Friday Mar 28, 2014

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest at Collaborate 2014!

Calling All Heroes - Join the Quest!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest is launching at Collaborate 2014!  Sponsored by the IOUG, OAUG and Quest user groups, you can attend this exclusive sci-fi movie screening as a pre-conference workshop at Collaborate on Monday, April 7, Venetian Hotel, Lido 3003.  If you and your organization are on a journey to the cloud, join us to watch Cyrus Agarwal and the crew of the starship Stratus on their voyage to the mysterious cloud planet, Terranuvem.   To get there, Cyrus and the crew will test the limits of technology, tenacity and human ingenuity.  Watch the movie trailer here.

 After the film, you'll learn how to build, deploy and deliver private clouds that enable IT organizations to provide the business with greater agility, lower cost and lower risk.  Along the way, you just might become a cloud hero, too!

see the detailed agenda here

If you are unable to attend the event at Collaborate, please join us in our global tour, coming to a city near you, complete schedule of events around the world is here.

Friday Oct 25, 2013

State of Texas delivers Private Cloud Services powered by Oracle Technology

State of Texas moved to private cloud infrastructure and delivering Infrastructure as a Service , Database as a Service and other Platform as a Service offerings to their 28 state agencies. Todd Kimbriel, Director of eGovernment Division at State of Texas attended Oracle Open World and talked with Oracle's John Foley about their private cloud services offering.


Later, Todd participated in the keynote panel of Database as a Service Online Forum> along with Carl Olofson,IDC analyst , Juan Loaiza,SVP Oracle and couple of other Oracle customers. He discussed the IT challenges of  government organizations like state of Texas and the benefits of transitioning to Private cloud including database as a service .

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Accelerating Your Journey to Self-Service IT with Technology Solutions from Oracle and Partners

At the Oracle Open World 2013, I was really pleased to see many Oracle customers sharing their story of accelerating their journey to Self-Service IT or private cloud leveraging the technology solutions from Oracle and partners.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager General session at Oracle Open World 2013 highlighted the efforts of everyday heroes who are driving their IT organizations’ journeys to a more efficient and agile IT. These heroes - 5 Oracle ACEs and 2 other enterprise Manager customers , shared their experiences in deploying and managing large-footprint Oracle stack environments encompassing Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle engineered systems.

The general session also covered Oracle Enterprise Manager’s own journey as a product in this context and also gave a sneak preview of what’s to come.

Many other customers, for example, Bank of America, Norwey's NAV, Mercy Hospital shared their experience during their journey to private cloud and offering Database as a Service or Middleware as a Service via a self-service portal.

Many partners showcased their private cloud solutions and announced new products at Oracle Open World. Dell announced integration of their Open Manage solution with Oracle Enterprise Manager during Michael Dell's keynote.

 EMC announced their new Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in for their storage during Jeremy Burton's keynote .


Another key highlight for me was the sessions from Oracle user group members on Sunday, September 22nd. Attendance, engagement and interaction during these sessions were really amazing.

If you missed these sessions, want to review what you learned, or spread the knowledge to others, now you can download most of the sessions presented at Oracle OpenWorld. There are two ways to access the sessions for download (or online review):

  1. Directly through Content Catalog
  2. Indirectly through Schedule Builder to Content Catalog (registered attendees only)

In addition , you can learn more about accelerating your journey to self-service IT by going Zero to Cloud resource page.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest at Oracle OpenWorld!

 Calling All Heroes - Join the Quest!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest is about to launch. Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and join the crew of the star cruiser Stratus as they prepare for their journey to the Cloud. This sci-fi action adventure takes you to the outer reaches of the universe. Join the crew in their quest for the mysterious cloud planet – Terranuvem.

Visit the Cloud Odyssey Booth at Oracle OpenWorld - Moscone West 4048

  • Have your photo taken as one of the crew
  • Get a sneak preview of the two minute trailer for the forthcoming movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest
  • Speak to an Oracle expert about Oracle Private Cloud solutions
  • Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest

In addition, start YOUR journey to the cloud with some must-see sessions at Oracle OpenWorld:

Cloud Keynotes:

  • Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together, Tues. Sep. 24 8-10:00am Moscone North Hall D
  • Cloud Keynote – Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Tues. Sep. 24, 1:30-3:15pm Moscone North Hall 

Cloud General Sessions:

Be sure to visit the multitude of cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, including conference sessions, demos and Hands On Labs.

