SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle and Intel are partnering to fight IBM in the server space, trying to convince Power System users to instead run their Oracle databases on Oracle Engineered Systems, powered by Intel Xeons.
The Exa Your Power scheme, unveiled at the Oracle Openworld conference in San Francisco, is the latest in a long-standing relationship between the enterprise apps and database giant, and the chip maker.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said thousands of computers are currently running Oracle technology on IBM systems, which are "large and costly. We think you can do better than this." He added that switching to an Oracle-Intel architecture would offer up to 15 times the current performance offered by IBM.
Intel and Oracle will carry out a free proof-of-concept migration model to test customers' database and application performance, and show firms how much better their Oracle database workloads would perform if they migrated away from IBM Power Systems onto an Intel-Oracle stack.
IT services provider CSC said it recently migrated an Oracle Database for a major insurance provider from IBM Power 7 to an Exadata X5 engineered system as a proof of concept, and found that the insurer's Siebel application ran up to 10 times faster and its ETL processes ran up to 12 times faster on Exadata.
The timing of the announcement during the first day of OpenWorld is interesting, considering that IBM is a major sponsor of the show.
"IBM is proud to be a Grande sponsor at Oracle OpenWorld and will have a significant presence at this year's event. Join us for a great lineup of activities and learn how IBM and Oracle can help you get more value out of your Oracle investments," IBM urged ahead of the event.
Oracle and Intel have also teamed up to improve the performance of cloud systems via a new joint initiative dubbed Project Apollo.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Apollo is a "scaled version of Oracle's cloud datacentre that can be used as the foundation for hardware and software optimisation, specifically to enhance your Oracle Cloud experience".
Intel senior VP Doug Fisher and president of Oracle Product Development
Thomas Kurian spearheaded the project. Fisher explained that the firms decided to get a team together in a lab with the aim of reducing the complexity and improving the performance of cloud-based environments.
"We gave them state of the art software from Oracle and state of the art platforms with Intel architecture, which has a Xeon super SKU in it, allowing them to optimise with the latest and greatest technology."
Fisher said that the lab team, consisting of Intel and Oracle engineers, spun up 1,500 VMMs, and started tuning the workload, managing to improve performance by 50 percent and reduce the variance of how long it takes to complete the workload by 10 times down to three percent. The aim of these efforts is to let customers deliver SLAs with higher levels of predictability.
Intel and Oracle will also produce and share blueprints of all the learnings from the labs team to customers, so they can take the architecture configurations and deploy these in their own environment.
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