23 September 2019

IBM and Oracle Join Forces to Beat AWS.

IBM and Oracle Join Forces

In early July, IBM and Red Hat officially closed their most significant acquisition of 2019–an important milestone combining the power and flexibility of Red Hat’s open hybrid portfolio and IBM’s technology and deep industry expertise.

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The feedback from our clients and partners is clear. A recent IBM report found that 80 percent want solutions that support hybrid cloud, including containers and orchestration. Today IBM is announcing plans to bring Red Hat OpenShift and IBM Cloud Paks to the IBM Z and LinuxONE enterprise platforms*. Together these two platforms power about 30 billion transactions a day globally. Our goal is for you to harness the scalability and security of IBM Z and LinuxONE alongside the flexibility to run, build, manage and modernize cloud-native workloads on your choice of architecture.

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For more than 20 years, IBM Systems and Red Hat have worked to drive open source systems innovation, make Linux enterprise-grade, and help joint customers like MetOffice and Techcombank with mission-critical workloads to build, deploy and manage next-gen apps and protect data through advanced security.

Today, IBM supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and LinuxONE, as well as Red Hat OpenShift on IBM POWER. IBM will also support Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage across IBM’s all-flash and software-defined storage portfolio.

The combination of Red Hat OpenShift with IBM Z and LinuxONE reflects our shared values: to provide a flexible, open, hybrid, multicloud and secured enterprise platform for mission-critical workloads.

Our goal for Red Hat OpenShift for IBM Z and LinuxONE will be to help clients enable greater agility and portability through integrated tooling and a feature-rich ecosystem for cloud-native development to:
  • Deliver containerized applications that can scale vertically and horizontally;
  • Accelerate deployment and orchestration of containers with Kubernetes;
  • Help IT to support rapid business growth;
  • Optimize workloads to take advantage of pervasive encryption; 


Increase container density that can make systems management easier which should help reduce total cost of ownership.

“Containers are the next generation of software-defined compute that enterprises will leverage to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives,” says Gary Chen, Research Director at IDC. “IDC forecasts that the worldwide container infrastructure software opportunity is growing at a 63.9% 5 year CAGR and is predicted to reach over $1.5B by 2022.”

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This is also exciting news for our business partners and ecosystems. This offering will provide an enterprise platform for hybrid multicloud that can help ISVs and others develop the next generation of applications. They will have the benefit of flexibility of a microservices-based architecture to deploy containers on infrastructure of their choice. For ISVs not currently running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Z and LinuxONE enterprise platforms, this is an opportunity to bring your software to these two platforms, where the most critical workloads are run.

For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/linuxone and www.ibm.com/redhat, or contact your local IBM sales representative.

[1] (IBM Sponsored Primary Research, MD&I Systems and Cloud NDB 2019)

[2] https://www-03.ibm.com/press/uk/en/pressrelease/52824.wss

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IBM LinuxONE servers running Oracle Database 12c on Linux

Today, enterprises require a trusted IT infrastructure that is dynamic, scalable
and flexible enough to support both mission-critical work and the development
and deployment of new workloads. This infrastructure must help decision makers
to use their company’s most valuable asset—their data—with insight rather than
hindsight, and it must assist in using IT to gain a competitive edge.

IBM® LinuxONE™ is a family of systems designed for more-secure data serving.
Expect advanced performance, security, resiliency, availability and virtualization
for a high quality of service. Ideal for larger enterprises that are embracing digital
business, the dual-frame LinuxONE Emperor II™ offers massive scalability in a
high-volume transaction processing and large-scale consolidation platform.

Meet the new IBM z15

LinuxONE is exceptionally good for deploying Oracle data-serving workloads
The Emperor II delivers outstanding transaction processing and data serving
performance for excellent economies of scale and more-efficient use of critical
data. With up to 170 LinuxONE cores, up to 32 TB of memory, and simultaneous
multithreading (SMT) support, the Emperor II is ideally suited for consolidating
large-scale distributed environments and for new in-memory and Java™ workloads.

New IBM z15 Up & Running at IBM Systems Center Montpellier.

The IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II™, the newest member of the LinuxONE
family, is a single-frame system in a 19-inch industry standard rack allowing it
to sit side-by-side with any other platform in a data center. The Rockhopper II
also supports SMT, up to 30 Linux cores and up to 8 TB of memory. This system
is ideal for any growing business that seeks to use LinuxONE technologies’
qualities of service, flexibility and performance.

