Announcing the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution summer release

August 29, 2022 | 6 minute read
Sheryl Sage
Sr, Principal Product Manager
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Many businesses are embracing the operational simplicity and elasticity of the cloud. Migrating entire VMware-based data centers to the cloud has compelling economics, especially when facing hardware refreshes, capital expenses, labor shortages, and sustainability challenges. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is ideal for multiple hybrid cloud scenarios, such as using VMware vCenter to link your data center to the cloud, so that as your apps move, they can take full advantage of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services like data and storage.

In April, we announced the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution Spring ’22 release featuring new bare metal BM.DenseIO.E4 shapes with up to 128 core configurations. Powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, these instances provide up to 2 TB of RAM, 100 Gbps of overall network bandwidth, and 54.4 TB of raw NVMe internal disk. We announced OCI File Storage (NFSv3) for storing structured or unstructured resources to 8 exabytes, ESXi shielded instances, OCI Monitoring and Notifications services to receive alerts by email, PagerDuty, and Slack. Since this time, we’ve seen significant adoption of these new compute shapes for memory-intensive and storage-intensive VMware workloads.

Oracle Cloud VMware Solution customer growth

We have been honored to partner with many new customers over the past few months, including Aya Bank, Dai Nippon Printing, Prophecy International, National Stock Exchange of India, and Cybereason as they retired legacy hardware or moved new VMware workloads to the cloud. Instead of having to rearchitect, retrain, or refactor their applications, they used Oracle Cloud VMware Solution to achieve greater cloud economics with the same predictability, security, and control of VMware workloads on-premises. For example, AYA Bank chose Oracle to extend their on-premises environment and was able to improve total cost of ownership (TCO) and operational efficiency.

“Oracle Cloud VMware Solution takes just a matter of hours to move workloads into the cloud as we need them while keeping the full security credentials intact,” said Minn Wint Oo, deputy managing director and chief technology officer of AYA Bank. “Overall, we have seen a 55% lower annual TCO, paving the way for us to move more VMware workloads in the future.”

Data growth and storage is a top cloud priority

Data is the lifeblood of any business, and we’ve heard from many customers that it’s a top priority. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution includes VMware vSAN, which provides cluster-wide storage for storage virtualization with local NVMe, but many storage-intensive workloads need to scale horizontally with secondary storage.

We’re excited to announce our Summer ’22 release, which includes support for OCI Block storage through iSCSI as an external secondary data store. This availabilty allows you to scale secondary storage by combining the power of OCI Block Storage without adding more hosts. Furthermore, customers intending to use Oracle Cloud VMware Solution as a disaster recovery site can use block storage to deploy a minimal software-defined data center (SDDC) with three hosts and use disaster recovery products with block storage to keep the overall costs low.

New Summer ’22 release features

  • iSCSI Block Storage data store: To scale the storage of Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, you can now connect to certified OCI Block Storage through iSCSI as an external storage option. This capability allows you to scale the storage of your VMware environment to secondary OCI data stores, just as you would connecting to an iSCSI endpoint. With gaining advanced, low-latency SSDs, the strain on your host is offloaded. Block Storage provides high IOPS to OCI, and data is stored redundantly across storage servers with built-in repair mechanisms with a 99.99% uptime SLA.

  • Single-host SDDC: Oracle Cloud VMware Solution single-host SDDCs are available on all supported hardware shapes with hourly and monthly billing options. Ideal for test and development use cases, a single-host SDDC can support your cloud migration strategy with proofs of concept before scaling your SDDC to a full production environment, migrations with VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension, VMware vMotion for live migrations, and cold migrations. Learn more about how to get started with a single host, test, and development use cases in this blog.

  • Reserved capacity pool: Capacity reservations allow you to reserve Oracle Cloud VMware Solution compute in advance so that the capacity is available for your VMware workloads when you need it. When a host is in a reserve capacity pool, billing is based on the reserved pricing until the host is provisioned. After the host is provisioned, it switches to the SKU pricing based on the commitment interval selected. You have no minimum time or size commitment. Unused reserve capacity is metered differently than used reserved capacity. For more information, see the Oracle Compute Cloud Services section of the Oracle PaaS and IaaS Universal Credits Service Description.

  • Expanded global regions: Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is available globally in 39 cloud regions, 21 countries, with dual regions available in 10 countries. OCI services US and UK governments and the US Department of Defense with distinct regions that meet specific security, compliance, and other tenancy requirements. New commercial regions include a second region in Paris, France, and on June 30, Oracle became the first hyperscaler to open a region in Querétaro, Mexico.

  • Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer: Oracle has a unique hybrid cloud dedicated region Cloud@Customer which offers Oracle Cloud Services on the customer’s premises. This option provides customers with access to all cloud services with the same service level agreements (SLAs) for availability, performance, and APIs for simplified management. Dedicated regions are ideal for data residency requirements and latency-sensitive applications, delivering the scale of public cloud, such as bare metal compute, virtual machines (VMs), and database services that Oracle manages end to end.

  • In-place upgrade support: Oracle Cloud VMware Solution provides support for provisioning vSphere 6.5, 6.7, and 7.0, while these versions are in the general support phase from VMware, as defined by the VMware life cycle policy. Oracle also provides commercially reasonable support for provisioning of vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 environments after they end general support from VMware on October 15, 2022 and enter the technical guidance phase on November 15, 2023. As this time approaches, refer to this VMware blog for more guidance. New in-place upgrade support provides service automation for updates with some manual steps to enable you to perform an upgrade with your existing SDDC, performing a rolling upgrade of the host to bring it up to the latest VMware software version. The process involves upgrading the older SDDC and licenses, upgrading each host, and removing the old host. The new upgraded SDDC and hosts continue with the same billing interval. To learn more, refer to the Oracle Cloud VMware Solution documentation.

  • Third-party validations: The ability to safeguard your data is critically important as customers expand their cloud workloads. Oracle is partnering with Veaam, Rubrik, Veritas, and Commvault to protect mission-critical VMware workloads with reliable, scalable, and high-performance data protection. Visit the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to learn more about protecting your VMware workloads on OCI.

Conclusion

Learn more about these features on our product page and how to get started in our documentation and details on storage pricing are available on our pricing page.

If you’re attending VMware Explore (US) this week in San Francisco, grab a seat at these Oracle Cloud + VMware Explore sessions, or stop by the Oracle booth #1303 for product demos and a more in-depth discussion. We’d love to meet you!

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Sheryl Sage

Sr, Principal Product Manager


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