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.

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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Eric Bezille-Oracle


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