mardi oct. 27, 2015

#OOW15 Cloud Predictions for 2025

Marc Hurd launched second day of Oracle Open World by providing his Vision 2025, joint on stage by  Jim Fowler (GE CIO) and Mike Brady (CTO AIG), along with video testimonials from Solarus Aircraft business, Avaya and DocuSign. A panel of customers spanning from very large to very small companies.

We are facing today a massive change in the industry, driven by a lower world wide growth and a shift of consumers impacting technologies. The current IT model based on old applications pre-internet, pre-mobile, pre-social world is not sustainable. Combining all those macro and micro economics trends, explains why Cloud is becoming so popular. It is build on the promise to get to faster innovation at a lower cost NOW. But to make it effective, it would take time: at least a decade. That's why as Oracle we undertake our journey to Cloud several years ago to prepare this transformation, starting by rewriting our applications for the Cloud, allowing coexistence -between existing on-premise and Cloud- to sustain this decade to move to the Cloud.

By 2025, Mark Hurd's Vision is that :

  1. 80% of applications will be in the cloud
  2. 2 suites providers will own 80% of SaaS market
  3. 100% of test/dev will be in the cloud
  4. Virtually all enterprise Data will be store in the cloud
  5. Enterprise cloud will be the most secured IT environment

And we are readying ourselves for that transformation.

Jim Fowler, GE CIO, was completely reflecting this vision. He has setup goals of having 70% of his applications in the Cloud for 2020. And for that he wants to leverage partners who know best on where they are not adding value to the business and focusing on building where GE can differentiate, like software analytic for gas turbine or locomotive. And even for that 30% in-house intellectual property development GE is still looking at partners to buy innovation at the infrastructure layer to provide scalability and security. A good thing for Oracle Engineered Systems strategy to power both the Cloud and on-premise transformation.

AIG CTO Mike Brady reflected the same movement, underlying the need to link both world, as he can't move to the Cloud without connected the Data stream coming from the Enterprise.

And along those lines, Security was THE word expressed in all testimonials.

All in all, those testimonials were not only enforcing Oracle Vision for the Cloud but also our investments in the full stack innovation, deep into the chip level to be able to deliver the scalability and security both needed in the Cloud and to deliver on-premise transformation and innovation as well... securely. And upper the stack with a full integrating application portfolio spanning CRM, ERP, Marketing, Social Relationship, and extensible to your own requirements thanks to open Platform leveraging 100% compatible Java technology to run it anywhere, with no-locking. A strategic that Avaya leveraged to move from a 100% proprietary Cloud provider to Oracle Suite of Cloud Application and Java PaaS, reducing his specifics by 80%, and for the remaining 20% using a fully open Java PaaS.

To get additional insight on Mark's Keynote, I invite you to read also the following article: "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd Lays Out the Future of the Cloud".

#OOW15 Building High Performing Datacenters and Moving to the Cloud

This year to start Oracle Open World 2015, Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich was on stage to share his vision and what Intel is building with Oracle to enable the transformation to the Cloud. And this starts by building high performing Datacenters that:

  • Make it easy to adopt cloud technology
  • Make it perform and deliver a real ROI
  • Make it compelling to deliver actionable insight
  • Make it secure

Along the line of Software Define everything (see my previous entry on this similar topic) and Oracle Engineered Systems Strategy to "Make it Easy, Perform, Compelling and Secure" (check also this "Performance Study: Big Data Appliance compared with DIY Hadoop" and picture below extract from JavaOne Keynote), Intel is also working with Oracle on Project Apollo to provide Enterprise grade availability and scalability.

The goal of the project is to improve the massive deployment of virtual environments, making a better usage of the resources (scalability) and removing the variance of workloads behavior to provide sustainable SLA (availability). Of course this is done at hardware and software level. As reported by Intel CEO, at the current state of project, Intel and Oracle were able to improve the resources usage by 50% and reduce the variance by an order of magnitude from 30% to 3%. He also touched on innovations Intel is working on around SSD and DIMM, stating that "separation between memory and storage will completely transform performance in the year to come".

This Intel introduction was fully inline with Larry Ellison's Keynote on what Oracle is doing to enable the move to the Cloud: a new era of utility computing. As Larry said, we are designing our Cloud with 6 goals:

  • Cost: lowest acquisition price and lowest total cost of ownership
  • Reliability: fault tolerant with no SPOF (single point of failure) - as "we need to be as reliable as your utility company"
  • Performance: fastest database, middleware, analytics,... from batch to real-time
  • Standards: in early days of cloud, there were not standards but pionniers. But people have a huge investment on premise that they want to move to the cloud. So we need to implement the same standards in the cloud: SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, Java, Ruby, node.js, linux, docker...
  • Compatibility: easy move of workloads between on-premise and cloud
  • Security: always on continuous defense against cyber attacks
As Larry said, "security should always be on and should be item number one: as all our data goes online !"

