBM’s contribution of mainframe technologies is the largest single contribution of mainframe code from IBM to the open source community. A key part of the mainframe code contributions are IT predictive analytics that constantly monitor for unusual system behavior and help prevent issues from turning into failures. The code can be used by developers to build similar sense and respond resiliency capabilities on other systems.

The contributions will help fuel the new “Open Mainframe Project,” formed by the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development.  In collaboration with the Linux Foundation, IBM will support the Open Mainframe Project, a collaboration of nearly a dozen organizations across academia, government and corporate sectors to advance development and adoption of Linux on the mainframe.

“Linux on the mainframe has reached a critical mass such that vendors, users and academia need a neutral forum where they can work together to advance Linux tools and technologies and increase enterprise innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation executive director.  “The Open Mainframe Project is a direct response to the demands of Linux users and the supporting open source ecosystem to address unique features and requirements built into mainframes for security, availability and performance.”

IBM Provides Access to LinuxONE Developer Cloud at No Cost

With today’s announcement, IBM is also providing unprecedented access to the mainframe to foster innovations by developers in the open source community. IBM is creating the LinuxONE Developer Cloud to provide open access to the development community. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and piloting of emerging applications including testing linkages to engagement systems, mobile applications and hybrid cloud applications.

Marist College and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies plan to host clouds that provide developers access to a virtual IBM LinuxONE at no cost. As part of the program, IBM also will create a special cloud for independent software providers (ISVs) hosted at IBM sites in Dallas, Beijing and Boeblingen, Germany, that provide application vendors access and a free trial to LinuxONE resources to port, test and benchmark new applications for the LinuxONE and z Systems platform.

New financing models for the LinuxONE portfolio provide flexibility in pricing and resources that allows enterprises to pay for what they use and scale up quickly when their business grows. The new LinuxONE systems are available today.

For more information on the IBM LinuxONE Systems Portfolio, visit: http://www.ibm.com/linuxone and follow the conversation at #IBMz, #LinuxONE and #LinuxCon, or contact DBA Consulting.

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09 November 2015

Oracle Sparc M7 Innovation - Leverages “Software in Silicon”

SPARC technology plans emphasize innovation leadership, Oracle's commitment to advanced silicon and Engineered Systems

M7 - Breakthrough Processor and System Design with SPARC M7

Innovation is the life's blood of the technology industry. And technology innovation is a critical factor in business, government, and culture. Oracle is keenly aware of this innovation imperative, not only in theory but in practice, investing considerable time, effort, and resources in driving information technology and its effective implementation forward, first in software then in storage, networking, and hardware.

A significant result of this effort came to light at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif., where Oracle disclosed technology details of its upcoming SPARC processor, known as the SPARC M7. The venue is appropriate: This year is the 26th anniversary of the semiconductor industry's showcase for innovative technology, sponsored by the IEEE's technical committee on microprocessors and microcomputers and in cooperation with the ACM's SIGARCH (Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture). This is a milestone for Oracle. With the disclosure of the M7, Oracle will have introduced six new SPARC processors in the four years since it acquired Sun Microsystems. That aggressive timeline reinforces Oracle's commitment to the SPARC architecture, to maintaining its relevance in the technology environment.

Larry Ellison Introduces Breakthrough New SPARC M7 Systems

Software in Silicon

The innovations in the new SPARC processor are of a piece with the design philosophy at the heart of Oracle Engineered Systems. It's an approach to enterprise IT architecture that fits together servers, software, and storage into a single, finely-tuned integrated system that runs applications at their optimum performance capability.

That optimization strategy is reflected in the new processor. The M7's most significant innovations revolve around what is known as "software in silicon," a design approach that places software functions directly into the processor. Because specific functions are performed in hardware, a software application runs much faster. And because the cores of the processor are freed up to perform other functions, overall operations are speeded up as well.

Zoran Radovic: Software. Hardware. Complete. M7: Next Generation Oracle Processor

The SPARC M7 design features 32 CPU cores for faster performance.

Oracle’s new SPARC M7 systems feature:

Security in Silicon, with two key new enhancements in systems design.

