Monday Mar 04, 2013

What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud

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That's what your private cloud will look like if you do it wrong. And there are so many things that can go wrong.

Oracle offers several ways to set up your own private cloud. Richard Friedman describes what's involved in not only deploying it with Oracle VM, but managing it.

Article: What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud

Here are three excerpts:

"A few days ago I had dinner with my friend Dave. He’s a systems administrator for his company’s private cloud. Until recently, his company had relied on a mashup of customized applications, scripts, and handwritten procedures for doing everything from allocating storage to users to provisioning virtualized servers, updating and patching operating systems, and deploying applications over the network. He had been complaining for months about the difficulties of trying to satisfy requests from users and clients quickly and how these custom environments were becoming more and more unreliable and difficult to maintain...

"Organizations typically follow a layered approach to implementing a cloud. The proper layering is important not only from an architecture perspective, but also from an organizational perspective. As Dave mentioned, he has specialized storage administrators for managing storage; sysadmins for managing servers and the operating system infrastructure; and database, middleware, and application administrators for higher layers of the stack. "The cloud is like an orchestra," he said; all these performers play in unison, while being still accountable for their respective components...

"Dave also pointed out that to make his new private cloud fully operational, he needed self-service, elasticity, and chargeback capabilities, and the ability to integrate with third-party components, such as a help desk implementation. Moreover, to offer platform as a service (PaaS) capabilities, the infrastructure management has to be done within the context of platform components, such as the database and middleware. This is where Oracle Enterprise Manager fits in. It can work seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager to provide a fully automated, self-service, capacity-on-demand environment."

Don't do it wrong. Read Richard's article.

- Rick

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Monday Feb 18, 2013

Three Oracle VM Hands-On Labs On OTN

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We put the hands-on labs from the virtualization track of the OTN Virtual Sysadmin Days on OTN.

Lab 1 - Deploying an IaaS Environment with Oracle VM

Planning and deployment of an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment with Oracle VM as the foundation. Storage capacity planning, LUN creation, network bandwidth planning, and best practices for designing and streamlining the environment so that it's easy to manage.

Lab 2 - How to Virtualize and Deploy Oracle Applications in Minutes with Oracle VM

How to deploy Oracle applications in minutes with Oracle VM Templates. Find out what Oracle VM Templates are and how they work. Deploy an actual Oracle VM Template for an Oracle application. Plan your deployment to streamline ongoing updates and upgrades.

Lab 3 - Deploying a Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM 3.x and the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

This hands-on lab will demonstrate what Oracle’s enterprise cloud infrastructure for x86 can do, and how it works with Oracle VM 3.x. How to create VMs. How to migrate VMs. How to deploy Oracle applications quickly and easily with Oracle VM Templates. How to use the Storage Connect plug-in for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance.

By the way, the picture of that ranch in Colorado was taken by my good friend
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- Rick

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Friday Feb 15, 2013

Sysadmins Rejoice! OVM 3.2.1 Includes a Full-Featured CLI

Remember this famous scene from English History? The French accent of the castle guard was so thick I couldn't understand him, but I think that at one point he said "I spit on your graphical user interface." Proof that sysadmins were alive and well in the time of King Arthur.

CLI Documentation

Sysadmins will have cause to taunt English royalty a second time because the command line interface (CLI) of the recently released Oracle VM 3.2.1 has been expanded to include all the capabilities of the (ptui!) graphical user interface (GUI). That means scripts. Boo-yah! It supports public-key authentication, too. Find docs here.

Other Cool Stuff

Oracle VM Manager used to manage only your x86 virtual machines. Now it manages your SPARC systems, too. Create server pools, create virtual machines, and manage networking and storage in the same way, using the same tool. Details here.

You can use MySQL as your backend repository. Just use the Simple installation, which will locally install the default MySQL database that is packaged with the Oracle VM Manager installer. Details here.

You can install the osv-support-tools meta-package for easier integration with Oracle support tools. (sudo is now part of osv-support-tools.) Details here.

More Resources

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Friday Sep 14, 2012

New Hands-On Labs For Oracle VM

I just spent some time walking through the labs that Christophe Pauliat and Olivier Canonge prepared to help you become familiar with Oracle VM. They are terrific. We will offer them for the first time at Oracle Open World. Because they require some pre-work and 16Gigs of memory, we are supplying the laptops for the participants.

Lab 1: Deploying Infrastructure as a Service with Oracle VM

Session ID: HOL9558
Tuesday October 2nd, 2012
10:15am – 11:15am
Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15

Planning and deployment of an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment with Oracle VM as the foundation. Storage capacity planning, LUN creation, network bandwidth planning, and best practices for designing and streamlining the environment so that it's easy to manage.