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As environmental concerns raise the focus on energy consumption, the ASHRAE
A3 rated Emperor II and Rockhopper II systems promote energy efficiency.
Their design helps to dramatically reduce energy consumption and save floor
space by consolidating workloads into a simpler, more manageable and efficient
IT infrastructure.

Linux and IBM LinuxONE

A Linux infrastructure on LinuxONE provides an enterprise-grade Linux
environment. It combines the advantages of the LinuxONE hardware servers
and leading IBM z/VM® virtualization—along with the flexibility and open
standards of the Linux operating system.
IBM LinuxONE virtualization technology
During spikes in demand, the Emperor II and Rockhopper II systems can quickly
redistribute system resources and scale up, scale out, or both in a way that can
make the difference between flawless execution or costly, slow response times
and system crashes.

Inside the new IBM z15

You can further improve the virtualization management capabilities of Linux
and z/VM by using the intelligent visualization, simplified monitoring, and
unified management features of IBM Wave and IBM Dynamic Partition Manager.
These solutions are designed to help simplify everyday administrative and
configuration tasks and to help you transform your Linux environment to a
virtualized private cloud

The enterprise-grade Linux infrastructure on Emperor II and Rockhopper II is
designed to bring unique business value in the areas of operational efficiency,
scalability, autonomic workload management, reliability, business continuance
and security. Linux on LinuxONE solutions can further benefit from the following

IBM technologies to enhance this infrastructure:

• High availability capabilities are provided by the IBM Spectrum Scale™
high-performance data and file management solution based on the IBM
General Parallel File System (GPFS™). The Spectrum Scale solution is a
cluster file system that provides access to storage that can deliver greater
speed, flexibility, cost efficiency and security that are achievable by using
built-in encryption and data protection.

• IBM GDPS® Virtual Appliance provides near-continuous availability and
disaster recovery by extending GDPS capabilities for Linux guests on z/VM
environments. It can help substantially reduce recovery time, recovery
point objectives and the complexity that is associated with manual
disaster recovery.

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Oracle Database 12c and IBM LinuxONE

Oracle Database 12c, has a major focus on cloud and enables customers
to make more efficient use of their IT resources. Oracle Database 12c has
a new multitenant architecture, and includes several enhancements and new
features for:

• Consolidating multiple databases into multitenant containers
• Automatically optimizing data storage
• Providing continuous access with high availability features
• Securing enterprise data with a comprehensive defense-in-depth strategy
• Simplifying in-database analysis of big data

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Multitenant architecture
Oracle Multitenant delivers an architecture that simplifies consolidation and
delivers the high density of schema-based consolidation without requiring
changes to existing applications. This Oracle Database 12c option offers the
benefits of managing many databases as one, yet retains the isolation and
resource control of separate databases. In this architecture, a single multitenant
container database can host many “pluggable” databases, up to 4,096 pluggable
databases can run on a single container database. Each database consolidated
or “plugged in” to a multitenant container looks and feels to applications the
same as the other existing Oracle Databases and administrators can control the
prioritization of available resources between consolidated databases.

Database In-Memory
Oracle Database In-Memory uses a new dual-format in-memory architecture
that allows customers to improve the performance of online transaction
processing and enables analytics and data warehousing applications. The
dual-format architecture that allows simultaneous row and column format
in-memory enables existing applications to run transparently with better
performance without additional programming changes. New features such
as In-Memory Virtual Columns and In-Memory expressions can further
improve performance.

High availability
Basic high availability architectures using redundant resources can prove costly
and fall short of availability and service level expectations due to technological
limitations, complex integration, and inability to offer availability through planned
maintenance. Oracle Database 12c goes beyond the limitations of basic high
availability and with hardware features such as provided by IBM storage devices
and servers, offers customers a solution that can be deployed at minimal cost
and that addresses the common causes of unforeseen and planned downtime.

What is RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)?

