2013: the Year O-box was Born!
01 Jan 2014 by Simon Haslam (in General)
2013 has been one of those "flat out" years for
me. This has been due to a few factors: a
SOA EDG project that spanned much of the year, a couple of systems
going live in the summer, a few shorter engagements for architectural
designs/reviews, the usual Oracle conferences and last, but certainly
not least, forming a new software company called
Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Released
16 Dec 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Hardware) | Comments (2)
With Intel's release last September of the Ivy Bridge-EP "v2" processors, very quickly followed by Oracle's Sun Server X4-2, the stage was set for some imminent updates to the whole of Oracle's Engineered Systems range. Last Friday Oracle launched the Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 - or at least that's when there are some blogs about it (Oracle Database Insider Blog and eSTEP Blog) though I didn't see a press release.
So what's in this new version? I've pored over the documentation and here are the differences I've spotted:
The headline difference for the ODA X4-2 is that the processors used are now E5-2697 v2 2.7 GHz / 12 core (instead of the E5-2690 2.9 GHz / 8 core in the ODA X3-2). This is one of Intel's "tick" releases
and they have shrunk the lithography down from 32nm to 22nm. [See benchmark observations in full post]
I had expected to see the E5-2690 v2 (10 core) in the X4-2 as the E5-2697 v2 (12 core) processor is apparently about 25% more expensive, so the inclusion of the 12 core was a very pleasant surprise given that the ODA X4-2 is the same price as the X3-2 it replaces.
Some of you will know about my involvement with O-box and the new O-box SOA Appliance - these extra cores will come in very useful for our larger configurations.
As regular readers may remember I have pointed out that, having nothing but copper 10GbE ports, the ODA X3-2 networking could be a bit too restrictive for some customers (i.e. those who have fibre, either via SFP+ modules or TwinAx cables, into their fabric extenders or core 10GbE switches).
Anyway, I see that the new ODA X4-2 white paper says...
UKOUG Tech13 WebLogic Hackathon - the networking behind the scenes
08 Dec 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
Last Sunday at UKOUG Tech13 we ran a "WebLogic Hackathon". This started with Peter Lorenzen showing people how to install the JDK and WebLogic, and then create a domain - all done silently (i.e. without graphical screens and user interaction). After this Ronald van Luttikhuizen and I, ably assisted by Pete and Guido Schmutz, ran a session to use either Puppet or Chef, both popular automation tools, to do the same thing on 3 nodes entirely automatically. Delegates worked in groups of 3 with the VirtualBox images and various other files distributed centrally from my ThinkPad. One common factor to all three sessions was the network so I thought it might be amusing to describe a little about our adventures that morning...
OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators
07 Oct 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
This September during Oracle OpenWorld the weather in San Francisco, as you see can from the photo, was exceptionally sunny. The dramatic final few days of the Americas Cup sailing competition, being held every day in the bay, coincided with the conference and meant that there was almost a holiday feel to the whole event.
Here's my annual round-up of what I think was most interesting at OpenWorld 2013 for Fusion Middleware architects and
administrators; I hope you find it useful and if you think I've missed something please add a comment!
UKOUG Independent Partner of the Year 2013/14 - Silver Winner
05 Oct 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
|For the first time this year Veriton was short-listed in the UKOUG Partner of
the Year awards, under the Independent Partner category. Only customers
you have worked for are allowed to vote, so obviously for the
smaller partners this can be a bit of a challenge! |
Anyway, I'm delighted to see that a few customers must have voted for me as Veriton was awarded Silver in this category - so I'd like to express a huge thank you to everyone who did (I know it would have taken you at least 10 clicks to get to my category page on the voting form!).
As part of the award process UKOUG organises an award ceremony - a black
tie dinner held at Altitude 360, a restaurant at the top of Millbank
Tower, and which has very good views across the capital...