Performance & Value with Oracle Engineered Systems Based on Intel Xeon Processors

By Juan F. Roche

Oracle’s new generation of X5 Engineered Systems, announced in late January, are powered by the latest top-of-the-line Intel® Xeon® E5 v3 processors to deliver businesses significantly improved benefits in performance, power efficiency, virtualization, and security.

Oracle Engineered Systems, which are purpose-built converged systems with pre-integrated stacks of software and hardware engineered to work together, are a cost-effective, simple-to-deploy alternative to data center complexity. With Intel performance, security technologies, and flexibility co-engineered directly into the system, these integrated systems are built with business value in mind.

These cost-effective Oracle systems perfectly demonstrate the tight, ongoing collaboration between Oracle and Intel. For over twenty years, the two companies have worked closely together, and the relationship is built on much more than simply tuning CPUs for performance. The collaboration extends from silicon to systems, with both companies working to optimize architectures, operating systems, software, tools and designs for each other’s technologies. Intel and Oracle work together to co-engineer the entire software, middleware, and hardware stack to ensure that the Engineered Systems take maximum advantage of the power built into Intel® Xeon® processors.

How does this translate into business value for our customers? Here’s a real-world example. Intel worked closely with Oracle in developing the customized Intel® Xeon® E7-8895 v2 processor, creating an elastic enterprise workload SKU that allows users to vary core counts and frequencies to meet the needs of differing workloads. Because of optimizations between the Intel Xeon processors and Oracle operating system kernels and system BIOS, this single processor SKU can behave like a variety of other SKUs at runtime.

That means faster processing and more flexibility for addressing business computing requirements: Oracle Exalytics* workloads that would take nearly 12 hours to run on an a non-optimized Intel Xeon-based platform now drop to a 6.83 hour runtime on the customized Intel Xeon platform—a speed-up of 1.72x. That’s the difference between being able to run analytical workloads overnight and having to wait until a weekend to get business critical analytics. With on-demand analytics like this, businesses have timely, precise intelligence for real-time decision-making.

In addition, the Exalytics platform is flexible: not all workloads require heavy per-thread concurrency, and this elastic SKU can be tuned and balanced to vary core counts and frequency levels to meet the needs of different computing requirements.

Oracle Engineered Systems are also optimized to take advantage of Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), which is built into advanced Intel Xeon processors. Intel AES-NI helps boost data security by eliminating the performance penalty usually associated with software-based encryption by running encryption technology on hardware. Intel AES-NI speeds up the execution of encryption algorithms by as much as 300 percent, enhancing encryption performance so businesses don’t have to pay a performance overhead to keep data more secure.

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