Reducing planned downtime
Planned downtime for essential maintenance such as hardware upgrades,
software upgrades and patching are standard for every IT operation. Oracle
Database 12c offers a number of solutions to help customers reduce the
amount of planned downtime required for maintenance activities, including
these features of Oracle Database 12c and other Oracle offerings:

• Hardware Maintenance and Migration Operations to Oracle Database 12c
infrastructure can be performed without taking users offline.
• Online Patching of database software can be applied to server nodes in a
‘rolling’ manner using Oracle Real Application Clusters. Users are simply
migrated from one server to another; the server is quiesced from the cluster,
patched, and then put back online.
• Rolling Database Upgrades using Oracle Data Guard or Oracle Active
Data Guard enables upgrading of a standby database, testing of the
upgraded environment and then switching users to the new environment,
without any downtime.
• Online Redefinition can reduce maintenance downtime by allowing changes
to a table structure while continuing to support an online production system.
• Edition Based Redefinition enables online application upgrades. With
edition-based redefinition, changes to program code can be made in the
privacy of a new edition within the database, separated from the current
production edition.
• Data Guard Far Sync provides zero data loss protection for a production
database by maintaining a synchronized standby database at any distance
from the primary location.
• Global Data Services provides inter-region and intra-region load balancing
across Active Data Guard and Golden Gate replicated databases. This
service effectively provides Real Application Cluster failover and load balancing
capabilities to Active Data Guard and Golden Gate distributed databases.

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Simplifying Analysis of Big Data

Oracle Database 12c fully supports a wide range of Business Intelligence tools
that take advantage of optimizations, including advanced indexing operations,
OLAP aggregations, automatic star query transformations, partitioning pruning
and parallelized database operations.

By providing a comprehensive set of integration tools, customers can use their
existing Oracle resources and skills to bring together big data sources into their
data warehouse. With this, customers can add to the existing Oracle Database
12c features, the ability to better analyze data throughout the enterprise.

Oracle’s stated goal is to help lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by delivering
customer requested product features, minimizing customizations and providing
pre-built integration to other Oracle solutions. These Oracle Database benefits
further complement the IT infrastructure TCO savings gained by implementing
Oracle Database on a LinuxONE server.

The enterprise-grade Linux on LinuxONE solution is designed to add
value to Oracle Database solutions, including the new functions that were
introduced in Oracle Database 12c. Oracle Database on LinuxONE includes
the following benefits:

• Provides high levels of security with the industry highest EAL5+ and
virtualization ratings, and high quality of service
• Optimizes performance by deploying powerful database hardware engines
that are available on Emperor II and Rockhopper II systems
• Achieves greater flexibility through the LinuxONE workload management
capability by allowing the Oracle Database environment to dynamically
adjust to user demand
• Reduces TCO by using the specialized LinuxONE cores that run the

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Oracle Database and management of the environment

Sizing and capacity planning for Oracle Database 12c on IBM LinuxONE
By working together, IBM and Oracle have developed a capacity-estimation
capability to aid in designing an optimal configuration for each specific
Oracle Database 12c client environment. You can obtain a detailed sizing
estimate that is customized for your environment from the IBM Digital
Techline Center, which is accessible through your IBM or IBM Business Partner
representative. You can download a questionnaire to start the sizing process at

The IBM and Oracle alliance

Since 1986, Oracle and IBM have been providing clients with compelling
joint solutions, combining Oracle’s technology and application software with
IBM’s complementary hardware, software and services solutions. More than
100,000 joint clients benefit from the strength and stability of the Oracle and
IBM alliance. Through this partnership, Oracle and IBM offer technology,
applications, services and hardware solutions that are designed to mitigate
risk, boost efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.

IBM is a Platinum level partner in the Oracle Partner Network, delivering
the proven combination of industry insight, extensive real-world Oracle
applications experience, deep technical skills and high performance servers
and storage to create a complete business solution with a defined return
on investment. From application selection, purchase and implementation
to upgrade and maintenance, we help organizations reduce the total cost
of ownership and the complexity of managing their current and future
applications environment while building a solid base for business growth.

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For more information

For more information about joint solutions from IBM and Oracle,
please contact an IBM sales representative at 1-866-426-9989.

For more information about IBM LinuxONE, see ibm.com/LinuxONE

For more information about Oracle Database 12c, visit

IBM Oracle International Competency Center overview
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The IBM Oracle International Competency Center (ICC) works with our technical sales teams and business partners to provide technical pre-sales support for all Oracle Solutions. With locations across North America, including Foster City CA, Pleasanton CA, Redwoods Shores CA and Denver CO, the center supports all Oracle solutions including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Retail, PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, and Siebel.

All ICC personnel work on-site at Oracle locations and include IBM hardware and software brand experts, technology managers, and solutions specialists. Working closely with the Advanced Technical Skills and Solutions Technical Sales teams, the ICC executes benchmarks and platform certifications and develops technical white papers and solution collateral.

