Consolidating diverse database platforms used internally to improve platform performance and availability
Tokyo, July 11, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it is integrating its internal Oracle database platforms using UNIX Server SPARC M10 (sold as Fujitsu M10 outside of Japan) and the Oracle Database 11g.
This move is intended to consolidate database-server operations, improve availability(1), and lower total costs. The changeover will be gradually rolled out beginning in late September.
In addition, the expertise in large-scale database integrations gained through this process will serve as a reference model for Fujitsu engineers, further elevating the company's technological prowess and enabling Fujitsu to offer optimal proposals for customers facing similar issues.
Up until this point, each department within Fujitsu, such as production management, procurement, distribution, and general affairs, handled their own database server deployments. As a result, there are now many different database software versions and an assortment of server types within the company. This greatly increased the cost of backups and disaster preparedness and created various service level problems in operations management.
Spurred by the Great East Japan Earthquake to address this issue, Fujitsu began to consider its options for integrating its database platform, and now has begun to build a database services platform that can be used throughout the company.
Platforms that had been using Oracle databases will standardize on Oracle Database 11g. The database platform will be integrated using a combination of UNIX servers and x86 servers, each used to match certain database utilization conditions.
For UNIX servers, Fujitsu will use the SPARC M10 which comes equipped with the new SPARC64 X CPU developed by Fujitsu. It has come to be regarded as one of the easiest general-purpose UNIX servers to run, thanks to the following features.
- The Fujitsu-developed SPARC64 X CPU delivers some of the fastest integer arithmetic performance in the world(2), using Software on Chip to execute certain software processes, including decimal arithmetic, encryption, and copying. Together with optimized software, this dramatically improves performance, so that business applications run more quickly and smoothly.
- Systems are highly scalable, and can be configured with up to 64 CPUs representing 1,024 cores, the largest number of processors that can be equipped in a single machine in the world(3). This means even the largest server consolidations can be accommodated with room to spare. Meanwhile, these systems permit fine-grained performance upgrades of two CPU cores at a time, so that server resources can be increased gradually as needed after the initial deployment. These systems inherit the high-reliability technologies from Fujitsu's experience developing mainframes to ensure steady operations 24x7.
- Migration is assured thanks to the binary compatibility of Oracle Solaris.
Since this integration consolidated different systems with different configurations, it required the flexibility to gradually improve capacity, the performance and integration ability to achieve large-scale integration, and high transferability to cut costs. The SPARC M10 was chosen as the one server capable of satisfying all these conditions.
Oracle Exadata(4) has been chosen as the storage system for the x86 servers. Oracle Exadata is a dedicated database machine optimized for Oracle databases, with high performance in batch/OLTP operations.
Both of these hardware platforms are being installed separately at remote locations in the primary-use environments as well as the disaster recovery(5) and development environments. In addition, data synchronization is handled by Oracle Data Guard(6), which is designed to work at critical moments and to unify levels of operation.
These measures combine to increase overall system availability and reduce total costs, especially operations management costs.
Comment from Oracle Corporation:
"We are very pleased Fujitsu is consolidating its Oracle Database infrastructure on Oracle Exadata and SPARC M10 systems. As a global information technology leader, Fujitsu's choice is a gratifying endorsement of the value of engineering hardware and software together," said Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven.
(1) Availability: The ability of a system to operate continuously.
(2) Some of the fastest integer arithmetic performance in the world:Compared processor performance based on values posted from SPECint_rate(R)2006, excluding HPC servers (as of July 11, 2013). SPECint_rate 2006 performance metrics and testing environment: Measured value (Peak): 23,800; Testing environment: SPARC64 X (3.0 GHz) X 64 CPUs (1,024 cores); Oracle Solaris 11.1, Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3, 1/13 Platform-Specific Enhancement.
(3) Largest number of processors in the world: Comparing the highest number of processors that can be installed in a single machine, excluding HPC servers.
(4) Oracle Exadata: Official name: Oracle Exadata Database Machine
(5) Disaster Recovery: An approach that enables systems to recover quickly from disasters.
(6) Oracle Data Guard:Solution intended to maintain integrity of Oracle databases between remote locations.
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.
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