Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

My favorites partner resources

First of all I would like to introduce my colleagues’ blog: OracleCloud4Developers. Their goal is to help the developers understand how to use the Oracle PaaS & IaaS for their work. You will be able to read here some of the most technical posts on cloud in this blogosphere.

For today I would like to make a recap of my 3 favorite partner resources from Oracle.

I will start with Hardware Technical Resource Center for OPN Partners, which is a beehive workspace that provides Sales Engineers and Sales Consultants access to critical technical product information for Oracle servers and storage. This is the place where all the EOL announcement of our hardware will be posted together with all the information you will ever need to know about our hardware products.

Second on my list is Oracle System Handbook, an actually gold mine for any presale that puts together hardware proposal for his customer. The handbook is old as Sun Microsystem itself and is still the place to go if you wish to see how the products look like if you strip them down to manufacturing part numbers level. It’s downloadable and can even be access by your customer if they have an oracle support account.

When I joined Oracle I came with solid industry knowledge, yet with no tangible knowledge of Oracle products. After 3 weeks I was able to answer most of the customer questions and my secret was (and still is) the Partner Competency Center online training. Here you will find product trainings that are group together in specific products global learning path. What I love about this GLP’s is that they take a product (T5 severs or Oracle Linux for example) and present it from each of the opportunities stages perspectives. The best part of it is that is free and new training are released almost in the same time with new product announcement.

What is your favorites Oracle resource?

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Friday Mar 06, 2015

ZS4-4 and the cloud

One of the biggest challenges that traditional hardware vendors face is shifting their mindset to new market expectations and preparing for today’s customer needs. Everyone in the industry is investing massively in cloud, in a desperate attempt to contradict one of Geoffrey Moore theory that states that old industry companies will not be able to adapt to today’s needs without a total reinvention of itself. I am a strong believer that Oracle is one of those companies that are always adapting to the new demands with as little disruption as possible.

When I started my apprenticeship in the IT business storage customers asked their suppliers for predictability more than anything else. They wanted to make sure that the solution they will buy can guarantee them to accommodate company growth for the next decade without the need to change the technology.

In today’s market the customer needs flexibility above everything else. The best example is the growing demand for storage cloud, demand that in 2015 is still not meet. You can contradict me by showing all the storage cloud offers that all the big hardware players are offering.

Putting traditional storage hardware behind a datacenter and selling it as a cloud solution will not give our customers the flexibility they need. Flexibility, for the customer, means being able to put the right storage behind the database layer, storage which will be different than the one behind their mobile application layer and yes, it will be from a different supplier sometimes.

Oracle did something wonderful with the latest ZS4-4 product launch last year in fall – it has engineered it around the storage needs of our cloud software. Furthermore we made it open stack friendly so our customers can buy our storage solutions in order to better optimize their Oracle applications and still have the freedom to scale on any other storage product, from either Oracle or another vendor.

Do not take my word for it, please take a few minutes to watch these introductory videos in how Oracle engineered our storage around our software.

· John Fowler ZS4 Launch Video

· Five Minutes to Insight: The Brilliance of In-Memory Storage

· 5-minute insight - Database-level Storage Analytics for Oracle Database 12c

· 5-minute insight - Thin Cloning for Oracle Database 12c

· 5-minute insight - Data Encryption and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

· 5-minute insight -ZFS Storage - Ideal for OpenStack

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Friday Feb 27, 2015

Cluj IT Oracle Cloud Forum

I was searching on Oracle cloud events planned in March and I stumble upon an interesting one day event.

If you are passionate about the cloud technology and you are located in Romania, than you are in luck.Oracle will be hosting a one day Cloud Forum event dedicated to the #OracleCloud next week, on 3rd of March in Cluj Napoca.

My colleague Bogdan Păun will be presenting the Storage and Developer services sections which might interest you.
Check out the agenda and registration info here: http://bit.ly/1BLvEGv.

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Oracle FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

An updated FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator is now available on the FS1 Flash Storage System page at the OPN HW Resource Center (available only to OPN Partners, registration is required).


A very tiny snapshot of the FS1-2 Performance Sizing Calculator

The related training is essential, as it covers the required information/inputs, using the calculator, and understanding how to optimize the configuration based on the customer's need for performance, capacity, and/or costs.

PS: this is a re-post from our sister US STEP blog to make sure we are reaching all our partners with this new version launch.

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Invitation: Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability, Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum, 14th-16th April, 2015, Budapest, Hungary

Dear Partner,

In 2015 the Oracle EMEA Exadata, Manageability and the Servers and Storage Partner Communities will celebrate a single joint Community Forum. We are delighted to invite you to this event which will take place in Budapest, Hungary on April 14-16, 2015.

