Oracle Unveils Sparc

By Cindy Waxer December 03, 2010

Hoping to get its money’s worth out of its $7.30 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year, Oracle is unveiling Solaris servers powered by the new 16-core Sparc T3 processor.

According to InformationWeek, the hardware features “a new Supercluster that can include dozens of rack-mount, T3 servers tied together through Oracle's high-speed InfiniBand switching fabric, Oracle's Real Application Clusters software and Sun's FlashFire solid-state storage acceleration technology.”

Oracle also announced the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B, a new model that brings performance, scalability and availability of SPARC Solaris servers to Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems. Designed for large-scale, mission-critical deployments, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an engineered hardware and software system tested and tuned by Oracle to run Java and non-Java applications with extreme performance.

Oracle’s website reports that its Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud T3-1B combines SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris 11 Express with InfiniBand-based I/O fabric, the market-leading Oracle WebLogic Server and other enterprise Java-based Oracle middleware products. All Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud hardware models, including the previously announced X2-2 and the new T3-1B, are engineered systems that are assembled, tested and tuned at the factory to dramatically reduce the time from machine delivery to fully operational application deployment.

In September, Oracle Corp. exceeded Wall Street’s expectations posting a 25 percent surge in net income as the database software giant capitalized on healthy tech spending by corporations. The company’s shares rose nearly 5 percent.

The numbers are impressive. Oracle reported that it expected non-GAAP earnings per share of 45 cents to 47 cents for the second fiscal quarter, and new software sales topped 25 percent at $1.35 billion, or 27 cents per share, versus $1.12 billion, or 22 cents per share, a year ago. The company had forecast three months ago a rise of between 2 percent and 12 percent. What’s more, software sales are expected to increase by 9 percent to 19 percent in the current quarter at a constant currency rate. And revenue stood at $7.50 billion, representing a 48 percent increase from last year.




Edited by Jaclyn Allard

TechZone360 Contributing Editor

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