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.

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

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.

Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

iRacing deploys Oracle Database Appliance in 4 hours

Listen to Dean Marsh of 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.

Thursday Nov 15, 2012

The Calmest IT Guy in the World

Unplanned outages and downtime still result not only in major productivity losses, but also major financial losses. Along the same lines, if zero planned downtime and zero data loss are key to your IT environment and your business requirements, planning for those becomes very important, all while balancing between performance, high availability, and cost.

Oracle Database High Availability technologies will help you achieve these mission-critical goals, and are reflected in Oracle's best practices offerings of the Maximum Availability Architecture, or MAA.

We created three neat, short videos showcasing some typical use cases, and highlighting three important components (amongst many more) of MAA:

Make sure to watch those videos here, and learn about challenges, and solutions, around High Availability database environments from a recent Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) survey. 

Monday Feb 27, 2012

BT Operate Standardizes on Oracle Database 11g for Consolidation onto a Private Cloud

This case study describes how BT Operate, the internal IT and network management division of British Telecommunications plc is consolidating their database infrastructure onto a Database as a Service (DaaS) private cloud using Oracle Database 11g. 

If the complexity of managing thousands of databases that represent a mix of products, versions, operating systems, and hardware is making application deployment in your database environment too slow, operations too expensive, resource utilization too low, and the workload on your IT team too high, you'll gain the insight you'll need about Oracle Database 11g features and options that can help you achieve greater agility and innovation in your cloud environment.

BT Operate can now manage 30% more databases with 20% fewer database administrators while reducing the deployment time for a fully-tested, highly available (HA) database from two to three weeks down to only 19 minutes or a 1000x improvement. 

Read the full story here:

BT Operate Boosts Service Levels and Lowers Management Costs by Standardizing on Oracle Database 11g for Consolidation onto a Private Cloud

Don't miss this webcast! Increase ROI with Oracle Applications on Oracle Database 11g

Join this live webcast to learn about the business and operational improvements that save you time and money, and allow you to take advantage of a faster, more reliable and secure database environment. Oracle Database 11g maximizes your investment in Oracle application software including Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and Siebel CRM Applications.

Register for the February 28th Webcast now:

Increase Your ROI with Oracle Applications on Oracle Database 11g

Wednesday Dec 28, 2011

Five Awarded Technologist of the Year 2011

Technologist of the Year awards recognize individuals in key roles for their extraordinary efforts and contributions to enterprise technology solutions. Global winners are selected for early-adopter and groundbreaking uses of Oracle technology and for defining their roles in a way that makes the industry take notice. Check out all the Oracle Excellence Awards 2011 winners in the January/February 2012 online issue of Oracle Magazine.



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