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Whitepapers

  • Oracle Solaris Operating System — Optimized for the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 and 7500 series

    This document is intended as a technical guide for developers and system administrators that want to understand the precise details of how Oracle® Solaris and the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 and 7500 series can improve your application solution environment. It includes brief technical descriptions of specific features and capabilities that can be implemented in Oracle Solaris to optimize the specific functionality of Intel's new processor family in the areas of scalable performance, advanced reliability, security, power efficiency, and cost-effective virtualization.

  • Best Practices for Managing Datacenter Costs via Application and Server Consolidation

    Server sprawl, software licensing fees, and facilities costs are sending datacenter operational expenses through the roof at a time when every penny is being scrutinized. As a result, low utilization rates and wasted power/cooling resources are no longer acceptable, and smart companies are looking to consolidation and virtualization to trim expenses and increase operating efficiency. Based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, Oracle’s next-generation Sun servers allow IT organizations to meet these challenges by delivering game-changing performance and virtualization improvements. These in turn enable companies to leverage best practices for IT management, application deployment, work processes, and cost control.

  • Why Solid-State Drives Usage Scenarios Are Expanding for the Datacenter

    To accomplish the objectives of making more-efficient use of IT resources, lowering power consumption, and reducing operating expenses, many companies are turning to server consolidation and virtualization efforts—endeavors that increase server CPU utilization and reduce the number of discrete servers in a datacenter. These efforts rely on the performance delivered by powerful new servers such as those based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and Intel Xeon processor 7400 series to run multiple applications on fewer devices. The benefits such systems deliver are further enhanced by SSDs. Specifically, today’s more powerful servers enable more applications to run on a single device, which means there will be more simultaneous data read and write requests to storage systems. SSDs can deliver higher input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance than hard disk drives (HDDs).

  • The New Economics of Midsize Enterprise Computing: Oracle’s Sun Systems Based on the Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 Series

    Midsize companies often face the same competitive pressures as large-scale enterprises. However, they may not possess the resources and staff to invest heavily in complex computing systems. Yet it’s critical for IT organizations within these companies to ensure that they have the strongest, most expandable systems in place, so that their companies have the requisite flexibility to adapt quickly to changing market conditions, roll out new products and services in shorter cycles, and become more effective competitors.Legacy midsize computing systems offer limited processing abilities, but they still require significant power and cooling resources. To maintain high performance, flexibility, reliability, and sustainable growth, midsize businesses need a game-changing platform. Oracle’s Sun systems based on the Intel® Xeon®processor 5500 series provide that platform, combining the most-advanced processors available today with intelligent management software that significantly lowers total cost of ownership compared with previous generations of server platforms.

  • New Blades and Networking Solutions Ensure Solid Return on Investment

    Traditionally, when companies need more computing power to deal with expanding amounts of data, they increase the number of servers, the number of compute cores per server, and the memory capacity of each server. Today’s high-powered blade servers save space and help enable significant gains in computing performance, especially when workloads are consolidated efficiently and datacenter resources are utilized most effectively. To accommodate this increase in capacity, however, the network infrastructure carrying the data must also be upgraded. And with previous-generation Ethernet switches tying the datacenter equipment together, business operations will suffer from latency and reduced productivity.

  • Reassessing Server Costs for Midsize Companies

    Most companies keep their servers for three to five years—a time frame that seems reasonable given current economic conditions. Despite the savings this would seem to imply, however, extending server life in the datacenter in this way may not be the best strategy, even in the toughest economic times. Indeed, with pressures to rein in budgets, a server refresh to Oracle’s Sun servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series can deliver the performance and energy savings that businesses require today. And it can do so while achieving significant reductions in cost through consolidation and virtualization—without compromising performance. This white paper details how organizations can reap these benefits.

Webcasts

  • Security In The Cloud

    With so much going on in the "cloud computing" space today, what does that mean for IT folks, who are used to having full control over the technology being used by employees? How can they make sure that the services that employees are using are secure and protected? And, for companies building their own online services that they hope will be used in enterprises around the globe, how should they best prepare to build a system that meets the security requirements of in-house IT staff? On top of that, beyond traditional "technology" security, there are serious legal security questions as well. How protected, legally speaking, is the data stored in the cloud? Is it covered under different laws? And do the answers to these questions depend on if you’re "webifying" legacy systems as compared to building entirely new systems?

  • Security In The Cloud - Presentation

    We’ve made the presentation shown in the webinar available for download as well.

  • What IT Needs To Know About The Law

    One of the key points we discuss on Techdirt is the intersection of technology, innovation and the law. While many in IT don’t think they need to know much about the law, that’s been changing rapidly. The intersection of IT and the law has been increasing, and it’s rarely the lawyers who understand the IT side of things -- so the IT folks need to understand the legal side.

Tools

  • Oracle Intel ROI Tool

    Developed with key learnings from Intel IT's experience in justifying server refresh internally, this tool allows you to enter data about your existing environment and evaluate the benefits of replacing it with the latest generation of Oracle's Intel-based servers.

 

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One of the key points we discuss on Techdirt is the intersection of technology, innovation and the law. While many in IT don’t think they need to know much about the law, that’s been changing rapidly. The intersection of IT and the law has been increasing, and it’s rarely the lawyers who understand the IT side of things -- so the IT folks need to understand the legal side.

Join Mike Masnick from Floor64 as he moderates this discussion with David Navetta (Information Law Group) and Larry Downes (Bell Mason Group).

The webinar will consist of a brief presentation, followed by discussion -- and we’re hoping to make it as interactive as possible, so come ready with questions.



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Security in the Cloud

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With so much going on in the "cloud computing" space today, what does that mean for IT folks, who are used to having full control over the technology being used by employees? How can they make sure that the services that employees are using are secure and protected? And, for companies building their own online services that they hope will be used in enterprises around the globe, how should they best prepare to build a system that meets the security requirements of in-house IT staff? On top of that, beyond traditional "technology" security, there are serious legal security questions as well. How protected, legally speaking, is the data stored in the cloud? Is it covered under different laws? And do the answers to these questions depend on if you’re "webifying" legacy systems as compared to building entirely new systems?
We’ll answer a bunch of these questions with a new webinar that we’re putting on next Tuesday, May 11th at 9am PT/noon ET.

Mike Masnick will be moderating the discussion, and will be joined by two of the most knowledgeable folks on this topic:

Jake Kaldenbaugh of CloudStrategies, and formerly an exec at NEC, where he drove early strategic efforts focusing on virtualization and cloud computing.

Sam Quigley of Emerose, a leading expert on cloud security, who previously was a founding member of EDS’s security and privacy services group, an open source developer at security appliance vendor Astaro, the sole security person at Xign (which became JP Morgan Treasury Services) and Vice President of security and operations at Wesabe, the online financial startup.
The webinar will consist of a brief presentation, followed by discussion -- and we’re hoping to make it as interactive as possible, so come ready with questions.


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