The UltraSPARC T3 looks like it is arriving!
I am really looking forward to the specifications and systems involved in these new UltraSPARC T3 platforms!
Oracle unveiled an overview of its Sparc plans on Tuesday, and in doing so proved to anyone not yet convinced that things are different in the Sun Microsystem universe now that Larry Ellison & Co have taken charge. If the past decade has taught us anything, it is that Sun Microsystems was a little too cavalier and ambitious …
A good article with the inferences correctly interpreted, for the most part. Obviously a roadmap is entirely different from actual delivery, let alone success, but hopefully this underwrites my assertions in other article comments that Oracle is not planning to "kill off" SPARC or Solaris - despite fellow commentators crowing to the contrary.
With a nod to M. Python, its like the "Holy Grail" collector of the dead segment...
The Market: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Commentators: Yes he is.
Oracle SPARC/Solaris: I'm not!
The Market: He isn't.
Commentators: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Oracle SPARC/Solaris: I'm getting better.
Commentators: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
If they do die out, it'll be down to strategic mismanagement rather than intent. Of course, one could argue that mismanagement prior to the acquisition may have done fatal damage already. Maybe we'll need that ninepence to drop the corpse on the cart after all - time will tell!
Who in their right mind believes a 5 year roadmap from any vendor, let alone Oracle trying to convince people to stay faithful to SPARC ? Oracle is hemorrhaging customers to (linux) x86.
Spraklen and Trembley? left, it will all be derivative work and core additions.... little innovation.
And PS: the other article saying Oracle believes flash and tape are the future and the rest of the industry is wrong. Classic arrogance, and hoping you bite. Guess what they sell ? Flash and Tape...
I am not sure John has actually admitted publicly that ROCK is dead.
I like how he said in an interview "I cannot confirm the 16 core T3 chip for this year" well John that means Rainbow Falls is sometime next year.
Interesting they did not use the chip roadmap charts from the past January presentation.
It looks like Casdade Falls the 8 socket / 16 core chip will be "By 2015" if you look at prior roadmaps it was 2H 2012, so he put a 3 year buffer in the chip. It looks like Yellowstone falls is dead as it was only a 4 core chip and was even further out. As we all know Oracle like lots of cores on chips and low performance cores.
I was surprised to see an M-class in 2014 as we all know SPARC64 VIII is dead, but then again John Fowler said ROCK was coming out any day now and has yet to say it is dead. The Oracle/Fujitsu negotiations should be interesting as everyone knows larry does not like OEM and especially systems that sell instead of the CMT software license insanity.
Our Oracle rep has been telling us Oracle is going to drop all the SPARC core factors to .5 retroactive so we should stop moving things to Power6, but SPARC is dead to us and we never went to T or M class. I told her I don't think Larry is that stupid give the maintenance stream is over 59% of their revenue, but only time will tell.
See you are Oracle Open World,
Since the mass production of the 80486 processor, SPARC has been largely pointless. SPARC never had a performance edge over x86 since then (it was actually slower for long periods of time). The only remaining argument could be "enterprise" features in SPARC which x86 does not have.
I seriously doubt these features could not be delivered with a custom chipset "around" the CPU.
The core problem is that SPARC R&D expenditure has to be amortized over a small number (less than 500 000/year) of CPUs and a limited business of a few billion dollars per year. AMD and Intel CPUs are a component of a market which generates well above 100 billion dollars revenue.
A much more rational strategy for Oracle would be to negotiate with Intel and AMD to get all required enterprise features added to the high performance x86 CPU cores of these two suppliers. AMD is currently cash-strapped and buying a 30% stake would be easily possible for Oracle. They could then virtually dictate AMD all the enterprise features they needed for a "Enterprise-x86".
Oracle just donned the millstone and now jumped into the water for a long, long swim.
Are we really to believe this time Sun will actually be able to execute on a SPARC project?
Millennium/UltraSPARC V - Canceled.
Gemini, Honeybee, and UltraSPARC IIIi+ - Canceled.
Rock - Canceled.
UltraSPARC T2 was the only project to make it out during the last five years, and it was heavily based on the original Afara design, and heavily leveraged the UltraSPARC T1 core and pipeline. It was as similar to US-T1 as US-IV+ was to the original US-III.