To provide the capabilities to enable your transformation to the Cloud, with the choice to run on-premise or in the cloud, through a single management pane of glass, major announcements where done today.

We enriched today our SaaS offering with Manufacturing and E-Commerce. Extending as well the Mobile consumer interface of our applications and the learning curve.

We also announced major enhancements on the platform both for the cloud and big data analytics. For the Cloud with extended multitenant capabilities both at Oracle Database level (with up to 4096 Pluggable Databases per Container) and Java Server level (improving by x3 the consolidation ratio). For Big Data Analytic, first with in-memory offloading capabilities to replicated Oracle Database instances, second by providing Big Data now also into the cloud, with the ability to deploy Hadoop Clusters, along with Big Data Preparation, Discovery and Visualization services (check And of course all of this with reliability in mind, adding Oracle RAC in the Cloud, Exadata Service in the Cloud, as well as fault tolerant java server deployment on different location, enabling zero planned and unplanned downtime.

As Larry said more announcements are to come, especially around security. So stay tuned for the coming days of Oracle Open World 2015.

lundi oct. 05, 2015

Oracle: your Software Define Network provider ?

Our Engineered Systems and Cloud are all over the place, and I am engage on many customer projects around those technologies both on-premise or in an hybrid public/private mode. And one of the key under laying piece is the network. Oracle is not well known as a network switch provider... But should... as this is a critical asset that seats in your data path insuring flexibility, performance and security. For Oracle it is a key piece to build our Cloud, our Engineered Systems and that we are integrating up to the chip level (see latest announcement at Hot Chips 27 conference).

Attributes of a “Cloud-Enabled” Datacenter

  • Software Defined “Everything”: Converged, Modular, Agile Infrastructure with Dynamic Provisioning
  • Data Center Security: Enhanced security in Converged Infrastructure and Fabric based solutions
  • Network Services in Fabric: Network Virtualization, Software Define Network (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Flatter L3 networks, Virtual Network Services, Multi-tenancy, Strong provisioning and management tools

Networking is the "converged" in Converged Infrastructure. Oracle SDN enables the creation of segregated, High-Speed L2 Networks and is complemented by Oracle SDN Virtual Network Services to deploy Virtual Firewalls, Routers and Load-Balancers "On Demand".

Software Define "Everything": Oracle Virtual Network Fabric and  Services

With Oracle Virtual Networking, we are drastically simplifying Datacenter network topology by converging your infrastructure and consolidating all your I/O (being Ethernet and Fiber Channel), with a fully dynamic provisioning capability of vNIC and vHBA up to your running Virtual Machines (VMs). This simplification focuses on removing unnecessary North-South traffic and optimizing East-West traffic between your VMs, with strong tenants segregation (PCI DSS compliant) leading to better performance and infrastructure secure consolidation.

With Oracle Virtual Network Services, we provide modular, highly scalable, network services, that can be instantiated by tenant, in an highly available and secured model. Those services, all delivered as a software VM, encompass Firewall, Load-balancer, Routing, VPN and NAT. They can all be daisy chain in a single virtual instance and are High Available with redundancy built-in using VRRP.

Unified management is delivered by using Oracle Fabric Manager, integrated into Oracle Enterprise Manager or OpenStack.

What's next: Enterprise IT and Telco Networks Convergence

We are now at a turning point where Network Core Services, thanks to Software-based Network Virtual Functions will be able to be supported by Enterprise IT... as long as the right platform including Software and Hardware can be delivered to sustain the 99,999% well known in Telco industry. What could we do without any network connections today: not much !
Building of our long experience as a Telco technologies provider encompassing Hardware and Software, we are now bridging both world of Enterprise IT and Telco Networks IT backbone infrastructure with our Netra Modular System Platform to support the deployment of any kind of virtual environment in a very secure and scalable architecture. As a design pattern we took the best of rackmount servers and blade chassis without the drawback: the time-to-deploy for Rackmount and the proprietary chassis for Blades.

Combining everything together, this is how it could look like to operate your Enterprise IT Datacenter, through OpenStack, leveraging Oracle Software Define Network and Virtual Services on top of our Netra Modular System:

If you are going to Oracle Open World 2015, starting October 25th, I invite you to look for the following sessions to exchange with our experts:

And of course, I will be happy to see you there or on twitter as well.

jeudi oct. 02, 2014

#OOW14 Digital & SMAC: Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud

Tuesday at #OOW14 was again a day with new major announcements made by Thomas Kurian and demonstrated on stage by Larry Ellison around SMAC, which, as was saying Intel's CIO, will make everything smart and connected, and be a massive shift. And this will drive the Digital transformation.

Digital  Transformation

Dr. Didier Bonnet from Capgemini started the day with a very interesting introduction on Digital transformation and what needs to be done to really turn this investment into a true advantage. A true advantage that can be up to +26% of profitability for digital savvy leaders, according to a Capgemini study.