Lab 2: Virtualize and Deploy Oracle Applications Using Oracle VM Templates

Session ID: HOL9559
Tuesday October 2nd, 2012
11:45am – 12:45pm
Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15

How to deploy Oracle applications in minutes with Oracle VM Templates. Step-by-step lab proctored by field-experienced engineers and product experts. Covers:

  • Find out what Oracle VM Templates are and how they work
  • Deploy an actual Oracle VM Template for an Oracle Application
  • Plan your deployment to streamline on going updates and upgrades

Lab 3: x86 Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM 3.x and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Session ID: HOL 9870
Wednesday, 3 Oct, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Salon 14/15

This hands-on lab will demonstrate what Oracle’s enterprise cloud infrastructure for x86 can do, and how it works with Oracle VM 3.x. It covers:

  • How to create VMs
  • How to migrate VMs
  • How to deploy Oracle applications quickly and easily with Oracle VM Templates
  • How to use the Storage Connect plug-in for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance

Additional Virtualization Resources for Sysadmins

- Rick

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Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

Whole Lotta Virtualization Goin' On

Lately we've published a lot of content about virtualization. Here's a sampling.

Podcat: Technology Preview of Transcendent Memory

Turns out that in a virtual environment, RAM is the bottleneck. Not because it's slow, it's not, but because each CPU still had to use its own RAM. Which gets expensive. In this podcast, Dan Magenheimer describes how Oracle and the open source community taught the guest kernel in Oracle Linux to share its memory with other CPU's. Transcendent memory will wind up saving large data centers a lot of money. Find out how.

Tech Article: How to Use Oracle VM Templates

This article describes how to prepare an Oracle VM environment to use Oracle VM Templates, how to obtain a template, and how to deploy the template to your Oracle VM environment. It also describes how to create a virtual machine based on that template and how you can clone the template and change the clone's configuration.

Tech Article: How to Set Up a Load Balanced Application Across Two Oracle Solaris Zones

Install Apache Tomcat on two Oracle Solaris zones. Connect them across a VPN. And let the Integrated Load Balancer in Oracle Solaris 11 manage traffic. Presto: high(er) availability in a single server.

Tech Article: How to Install Oracle RAC on Oracle Solaris Zone Clusters

Learn how to implement a multi-tiered database environment that isolates database tiers and administrative domains, while taking advantage of centralized (and simpler) cluster admin.

For fans of Jerry Lee Lewis

If you're a fan of Jerry Lee Lewis, you might enjoy this video.

- Rick

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Friday Feb 17, 2012

Hack With Your Closest Friends

Next Xen Hackathon

The next Xen Hackathon will be held at the Oracle campus in Santa Clara, California, March 6, 7, and 8. Provided the world does not end before then.

When: March 6th – March 8th, 2012
Where:4030 George Sellon Circle, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
Sign Up List: Attendees (To add yourself, log in or create a wiki account)

Who Should Attend?

Anybody who is interested in working on, writing about, or learning more about:

  • Xen Hypervisor
  • Xen components in the Linux kernel (PVOPS developers)
  • Project Kronos and the Xen cloud platform using XCP
  • Xen on ARM and MIPS

Doc writers and developers working on and other aspects of Xen, XCP, XenARM and related projects are also welcome.

Why Should I Attend?

To meet face to face with other Xen developers, coordinate projects, write code, and collaborate. The Xen Hackathon is a self-organizing event, where you can work on concrete problems around the Xen codebase in small, self-organizing groups.

Xen Hackathons is also a great opportunity for companies and open source projects built on Xen, XCP, or commercially based Xen products to test their code against the latest open source baselines. And fix problems.

What Is Xen?

Xen in a hypervisor that runs on several hardware platforms and hosts multiple operating systems. For more info:

Why Is Oracle Sponsoring The Xen Hackathon?

Oracle supported the Xen community for a long time. The Xen hypervisor is an integral component of Oracle VM, part of Oracle’s cloud infrastructure. See more virtualization-related content here:

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Monday May 23, 2011

OTN Doesn't Do Advertising

A couple of the guys at the first OTN Sysadmin Day told me they thought the Highlights Panel on the OTN Systems Home Page was advertising. (The Highlights Panel is the one with the pictures in it.)

There's nothing wrong with advertising and, frankly, in spite of the (mostly) lousy ads during recent Super Bowls, I watch the Super Bowl as much for the ads as for the games. But I want to make it clear that the Oracle Technology Network doesn't do advertising. So you can rest assured that, even if you see text over a picture, it's the same type of technical info you'll find everywhere else on OTN.

In fact, the Highlights Panel contains some of our most important news about upcoming technical events (such as OTN's First Sysadmin Day), OTN Live videos (such as Chris Baker's exposition on the Oracle Solaris optimizations for x86 hardware), and latest downloads such as the latest Pre-Built VirtualBox Images for Solaris or Linux Developers. Which, fittingly enough, why we refer to it as the Headlines Panel. :-)

Read it with full confidence. Click on it without fear. And, please, let us know if you have any other questions (or gripes) about how OTN works.

- Rick
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