jeudi oct. 29, 2015

#OOW15 Oracle: your Infrastructure Provider ?

As explained by Dave Donatelli during today's Keynote: Cloud is changing everything. Especially disrupting the business model of infrastructure providers. To succeed today, you have to have a Cloud Strategy and a Cloud to offer to your customer, as it has several benefits:

  • Offering customers the right solution for the job: being either in the Cloud or on-premise
  • Learn and improve your development at every level thanks to your Cloud operations that need to work at a large scale
  • Maximizing your R&D investment as you are not only building for your customers but also for your Cloud
And this is exactly Oracle Strategy.

Here, we are going beyond a pure performance gain, we are looking at efficiency. Any improvement made, not only benefit to customers, it is also benefiting to us by optimizing our Cloud, that's why we want to be the best. As stated by John Fowler: the better we do the Platform, the less we have to build multimillion $ Datacenter link to its associated hydro-electric plant ! That's why we are so serious about it.

So, why Oracle as your infrastructure provider ?

Because we need everything to build our Cloud efficiently, and we are engineering everything toward the new Cloud architecture:

  • Archive: our biggest customers are the big Clouds
  • Backup: from Tapes to disks with ZFS up to our unique Zero Data Lost Recovery Appliance for even greater efficiency
  • Storage: the market is moving to full flash, but need a new architecture to match change and we have this architecture.
  • Networking: to get the best efficiency, Network is a key part, here again we have the technology
  • Compute: we cover from the just announced M7 servers, x86, up to Engineered Systems
  • OS: we are developing our Oracle Linux, Solaris and Oracle VM
  • Integration: Tight all those things together  for maximum efficiency because we engineered the Database, Middleware, and the whole Suite of Applications... We can co engineered: we are unique
  • Security: we have it across the stack, especially with the new M7 servers announcement and its unique Security on Silicon for a fully encrypted Datacenter
  • Management: one way to navigate between public and private
  • Support: One phone call for support

Having the ownership of all the components allow us to put the right function/feature at the right place: allowing for maximum efficiency.

This efficiency is even adopted at very large scale as demonstrated by several customers during many Oracle Open World sessions, like the Customer Panel on Big Data and Data warehouses. As such, the CERN to effectively manage and run the LHC with reduce IT involvement did replace a Do-It-Yourselves approach by a whole Oracle Engineered Systems for its Big Data implementation. As this was also illustrated during Neil Mendelson's Big Data and Analytic Strategy session: we are using the same technologies that we deliver to you on-premise and in our Cloud, and that we are keeping to improve for better efficiency at all level of the stack with the complete flexibility on where you want to operate back and force with a 100% hybrid Cloud model.

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....

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 :


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