New Oracle SPARC Servers Launched in Malaysia

By Charles F. Moreira

Oracle launched its new mid-range and high-end SPARC systems – i.e. SPARC T5 and M5 servers respectively in Malaysia. “With the world’s fastest microprocessor, Oracle’s SPARC servers running Oracle Solaris are ideal for mission-critical applications that require high performance enterprise computing,” said John Foster, Senior Director of Enterprise Systems, Oracle JAPAC (Japan & Asia-Pacific) at the at Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Oracle John Foster

Due to the massive explosion of data and increased requirements to deliver application services to users at a faster pace, businesses in ASEAN are facing issues, such as a shortage of IT staff to maintain and operate physical servers in silos.

“Organisations are slowly finding it increasingly difficult to respond to application service requests in a timely manner with systems that require periodic downtime or frequent maintenance. In addition, the underused and ageing systems are a burden to maintain and become more expensive to operate over time due to increases in services costs and incompatibility with software,” Foster added.

Businesses today need the computing power to exploit big data to realise growth and opportunities, and turn social streams into market intelligence, but traditional systems simply don’t have the horsepower to handle those demanding tasks.

“However, the new SPARC T5 and M5 systems enable their operators to get ahead of their competition with up to 10 times the performance of the previous generation systems, offering an unbeatable value for midrange and high-end enterprise computing,” said Foster.

SPARC T5 server

“On the other hand, many companies are also looking to solve these problems by deploying integrated systems, which will help them to achieve new levels of operating efficiency, improved cost of operation, and higher levels of uptime combined with faster time-to application service delivery. Companies are planning out their IT investments for the next three to five years will continue to look at consolidating assets in order to reduce the cost of operation,” he added.

Since its inception in 1997 as a relational database company, Oracle only provided software which ran on third party hardware and operating systems.

However, through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010, Oracle gained access to Sun’s hardware, including its SPARC processors and platforms, as well as its Unix-based Solaris operating system.

Now that Oracle owned both the hardware, operating system and applications software, it was able to more tightly integrate them all together into a harmoniously and more efficiently operating platform which it provides to customers and a tried and thoroughly tested and fine-tuned integrated solution.

This perfect marriage of hardware, operating system and software into a single platform at the factory is one of key the reasons why products like Apple computers and devices such as the iPhone and iPad are also known for their stability, efficiency and smooth operation, and likewise for Oracle servers.

Before the launch of SPARC T5, SPARC T4 servers featuring Oracle Solaris powered mission-critical workloads in over 3,000 enterprises worldwide, nearly 4 times the number announced one year ago.

Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers have been adopted globally across all major industries, including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Public Sector and Retail.

Today, Oracle’s go to market strategy is primarily driven through the partners to all major industries that need high-performance for mission-critical applications.

“We want customers to be assured that Oracle continues to invest heavily in SPARC processors and systems. They should also know that the team is delivering exciting new products in a predictable way as we outlined in our public road maps,” said Foster.

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