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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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 (available only to OPN Partners, one-time registration is required).

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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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Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Oracle VM Named a “Challenger” in Gartner 2013 Magic Quadrant

Oracle is excited to announce continued upward as a second year “Challenger” in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report. Oracle believes that its application driven virtualization strategy, along with product optimizations, easy software access, and low cost have resulted in strong customer momentum gains.

Read the full report "Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure" for Gartner's take.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Announcement: Oracle Linux 6.4 available

On February 28th the fourth update release of Oracle Linux 6 was announced.

With Oracle Linux 6.4 two kernels are supported:

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Friday Mar 01, 2013

New WP: Implementing Root Domains with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

There is a new white paper available on Oracle VM on SPARC that might be of interest for you.[Read More]

Monday Jan 28, 2013

Announcement: Oracle VM 3.2

Oracle recently announced (22.01.2013) a major update to its server virtualization solution, delivering unified management and enhanced automation capabilities for x86 Servers and Oracle SPARC Servers.

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Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

New WP: Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1

There is a new White Paper available that describes how to implement an Oracle Solution for Virtual Servers with Oracle VM for Small and Medium Business Organizations, leveraging the new Oracle Sun Storage Array 2540-M2.

Virtualizing with Oracle VM Server for x86 and taking advantage of unique Oracle tools, businesses can reduce their total cost of ownership in the datacenter more than 25%, increase IT flexibility, and achieve greater business agility.

In the appendix a Reference Architecure for JD Edwards with Oracle VM will be shown.

How to get to the white paper:

URL:http://launch.oracle.com/
Email Address: <provide your email address>
Access URL/Page Token:eSTEP_2011

To get access push Agree button on the left side of the page.

Click on
eSTEP Download (tab band on the top)
Click on Systems - Hardware (menu on left hand side)

You will find the entry (right hand side) called:
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Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array and Oracle VM 3.1

Friday Jun 22, 2012

Virtualization @ Oracle (Part 7: Oracle VM VirtualBox)

After discussing several aspects of resource management and network virtualization in the previous articles, let us go back now to another Oracle Virtualization Product – a Type 2 Hypervisor,

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Type 2 Hypervisor, what does that mean again… ? Remember the picture we used in the first articles of this series to position the different ways of virtualization:



To run a type 2 Hypervisor, you need an Operating System running underneath. For Oracle VM VirtualBox it has to be an already running Host Operating System on your x86-based desktop, laptop or server. Install your Hypervisor Software Oracle VM VirtualBox on top of that. Then you can simultaneously run multiple operating systems inside Oracle VM VirtualBox (multiple virtual machines). The Host OS can be Windows, MacOS, Linux or Solaris. Many OS are supported as guests (see https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html#idp18337920 for the complete list). For example, run Windows and Linux as guests on your Mac, Windows Server 2008 and Solaris as a guest on your Linux server, run Linux as a guest on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like – the only practical limits are disk space and memory.

The screenshot shows VirtualBox, installed on a Microsoft Windows 7 System, running Windows XP and Ubuntu as a guest.









Oracle VM VirtualBox is separated into 3 parts.

  • The first part is the base software package that is available for each supported host operating system.
  • The guest additions can be installed into the installed guest and add shared folder support, seamless window integration and 3D support.
  • Additionally VirtualBox extension packs can be installed to extend VirtualBox functionality. For the Oracle provided extension pack this is the support for USB 2.0, the VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) and the PXE boot ROM.

Data can be transferred to and from the guests through external iSCSI-storage, with shared folders from the Host or via network services. There are different options to connect VirtualBox guests with the Host or the outside world:

  • NAT Networking: with NAT address translation for clients on a VirtualBox-private LAN
  • Bridged Networking: to bridge guests to the Host network and makes them full network citizens
  • Internal Networking: to bind guests to an isolated network, which is independent and separated from the Host
  • Host-only Networking: as Hybrid between Bridged and Internal Networking to connect the isolated private network with the Host

There are different interfaces to use VirtualBox like a Command-line interface with “VBoxManage”, a Python interface “vboxshell.py” and a Web-services API “phpvirtualbox”. This enables a very flexible use and administration of Oracle VM VirtualBox and if you need a configuration option, that you can not find in the GUI, check the VirtualBox Manual and the various additional “VBoxManage” options.

With its graphical user interface, the way to install and manage guests or the capabilities to take and manage snapshots, VirtualBox is seen as very easy to use and gained rapidly a high popularity.
As an example Oracle uses VirtualBox to pre-build Developer-VMs. These pre-build VMs can be used by developers to learn Oracle Technologies without having the hassle of installing an OS or Application Software. Just download the VM, import it into your VirtualBox installation and you are done. Ready to start your development work. (see http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html for several pre-built Developer VMs). Oracle VM VirtualBox is also used in Oracle’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (see our next planned article).

Conclusion

Having all this in mind, it is fair to say Oracle VM VirtualBox is the coolest, easiest to use and most feature-rich personal desktop virtualization product. It can be used for various purposes like desktop virtualization, training, testing, developing and personal lab.

We now close this article on Oracle VM VirtualBox and hope we've kept you eager to read the ones coming up in the following newsletters.

Further Reading

http://www.virtualbox.org
http://blogs.oracle.com/fatbloke
http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/virtualization/061976.html

This series already had the following articles:

  • December 2011: Introduction to Virtualization (Matthias Pfützner)
  • January 2012: Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Matthias Pfützner)
  • February 2012: Oracle VM Server for x86 (Matthias Pfützner)
  • March 2012: Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers (Detlef Drewanz)
  • April 2012: Resource Management (Detlef Drewanz)
  • May 2012: Network Virtualization and Network Resource Management (Detlef Drewanz)

The series will continue as follows (tentative):

  • July 2012: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (Matthias Pfützner)
  • August 2012: OpsCenter as Management Tool for Virtualization (Matthias Pfützner)

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at: Detlef Drewanz

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<<< Part 6: Network Virtualization and Network Resource Management >>>> Part  8: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - OVDI


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