Silicon Secured Memory – For the first time, Silicon Secured Memory adds real-time checking of access to data in memory to help protect against malicious intrusion and flawed program code in production for greater security and reliability. Silicon Secured Memory protection is utilized by Oracle Database 12c by default and is simple and easy to turn on for existing applications. Oracle is also making application programming interfaces available for advanced customization.

Hardware-Assisted Encryption – New breakthrough performance with hardware-assisted encryption built into all 32 cores enables uncompromised use without performance penalty. This gives customers the ability to have secure runtime and data for all applications even when combined with wide key usage of AES, DES, SHA, and more. Existing applications that use encryption will be automatically accelerated by this new capability including Oracle, third party, and custom applications.

SQL in Silicon: Adds co-processors to all 32 cores of the SPARC M7 that offload and accelerate important data functions, dramatically improving efficiency and performance of database applications.

Critical functions accelerated by these new co-processors include memory de-compression, memory scan, range scan, filtering, and join assist. Offloading these functions to co-processors greatly increases the efficiency of each CPU core, lowers memory utilization, and enables up to 10x better database query performance. Oracle Database 12c In-Memory option fully supports this new capability in the current release. In addition, this new functionality is slated to be available to advanced developers to build the next generation of big data analytics platforms.

World Record Performance: Powered by the world’s fastest microprocessor, Oracle’s new SPARC M7-based systems deliver proven performance superiority with world record results in over 20 benchmarks. In addition to superior performance for database, middleware, Java, and enterprise applications from Oracle and third party ISV’s, the new SPARC M7-based systems achieve incredible performance compared to the competition for big data and cloud workloads.

“Until now, no computing platform has been able to tackle security without significantly impacting application performance and efficiency,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “Today Oracle is delivering breakthrough technology for memory intrusion protection and encryption, while accelerating in-memory analytics, databases and Java. Oracle’s SPARC T7 and M7 systems and Oracle SuperCluster M7 are starting a new era in delivering secure computing while increasing efficiency.”

“Oracle's core investments in SPARC M7 are delivering breakthrough capabilities for information security, database efficiency, and performance that go beyond enterprise workloads to big data and cloud. This is the most significant advancement in SPARC microprocessor and systems design in the last decade,” said Matthew Eastwood, senior vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter Group, IDC.

Balanced Design Principles: The new SPARC M7 processor is the design center of the new line of SPARC M7 systems that scale from 32 to 512 cores, 256 to 4,096 threads and up to 8 TB of memory. Oracle’s SPARC M7 chip is a 4.1 GHz 32-core/256-thread processor that addresses the most demanding workloads with a balanced high performance design across all factors of memory, IO, and scalability. In addition, Oracle has improved every other aspect of the design compared to previous generation designs resulting in increased single-thread performance and reduced latency.

Technology That Delivers: Oracle’s new SPARC M7 systems deliver outstanding security and performance as demonstrated by a new world record result for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark for database and Java(1). Oracle has run this benchmark fully encrypted to demonstrate the levels of security, efficiency, and performance that SPARC M7 delivers. Two SPARC T7-1 servers, fully encrypted, are faster than the second best result from a pair of four-processor IBM Power8 systems, running the same workload unencrypted. Oracle’s SPARC M7 TeraSort benchmark results prove superiority over IBM for running Hadoop, while also utilizing SPARC M7 encryption acceleration with negligible performance impact. One SPARC T7-4 with 128 cores using an AES-256-GCM encrypted file system is 3.8x faster than an unsecure 8-node IBM S822L Power8 cluster with 192 cores(2). Customers can now run workloads fully encrypted with greater efficiency and without performance penalty.

Software-in-Silicon : Oracle SPARC Roadmap

Oracle Sparc Roadmap : Sept 2015 Update

Learn more about SPARC
For example, one of the most exciting innovations in the M7 processor is known as its in-memory query acceleration engines. These design-specific units take over certain data-search functions from a database query, and those functions then get processed at a very high rate of speed. This dedicated functionality makes database queries perform much faster.