The 4 points to keep in mind being:

  1. Have a vision: identify strategic assets,create a transformating vision, define a clear intent and outcome and keep evolving
  2. Engage: wire with your customers/employees, drive adoption, and scale
  3. Provide governance: avoid duplication, put coherence into the program, prioritize, enable
  4. Have a Technology leadership: to enable the transforming experience leading to transforming operation and business model

Supporting this Digital Transformation guideline, you can understand "how", the SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) resonate, and drive the alignment of the Technology leadership enablers.

SMAC and Digital Transformation

Analytic plays a key role in providing insight at every stage. To get there, everybody is looking into creating Data Lake / Data Reservoir, but the question is: "how do you scan your data sources (structured / unstructured) being in Hadoop, NoSQL, or relational Databases and make them available to Business analysts as an information for knowledgeable insights efficiently ?" That's why we have developed and announced Big Data SQL, Big Data Discovery and Big Data Analytics, running on Oracle Engineered Systems (Big Data Appliance, Exadata, and Exalytics), and available on-premises or in Oracle Cloud as a Service.

In few words, Big Data SQL is a way to query all your Data in one single SQL statement from multiple sources, and very efficiently, as we did for Hadoop, what we did for Exadata: decompose the query to process it at the hadoop node level and return only the result to the database for aggregation. This lead to very rapidly scan your Oracle Database, your NoSQL and your Hadoop, and create the illusion that all the data is in one place. But this is only one piece of the puzzle, the other piece is to provide simple tools for non Data scientists to do discovery, for prediction and correlation in Hadoop, the visual face of hadoop with Big Data Discovery and at the Business Intelligence level with Big Data Analytics. Big Data Analytics is also a set of tools which help you explore data in your Databases and Hadoop, very fast thanks to in-memory and easily thanks to a simple user interface.

This other aspect of Digital, is of course Mobility. Here also major announcements were made around mobile, where we will provide a mobile applications development framework that help you to create application that can run anyware, on iOS, Android, mobiles and tablettes, as well as your usual desktop. Write-once, run anywhere. All supported with a mobile cloud service to provide APIs, shape, persitence and analytics around your devices... adding mobile security identity management and secure (corporate) applications container. All in all  true enabler for not only your mobiles & BOYD strategy but also for IoT (Internet of Things).

Last but not least, we also announced yesterday, Documents sharing & Social Network services in the Cloud... As you can see all the Technology leadership to shape your Digital Transformation.

mercredi oct. 01, 2014

#OOW14 IT Transformation: CIOs value of the Cloud

Yesterday, #OOW14 Mark Hurd's CIO panel was focus on real customers transformation through the Cloud (being public or private).

Here are the few quotes I capturedon CIO's motivation for this transformation:

Walgreens: "We don't want to be on the business of integrating things. So the much we move into the cloud, the better."

P&G: "[It is] more about a solution toward a business case and engineered together rather than technology pieces."

Dunnhumby: "Scientists are very good, but you need technology platform to amplify and be able to deliver at scale."

Intel: "Business thinks we [IT] move too slow. We need Oracle to keep innovating whether it is Engineered Systems or Cloud."

All of those statement were even more true to me, when one of my customer head of production told me, that Oracle Engineered Systems were transforming the way he used to think of his Enterprise Architecture. This integrated approach being the enabler for an Enterprise Architecture building block [in a box], matching a business requirement with much more efficiency than assembling discrete pieces. And that he needed to have enough flexibility to satisfy his business either in private mode or in public, bringing the compatibility model as a critical success factor of hybrid Cloud.

That's why, today's announcement and demonstration made by both Thomas Kurian and Larry Ellison, on a truly easy migration path from existing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications to Oracle Cloud, and reverse was very compelling in addressing IT transformation at scale.

lundi sept. 29, 2014

#OOW14 kick-off: Cloud, Big Data & Innovation

Many announcements were made today by Larry Ellison during his kick-off session of Oracle Open World. As an introduction to his key notes, Renée J. James, Intel President came to share Intel vision and co-development we are doing together.

Intel vision relies on 3 pillars:  (Big) Data, Cloud and Security.


It came to no surprise, that the goal we are sharing with Intel is to provide mining full insights from the flow of Data. To illustrate what we are delivering already today in this space, Intel provided two customers cases study, both leveraging the power of Exadata technology, moving IT into the core business, and no more as a pure support function. And Balaji Yelamanchili, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Oracle Business Analytics, came to explain the join worked we did with Intel to design a workload optimized platform, leveraged by Exalytics. Oracle new x86 servers X4-4 (used in Exalytics) and X4-8 are the first and only systems based on the Intel Processor E7-8895 v2. In conjunction with specialized Oracle Software, those systems provide unique capabilities that allow customers to dynamically address different workloads in real time. In the case of Exalytics, this means multiple cores to run parallel highly transactional workloads and fewer fastest cores to run batch processes.


