Friday Jul 06, 2012

Middleware and Cloud Computing Book

One of only a couple books that really discusses AWS and Oracle in depth. This books is focused on AWS and Oracle middleware/fusion/weblogic:
AWS Middleware cloud computing book
It also covers Rackspace but in not near as much depth.

Thursday Jun 28, 2012

Amazon AMIs and Oracle VM templates

I have worked with Oracle VM templates and most recently with Amazon Machine Images (AMI). The similarities in the functionality and capabilities they provide are striking. Just take a look a the definitions:

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is a special type of pre-configured operating system and virtual application software which is used to create a virtual machine within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It serves as the basic unit of deployment for services delivered using EC2. AWS AMIs

Oracle VM Templates provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations. Oracle VM Templates

Other things they have in common:
1. Both have 35 Oracle images or templates:
AWS AMI pre-built images Oracle pre-built VM Templates
2. Both allow to build your own images or templates: A. OVM template builder - OVM Template Builder - Oracle VM Template Builder, an open source, graphical utility that makes it easy to use Oracle Enterprise Linux “Just enough OS” (JeOS)–based scripts for developing pre-packaged virtual machines for Oracle VM.
B. AMI 'builder' - AMI builder
However, AWS has the added feature/benefit of adding your own AMI to the AWS AMI catalog: AMI - Adding to the AWS AMI catalog

Another plus with AWS and AMI is there are hundreds of MySQL AMIs (AWS MySQL AMIs ). A benefit of Oracle VM templates is they can run on any public or private cloud environment, not just AWS EC2.
However, with Oracle VM templates they first need to be images as AMIs before they can run in the AWS cloud.

Sunday Jun 26, 2011

Oracle's Sun Blade modular systems: Can they give VBlock a run for their money?

Check out these new hardware and software integrated solutions from Oracle Sun (they are not Exa* machines): http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers-storage/servers/blades/index.html They offer a number of solutions not offered by VBlock: Oracle DB, Oracle WebLogic, OS and end to end management. Be interesting to see how much adoption these machines get given the long time VBlock has been around and the Exa* focused strategy at Oracle.

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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