SPARC Server Strategy and Roadmap

Oracle M7  (playlist)

Such query acceleration "is done in a different way than anyone has done it before," said David Lawler, Oracle senior vice president for system product management and strategy. The M7 incorporates up to eight in-memory query acceleration engines.

Another significant M7 innovation is a feature known as application data integrity. This software-in-silicon functionality ensures that an application is able to access only its own dedicated memory region. This lets software programmers identify issues with memory allocation, which is advantageous in several ways.

Oracle expects it to dramatically improve the speed of Oracle's software development, and the resulting product quality, and that customers will benefit by running applications with memory that is always protected in production.

Also, it serves as a security feature. "If one particular piece of code is trying to read the data from another, the chip would stop it," said Renato Ribeiro, Oracle director of product management for SPARC Systems.

And because it is hardwired into the processor, the data integrity functionality does not affect the performance of the application. "It has next to no overhead".

Ideal for Exadata X5-2

Oracle has been shipping an Oracle Exadata configuration that runs Oracle’s T and M-series (SPARC) microprocessors for more than 2 years. This database machine is called Oracle SuperCluster.

Technically, SuperCluster has always included every single Exadata feature of note. This is because every SuperCluster configuration is built around the same Exadata Storage Servers and InfiniBand switches that are used in every other Exadata system configuration.

Exadata X5-2: Extreme Flash and Elastic Configurations

Oracle Database Appliance X5-2

Oracle Linux: Maximize Your Value and Optimize Your Stack

Performance Boosts

Another innovation available on the new processor involves the ability to decompress data at very high speed (100 GB/sec). This is important especially in connection with Oracle's innovative in-memory database functionality.

Database performance is improved when the data being used can be loaded directly into server memory, which eliminates the latency in transferring data from external storage. However, to fit a large amount of data into server memory it must be compressed, and then decompressed on every database query. That decompression takes time and sucks up valuable processor resources—a classic bottleneck.

To address that constriction, Oracle engineers have incorporated a decompression acceleration engine onto the M7 processor. This hardwired unit runs data decompression at the full speed of the in-memory database: 100 GB/sec. That's equivalent to 16 decompression PCI cards, or 200 CPU cores.

Another improvement in the M7 related to performance involves communication between two computers. Known as extreme low latency fabric for memory sharing, this hardware interconnection provides for messaging with sub-microsecond latency, which translates to "memory access across two machines as if it were local" . This helps the performance of computers in a cluster.

Finally, the M7 processor features 32 cores in its design, which ups the processing horsepower from its predecessor, the M6, which has 12 cores. Less an innovation than a process improvement, it nonetheless affirms Oracle's commitment to making SPARC the most powerful processor in the industry.

Creating a Maximum Availability Architecture with SPARC SuperCluster

Co-engineering Advantage

With its SPARC architecture, Oracle has an advantage over other enterprise vendors in that it can do engineering work at all levels of the computing stack: processor, operating system, middleware, database, applications, even software tools, specifically Java.

The SPARC M7 processor benefitted from that co-engineering, designed from the start with input from both Oracle's hardware engineers and its software developers. That approach is what enabled the innovative "software in silicon" strategy to come to fruition. "We looked at all of our software and identified the things that were the hardest" and then incorporated those into the processor.

The SPARC M7 is scheduled to be available sometime in calendar year 2015. Oracle intends the industry at large to benefit from its work. "We plan to make these functions available to other software vendors that would like to take advantage of them".

Highly Efficient Oracle Servers for the Modern Data Center

Why Oracle For Enterprise Big Data?

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26 October 2015

Linux on IBM Power Systems

IBM Power Systems

Welcome to the waitless world

Imagine if we were living in a world without wait. That’s the waitless world. The world ushered in by IBM Power Systems™. Where terabytes of data can be handled in milliseconds—5 to 10 times faster than today’s supercomputers. It’s a world where everything is open. And cloud economics makes it all affordable.

What's New with POWER8  

April 23, 2014—more than a year ago—was a seismic day for IBM Power Systems*. That’s when IBM debuted new POWER* servers built from the ground up to harness big data with the new IBM POWER8* processor. And it was when the OpenPOWER Foundation—then composed of about 25 member companies (and now with more than 130 in 22 countries)—unveiled the first innovations from the initiative to make POWER hardware and software available for open development.

