By Mat Keep on Jul 06, 2011
Virtualizing all parts of today’s software infrastructure has become a priority for many. Creating a more flexible and dynamic environment with improved availability enables organizations to accelerate innovation, reduce time to market, cut costs and deliver higher uptime.
Databases have rarely been the first candidates for virtualization – mainly as a result of fears in consolidating such critical resources, and in I/O overhead that may have degraded service levels. However with improvements in hypervisor designs coupled with more powerful commodity server hardware and repeatable best practices, many of these concerns are rapidly diminishing.
It was in this context that we began development of the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition, making the world’s leading web database radically simpler to deploy, manage, and support in a virtualized environment.
Along with the development team, we will be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday July 13th where we will introduce the Template and demonstrate how to deploy it in production environments.
We will show how, in 1-click, users can download the Oracle VM Template - providing a pre-installed, pre-configured, pre-tested virtualized MySQL instance running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, packaged and certified for production deployment.
With the download complete, users simply import the template into the Oracle VM Manager and then configure for their local environment via a self-running first boot script. The image is then provisioned to the Oracle VM Server Pool where it is ready for use. It is simple to clone the image to create multiple MySQL instances in seconds and customize the template with additional software stacks to create new Golden Images.
In addition to rapid deployment, users also benefit from the integrated High Availability technologies that are part of the Template. Oracle VM provides native clustering mechanisms that can detect failures in the underlying server, VM or MySQL instances and automatically fail over to the other nodes in the VM Server Pool. User can configure the recovery to a specific server, or can allow Oracle VM to load balance the recovery to any server in the pool.
With downtime resulting from scheduled maintenance activities now representing the majority of outages in today’s data centers, Oracle VM also offers live migration. A user can initiate the migration of a running MySQL instance to another server across secure SSL links, without downtime.
And of course, users can receive support for the entire stack – from hypersior to database – from Oracle, eliminating all that nasty finger pointing that you might find with other VM / Database combinations.
We’ve created a couple of resources you can use to get started with the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition:
- Register for the live webinar on July 13th. Don’t worry if you can’t make it – by registering you will automatically be notified when the replay is available
- Download the new whitepaper which discusses the components of the template, and then how to download, configure and deploy it.
In summary, integrating MySQL Enterprise Edition with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, the Oracle VM Template for MySQL is the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to provision virtualized MySQL instances. By using the template, users are able to meet the explosive demand for web-based services with a low Total Cost of Ownership, while providing a foundation for cloud computing. So download, kick back, and relax.....