Solutions Nirvana

NirvanaNirvana is described as a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self. One would associate none of these attributes with meaningful enterprise solutions. Indeed, many of us have experienced "solutions hell" most of our careers: cobbled together, evolving like a pride of feral cats in your neighborhood, to the point where at best the solution's long-term maintenance is viewed as "job security" by the sys admins – and "the money pit" by the CFO.

"Solutions nirvana" would probably involve the total absence of hardware and software. Even better, how about problems that solve themselves: that's what we really want! Time to wake up from this lovely daydream... Fortunately, there is a way to bring peace to your enterprise: build your IT solutions from carefully designed architectures with pre-tested components and configurations. Like Oracle Optimized Solutions.

I remember a decade ago Sun tried creating specialized solutions packages built around "VOS," the Veritas/Oracle/Sun combination. Lots of engineering went into these, but the results weren't what we hoped: they were both too rigid and didn't complete enough of the stack. They were fundamentally too general. The Oracle Optimized Solutions go a lot farther because each is optimized to a different stack.

I mentioned last week that we had just published a new optimized solution. I'd also like to mention that we updated a passel of previously published Oracle Optimized Solutions. These are all larger technical white papers. Just in case you missed them, these are:

All of these papers will help you understand how we fit the pieces together. We now know there is no one-size-fits-all, but one of these integrated stacks may provide a rational starting point for your move toward solutions nirvana.

- Kemer

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