The other major element for IT to be a business enabler rely on his flexibility, and a Cloud architecture is a key enabler to provide this flexibility. Private Clouds are growing faster than public Cloud, due to compliance, security and SLA ("where your workloads work best"). The good news is that by applying a proper design pattern, Intel's experience shows that private cloud remain competitive with public cloud over time.


Of course, in this virtual world, security is paramount and even more complex to achieve where virtual machine are talking through virtual networks and moving around from servers to servers, putting a real challenge on firewall rules to follow... That's why Intel moved his Next Generation Firewall into Oracle VM insuring security intrusion protection at the VM level and securing firewall rules when VM are moving around. Again, another example of collaboration between Intel and Oracle to enable a true secure virtual architecture, one of the key elements of  flexible cloud architectures.

Following Renée J. James, Larry Ellison set the agenda on Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, enable by innovation from Engineereed Systems, Servers, Storage to silicon.

SaaS: lot's of more enterprise SaaS applications

With a clear build and buy strategy, we are unique on the market by offering a full range of Cloud applications covering all 3 suites: Customer Experience, Human Capital Management, and Enterprise Resource Planing.  We keep on extend our capabilities to better answer to our customers needs, with the recent acquisition of Bluekai, delivering Data as a Service for a better customer experience, or by developing engineered sales campaign to help sales forces sales more.

Oracle Cloud Platform: easy to move existing application to the cloud

The foundation of our Platform as a Service is based on Oracle Database Cloud Service and Weblogic Java Cloud Service.
Anything build on top of our cloud platform will be: multi-tenant, social, mobile, in-memory high speed analytic, secured.

Those foundations are the same that we used to build our applications. This is the same standard that we provide to extend our SaaS applications through this platform, and that are currently in used by other cloud providers to build their own SaaS applications. Standard are still important, as security and reliability.

One major announcement made today by Larry Ellision was to stick on our promise of upward compatibility of Oracle database: from mainframe to client-server, from client-server to internet thin client, and now from internet thin client to the Cloud. Move to cloud - move back : no change to code !

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure:  secure, reliable, lowest cost

Our goal is to be competitive in this space, with currently more than 30000 servers and 400PB of storage already in used by our customers.

Innovation from Engineereed Systems, Servers, Storage to silicon

As we all agree that the world will be hybrid, between public and private clouds, we are keeping the innovation at the systems level not only for our own Cloud, but also to enable our customers IT transformation.

With our Engineered Systems, we are leveraging the uniform configuration approach which benefits our customers in all the 3 phases of Design, Build and Run. This seems obvious for the Design and Build phase as we are taking care of this at Oracle. For the Run, thanks to the uniform configuration, when a bug is find and fixed, it is fixed for all our customers. One of the latest in the Oracle Engineered Systems family is Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, which provides an highly reliable compute and storage appliance, including network virtualization for the lowest possible price. 2 announcements were made today on the Engineered Systems family: the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, which secures all Oracle Databases from 10, 11g and 12c, thanks to real-time redo transport, and the arrival of Oracle Database 12c in-memory inside Exalytics for even faster in-memory analytics.

Larry Ellison also announced the arrival of a full SAN array from Oracle with massive scale-out capability and unmatched performances in this area: Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. This storage is engineered to get the best out of a combination of Flash and disks for the lowest price and highest performance for a given SLA.

To close his key notes, Larry answered to one question of Intel President on: "why Oracle was doing the M7 ?". Of course for performance, but also for security, security and security. As security is becoming the most critical topic, especially on flexible, shared, Cloud infrastructures. On the performance side, M7 microprocessor Software in Silicon is bringing Database acceleration inside the silicon with features like inline decompression engine at memory speed. On the security side, we will deliver with M7, hardware based memory protection. This will stop malicious programs from accessing other application memory, which will result in more secure and higher available application... and as a nice side effect, greatly speeds software development, thanks to easier code debugging enabling a direct root cause analysis of error in memory corruption.

Stay tuned for what's coming in the next days of Oracle Open World 2014... 

vendredi mai 09, 2014

Deploy and operate your Business Applications quickly and securely

Last week, we announced the upcoming release of Solaris 11.2. Even if this is a minor release, it contains major features that enable strong benefits for IT operations toward Business requirements that I am hearing everyday: "time-to-market", pay for what you use, security, simplified operations. Yes, OS are not a commodity and are a corner piece bringing either a lot's of value or a lot's of pain (depending on which one you rely on). At Oracle we are putting a large part of our R&D effort to hide the complexity and bring strong value through Solaris toward your infrastructure and applications management: Solaris acting as the glue between your hardware execution layer and your applications. 

Time-to-market: Centralized Cloud Management, Fast and Agile Application Provisioning

Cloud brings a lot's of promise and as such all Businesses are strongly looking at Clouds optimization, targeting "Time-to-market" (agility) and pay for what you use.

