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Today, many IT departments continue to experience staffing challenges brought on by the recent economic downturn. At the same time, IT managers are being asked to provide additional new and innovative services to the business. They look to Oracle to help them lower their costs and automate more processes so they can concentrate their resources and efforts on the mission-critical appli- cations and value-added services that can differentiate their business. Oracle can help IT to move for- ward and keep pace with increases in demand for more compute, network, and storage resources. We bring a unique perspective to the marketplace with our intense focus on enterprise applications and databases, specifcal- ly for large data centers. We help our customers identify ways to look at their entire infrastructure environments and understand both the costs and chal- lenges, so that at the end of the day, the systems they deploy perform efciently and deliver business value. Oracle hardware and the Intel® Xeon® E5 family We are very excited by the benefits delivered by the new Intel® XeonTM pro- cessor E5-2600 product family, includ- ing the significant overall performance improvements, I/O enhancements, and built-in encryption technology with Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI).¹ The new processor performs 67 percent better than the prior generation² and has already helped us set a couple of world records for performance in our new systems. This level of performance and capability is extremely impor- tant for the demands of private cloud deployments. Our Solaris 11 operating system takes huge advantage of the encryption capabilities for protection of data both at rest and in transit. In April 2012, we announced a number of new systems that employ the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 fam- ily. These products include Sun Fire* X4170 M3 and the Sun Fire X4270 M3, both of which are rack systems, and the Sun Blade* X6270 M3, which is an x86 server blade module for use in the Sun Blade 6000 chassis. We have also added a carrier-grade version of our rack system for the telecommunications market. All these systems are shipping now. Oracle and Intel: synergy that moves IT forward We view our hardware as a support- ing feature of application performance rather than an end to itself. So opti- mization at every single level is criti- cal to deliver total throughput in the modern data center. Oracle and Intel have a long 20-year history of working together, both in terms of optimizing some of Oracle's software products and deploying new Intel hardware designs. Because of our partnership, Oracle and Intel together have been able to optimize for Intel architec- tures---not just the hardware systems but also the middle layer and the data- base layer---providing total throughput that is unequaled in our view---and with world benchmarks on our x86 design to prove it. Oracle* and Intel® Oracle x86 systems deliver record- breaking performance with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 Family ¹Intel AES-NI requires a computer system with an Intel AES-NI-enabled processor, as well as non-Intel software to execute the instructions in the correct sequence. Intel AES-NI is available on select Intel CoreTM processors. For availability, consult your system manufacturer. For more information, see intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/advanced-encryption-standard--aes-/data-protection-aes- generaltechnology.html. ²Intel Xeon processor E5-2658 benchmarking results collected by Intel Corporation, September 2011. Intel Xeon processor E5645 benchmarking results collected by Intel Corporation, June 2010. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. When we design systems, we think about the total performance --- not just for particular elements or components within the stack, but the entire stack. By Ed Franklin, x86 Product Manager, Oracle 17
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