Introducing Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone's Workload and Exadata expansion templates

July 24, 2023 | 5 minute read
Fabio Bonisoli
Sr. Principal Product Manager
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In the fast-paced world of enterprise technology, businesses are constantly seeking ways to optimize their operations, enhance performance, and maximize productivity. As a global leader in cloud infrastructure and database solutions, Oracle understands these needs. To help our customers more quickly adopt Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), we’re announcing two exciting new features of the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone (OELZ): Workload expansion and Exadata expansion.

These additions are designed to empower organizations with more scalability and flexibility while utilizing the power of Oracle's cloud services and accelerating their business. When you have the OELZ already deployed in your tenancy, these new templates help you efficiently, quickly, and securely set up the Oracle tenancy that hosts your applications rather than the Exadata infrastructure. Imagine that the OELZ is a custom Lego construction and that templates, such as the Workload and Exadata expansions, are add-on bricks that complete your project.

In this blog post, we explore these features in detail, showcasing their benefits and potential for transforming your business.

Advantages of the new OELZ templates

By utilizing OCI, the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone, Workload expansion, and Exadata expansion offer the following key advantages:

  • Flexibility and agility: The Workload expansion and Exadata expansion templates provide the ability to add or remove workloads based on customer requirements.  So, businesses can be more flexible and focus on their workloads rather than on the infrastructure, which allows them to focus on evolving customer demands, seizing new opportunities, and accelerating innovation.
  • Improving automation: By using the Terraform modular approach of the OELZ, you can now add the Workload and Exadata expansion templates within the continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipeline to speed up deployment and increase automation.
  • Expanded security and compliance: OCI provides robust security measures and compliance certifications and services that help our customers protect their sensitive data. Cloud Guard and Vulnerability Scanning were already deployed on OELZ. Workload expansion and Exadata expansion add an extra layer of security by enabling Data Safe Cloud to increase the security posture of our customers’ databases.
  • Simplified migration: Migrating existing, on-premises Exadata workloads to the cloud is made easier with Oracle's migration tools and expertise. Exadata expansion simplifies the migration process, enabling a seamless transition and minimizing disruption to business operations preparing the Exadata Cloud Infrastructure within the OELZ. In the same way, the Workload expansion prepares all key components at the infrastructure level to host a two- or three-tier application.

What is the Workload expansion?

The new Workload expansion template within the OEZL enables organizations to effortlessly scale their workloads in the cloud. With the Workload expansion, businesses can quickly deploy and manage more workloads, regardless of their size or complexity. The template sets up the infrastructure on top of the existing OELZ to host a three-tier application (Web, app, and database) from the point of view of identity, security, monitoring, and network. You can also enable Oracle Data Safe in simple mode to increase the security posture at the database level. When Data Safe is enabled, you can register the databases and start the security assessment.

The template creates the following groups to manage the application in autonomous mode:

  • Workload admin: Complete workload management within the compartment
  • Application admin: Manages the instances and object storage within the compartment
  • Database admin: Manage the database and autonomous database created within the compartment and configures Data Safe
  • Data Safe Reports: Manages Data Safe assessments and reads reports

To learn more about the Workload expansion and its implementation, visit the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone GitHub repository.

 What is the Exadata expansion?

Preparing to utilize Exadata infrastructure in OCI can sometimes be time-consuming and complex. The Exadata expansion template can allow you to integrate and prepare the environment to host your Exadata infrastructure within the OELZ and keep your infrastructure in order in OCI. This template also enables Oracle Data Safe to improve the database security posture.

The template creates the following groups that are responsible for managing the Exadata infrastructure in autonomous mode:

  • Workload admin: Complete management of the workload within the compartment.
  • Application admin: Manages the instances and object storage within the compartment.
  • Exadata Infra admin: Manages all the Exadata clusters within the compartment
  • Database admin: Manages the database and autonomous database created within the compartment and configures Data Safe
  • Data Safe reports: Manages Data Safe evaluations and reads reports

For more detailed information about the Exadata expansion, visit the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone GitHub repository.

How to use Workload and Exadata expansions withing your CI/CD pipeline

The following example shows how you can integrate the Workload and Exadata expansion templates into an Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone deployment using OCI native services:

 

OELZ - CICD - Common Patterns

  1. The Platform engineer performs the clone or fork of the public repo within its private repo where it performs the code changes.
  2. The Platform engineer creates an OCI Resource Manager (ORM) stack.
  3. The Platform engineer deploys the stack of the OELZ into their tenancy.
  4. If they want to update the code or a new version is released, they update the private repo.
  5. The Platform engineer updates the first ORM stack.
  6. The Platform engineer deploys future and incremental updates.
  7. The DevOps App engineer can add another template (In this example, the Workload expansion).
  8. The DevOps App engineer creates a second ORM stack.
  9. The DevOps App engineer deploys the second ORM Stack into their tenancy.
  10. If they want to update the code of that template, they update the private repo.
  11. The DevOps App engineer updates the second ORM stack.
  12. The DevOps App engineer deploys future and incremental updates.
  13. After that, the DevOps App engineer prepares the code to deploy into their environment.
  14. The DevOps App engineer deploys into the environment's infrastructure previously created. 

Conclusion

Try out the Workload and Exadata expansions available in the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone repository for yourself! Stay tuned to find out what other features are released soon.

In the meantime, if you want to further explore how to use the Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone with a three-tier application that uses the workload expansion template, we invite you to try the new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure LiveLab, Accelerate Your Journey to OCI Using Oracle Enterprise Landing Zone.

Fabio Bonisoli

Sr. Principal Product Manager


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