Source: TwinStrata

On the other side, either for the Cloud Service Providers or your internal IT operations, there is a lot's of work to do to make it happen in a standard, repeatable, secured and scalable model. To achieve this, one emerging standard embrace by the major IT players, including Oracle, is OpenStack. Still, discussing with many System Integrators who are starting to leverage it, OpenStack requires a lot's of work to make it right and maintain it, as it is in an constant evolution path. What we did in Solaris 11.2, was to benefit from strong proven features already in place, to build the foundation of the OpenStack framework, and get it ready and engineered to be delivered quickly and reliably.

This is a key milestone to provide Cloud Service Providers and internal IT the foundation layer required to achieve the expected "Time-to-Market" of your Cloud infrastructure. The nice thing about it, is that it is not only the management point of your Solaris environments, but of all your OpenStack compliant systems.

Pay for what you use: Independent and Isolated Environments... compliant with licensing boundaries

The next step once the service is deployed is to provide the required boundaries to "pay for what you use", not only from a pure hardware perspective, but also from a software licensing model. We already benefit from this capability, since Solaris 10, with the Solaris Zones virtualization technology. In Solaris 11.2, this has been enhanced to simplify the allocation of  resources at cpus, cores and sockets level, matching your software licenses requirements.

Security: Reduce Risk with Comprehensive Compliance Checking and Reporting

In a Cloud environment, where resources are shared, you need to insure very strong security mechanism between tenants. Thanks to built-in security, inside Solaris, we were already able to provide those mechanisms. In Solaris 11.2, we bring it  a step further, being able to provide compliance checking and reporting of the configuration, like PCI/DSS required in Card Banking industry.

This provide to Cloud Providers and Cloud Consumers a reliable, secured platform to build upon, simplifying complex configurations and associated audits processes.

Simplified operation: Enhancing OpenStack with Live Reconfiguration

Once you get your application on time, paying for what you use in a secured environment, you may think you are done. Are you ? Of course not ! What about application upgrade, platform patching, all the life cycle management of both your application and the Cloud platform you are relying on ? This is a well known challenge of consolidation projects, where the more tenants you put on a platform, the more complex is it to find a proper maintenance windows.

At the Solaris 11.2 platform level, you can now :

  1. dynamically reconfigure Oracle Solaris Zones without requiring a reboot, helping to eliminate system downtime,
  2. manage Solaris Zones patching independently, helping you apply your system and/or applications patches at your own pace

To go further in understanding the multiple values Solaris 11.2 platform can bring to your Business, I invite you to join us in Paris, on May 22nd, for a Solaris Tech Day. You will have the opportunity to exchange with Chris Arms, VP of Engineering, ISVs and customers using it today.

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mercredi sept. 25, 2013

#OOW2013: Jump into the Cloud...

Today we went into the Cloud, with 3 major announcements delivered by Thomas Kurian: a full Database as a Service, a full Java as a Service and a full Infrastructure as a Service in Oracle Cloud, guaranteed, backup and operated by Oracle, depending on different level of services.

Database as a Service

You will be able to provision inside Oracle Cloud a full Oracle Database (12c or 11g) either in single node or in highly available RAC cluster. This Database will be accessible in full SQL*NET, with Root access. This service will be offer in 3 different models :

Basic Service: pre-configured, automatically installed Database Software, managed by you through Enterprise Manager Express.

Managed Service: Oracle Databases managed by Oracle, including :

  • Quarterly Patching and Upgrades with SLA
  • Automated Backup and Point-in-Time Recovery
  • Elastic Compute and Storage

Maximum Availability Service: Oracle manages an highly available Database, including:

  • Real Application Cluster (RAC)
  • Data Guard for Maximum Availability
  • More flexible upgrade schedule

Of course you will be able to move your Data or even you entire Database between your Enterprise Datacenter and Oracle Cloud by leveraging regular tools like SQL loader or Data Pump for example.

Java as a Service

In the same model as the Database as a Service, you will be able to deploy dedicated Weblogic cluster(s) on our Compute Service. Full WLST, JMX and Root access will be provided as well. The 3 different models of services will be the following:

Basic Service: pre-configured, automatically installed weblogic software, with a single node Weblogic Suite (12c or 11g), managed by you using Enterprise Manager.

Managed Service: Oracle manages one or more Weblogic domains in the same way as the Database as a Service's Managed Service.

Maximum Availability Service: Oracle Manage an Highly Available environment, with the following characteristics :

  • Weblogic cluster integrated with RAC
  • Automated Disaster Recovery and Failover
  • More flexible upgrade schedules
  • Additional staging environment

So now let's have a quick look at the constituents of our Infrastructure as a Service layer.

Infrastructure as a Service

Compute Service: will provide an elastic compute capacity in Oracle Cloud, based on 3 different type of requirements : Standard, Compute Intensive or Memory Intensive. The management will be based on REST API, and providing as well Root VM access. This Compute Service will provide network isolation and elastic IP addresses. And of course, it will be highly available.