IBM Power8 announce HighLights

Fast forward to today and the muscle just keeps growing behind the effort to provide higher-value, open technologies to manage today’s unprecedented data demands with the speed and agility that proprietary business models can’t.

IBM recently made announcements that showcase POWER technology’s capability to deliver waitless computing. At the core of POWER is an open server ecosystem that’s providing a superior alternative to x86 for big data workloads.

Power Systems With Power8 Enterprise

First, IBM unveiled the Power Systems E850. The Power E850 represents a leap forward in four-socket servers for big data insights and superior cloud economics. The Power E850 is the industry’s only four-socket system that offers flexible capacity, guaranteed utilization and superior scale.

Second, IBM doubled the top-end capacity of our largest server. The E880 now features up to 16 TB of memory, up to 192 cores and delivers ideal linear scaling as demonstrated with IBM’s DB2* with BLU Acceleration—big muscle that improves clients’ capabilities to respond to the peaks and valleys of workload demand and creates a more efficient and cost-effective path to business insights.

With IBM POWER8 and DB2 technologies together, clients gain a rich set of Power Systems technology-based analytics solutions with the IBM DB2 Solution for BLU Acceleration–Power Systems Edition, IBM’s next- generation in-memory computing platform for speeding analytics.

Third, IBM and SAP teamed to help organizations win the data challenge. IBM announced Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA— integrated solutions that combine the latest-generation POWER8 systems with SAP HANA software. The new collaboration accompanied SAP’s announcement of full support of the SAP HANA Business Warehouse in-memory database management system on Power Systems as well as plans to bring SAP HANA Business Suite applications to the Power Systems portfolio by the end of 2015.

With this partnership, IBM and SAP are expanding the enterprise-class capabilities available to mutual clients for quickly extracting business insights from data. POWER8 enables SAP HANA to run more queries in parallel faster, across multiple cores with more threads per core than possible on commodity-based servers. Clients now have more choice in leveraging the POWER8 processor—built specifically to manage and gain rapid insights from data.

With these Power Systems announcements, businesses are afforded greater performance based on new, differentiated and open innovations, and a waitless experience in gaining insights from data.

Linux on Power for AIX/IBM i guys - Doing it the Easy Way

Why open innovation is the future of business

Information is more widely available than ever. Collaboration, co-creation, and knowledge sharing are quickening the pace of invention. Linux on IBM Power Systems offers competitive advantage and unique benefits to organizations - open technology, performance, portability and scalability.

Power Systems: Open Innovation to Put Data to Work

Leverage open technology

Benefit from Power Systems open technology and an open ecosystem delivering community created innovation.

Learn more about OpenPOWER  http://www.open-power.org/

Redefine Linux performance

Power Systems run industry-standard Linux from Red Hat, SUSE or Canonical. Linux exploits the advanced hardware and software capabilities of POWER8 technology, which provides economic advantages that scale as your business grows.

Linux on Power Best Practices

Port applications with ease

Clients can confidently run highly scalable, highly reliable, and highly flexible Linux environments on POWER processor-based servers. The benefits of Power Systems are realized whether a client is deploying new applications or wants to improve the performance of existing applications. With POWER8, moving Linux applications to Power has never been easier.

Optimize emerging workloads

Watson was built on Linux on Power Systems for the big data and analytics advantages POWER provides. IBM is investing heavily in building solution catalogs for emerging areas where POWER offers unique advantages to clients.

Workloads on Linux

More benefits of Linux on IBM Power

Power up your Linux  

Consolidate to rein in sprawling x86 server farms

Linux-only Power Systems combined with PowerKVM or PowerVM offerings help you to consolidate workloads from hundreds of servers to a few servers.

Run Linux with Java™, IBM middleware and open source components

Power Systems offer double the performance of competitive platforms for Java-based solutions.

The Power to choose

1U, single-core to 256-core servers, Power Systems offering choice and are ready for your business-critical Linux applications.

