Power Systems: superior performance for Oracle apps
By Terry Myers | 3 minute read | January 30, 2018
Are you sure that your Oracle applications are reaching their full potential? As the industry continues to evolve, there has never been a better time to look at your options to improve the performance of those applications. And IBM Power Systems platforms can deliver significant performance benefits. For example, IBM POWER8 systems will deliver at least 2 times per core performance, compared to Oracle SPARC M7 systems, when running a real-world representative database or an ERP workload.
Savvy CIOs and CTOs know that they have a choice when selecting IT server platforms for their new workloads. Some have their familiar favorites, based upon fond memories of what they have deployed in the past. However, the platforms that survive are the ones that can adapt to changes in the market. Today, those platforms are open platforms.
The process of natural selection that Charles Darwin described can be applied to business technology trends. “Survival of the fittest” originated from Darwinian evolutionary theory to describe the process of natural selection. Given the current trends, I believe that many proprietary technologies could become endangered species.
As an example, consider the recent speculation about the future of SPARC and Solaris, outlined here and here. Companies must embrace open platforms to stay abreast of current trends and ensure success in the future.
Oracle solutions on Power Systems
IBM and Oracle have been working together for nearly three decades to help companies anticipate and adapt to the constantly-evolving business landscape. With IT solutions that support both current and future technology needs, IBM Power Systems servers can deliver a wide product portfolio to support Oracle databases, middleware and applications.
Did you know that Power Systems is an open platform that supports an ecosystem of AIX and Linux applications alongside Oracle software? That includes enterprise data platforms like SAP HANA, open source databases like MongoDB and EDB Postgres and emerging cognitive frameworks like Caffe and TensorFlow that support analytics and machine learning.
What’s the key benefit? You can easily take advantage of advanced analytics without further investment or a costly rip and replace of infrastructure. Whether or not you are already on Power Systems, choosing to run your Oracle software on Power Systems is the smart choice.
Oracle solution overview
To meet the requirements for private cloud, hybrid cloud, and even traditional on-premises infrastructure deployments, IBM collaborates with Oracle to ensure that Oracle software leverages the differentiating features of IBM Power Systems. Those features enable higher performance through POWER8 with virtualization features that deliver more responsiveness and efficient use of computing resources.
How it works
IBM works with Oracle to certify key capabilities of IBM operating systems and virtualization software. Performance is optimized during the technical enablement process to ensure maximum value for customers, and then validated through formal, audited benchmarks. Finally, our customer tests use-specific workloads to verify performance compared to commodity and engineered systems.
IBM customers can attain higher performance for their Oracle workloads on Power Systems, processing greater transaction volumes and increasing analytics capabilities. An IBM Power Systems implementation is backed by a hardware utilization guarantee (the system will perform as warranted while at a sustained 80 percent utilization for E870 and E880 and at a sustained 70 percent utilization for E850). When coupled with Oracle database and application deployments in minutes instead of days, customers are free to develop new mobile and cognitive applications — further fueling business growth.
Next steps: Explore the benefits
To learn more about how you can follow the proven path to superior server performance with Oracle workloads, explore some insightful client case studies here and here, then reach out to an IBM representative or Business Partner.
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-  POWER8 E880 (4.35 GHz) and E870 (4.19 GHz) systems deliver at least 2X per core performance versus Oracle SPARC M7 systems when running a real-world representative database or ERP workload. Similarly, S824 (4.15 GHz) systems will deliver at least 2X per core performance versus Oracle SPARC T7 systems when running these workloads. 2X Per Core Performance means that an application will run with substantially similar performance on an POWER8 Machine with less than or equal to 50% of the number of cores on the Compared Oracle Machine.