As in previous editions, the most important part of this Community Forum is sharing experiences, best-practices and customer cases. Presentations by partners and networking among participants are the enablers for building a valuable learning experience for you.

During the event, Oracle executives driving the different product areas will share their insight on new products and market trends, and will be available for one-on-one meetings to discuss go-to-market plans and sales opportunities.

Register for the Oracle Exadata, Manageability and Servers & Storage Partner Community Forum Now!

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this Community Forum. Check the agenda and reserve your place by registering before 15th March, 2014. (There is no registration fee for Oracle partners).

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest.

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

ZFS capacity calculator - version 8 highlights

Version 8 of our ZFS capacity calculator is fresh out of development and ready for download.

NEW add-ons & features:
  • NEW ZS4-4 added
  • Fixed to support NSPF with raidz1
  • NEW NAS Competitors added
  • Solved some minor bugs

Your feedback is highly appreciated!
Feel free to post in the comments section below.

You can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

(If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.)


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Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Partner webcast: SPARC The Base 2.0

Dear partner,

We are pleased to announce Sparc the Base partner webcast on Thursday 13th of November and would be happy if you could join. Please see below the details:

Date and time: Thursday, 13. November 2014, 17:00 - 18:00 CET

Title: SPARC The Base 2.0

Abstract: Please join us to learn about Oracle's SPARC the BASE Refresh & Take Out Program. Learn all about Oracle's "SPARC The Base" 6-in-1 Offer. You'll hear how customers can upgrade their legacy servers to current generation SPARC servers with up to 30% less OPEX and up to 50% in total savings! Additionally, hear about the channel engagement process and supporting program assets and resources[Read More]

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

ZFS capacity calculator

As a presales, one of the most challenging and yet interesting activity was to size customers storage requirements.

I saw the first smart array card when I was in my first year of college and at that time I only knew that RAID 0 can greatly speed up the performance of an operating system by writing the bits on 2 disk drive simultaneously. Only when I started my first job as a configuration expert I learned that actually this is an industry standard that was around since1988.

When I started my presales job with Oracle I had to face for the first time the software RAID-Z that our storage was using. I realized then how important it is to calculate the usable capacity the customer will have based on the various RAID-Z levels, especially when there was no tool that allowed us to achieve this in an easy way.

Luckily some of the creative mind within my team (Marius Ghergut and Adrian Topa) found a solution to cover the tool gap by developing an excel based simple solution that allows us to calculate the ZFS Storage Appliance storage space based on different configuration options.

They called it ZFS raid calculator and you can download it from Oracle HW TRC.

(If you are not registered on Oracle HW TRC, click here ... and follow the instructions.)

Looking towards the datacenter move to cloud strategy, the software RAID is the technology of the future, as the storage cloud provider will have a big enough array to move the parity from the conventional bit parity to the new data/block parity.

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As this is my first blog post I will also take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Adrian Pruna and I lead one of presales team in Oracle. Apart from various tools and new technology announcement I will also share with you my personal learning journey from an on premise expert to an infrastructure cloud expert.

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

M7

In August, Oracle gave a preview of the next generation SPARC processor - M7 at Hot Chips conference. 
Find some highlights of the very positive press coverage in EMEA below:

UK: Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7


Germany: Oracle verrät erste Details zu SPARC M7


France: Hot Chips 2014 : La puce Sparc M7 d'Oracle va doper le in-memory


Italy: Oracle M7: CPU con 10 miliardi di transistor e 32 core


Switzerland: Oracle: Mit SPARC CPU gegen SAP Hana


Hungary: Oracle SPARC M7: a lényeges részletek


Turkey: 32 Çekirdekli SPARC M7: Oracle’dan Yeni Nesil İşlemci!

 For more information, read this interesting post:

https://blogs.oracle.com/rajadurai/entry/sparc_m7_chip_32_cores

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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies

After the extended summer holidays of the eStep Blog, this eBook seems like a good start to catch up again after the long break. It serves quite well as a starting point to talk to customers about the Cloud and gives a good overview about different types of clouds with the example of Oracle products involved. However, the main focus of the eBook is IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service, which is also part of Oracle's Cloud offer.

Here, you can download the eBook - Oracle Special Edition.


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As a new writer in this blog, I'd like to take the opportunity and introduce myself. My name is Patrick Wurst and I grew up in southern Germany, where I also studied Business Informatics at the KIT. Based in southern Spain, I'm working in a Back-Office Systems PreSales Consultant Role for Oracle EMEA since one and a half years ago. 

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