Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle Database 12c is Coming to a City Near You

Join us at one of our upcoming Oracle Database events to see firsthand how innovations such as Pluggable Databases and Automatic Data Optimization maximize consolidation and deliver industry leading performance, reliability, and scalability.

Whether you're a DBA, Developer, Enterprise Architect, or CIO, Oracle is offering an event below that will fit your interest including:

  • Oracle Database Innovation Days
  • Oracle Database as a Service Workshops
  • Oracle Database as a Service Roundtables
  • Oracle Days
  • Oracle Cloud Odyssey coming to a Movie Theater near you

Oracle experts will be on hand to provide a comprehensive overview of this new release. Your peers will be there to share perspectives on the impact of Oracle's latest breakthrough.  

Register here: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/events/database/index.html

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

University Twente reduces server sprawl and improves HA with Oracle Database Appliance

Listen to Guido van de Zweerde, Senior DBA from University Twente's ICT Service Center describe how they consolidated their database server environment and improved high availability with Oracle Database Appliance.

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Get a Closer Look at Oracle Database Appliance

A new research note from Nucleus Research takes a closer look at the specific experiences of Oracle Database Appliance customers currently using the appliance to support business-critical data and transactions.

Nucleus’s initial assessment of the Oracle Database Appliance found that companies could typically avoid 30 to 40 percent of the hardware expense needed to build a comparable platform, while accelerating time to value and increasing business flexibility.

In this research, customers exceeded their expectations with these amazing business results:

  • Accelerated monthly billing processes by 5 times
  • Reduced time to complete upgrades by 80 percent
  • Reduced support staff requirements by 60 percent
  • Avoided an 80 percent increase in 3-year software and hardware costs
  • Increased flexibility for future growth
  • Accelerated time to production by 50 times
  • Increased administrator productivity through reduced management and monitoring time
  • Accelerated revenue capture from new customers

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is Now Available!

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Hardware is here!

Engineered as three separate rack-mountable components, Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware provides all the performance benefits associated with the latest generation of x86 architecture and the flexibility to add additional storage.

Fully redundant servers, optional double-mirrored or triple-mirrored expandable storage, and hot swappable components, make Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 the perfect clustered database and application platform that can be easily deployed to achieve maximum availability and uptime.

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 hardware includes two independent servers and an expandable storage shelf. Each server is connected to the other with a redundant 10-GbE interconnect for cluster communication and to then to the storage shelf with redundant SAS host bus adapters. For best-in-class serviceability, there are two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server and 2 more in the storage shelf. 

Oracle Database Appliance helps save time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of highly-available database and application solutions. It's built using both Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), to provide a fully integrated 'engineered system' of software, servers, storage, and networking to  deliver high availability database services for a wide range of applications.

Oracle Database Appliance can be configured with as few as 2, and up to 48 processor cores.  Only license the number of cores you need, then simply add more core licenses as your workload requirements grow.

Plus you can extend high availability to your application tier with the virtualization capability that allows you to host database and application workloads on the same appliance for even greater flexibility and more cost savings.

With Appliance Manager you can simplify the deployment process with one-button automation to help ensure database configuration adheres to Oracle’s best practices. It dramatically simplifies maintenance by patching the entire appliance in one operation which includes all firmware and software. Built-in diagnostics monitor the system and detect component failures, configuration issues, and deviations from best practices.

Oracle Database X4-2 Hardware Specification:

  • Two servers, each containing two 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processors, 256 GB of low voltage memory, redundant SAS host bus adapters, a redundant 10-GbE interconnect, and four 10-GbE public networking ports
  • Twenty 900 GB SAS Hard Disk Drives double-mirrored or triple-mirrored to provide 9 TB or 6 TB, respectively of highly-available useable shared storage. These high performing 10,000- RPM Hard Disk Drives provide accelerated database performance
  • Four 200 GB SAS Solid State Drives protected by triple-mirroring provide highly-available low latency shared storage for database redo logs
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in each server offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Two hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fan units in the storage shelf offer best-in-class serviceability and continuous system operation.
  • Redundant SAS host bus adapters in each server connecting to the storage shelf provide high-available access to the shared storage.
  • Redundant SAS modules in the storage shelf provide highly-available access to the Hard Disk Drives.
  • Each server provides four 10-GbE public networking ports.
  • ILOM and management ports for each server provide management capability and independence in operation.

To learn more about Oracle Database Appliance X4-2


Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Oracle FLEXCUBE delivers 'Bank-in-a-Box' with Oracle Database Appliance

Another great example of how Oracle Database Appliance simplifies the deployment of high availability database solutions making it easy for Oracle Partners and ISVs to deliver value added solutions to customers on a simple, reliable and affordable database platform.

Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking recently announced that it runs on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 to deliver mid-size banks a compelling banking-in-a-box solution. With this certification, banks can benefit from a low-IT-footprint, high-performance, full-scale banking technology that is engineered to support end-to-end business requirements.

In a recent performance test of Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, the system managed more than 2.6 million online transactions in 60 minutes. This equated to roughly 744 transactions per second with an average response time of 156 milliseconds for 98 percent of the transactions. Likewise, the solution completed end-of-month batch processing for 10 million customer accounts in 123 minutes during the performance test.

 Learn more about Oracle Database Appliance Solution-in-a-Box.


Friday Sep 20, 2013

Take a quick tour of Oracle Database X3-2

See how simple, reliable, and affordable Oracle Database Appliance can make the deployment of highly available Oracle Database environments.


Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Strata Health Solutions supports growth of its SaaS business with Oracle Database Appliance

In the health care industry, speed and efficiency are critical to reducing costs, conserving limited resources and improving patient outcomes. Strata Health Solutions plays a key role in the health care ecosystem with its SaaS resource matching and referral technology to optimize patient flow and experience. Oracle Database Appliance and Oracle Real Application Clusters allow Strata Health to create a high availability database cluster infrastructure that seamlessly manages their growing volume of health care providers that rely on its system.

Listen to Darren Jones, chief operating officer at Strata Health Solutions describe how Oracle Database Appliance helped them improve the performance and speed of their SaaS Patient Flow Technology to improve medical facility efficiency and patient care. 


Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance provides high availability and performance required for public transportation system

Transports publics fribourgeois (tpf) in Fribourg Switzerland ensures reliable public transportation services with Oracle Database Appliance. In 2012, the organization transported almost 28 million passengers by road and rail. They wanted to ensure high availability of their database applications for route planning, vehicle management, and staff allocation, to enable efficient and cost-effective public transportation.

Oracle Database Appliance provided the high availability and performance required for their public transportation system which allowed them to scale easily to meet their changing business requirements and limit their total cost of ownership. To learn why they chose Oracle and more details about their deployment of Oracle Database Appliance with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Active Data Guard read the complete story.

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

Focus on Oracle Database Appliance at Oracle Open World

Focus on Oracle Database Appliance every day at Oracle Open World and see for yourself how simple, reliable and affordable it is to create a virtual platform for both your application and Oracle Database in a single box.

Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

MediSwitch makes the switch to Oracle Database Appliance

MediSwitch chose Oracle Database Appliance over competing solutions to replace a legacy database system of hardware and software from many different providers.  Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Wayne Botha, IT Manager of MediSwitch as he discussed their experience with Oracle Database Appliance.  Not only did they complete a complex migration using Oracle GoldenGate to facilitate a near zero downtime migration in a very short period of time they upgraded their database to Oracle Database 11g. Listen as Wayne describes how simple Oracle Database Appliance was to install and deploy and how the capacity-on-demand licensing played a key factor in their decision to purchase. Best of all they were able to consolidate all of their development testing and pre-production databases and can now use a single resource to patch everything in one go over their legacy system. Their big surprise was the significant performance benefit running reports that use to take 4 hours and now only take 45 minutes. If you are considering Oracle Database Appliance, you won't want to miss this podcast.





Friday Jul 12, 2013

INPS Saves Time and Money while Increasing Performance with the Oracle Database Appliance

Listen as Graeme Hodgens of INPS describes his "most enjoyable day in 16 years of IT" with Oracle Database Appliance.

Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

A fast, powerful solution-in-a-box

The benefits of Oracle’s engineered systems aren’t limited to large enterprises. With Oracle Database Appliance, midsize businesses and departmental-level organizations can dramatically reduce the time, risk, and costs usually associated with building a high-availability database or solution in a box.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 features a Virtualized Platform option, which is built on Oracle VM and provides organizations with a complete solution-in-a-box system. With the addition of virtualization support, customers can quickly deploy a complete, highly available solution to remote branch office locations where IT footprint and skills may be a challenge.

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

iRacing deploys Oracle Database Appliance in 4 hours

Listen to Dean Marsh of iRacing.com describe how Oracle Database Appliance decreased their deployment time from start to finish while helping them save money with capacity-on-demand licensing and deliver a high availability environment for their business critical applications.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

AON Expands eSolutions Business Internationally with Oracle Database Appliance

Listen to Scott Wilson, Vice President of Hosting & IT Operations at Aon eSolutions describe Aon’s success deploying the Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 as a Solution-in-a-Box to expand their eSolutions business internationally while meeting their customer's regulatory requirements.

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Yodlee successfully deploys Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

Watch Jeff Schulte, Vice President of Operations, Scalability, and Architecture at Yodlee recount their success deploying the Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 as a Solution-in-a-Box.


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