Industry proven and acclaimed

Supporting embedded systems to large supercomputers, POWER technology is pervasive today with a strong roadmap for the future.

RAS that grows with you

Gain reliability, availability and serviceability uncommon in severs running Linux OS. Toolkits and extensions are available to enhance your choice of Linux operating systems to support the RAS characteristics of POWER processor-based servers at a higher level.

A range of computational power on which to standardize

Supports processing loads from deep computing to high transaction oriented commercial systems. By offering multiple processors rates and SMP systems up to 256 cores and memory up to 2 terabytes, Power provides the architecture you need.

End to end support

IBM offers extensive assistance in the form of education, migration tools, services, and support to enable a low risk implementation or migration to Linux solutions.

Features and benefits:

Rapid Deployment
  • Complete, pre-assembled & tested infrastructure with big data and analytics software preloaded
  • On-site services for fast configuration & data center integration
  • Intelligent cluster management & automation for effective deployment
  • Easily set-up & manage workloads for multiple tenants
  • Adjustable resource allocation to meet diverse line of business demands
  • Scalable & extendable as needs change and as the enterprise grows
  • Reliability without data duplication
  • Tailored big data and analytics optimizations
  • Lays the foundation for consolidating traditional data analytics with new workloads such as Hadoop and Spark

Overview - IBM Big Data Platform

Analytics solutions

Unlock the value of data with an IT infrastructure that provides speed and availability to deliver accelerated insights to the people and processes that need them.

IBM Data Engine for Analytics - Power Systems Edition

A customized infrastructure solution with integrated software optimized for both big data and analytics workloads.

IBM Data Engine for NoSQL – Power Systems Edition

Unique technology from IBM delivers dramatic reductions in the cost of large NoSQL databases.

Big Data in Real World by Chandra Kallur, IBM

SAP HANA benefits from the enterprise capabilities of Power Systems

SAP HANA runs on all POWER8 servers. Power Systems Solution Editions for SAP HANA BW are easy to order and tailored for quick deployment and rapid-time-to value, while offering flexibility to meet individual client demands.

DB2 with BLU Acceleration on Power Systems

Enable faster insights using analytics queries and reports from data stored in any data warehouse, with a dynamic in-memory columnar solution.

Big Data: SQL on Hadoop from IBM

IBM Solution for Analytics – Power Systems Edition

This flexible integrated solution for faster insights includes options for business intelligence and predictive analytics with in-memory data warehouse acceleration.

IBM Solution for Hadoop – Power Systems Edition

An integrated Hadoop platform optimized to simplify and accelerate unstructured big data analytics.

IBM Big Data - IBM Marriage of Hadoop and Data Warehousing

IBM PureData System for Operational Analytics

Easily deploy, optimize and manage data intensive workloads for operational analytics with an expert integrated system.

Big Data Solution with InfoSphere BigInsights and Streams

Analyze data at scale with Apache Hadoop, InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams on Power Systems.

Big Data & Analytics Architecture

IBM i for Business Intelligence

Increase time to value with easy to implement packaged solution to turn information into actionable insights.

IBM DB2 Web Query for i

Help ensure every decision maker across the organization can easily find, analyze and share the information needed to make better, faster decisions.

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IBM LinuxONE™: Linux Without Limits   

15 September 2015

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta Security. Speed. Simplicity.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta

In case you missed it, and how could you, the Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta was made available 7th July 2015. 

You can find the details here.   

As always the Oracle Solaris Virtualization team has been very busy and there is a great list of things that they have delivered. Here are a few highlights:

    Secure Live Migration: Kernel Zones can now be moved around the datacenter without causing an outage. End users can be unaffected and moved onto other systems whilst administrators perform key system maintenance. The secure part of the migration means that data is protected while man in the middle attacks are prevented.
    Zones on Shared Storage (NFS): Now in addition to SAN and iSCSI you can put your zoneroot on NFS shared storage. Administrators can continue to benefit from snapshots, cloning and zone boot environments while choosing the appropriate storage for their environment (right now this is for Kernel Zones only)
    Live Zone Reconfiguration: Originally introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.2, with the latest beta release the benefits of Live Zone Reconfiguration come to Kernel Zones with the ability to reconfigure the network and attached devices without the need for a reboot.
    Virtualized Clocks for Oracle Solaris Zones: We've just had a leap second, with virtualized clocks support in Oracle Solaris Native Zones you can now test how a system will behave in advance. Of course you could always do this with Kernel Zones but now this functionality is extended across the entire zones family.

