Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

Oracle Enterprise Manager with AWS Database Instance

Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Database Control support was just announced this May. It seems like it may be a long time in coming but Oracle Database support on the AWS cloud was first released just a few years ago in September 2008. Here is a great blog entry on using OEM with Oracle on AWS:

AWS OEM for Oracle DB

Monday Jul 02, 2012

AWS EC2 Overview book

A very good introduction book to AWS can be found here:
AWS Book

I would say the title is misleading as this book is more an introduction and overview book then a programming book. However, very good for those IT people new to AWS.

Sunday Jul 01, 2012

AWS CloudFormations, Oracle Assembly Builder, Chef and Puppet

I blogged about the difference and similarities between AWS CloudFormations and Oracle Assembler builder to package your software stack for deployment/provisioning to the cloud. However, these tools do not deal with software stack versioning and configuration management. This is where tools like Chef and Puppet come into play.
Puppet and Chef points of interest:
1. Can be used in any cloud environment (rackspace, private cloud etc).
2. There is a debate between which is better. I am not going to get into this debate other then to say Puppet is more mature.
3. AWS CloudFormations can integration with both Chef and Puppet.

A good blog on AWS CloudFormations and the need for something more:
AWS CloudFormation

Friday Jun 29, 2012

Amazon CloudFormations and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder

Yesterday I blogged about AWS AMIs and Oracle VM templates. These are great mechanisms to stand up an initial cloud environment. However, they don't provide the capability to manage, provision and update an environment once it is up and running. This is where AWS Cloud Formations and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder comes into play. In a way, these tools/frameworks pick up where AMIs and VM templates leave off.
Once again, there a similar offers from AWS and Oracle that compliant and also overlap with each other. Let's start by looking at the definitions:
AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion.
AWS CloudFormations

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder - Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier enterprise applications onto virtualized and cloud environments.
Oracle VM Builder

As with the discussion around should you use AMI or VM Templates, there are pros and cons to each:
1. CloudFormation is JSON, Assembly Builder is GUI and CLI
2. VM Templates can be used in any private or public cloud environment. Of course, CloudFormations is tied to AWS public cloud

Friday Mar 30, 2012

What does private cloud Daas or DBaaS really mean ?

Just had meeting with Fortune 1000 company regarding their private DBaaS or DaaS offering. Interesting to see what DBaaS really means to them:
1. Automated Database provisioning - Being able to 'one button' provision databases and database objects. This
includings creating the database instance, creating database objects, network configuration and security
provisioning. It is estimated that just being able to provision a new DB table in automated fashion will reduce time
required to create a new DB table from 60 hours down to 8 hours.
2. Virtualization and blades - DBaaS infrastructure is all based upon VMs and blades.
3. Consolidation of database vendors - Moving from over ten database vendors down to three.

Saturday Oct 15, 2011

Father of cloud IaaS, PaaS, DaaS and SaaS passes away

The operating systems, application servers and databases that run the cloud for the most part are powered by C: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/tech/innovation/dennis-ritchie-obit-bell-labs/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6 A sad day for the world of high tech.

Tuesday Oct 04, 2011

Savvis DaaS Oracle RAC based offering

OpenWorld is all about cloud computing this year. Interesting announcement from Savvis regarding DaaS offering with Oracle Database: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/savvis-launches-cloud-based-database-platform-2011-10-03?siteid=nbkh

Saturday May 14, 2011

OVM and OEL - PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS

We have discussed Oracle Exadata and Exalogic for Oracle DaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings. Exadata and Exalogic seem to get all the limelight when it comes to the Oracle Cloud offerings. Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) are very powerful solutions to host your private, public,or hybrid cloud solutions. Oracle VM is based upon the open source XEN hypervisor. Oracle VM and OEL provide a free alternative to cloud providers that are running VMWare. Because Oracle VM runs on bare metal, hosting providers or customers implementing private cloud solutions can offer an Oracle based DaaS solution from the hardware (when running on Sun) to the Database from one vendor. Oracle VM and OEL can serve as the foundation for a PaaS or IaaS offering whether you are running on Sun hardware or hardware from any vendor offering x86 platforms including IBM (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/solutions/infrastructure/erpcrm/oracle/virtualization.html)
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