Storage Service: will store and manage digital content. The management will be through Java and REST API (OpenStack Swift). It has been designed for performance, scalability and availability.

 All those new or enhanced services, are complementing all the Oracle Software as a Services already existing and adopted with success by many of our customers, like was shown in many testimonies during Thomas Key Notes. This provides a Platform for our partners who are leveraging our technologies to build their own services in Oracle Cloud. That's why we also created an Oracle Cloud Market Place, enabling the delivery of our partners applications, as well as their combination/integration tailor to your specific needs directly in Oracle Cloud.

Let's Jump into the Cloud....

mardi déc. 04, 2012

Understanding Oracle Strategy, Cloud and Engineered Systems

Sometimes small self-explanatory videos are better than long talks... I wanted to share with you today 3 short videos explaining Oracle Strategy, our Cloud positioning and what Engineered Systems bring to your IT. Enjoy...

Oracle Strategy....

… the Cloud...

and Oracle Engineered Systems...

mardi nov. 20, 2012

#OOW 2012 @PARIS...talking Oracle and Clouds, and Optimized Datacenter

For those of you who want to get most out of Oracle technologies to evolve your IT to the Next Wave, I encourage you to register to the up coming Oracle Optimized Datacenter event that will take place in Paris on November 28th. You will get the opportunity to exchange with Oracle experts and customers having successfully evolve their IT by leveraging Oracle technologies. You will also get the latest news on some of the Oracle systems announcements made during OOW 2012.

During this event we will make an update about Oracle and Clouds, from private to public and hybrid models. So in preparing this session, I thought it was a good start to make a status of Cloud Computing in France, and CIO requirements in particular. Starting in 2009 with the first Cloud Camp in Paris, the market has evolved, but the basics are still the same : think hybrid.

From Traditional IT to Clouds

One size doesn't fit all, and for big companies having already an IT in place, there will be parts eligible to external (public) cloud, and parts that would be required to stay inside the firewalls, so ability to integrate both side is key.  None the less, one of the major impact of Cloud Computing trend on IT, reported by Forrester, is the pressure it makes on CIO to evolve towards the same model that end-users are now used to in their day to day life, where self-service and flexibility are paramount. This is what is driving IT to transform itself toward "a Global Service Provider", or for some as "IT "is" the Business" (see : Gartner Identifies Four Futures for IT and CIO), and for both models toward a Private Cloud Service Provider.

In this journey, there is still a big difference between most of existing external Cloud and a firm IT : the number of applications that a CIO has to manage. Most cloud providers today are overly specialized, but at the end of the day, there are really few business processes that rely on only one application. So CIOs has to combine everything together external and internal. And for the internal parts that they will have to make them evolve to a Private Cloud, the scope can be very large. This will often require CIOs to evolve from their traditional approach to more disruptive ones, the time has come to introduce new standards and processes, if they want to succeed.

So let's have a look at the different Cloud models, what type of users they are addressing, what value they bring and most importantly what needs to be done by the  Cloud Provider, and what is left over to the user.

IaaS, PaaS, SaaS : what's provided and what needs to be done

First of all the Cloud Provider will have to provide all the infrastructure needed to deliver the service. And the more value IT will want to provide, the more IT will have to deliver and integrate : from disks to applications. As we can see in the above picture, providing pure IaaS, left a lot to cover for the end-user, that’s why the end-user targeted by this Cloud Service is IT people.

If you want to bring more value to developers, you need to provide to them a development platform ready to use, which is what PaaS is standing for, by providing not only the processors power, storage and OS, but also the Database and Middleware platform.

SaaS being the last mile of the Cloud, providing an application ready to use by business users, the remaining part for the end-users being configuring and specifying the application for their specific usage.

In addition to that, there are common challenges encompassing all type of Cloud Services :

  • Security : covering all aspect, not only of users management but also data flows and data privacy

  • Charge back : measuring what is used and by whom

  • Application management : providing capabilities not only to deploy, but also to upgrade, from OS for IaaS, Database, and Middleware for PaaS, to a full Business Application for SaaS.

  • Scalability : ability to evolve ALL the components of the Cloud Provider stack as needed

  • Availability : ability to cover “always on” requirements

  • Efficiency : providing a infrastructure that leverage shared resources in an efficient way and still comply to SLA (performances, availability, scalability, and ability to evolve)

  • Automation : providing the orchestration of ALL the components in all service life-cycle (deployment, growth & shrink (elasticity), upgrades,...)

  • Management : providing monitoring, configuring and self-service up to the end-users

Oracle Strategy and Clouds

For CIOs to succeed in their Private Cloud implementation, means that they encompass all those aspects for each component life-cycle that they selected to build their Cloud. That’s where a multi-vendors layered approach comes short in terms of efficiency.

That’s the reason why Oracle focus on taking care of all those aspects directly at Engineering level, to truly provide efficient Cloud Services solutions for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. We are going as far as embedding software functions in hardware (storage, processor level,...) to ensure the best SLA with the highest efficiency.