Here's hoping you enjoy running the new features in Oracle Solaris Zones - do let us know via the comments how you get on. 

The Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta program is an opportunity for developers, administrators and architects to evaluate a pre-release version of the Oracle Solaris enterprise cloud platform. Get a head start on implementing technology that will transform your business and save you money. This is also your opportunity to provide feedback on the latest Oracle Solaris release.

Key Benefits:

  • Oracle Solaris’ advanced and easy to use, built-in security features help you prevent hacking and avoid malware for the lifetime of your applications, from install to runtime and prove it simply! Through the bundled compliance tools, tailored reports can be generated easily and rapidly saving money and time.
  • Oracle Solaris virtualization technologies give you all the flexibility of a hypervisor with the performance and density of a container, enabling you to deploy your enterprise workloads safely and securely, in traditional or OpenStack based cloud environments.
  • Simplified and fast lifecycle management provides for large gains in productivity and lower cost of operations, enabling you to build new products and services and deliver on your business strategy faster.

How to Get Started Creating Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones in Oracle Solaris 11

Converting native zone as Kernel zone – Solaris 11.2

Built-in Virtualization for OpenSolaris- Containers, Sun Logical Domains (LDOMs), and xen

See What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3 http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E53394_01/html/E54847/index.html

Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap 

Software-in-Silicon : Oracle SPARC Roadmap 

Oracle Solaris 11.3: Securing and Simplifying the Enterprise Cloud
Courtesy of Larry Wake -Oracle on Jul 07, 2015

Oracle opened up access to the beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3.  If you’ve been following along (and if not, why not?), you know there have been some big advances in Oracle Solaris 11, including lightning-fast intelligent provisioning and maintenance, and some key additions to our already highly-regarded “defense in depth” security.

Oracle Database, Java, and Applications and Oracle Solaris 

Most notable for the latter is the work we’ve done to simplify compliance checking and mitigation, making it possible for administrators to quickly and easily check system security configurations against industry standards, and get a “report card” showing compliance, with guidance for any areas that may need addressing.

Oh, and did I mention fully-integrated OpenStack?  This is a win in two ways: it not only brings access to the fastest growing open cloud platform to Oracle Solaris users, it brings the incredible breadth of Oracle Solaris enterprise capabilities to the fingertips of OpenStack users.

…and that of course brings to mind some of the above-mentioned Oracle Solaris 11 features, such as built-in, zero-overhead virtualization, a new and super-powerful Unified Archive capability for rapid, safe, compliant deployment, and all the things we’ve done in terms of performance and administrative ease to make Oracle Solaris the best platform for deploying both Oracle’s own and 3rd party software.

So what’s left to do?  In this beta release, you'll find we're taking those capabilities and making them even better.

Solaris Linux Performance, Tools and Tuning 

OpenStack: Oracle moved forward to the OpenStack Juno release, and also done some behind-the-scenes work to make it easy to continue to bring you new OpenStack goodness quickly and reliably.

    Learn more at the Oracle OpenStack blog  http://blogs.oracle.com/openstack

Virtualization: In Oracle Solaris 11.2, Oracle introduced “Kernel Zones”, making it possible to deliver hypervisor agility while still maintaining the low overhead and ease of administration you expect from Zones.  In 11.3, Oracle introduces secure live migration for Kernel Zones,  live zone reconfiguration, and verified boot.

And, Oracle extended the new Zones on Shared Storage (ZOSS) capabilities.  You can now place zones on FC-SAN, iSCSI, or NFS devices.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is all about “more”, so now you have more flexibility and more security in your virtualization.