Sun was only able to bring to market acquired and derivative processors designs for the last decade. Perhaps Oracle has brought execution discipline to Sun microelectronics engineering. I hope so. Oracle has somehow managed to completely mismanage the one thing Sun manged well, and that is Solaris. Solaris needs a successful SPARC marketplace.
At first, I saw no rational reason for Oracle to value the SPARC technology.
But I eventually learned that they did gain a key technology from Sun. SPARC chips have RAS features, which standard x86 chips do not, but Itanium chips do. But new server chips from Intel have now brought RAS to the x86 world, and this may have made the SPARC technology superfluous.
My perception is that Oracle purchased Sun so that Oracle would be in a position to go head-to-head with IBM. Not Microsoft, not some other company, but IBM. So they wanted a good hardware platform of their own well-adapted to running their database products.
Oracle's #1 threat to their busines was MySQL, now they control their destiny. Their investment in MySQL reflects the revenue to the company vs. what Sun was doing.
Java is a core technology which Oracle and their main competitor use for all their products.
SPARC....it's a huge install base for millions of Oracle licenses which if they killed would move to x86 and Power and would become ten's of thousands of licences and their maintenance stream would be cut in half
Oracle thrived on being a "horizontal" company like Intel, MS or Seagate. Their RDBMS would run on virtually every commercial Unix and a number of mainframe operating systems in the 1980s, when DB/2 ran only on expensive IBM hardware (S/390 and AS/400).
Had IBM made DB/2 available on all major platforms, Oracle would probably not be in the IT conscience. Larry would fly a MS flight simulator.
So the "rationale" that they "need" to vertically integrate is not plausible at all. They have excellent relations with HP and many other hardware vendors. Every IBM sales rep is happy to push POWER boxes to run Oracle.
MySQL is also not a good reason, as it is GPLed as much as Postgresql is BSD licensed. What next ? Hire all PSQL developers and put them on a pointless dud project ??
Airbus does not buy Cessna because the latter are "highly successful" (in selling 100 Hp Piston-Engine planes). They might buy them because the Airbus CEO is a chummy of the Cessna CEO and does not want to see them fail. Especially if Cessna has made some key components for Airbus.
Larry has a sentimental attachment to the Stanford University Network and he thought buying them will count as a Good Deed whenever he knocks at Petrus' door in 30 years. "See, I helped my chummies who were losers and soon would be unemployed. Please reduce my time in hell to 10^15 years. 10^155555 years is clearly doing injustice to a nice American Criminal Tycoon like me !"
Fire burning in The Eternal Hell.
Actually, SPARC *has* done pretty well against x86. In peak performance, x86 has beat SPARC for quite a while. But, SPARC's performance drops off much less under workloads involving a lot of processes (or threads), random memory accesses, and so on, conditions where x86 performance drops precipitiously. So under realistic loads it's remained pretty competitive with x86 for quite a while. I don't know if it's competitive the last few years, since they've not come out with a new chip (just more UltraSPARC cores on the die), but we'll see how the newer SPARCs pan out.
Oracle has been sued by Plexada System Integrators in Nigeria for alleged breach of contract and failure to pay millions of dollars said to be owed for assisting with a Lagos State Government IT contract.
Plexada is seeking almost $56 million in denied revenue, damages, and legal costs for work that occurred from 2015 through 2020.
A partner at Plexada, filed a statement with the Lagos State High Court describing the dispute. The document, provided to The Register, accuses Oracle of retaliating against Plexada and trying to ruin the firm's business for seeking to be paid.
Oracle and systems integrator Evosys have won contracts to implement a new Oracle Fusion ERP system for the London Borough of Waltham Forest as part of a project which expects £12 million capex over three years.
The consultancy firm has been awarded a contract worth £2 million ($2.45 million) as the implementation partner on the project, in a deal set to last nearly two years. It is unclear how much of the £12 million ($14.72 million) earmarked for the project in financial years 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 would contribute to Oracle licenses.
In its Outline Business Case [PDF] for the project, the council said Big Red's cloud-based system will replace an ageing SAP product first implemented in 2003.
Oracle has slimmed down its on-prem fully managed cloud offer to a smaller datacenter footprint for a sixth of the budget.
