Friday May 30, 2014

Running Mixed Physical and Virtual Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software Versions in an Exalogic Rack is now Supported

Although it was not supported on older versions, now as of EECS 2.0.6, an Exalogic rack now can be configured in a mixed-mode: half virtual and half physical Linux:
  • Flexibility to have physical and virtual environments on same rack. For example, production on physical and test/dev on virtual.
  • Exalogic Control manages the virtual compute nodes on the rack. Physical compute nodes are managed manually (including PKeys).
  • Option to change full physical to hybrid and hybrid to full virtual rack.
  • User has an option to choose either the top or bottom nodes for physical or virtual deployment.
For further information about how the compute nodes can be split up on the rack (into bottom or top half) to run either Oracle Virtual Server (OVS "hypervisor") or Oracle Linux, please take a look at MOS Note 1536945.1.

Note: Solaris is not yet supported in the mixed configuration.

Monday Apr 28, 2014

Exalogic eBook: "The Logical Choice for Running Business Applications"

Oracle is pleased to announce the Oracle Exalogic eBook – an interactive asset packed with key product information, customer references, links to useful assets and much more.

I have been reading it, and I recommend everyone to read it as well. It is really amazing to see how an IT architecture can be improved with Exalogic.

For further information about the eBook, read it and download it, please go to this link.

Thursday Jun 20, 2013

Exachk 2.2.2 released - Now Includes Support for Exalogic Solaris Environments

This new Exachk 2.2.2 release includes several new improvements and features.

The following are additional checks as part of this new 2.2.2 release for Solaris:
Compute Nodes
- Hardware and Firmware Profile
- Software Profile
- NTP Synchronization
- DNS Setup
- Correct Slot Installation of IB Card for Solaris
- Subnet Manager
- Root Partition Usage Limit for Solaris
- Lockd Configuration for Solaris Compute Node
- ib_ipoib Module for Solaris
- ib_sdp Module for Solaris
- IP Configuration - net0 and bond0
- Recent Reboot Info for Solaris
- Probe Based IPMP for Solaris
- Swap Space for Solaris
- Free Physical Memory for Solaris
- MTU for Solaris
- IPMP Configuration for Solaris
- Fault Management Log for Solaris
- BIOS Settings
- NFS Mount Point - Version for Solaris
- Hostname Consistency with DNS on the Physical Compute Node
- NFS Mount Point - Attribute Caching for Solaris
- NFS Mount Point - Rsize Wsize for Solaris
- NIS domain (YPBind) for Solaris

Also, the following checks have been enhanced as part of this new 2.2.2 release:
Compute Nodes
- Connectivity To OVMM
- MTU Value for Infiniband Interface
- Hostname Matches the DNS on the Physical Compute Node
Switch
- Non-sequential Even-numbered Gateway Instance
Cross-Components
- NTP Configuration for Switch Nodes Matches Physical Compute Nodes
- NTP Configuration for Switch Nodes Matches Oracle VM Servers
- Hostname Matches the DNS on Oracle VM Server
- Hostname Matching with DNS on Switches
- NTP Configuration for ZFS Matches Oracle VM Servers
- NTP Configuration for ZFS Matches Physical Compute Nodes
Multiple Components
- MTU for InfiniBand Link in Control vServers

Exachk is available via MOS Doc Id. 1449226.1

Monday Jan 07, 2013

Exalogs - Exalogic Diagnostic Collection Tool now available on My Oracle Support

What is Exalogs?
Exalogs is a command-line tool for gathering logs, diagnostics, environment/configuration information, and other data from the following components in an Exalogic virtual rack:
- Enterprise Manager Ops Center Enterprise Controller
- Enterprise Manager Ops Center Proxy Controllers
- Oracle VM Manager
- Database VM (RDBMS)
- Compute nodes (Domain0/Dom0's)
- ZFS storage appliance
- InfniBand switches

You can target Exalogs at either the entire rack or for individual components.

Note that Exalogs is not a health-check or monitoring/reporting tool, and it is not a replacement for Exachk health-check tool.

Exalogs is available for download immediately from My Oracle Support using MOS Note 1512323.1 and further information (including a very complete README file) can be seen on that note.

Wednesday Dec 26, 2012

New Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Book Now Available

We are pleased to announce that this new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c book has been published and is now available, both as a printed book and as an e-book.

This is the first published EM12c book in the world.

It is a solid introduction to EM12c and is written in easy to understand English.

For further information and purchase, please go to http://www.packtpub.com/oracle-enterprise-manager-12c-cloud-control/book

Enjoy the world of Enterprise Manager!