Database: If you’re an Oracle Database fan, you know we’ve been giving you “more” for years: more observability, more performance, more flexible administration.  Now we’re also giving you “less” — less down time.  We’ve slashed database startup and shutdown times.  These are not only faster than it’s ever been on Solaris; it’s faster—a lot faster—than on any other platform.

Security: We’ve extended the compliance capabilities mentioned above, so that you can more easily tailor compliance policy configurations to suit your site’s requirements.  Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio are also ready for Software in Silicon application data integrity (ADI).  To learn more about this and start working with it today, visit the SWiS Cloud.

Data Management: You've already come to know and love what Oracle Solaris brings to the table with the first 21st century filesystem, ZFS.  In Oracle Solaris 11.3, we extend its built-in compression capabilities to include LZ4 support, we give you the ability to compare snapshots recursively, and have introduced a wealth of scalability and performance improvements to make it faster than ever. We’ve also enhanced its monitoring features, and upgraded its built-in SMB support.

There’s more than this, but this should give you a taste of what we’ve got in store for you today.  You can download it now, and take a look at the “What’s New” document to see what we’re doing to make your data center cloud-ready, secure, fast, and simple.

7th July 2015 is a very exciting day for the Solaris team: 7th July 2015 Oracle released a beta for Solaris 11.3, less than a year after Oracle released Solaris 11.2.

Introducing Oracle Solaris 11.2 

Solaris 11.2 What's New  

With Solaris 11.2 Oracle turned Solaris into a comprehensive cloud platform which includes virtualization, SDN and OpenStack. Since the release of Solaris 11.2 Oracle seen a rapid uptake of these new capabilities: A lot of customers a using Unified Archives for deploying their images, are taking advantage of the immutable root-file system, have started to deploy Kernel Zones and OpenStack and take advantage of the automated compliance reporting. The latter has become a lot easier since we are tracking the CVE meta data with IPS. We are getting a lot of good feedback on OpenStack: We recently even received a big compliment from one of the senior architects of one of our OpenStack competitors: He said that Solaris provides the best integration for OpenStack since the OpenStack services are mapped to the Solaris service management facility (smf) which provide automated restarting capabilities for all of the OpenStack services and since we've also tightly integrated it with our role-based access control capabilities in order to limit the privileges required for administering OpenStack.

Solaris 11.3 is taking things to the next level by making Solaris the most advanced enterprise cloud platform. We are introducing a number of critical enhancements in the following areas: (courtacy of Markusflierl-Oracle)

1. Security and Compliance:
- Verified boot for Kernel Zones
- BSD Packet Filter
- Tailoring of compliance policies

2. Virtualization:
- Secure (encrypted) live migration of Kernel Zones
- Zones on Shared Storage via NFS
- Live reconfiguration of I/O resources

3. OpenStack: There are a number of major enhancements:
- Automated upgrades to the newer versions of OpenStack
- Support for orchestration of services (Heat)
- Support for bare metal provisioning (Ironic): This is already in S11.3 but not yet in the beta

Partner Webcast – Platform as a Service with Oracle WebLogic and OpenStack 

Oracle Solaris OpenStack 

Oracle also is working on integrating DBaaS with Trove and Murano. On the latter I had provided an overview at the Vancouver OpenStack Summit back in May.

4. Networking:
- Private VLANs
- Flows support for DSCP Marking

5. Deep integration with the Oracle stack, for instance:
- Up to 6x faster DB restart and shut-down by leveraging the latest Virtual Memory Management(VM2) capabilities

In addition to that Oracle are providing early access to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) components that we are shipping with Solaris.

Of course these are just some of the highlights, there are a ton of other enhancements.

Have fun exploring Solaris 11.3!

Here's Your Oracle Solaris 11.3 List of Blog Posts, thanks to Larry Wake -Oracle 

Here are some videos on how to manage and maintain Oracle Solaris

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 

Oracle Solaris Hands-On Labs 01/2014 

Immutable Service Containers 

More Information:

What's New in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

Independent and Isolated Environments With Kernel Zones

What's New in Oracle® Solaris 11.3

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta

Live Migration for Kernel Zones

New Oracle Solaris Zones features