5 Things to Know About Oracle 12c on System z
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On our Smarter Planet, the growth of information-centric processes is exploding. To handle vast volumes of data, users need a fast, secure, and available IT infrastructure. Oracle is one of the largest software providers in the world. Their latest database, Oracle 12c, has a version that runs on IBM zEnterprise systems. Mainframes like these process 70% of the world’s business data each day.
A partnership like this has brought results. Here are 5 things to know about Oracle 12c on IBM zEnterprise.
1. It provides performance and capacity along with financial savings.
The increased performance and the total system capacity available, allow you to consolidate diverse applications on a single platform, with real financial savings. This is possible with the use of specialty engines such as the Integrated Facility for Linux IFL processor. The zEC12 is equally at ease with compute and I/O intensive workloads. Centralized control means lower people costs. Energy savings (cooling and electric) often result from server consolidation activities, with reduced costs per server. In summary, mainframes usually have the lowest total cost of ownership.
2. Linux on System z offers advantages in virtualization.
In addition to a lower cost per server, running multiple copies of Linux allows separation of workloads, such as test and production. It also assists in scalability and throughput. This architecture promotes the advantages of end-to-end dynamic infrastructure by supporting workload balancing on demand.
3. High availability features are provided by IBM System z.
Linux for System z takes advantage of the qualities of service in the System z hardware and in z/VM, making it a robust industrial strength Linux. These include multi-pathing, hardware redundancy, clustering capability, and nondisruptive repair or replacement of components.
4. Improve user experience with unmatched system security.
The security provided by the System z platform is legendary. This is supported by features such as hardware encryption, data mirroring (with the optional Flash Express), partitioned virtualization, and an extensive audit trail. ISO awarded it the highest security rating for any server available.
5. Ease of interfacing with host-based applications.
The zEnterprise mainframe is where the back-end data and key applications commonly reside. They can easily access the Oracle database on the host whenever they have the need.
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