The beauty of it, as we rely on standards, is that the Oracle components that you are running today in-house, are exactly the same that we are using to build Clouds, bringing you flexibility, reversibility and fast path to adoption.

With Oracle Engineered Systems (Exadata, Exalogic & SPARC SuperCluster, more specifically, when talking about Cloud), we are delivering all those components hardware and software already engineered together at Oracle factory, with a single pane of glace for the management of ALL the components through Oracle Enterprise Manager, and with high-availability, scalability and ability to evolve by design. To give you a feeling of what does that bring in terms just of implementation project timeline, for example with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, we have a consistent track of record to have the system plug into existing Datacenter and ready in a week. This includes Oracle Database, OS, virtualization, Database Storage (Exadata Storage Cells in this case), Application Storage, and all network configuration.

This strategy enable CIOs to very quickly build Cloud Services, taking out not only the complexity of integrating everything together but also taking out the automation and evolution complexity and cost.

I invite you to discuss all those aspect in regards of your particular context face2face on November 28th.

mercredi oct. 17, 2012

Understanding what's happening to your VMWare's VM I/O in real-time

Back in California to work for a week with our development teams, I met Art Licht, who pointed me to a very cool 7 minutes video showing how you see and analyze what's going on for each one of your VMWare's VM seating on your ZFS Storage Appliance. I invite you to see the real value this can bring to you and any Infrastructure Cloud Builder or Operator in this short video :

lundi oct. 01, 2012

#OOW 2012 : IaaS, Private Cloud, Multitenant Database, and X3H2M2

The title of this post is a summary of the 4 announcements made by Larry Ellison today, during the opening session of Oracle Open World 2012... To know what's behind X3H2M2, you will have to wait a little, as I will go in order, beginning with the IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service - announcement.

Oracle IaaS goes Public... and Private...

Starting in 2004 with Fusion development, Oracle Cloud was launch last year to provide not only SaaS Application, based on standard development, but also the underlying PaaS, required to build the specifics, and required interconnections between applications, in and outside of the Cloud. Still, to cover the end-to-end Cloud  Services spectrum, we had to provide an Infrastructure as a Service, leveraging our Servers, Storage, OS, and Virtualization Technologies, all "Engineered Together".

This Cloud Infrastructure, was already available for our customers to build rapidly their own Private Cloud either on SPARC/Solaris or x86/Linux... The second announcement made today bring that proposition a big step further : for cautious customers (like Banks, or sensible industries) who would like to benefits from the Cloud value of "as a Service", but don't want their Data out in the Cloud... We propose to them to operate the same systems, Exadata, Exalogic & SuperCluster, that are providing our Public Cloud Infrastructure, behind their firewall, in a Private Cloud model.

Oracle 12c Multitenant Database

This is also a major announcement made today, on what's coming with Oracle Database 12c : the ability to consolidate multiple databases with no extra additional  cost especially in terms of memory needed on the server node, which is often THE consolidation limiting factor. The principle could be compare to Solaris Zones, where, you will have a Database Container, who is "owning" the memory and Database background processes, and "Pluggable" Database in this Database Container. This particular feature is a strong compelling event to evaluate rapidly Oracle Database 12c once it will be available, as this is major step forward into true Database consolidation with Multitenancy on a shared (optimized) infrastructure.

X3H2M2, enabling the new Exadata X3 in-Memory Database

Here we are :  X3H2M2 stands for X3 (the new version of Exadata announced also today) Heuristic Hierarchical Mass Memory, providing the capability to keep most if not all the Data in the memory cache hierarchy. Of course, this is the major software enhancement of the new X3 Exadata machine, but as this is a software, our current customers would be able to benefit from it on their existing systems by upgrading to the new release. But that' not the only thing that we did with X3, at the same time we have upgraded everything :

  • the CPUs, adding more cores per server node (16 vs. 12, with the arrival of Intel E5 / Sandy Bridge),
  • the memory with 256GB memory as well per node,
  •  and the new Flash Fire card, bringing now up to 22 TB of Flash cache.

All of this 4TB of RAM + 22TB of Flash being use cleverly not only for read but also for write by the X3H2M2 algorithm... making a very big difference compare to traditional storage flash extension.

But what does those extra performances brings to you on an already very efficient system: double your performances compare to the fastest storage array on the market today (including flash) and divide you storage price x10 at the same time... Something to consider closely this days... Especially that we also announced the availability of a new Exadata X3-2 8th rack : a good starting point.

As you have seen a major opening for this year again with true innovation. But that was not the only thing that we saw today, as before Larry's talk, Fujitsu did introduce more in deep the up coming new SPARC processor, that they are co-developing with us. And as such Andrew Mendelsohn - Senior Vice President Database Server Technologies came on stage to explain that the next step after I/O optimization for Database with Exadata, was to accelerate the Database at execution level by bringing functions in the SPARC processor silicium. All in all, to process more and more Data... The big theme of the day... and of the Oracle User Groups Conferences that were also happening today and where I had the opportunity to attend some interesting sessions on practical use cases of Big Data one in Finances and Fraud profiling and the other one on practical deployment of Oracle Exalytics for Data Analytics.