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook on sale

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook from Oracle Press is now on sale.

Below there are some links with further information about the book and purchasing:
- Oracle Press
- Amazon.com
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Safari Books Online

Monday Jun 11, 2012

Exalogic Exachk - Exalogic Health Check Tool now available on My Oracle Support

This is a new tool for Exalogic which automates the process of determining whether an Exalogic system is in a healthy state.

Exachk is available via MOS Doc Id. 1449226.1

Check the Quick Start Guide (available in the MOS Doc. Id. mentioned above) for further informarion.

Information about the Exachk healtcheck tool for Exadata can be seen at MOS Doc Id. 1070954.1

Monday Mar 05, 2012

Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software Version 2.0 Released

The Oracle Engineered Systems Community is pleased to announce the availability of Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) version 2.0, offering the following new features and enhancements:
  • A Layer 7 application traffic management software component called Oracle Traffic Director, which features extremely high performance HTTP load balancing (reverse proxy), HTTPS termination via Intel AES cryptography support, load balancing, rate throttling, connection limiting, logging and other advanced features
  • Support for secure application isolation using InfiniBand Partitions, a technology that allows the implementation of virtual firewalls on Exalogic in combination with Oracle Traffic Director
  • Improved Exabus implementation - which greatly improves system performance and provides new optimized integration with Oracle Coherence and Oracle Tuxedo, as well as performance enhancements for WebLogic Server and all other Oracle Linux and Solaris applications

  • As of February 16, 2012 all new Exalogic X2-2 configurations are being shipped with the EECS 2.0 firmware, device drivers, operating system images and utilities loaded on shared storage. Customers running existing Exalogic X2-2 systems at any previous EECS patch level will also be able to update their systems to EECS 2.0 via an upgrade kit expected to be released shortly.

Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

WebLogic Server 12c

WebLogic Server 12c has been released!



It is now certified for the full Java EE 6 platform specification, which enables higher developer productivity with standards-based, modern APIs, including Servlet 3.0, JAX-RS 1.1, Java Server Faces 2.1, EJB 3.1, Context and Dependency Injection for Java, and many others.

It also adds support for reading and using GlassFish's web deployment descriptors. This is useful for providing specific GlassFish behavioral settings and mappings for resources and security to WebLogic Server.



Tuesday Nov 15, 2011

Exalogic: Ready for the Future

Monday Oct 24, 2011

ExalogicTV Channel on YouTube

We now have a public YouTube channel hosting a series of videos around Exalogic. This is a living project and more videos will continue being added. If you subscribe to the channel you will get email updates as new videos are posted automatically. There are currently 13 Exalogic videos live.

http://www.youtube.com/exalogicTV

Enjoy!

Wednesday Oct 12, 2011

Focus on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld 2011

In the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld there will be several sessions and events that would be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. There are many excellent presenters, a ton of new data, fantastic new demos and numerous opportunities to hear about Exalogic directly from Exalogic customers.

For further information, take a look at http://www.oracle.com/openworld/oow11-focuson-exalogic-cloud-459801.pdf

Friday Sep 23, 2011

Coherence 3.7.1 Released

Coherence 3.7.1 is now available on OTN.

This new release of Coherence provides major enhancements for Exalogic and contains many new exciting features:
- REST Support
- Exabus Support
- Query Explain Plan
- Elastic Data Improvements
- Pluggable Partitioning
- REST interface
- POF Improvements
- Eliminate need for Java Key Classes

Monday Jul 25, 2011

WLST on web

My colleague Antonio De Juan, who is a partner of mine in the Chilean office of Oracle, has created a really innovative application named wlstonweb, which allows to have interactive WLST Sessions and WLST Script Management both via a web browser.



The tool can be accessed here.

About the tool Creator: Antonio De Juan
Antonio has been part of the Middleware - Application Server Team, supporting WebLogic Server for almost two years and he has recently joined to Coherence Support as second product too.

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Chicago Coherence Training in July

Oracle Coherence developer training is being offered in Chicago for the first time in July. Offer through Oracle University, the class "Oracle 3.6: Share and Manage Data in Clusters" is an in-depth introduction to Oracle Coherence. The class will be offered from July 25 to July 29.

To see the course agenda, pricing info, and to register, please visit http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getCourseDesc?dc=D66791GC10&p_org_id=28&lang=US.

You can also view our other Coherence class, "Oracle 3.6: Administer and Troubleshoot Clusters" by going to http://education.oracle.com and searching for Coherence.
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