Tuesday Mar 01, 2016

ODA IB Driver Update

With the Appliance Manager 12.1.2.6 release, a new Infini-Band driver has been included.  To apply the fix, you must first update your ODA to the 12.1.2.6 release.

If you swapped out the IB cards for SFP+ cards, this does not apply to you.

****If you ‘moved’ the interconnect from the IB port to the 10GbE port, please contact Oracle Support to provide the steps to move the interconnect back to IB ports.*****

For everyone else that is using the IB port for the interconnect, please run the following command to update the IB drivers.

/opt/oracle/oak/bin/infiniFixSetup.py

This IB update is important to run on the ODA Virtualized deployments, but it can also be run on bare metal as well.

To verify that the IB Driver update has been applied on both Dom0 and Dom1 (odabase),  run the following command.  The output should show 1.

# cat /opt/oracle/oak/conf/ib_fix

1

 

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Why Virtualized Platform is the best deployment option for Oracle Database Appliance

Recently a user asked, what are the considerations for using the Virtualized Platform configuration or the Bare Metals configuration on Oracle Database Appliance? Certainly, the Virtualized Platform configuration seems to provide everything that the Bare Metals configuration does plus more.

Listed below are some of the considerations for why you may want to prefer to use the Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform option.

1. A single hardware environment for deploying both database and applications

2. Database runs in a Virtual Machine (ODA_BASE) with direct access to storage (for native performance)

3. Control licensed CPUs by configuring ODA_BASE domain with the required number of CPU cores (and memory)

4. CPU cores (and memory) not assigned to the ODA_BASE domain are not wasted and are available for use by other, non-database Virtual Machiness

5. Oracle provided pre-configured VM application templates enable rapid deployment for both the database and applications

7. Use VLAN to provide separate networks to different Virtual Machines

8. Use shared repository to grow storage for VM repository

9. No VM expertise needed; Oracle Appliance Manager (oakcli) makes it easy to setup and manage the virtualized environment

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