Snappily dubbed OCI Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer, the service was launched in 2020 and promised to run a private cloud inside a customer's datacenter, or one run by a third party. Paid for "as-a-service," the concept promised customers the flexibility of moving workloads seamlessly between the on-prem system and Oracle's public cloud for a $6 million annual fee and a minimum commitment of three years.
Big Red has now slashed the fee for a scaled-down version of its on-prem cloud to $1 million a year for a minimum period of four years.
China-based server maker Inspur has joined the Arm server ecosystem, unveiling a rackmount system using Arm-based chips.
It said it has achieved Arm SystemReady SR certification, a compliance scheme run by the chip designer and based on a set of hardware and firmware standards that are designed to give buyers confidence that operating systems and applications will work on Arm-based systems.
Inspur may not be a familiar name to many, but the company is a big supplier to the hyperscale and cloud companies, and was listed by IDC as the third largest server vendor in the world by market share as recently as last year.
Oracle has impressed the markets with strong revenue growth for cloud infrastructure and applications-as-a-service.
However, Oracle is still struggling to gain a larger share of the global cloud market, where it lags behind AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
Big Red's total revenue for Q4, which ended May 31, hit $11.8 billion, up 5 per cent on the same period a year ago. Total cloud revenue, including infrastructure and software-as-a-service, reached $2.9 billion, up 19 percent. Cloud ERP Fusion revenue increased 20 percent while NetSuite ERP cloud revenue grew 27 per cent.
The world's server market will grow in 2022 – but more slowly than in the past – and could dip further, according to analyst firm TrendForce.
Supply chain issues are, unsurprisingly, one reason for predicted modest growth. Shanghai's COVID lockdowns, for example, mean China's server makers have struggled to open, and get the parts they need.
The likes of Dell and HPE were hurt by those lockdowns, but TrendForce feels they'll recover.
Swansea City Council has been forced to extend an IT service provider contract to keep its unsupported and unpatched ERP system up and running because its replacement is running two years behind.
A procurement document published last week shows Infosys was awarded £2 million contract (c $2.40 million) extension, until 30 November 2023, to support the Welsh council's Oracle eBusiness Suite ERP system while it waits for the replacement Oracle Fusion system to be ready. It takes Infosys's total for supporting the old system to £6.7 million (c $8.1 million).
Council documents reveal the authority runs its finance and HR systems on EBS R12.1, which moved into Oracle Sustaining Support in January 2022 and will therefore no longer receive new fixes, updates, or security patches.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise must pay Oracle $30 million for copyright infringement after a jury found it guilty of providing customers with Solaris software updates without Big Red's permission.
The decision, which HPE may contest, is the culmination of a three-week trial in Oakland, California. However, the case was first raised years back when Oracle claimed HPE had offered illegal updates under a scheme devised by software support provider Terix, which settled its case in 2015 for almost $58 million.
In proceedings at the start of this week, Oracle’s lawyer, Christopher Yeates of Latham & Watkins LLP, pressed the eight-person jury to award his client $72 million for HPE using software not covered by a support contract, and for pinching clients, including Comcast.
As the world continues to grapple with unrelenting inflation for many products and services, the trend of rising prices is expected to have the opposite impact on memory chips for PCs, servers, smartphones, graphics processors, and other devices.
Taiwanese research firm TrendForce said Monday that DRAM pricing for commercial buyers is forecast to drop around three to eight percent across those markets in the third quarter compared to the previous three months. Even prices for DDR5 modules in the PC market could drop as much as five percent from July to September.
This could result in DRAM buyers, such as system vendors and distributors, reducing prices for end users if they hope to stimulate demand in markets like PC and smartphones where sales have waned. We suppose they could try to profit on the decreased memory prices, but with many people tightening their budgets, we hope this won't be the case.
Oracle has closed the acquisition of Cerner Corporation, a specialist in healthcare software, in a deal set to be worth $28.3 billion.
But as Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman of the board and chief technology officer, is set to outline Oracle's strategy for its acquisition's role in healthcare in the coming days, Cerner customers are being warned to expect some surprises in renegotiating their contracts.
Last month, Cerner said it secured 331 new, expanded and extended client contracts in first quarter, including Ohio-based Blanchard Valley Health System and Virginia-based Mountain Health Network.
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