In conclusion, one picture to try to size Oracle Open World

... and you can understand why, with such a rich content... and this is only the first day !

mardi avr. 03, 2012

Cloud Computing : publication du volet 3 du Syntec Numérique

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Une vision client/fournisseur réunie autour d'une ébauche de cadre contractuel

Lors de la Cloud Computing World Expo qui se tenait au CNIT la semaine dernière, j'ai assisté à la présentation du nouveau volet du Syntec numérique sur le Cloud Computing et les "nouveaux modèles" induits : modèles économiques, contrats, relations clients-fournisseurs, organisation de la DSI. L'originalité de ce livre blanc vis à vis de ceux déjà existants dans le domaine est de s'être attaché à regrouper l'ensemble des acteurs clients (au travers du CRIP) et fournisseurs, autour d'un cadre de formalisation contractuel, en s'appuyant sur le modèle e-SCM.

Accélération du passage en fournisseur de Services et fin d'une IT en silos ?

Si le Cloud Computing permet d'accélérer le passage de l'IT en fournisseur de services (dans la suite d'ITIL v3), il met également en exergue le challenge pour les DSI d'un modèle en rupture nécessitant des compétences transverses permettant de garantir les qualités attendues d'un service de Cloud Computing :

  • déploiement en mode "self-service" à la demande,
  • accès standardisé au travers du réseau, 
  • gestion de groupes de ressources partagées, 
  • service "élastique" : que l'on peut faire croitre ou diminuer rapidement en fonction de la demande
  • mesurable

On comprendra bien ici, que le Cloud Computing va bien au delà de la simple virtualisation de serveurs. Comme le décrit fort justement Constantin Gonzales dans son blog ("Three Enterprise Principles for Building Clouds"), l'important réside dans le respect du standard de l'interface d'accès au service. Ensuite, la façon dont il est réalisé (dans le nuage), est de la charge et de la responsabilité du fournisseur. A lui d'optimiser au mieux pour être compétitif, tout en garantissant les niveaux de services attendus.

Pour le fournisseur de service, bien entendu, il faut maîtriser cette implémentation qui repose essentiellement sur l'intégration et l'automatisation des couches et composants nécessaires... dans la durée... avec la prise en charge des évolutions de chacun des éléments.

Pour le client, il faut toujours s'assurer de la réversibilité de la solution au travers du respect des standards... Point également abordé dans le livre blanc du Syntec, qui rappelle les points d'attention et fait un état des lieux de l'avancement des standards autour du Cloud Computing.

En vous souhaitant une bonne lecture...

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lundi oct. 10, 2011

Oracle Open World 2011 : Very Big (again) !

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Oracle Open World continue a battre des records aussi bien en terme d'audience avec plus de 45000 personnes que de contenus, avec plus de 2000 sessions, sans parler des annonces majeures qui ont eu lieu cette année et sur lesquelles je vais revenir dans ce poste, jour par jour.

Premier jour : Engineered Systems

L'évènement a été lancé avec une "key notes" 100% matériel, autour des Engineered Systems, avec un rappel du succès d'Exadata et d'Exalogic, et du pourquoi : massivement parallèle à tous les niveaux, avec en plus la compression des données pour pouvoir bouger beaucoup de données, beaucoup plus vite qu'une architecture traditionnelle, le tout basé sur un coeur infiniband... Conception poussée jusqu'au processeur avec le T4 et Solaris côté système d'exploitation, qui aboutissent a un nouvel "Engineered Systems", le Supercluster, pour proposer la solution la plus adaptée (intégrée) sur le terrain des applications utiles à l'Entreprise (Java/Database). Pour le partie calcul géométrique, ce sera la prochaine étape...

""Cette première "key notes" s'est conclue toujours sur du "Hardware and Software Engineered to work together", pour délivrer des résultats "plus vite que la pensée" avec l'Exalytics, qui s'interface de préférence avec un Exadata, mais pas seulement... pourquoi pas votre SAP, pour en tirer des analyses très rapide sur une volumétrie de données importante, que l'on arrive à faire tenir dans 1 TB de RAM, grâce à des technologies de... [Read more][Read More]

lundi mai 30, 2011

DSI, Technologies Clés 2015 & Stratégie Oracle

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Trois éléments m'ont poussé à écrire ces quelques lignes : (1) les préoccupations des DSI face au Cloud Computing, (2) la sortie du rapport sur les technologies clés 2015,  publié en ce début d'année par le Ministère de l'économie, des finances et de l'industrie, et (3) la venue la semaine dernière à Paris du responsable du développement des Solutions Optimisées au sein d'Oracle.

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Eric Bezille-Oracle


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