The ICC is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the tools used worldwide to size Oracle applications on IBM hardware. Finally, The ICC offers individualized customer briefings tailored to a customer's unique requirements. These consultations demonstrate the close technology relationship between IBM and Oracle and help customers understand the hardware options and sizing implications of their Oracle solution implementation. The ICC-hosted customer briefings are a great tool to use with your prospects and clients. The briefings are tailored specifically around your client's area of interest. Don't miss the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of our business and technical relationship with Oracle!

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IBM, Oracle Join Forces For Midmarket Foray

IBM and Oracle are teaming to develop "affordable and easy to deploy and maintain" midmarket solutions based on Oracle's enterprise applications.The deal expands the companies' relationship in the enterprise. More specifically, IBM and Oracle will tailor Oracle's JD Edwards Enterprise One and the Oracle E-Business Suite, bundling them with Big Blue's hardware, software and services, for midsize companies. The first solutions are aimed at midsize industrial manufacturers in the United States and midsize food and beverage companies in Europe. Solutions for midsize clients in the life sciences and high-tech industries are expected out by the end of the year.

"We see this collaboration with IBM as a monumental step in our effort to provide midsize companies with enterprise-level functionality that is affordable and easy to deploy and maintain," said Oracle SVP Tony Kender in a statement.ChannelWeb

Why rivals Microsoft and Oracle are teaming up to take on Amazon

We’re living in a new digital age, defined by always-on connectivity, empowered customers, and groundbreaking IT solutions. In this new world, a business can’t thrive by relying on the same tired processes and disjointed IT systems they’ve used up until now.

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At IBM, we’re dedicated to helping Oracle users upgrade their systems and processes to prepare for the age of Digital Transformation. In place of the complex multivendor platforms that are so common in business today, we offer streamlined, end-to-end solutions that include everything you need to optimize your Oracle applications. We offer our customers best-in-class solutions and services, deep experience across many different industries, and an intimate understanding of Oracle technology based on a decades-long partnership—all under the same roof.

Go to market quickly
We employ about 16,000 people who work directly with Oracle systems on a daily basis, across cloud and on-prem environments, making us one of the leading systems integrators in the world. This hands-on experience, combined with our wide breadth of systems and services offerings, allows us to ramp up new Oracle applications much quicker than our clients could working alone.

For example, we were able to help Epic Piping go from startup to enterprise-scale operation in a matter of months. With IBM Cloud Managed Services to support their Oracle JD Edwards Enterprise ERP solutions, Epic Piping gained a hugely scalable, fully integrated business platform that supports both organic growth and acquisitions. This new platform, along with application management services from IBM, played an instrumental role in helping Epic Piping achieve exponential growth. After starting with only four employees, the company topped out at over 900 just 18 months later.

Simplify processes to cut costs
Far too often, complexity forms a barrier that keeps businesses from fully capitalizing on the opportunities of Digital Transformation. When businesses run different sets of processes across different teams, it can create serious inefficiency, which in turn leads to higher costs.

This was the situation at Co-operative Group Limited when they came to IBM for help. The company wanted to move to a shared services model to increase the simplicity and efficiency of its HR function. However, after a period of rapid growth, including multiple acquisitions, Co-op’s HR policies had become so disjointed that it was simply not possible to get everyone using the shared services.
With the power of Oracle HCM Cloud solutions implemented by IBM Global Business Services, the company simplified and standardized its HR processes, increasing productivity and lowering HR costs. Co-op is also deploying IBM Watson solutions to collate and cleanse its old HR data. This will enable cognitive analytics, allowing the company to further optimize its HR services in the future.

Deep industry expertise
At IBM, our elite services professionals have a unique combination of Oracle experience and industry expertise, helping us drive even better results for users of Oracle’s industry-specific applications.

When Shop Direct, a multi-brand online retailer from the UK, wanted to introduce a new retail software platform based on Oracle applications, working with IBM to implement and manage those new applications was a natural choice. The company was already a long-time user of Oracle solutions, and ever since it first introduced Oracle E-Business Suite, it has been working with IBM to optimize those solutions. As a result, they already knew we understood their business, and that we’re intimately familiar with the needs of retailers in general.

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Moving fast is absolutely critical in retail. By deploying the new Oracle applications quickly, and creating a centralized platform for accessing and managing product data, we were able to help Shop Direct ensure leaner, faster operations. As a result, they can now respond quickly to changing customer demand.

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