If you’re unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld, you can join the crew for the Cloud Odyssey journey at:

https://www.facebook.com/CloudOdyssey


Friday Jul 12, 2013

Plug into the Cloud

With the latest release, Oracle Database 12c provides tremendous new capability to enable cloud computing. A new architecture enables greatly simplified database consolidation with no changes to your applications. This new architecture uses a new option, Oracle Multitenant, allowing you to “plug into the cloud” with a multitenant container database that can hold one to many pluggable databases. This greatly increases scalability and server utilization, allowing you to manage many databases as one, all while retaining the complete isolation of separate databases, without changing any application code or access rights.

Each application can then have its own dedicated pluggable database, to ensure complete data isolation and the resource prioritization of separate workloads. Each pluggable database is plugged in to a multitenant container database (CDB), so an administrator only has to deal with administering and managing the one CDB, literally providing the ability to “manage many as one”! This makes it easy to consolidate multiple databases onto private clouds without changing any applications, and still be in complete control of all resources.

This new architecture is designed for cloud, provides efficient consolidation, with rapid provisioning and cloning of databases, along with easier and faster upgrades and patching. With Oracle Multitenant you can quickly and easily plug into the cloud!

Attend the Webcast to learn more about Oracle Database 12c's new multitenant architecture. Be the first to learn how to:

  • Simplify database consolidation
  • Automatically compress and tier data
  • Improve application continuity
  • Redact sensitive data

Wednesday May 08, 2013

State Of Texas -Best Practices for Technology Delivery in the Public Sector

Many customers in the Public Sector are asking what a cloud computing architecture can do for their IT mandates. Can a cloud computing approach securely extend computing services to customers? Can that approach support diverse state agencies and requirements while consolidating IT overhead? Just recently the State of Texas took on this challenge which was further complicated by Public Sector requirements, expansive fields of data and application silos, and diverse IT culture. They found that Oracle enables many types of cloud models that would allow the State of Texas project to scale its cloud incrementally and adjust resources to meet dynamic IT needs.

The end result is a progressive example for other state governments that relies on cloud service providers to provision IT resources to dozens of state agencies. Led by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the state is creating the Texas Cloud Marketplace, a private cloud that utilizes engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to deliver technology support while fulfilling legislative mandates using the cloud. This technical white paper is an excellent outline of the strategy, technology and implementation of this great Texas Cloud Marketplace. And, if you're wondering whether Oracle's cloud solutions truly meet the rigorous demands of the Public Sector, read this Cloud for Public Sector overview for more details. Ciao for now! Your friendly Oracle Cloud Maven

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Announcing Oracle IaaS for Big Data Appliance X3-2

You may have seen today's announcement on the availability of the new Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion. The new Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack is designed to jumpstart Big Data projects with optimally sized configurations of the appliance. The Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-rack Expansion helps organizations to cost-effectively scale out the Big Data Appliance as data volumes grow.

While the availability of new Big Data Appliance hardware options is exciting news, there was another announcement made that could have been easily overlooked but one that I contend is no less exciting - the availability of Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for Oracle Big Data Appliance.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll recall that back in January we announced Oracle IaaS with Capacity On Demand as a new offering enabling customers to acquire Oracle Engineered Systems hardware on-premise for a monthly fee and eliminate upfront capital expenditures. Now, Oracle Big Data Appliance (Full Racks only) hardware is also available through Oracle IaaS, joining Oracle Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics, SPARC SuperCluster, and ZFS Storage Appliance which were all previously announced as eligible for Oracle IaaS.

For more information about either Oracle IaaS with Capacity On Demand or Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2, please contact your Oracle sales rep today.

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New: Private Cloud Oracle VM Podcast Series

Join the Oracle VM product management experts in the new private cloud Oracle VM podcast series. Hear from Oracle's Adam Hawley, Ronen Kofman and Jeff Savit on key aspects of Oracle VM including the benefits of application-driven virtualization for a private cloud, the value of integrated and simplified management, and unified management for both x86 and SPARC based cloud solutions from Oracle.

Here is a list of available podcasts in this series.

Hope you find these insightful.

 

Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand – Engineered Systems Hardware for a Monthly Fee. Possibly the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread.

It’s no mystery that Oracle offers the most comprehensive and flexible portfolio of cloud products and services in the industry. From public cloud to private cloud, our strategy is to empower and support customers to make the best decisions with products and services that address their needs throughout their journey to the cloud. Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Oracle Infrastructure as a Service with Capacity on Demand (Oracle IaaS).

What is Oracle IaaS you say? It’s Oracle’s newest private cloud offering that enables organizations to deploy Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and Oracle SPARC SuperCluster, in their own data centers, behind their firewall – all for a monthly fee.

Yes, you heard that right. Now you can Oracle Engineered Systems hardware deployed on-premise without upfront capital expenditures in a pure OpEx model in which Oracle still owns the hardware. With Oracle IaaS, instead of buying or leasing the hardware, you can now spread the cost over time by paying a simple monthly fee – there’s no financing or complex lease terms involved.

What’s Capacity on Demand? Well for customers who want the power, security, and reliability of an on-premise engineered system, but don’t necessarily need all of that computing capacity all the time, each Oracle IaaS system includes additional CPU capacity that can be enabled at any time to handle peak workloads and disabled when no longer needed. Capacity on Demand helps keep infrastructure costs down because customers only pay for the additional CPU capacity during the months it’s used, while providing extra juice whenever workloads spike or business requirements change.

Wait, there’s more. Oracle Infrastructure as a Service includes industry-leading services that maximize performance, reliability and security. With the monthly fee, customers also receive Oracle Premier Support for Systems, Oracle Platinum Services, and the new Oracle PlatinumPlus Services which provide quarterly proactive analysis and advisory services to ensure that customers’ systems are configured optimally – all at no extra cost. Don't just take my word for it. Learn more about Oracle IaaS with Capacity on Demand at http://oracle.com/goto/iaas. Also, join Mark Hurd and Juan Loaiza on January 22nd for the LIVE webcast Introducing Oracle Infrastructure as a Service.

Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

Cloud Builder Event Series Continues Around the World

Are you building an enterprise Cloud?  Make sure you attend a Cloud Builder Summit at one of many worldwide locations.  Designed for executives, cloud architects, and IT operations professionals, this event will eventually reach over 100 cities around the globe.

This free, live event features demonstrations of how to build an enterprise cloud.  Learn how to fast-track applications to the Cloud with Oracle, and support every aspect of architecting, planning, deploying, monitoring and managing enterprise clouds.  

 Here's a photo from one of the CloudBuilder events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Self-Service Testing Cloud Enables Improved Efficiency and Productivity for Development and Quality Assurance Organizations

With organizations spending as much as 50 percent of their QA time with non-test related activities like setting up hardware and deploying applications and test tools, the cloud will bring obvious benefits. Oracle announced today self-service testing capabilities to enable you to deploy private or public testing clouds. These capabilities help software development and QA organizations deliver higher quality applications, while enhancing testing efficiency and reducing duration of testing projects.

This kind of cloud based self-service testing provides better efficiency and agility. The Testing-as-a-Service solution offers test lab management, automatic deployment of complex multi-tier applications, rich application performance monitoring, test data management and chargeback, all in a unified workflow.

For more details, read the press release Oracle Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Testing-as-a-Service Solution here.

Tuesday Oct 30, 2012

Multi-Tier Application As A Service in Private Cloud at GE Healthcare

Greg Handstedt  from GE Healthcared joined the "Managing Your Private Cloud With Oracle Enterprise Manager' session at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and discussed the benefits of deploying Siebel in a private cloud resulting in faster deployment, usage accountability, and better compliance.

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Infrastructure and Platform As A Service in Private Cloud at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)— the world’s largest laser, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)— need research environment that requires re-creating the physical environment and conditions that exist inside the sun. They have built private cloud infrastructure using Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to provision such an environment for research. 

Tim Frazier of LLNL joined the "Managing Your Private Cloud With Oracle Enterprise Manager' session at Oracle Open World 2012 and discussed how the latest features in Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables them to accelerate application provisioning in their private cloud. He also talked about how to increase service delivery agility, improve standardized roll outs, and do proactive management to gain total control of the private cloud environment.


He also presented at the "Scene and Be Heard Theater" at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and shared a lot of good information about his project and what they are doing in their private cloud environment. Learn more by looking at Tim's presentation .