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Exalogic Innovation Awards Now Open for Nominations!

Is your organization using Oracle Exalogic to deliver unique business value? The Innovation Awards awards honor our customers and partners for their cutting-edge solutions. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture. The 2015 awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2015, October 26-29, in San Francisco. Submit your nomination for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud by July 31! Award winners receive: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award for Exalogic trophy One free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Priority consideration for placement in Profit magazine, Oracle Magazine, or other Oracle publications and press releases Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own website and/or press release    All nominees receive consideration for: Participating in OpenWorld panels and speaking opportunities Featured Customer Success Story on Oracle.com Placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine Placement in an Oracle press release or Oracle Fusion Middleware podcast Nomination deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT July 31, 2015All nominated solutions should be in production or in active pilot phase See all the award categories for Oracle Fusion Middleware Submit nominations for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud For additional information, please email Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com

Is your organization using Oracle Exalogic to deliver unique business value? The Innovation Awards awards honor our customers and partners for their cutting-edgesolutions. Winners are selected based...

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster

This blog post is brought to you by Sachin Pikle of the Exalogic Product Management team. We usually get a lot of questions on Oracle Exalogic ElasticCloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster – what is it, where can we useit, how do we install it, etc. Just recently someone asked me, “We have procureda new SuperCluster T5-8 rack. We also have EECS licenses. Now what do we donext? How do we get EECS up and running on this rack? “. In general, thereseems to be some mystery surrounding EECS for SuperCluster. This post will helpaddress questions like these. Oracle EngineeredSystems are designed and optimized to run specific workloads. Oracle SuperClusteris our SPARC-based Engineered System that combines the power of Oracle Exadata forrunning the database tier, and Oracle Exalogic for running the application tierin a single rack. SuperCluster integrates with optional EECS to run business applicationsand middleware components better and faster. So what is EECS for SuperCluster? Simply put, EECS forSuperCluster has two distinct parts: 1. EECS Optimizationsbuilt in to Oracle Fusion Middleware products like WebLogic, Coherence andTuxedo, designed to make your applications run a lot faster and better onSuperCluster 2. OracleTraffic Director (OTD), a highly available software load-balancer overInfiniBand network fabric. OTD front-ends all requests coming in to the SuperClusterRack and balances the load across multiple application instances running withinthe rack, keeping the traffic over high-speed InfiniBand fabric at all times So where can I use Exalogic Software on SuperCluster? Thereare two primary use cases: 1. Improve performanceand reliability of your business applications using EECS Optimizations. These optimizations, license-restricted to EECSonly, are actually built in our upper stack Fusion Middleware products likeWebLogic, Coherence, Tuxedo, etc. They are very easy to use. There is no EECSsoftware to install. No code changes needed. All you need is the EECS license,and a few configuration changes, some of them as simple as turning on a switch froman admin console or inside a configuration file. And you will see up to 10times better performance and reliability for Java and Fusion Middleware-basedapplications – Oracle apps, ISV Apps and custom Apps. 2. Loadbalancing over InfiniBand fabric using OracleTraffic Director (OTD). OTD is our software load balancer and gives you theability to load balance requests across multiple application instances runninginside a SuperCluster rack. Your EECS license entitles you to download, installand use OTD software on SuperCluster. OTD is fully integrated with WebLogic. Itis the best load balancer to front end multiple WebLogic managed servers. It candetect WebLogic server instances going down and can automatically routerequests to remaining healthy servers. OTD can also be used as a reverse proxy. To summarize, EECS on SuperCluster is Easy to use o EECSOptimizations built in Fusion Middleware products, no EECS installation needed o These are license-only entitlements. So all youneed is the EECS license o Can be used with simple configuration changes, assimple as turning on a switch Offers unmatched benefits o Up to 10 times better application performance& reliability o Oracle TrafficDirector – Built-in high speed software load balancer on IB, at no extracost o Supports sub-capacity licensing

This blog post is brought to you by Sachin Pikle of the Exalogic Product Management team. We usually get a lot of questions on Oracle Exalogic ElasticCloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster –...

Customers Share Business Benefits of using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Many satisfied Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud customers are enthusiastically sharing their success stories, and we are proud to pass them on. Here are a few of the more recent testimonials on how Exalogic is helping to solve business problems. Key highlights are mentioned below; more details are included in each of the stories. Videos Cognizant is managing their explosive growth with Exalogic, Exadata, Peoplesoft, Enterprise Manager, and ACS for a 65% reduction in processing time for their top 40 critical batch processes. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission becomes a real-time utility with 10x faster access to business insight, choosing Exalogic, Exadata, Exalytics, BI, ACS, and Platinum Services to save $1.2M, 75% less power, and gain 50% better performance. Advania deployed Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud software on Supercluster, together with Exadata and Oracle Database to boost performance 80%, and gain 5x consolidation. Case studies and snapshots Agilent boosts E-Commerce revenue! To revitalize its e-commerce presence, Agilent decided to revamp the site’s .Net infrastructure using a full stack of Oracle technologies, including Exalogic, ATG Web Commerce, Endeca, identity management, and traffic director in a virtualized environment. In so doing, they boosted productivity by 88%. The City and County of San Francisco reduced payroll processing time by 7 hours with Exalogic and Exadata. Their solution also included Peoplesoft, WebLogic, Active Data Guard, RAC, and Oracle Platinum Services. SPC Brasil chose Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud for high performance, increased security and ease of use. They are also running Oracle Audit Vault, with Oracle Data Masking. Get the story in English or Portuguese! Press release POSCO deployed Oracle Product Hub with Exadata and Exalogic to simplify its IT infrastructure and boost operational efficiency, flexibility and speed, and to provide greater customer value. Do you have a success story to share? Let us know!

Many satisfied Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud customers are enthusiastically sharing their success stories, and we are proud to pass them on. Here are a few of the more recent testimonials on how Exalog...

Exalogic Elastic Cloud STIGfix v1.0

This blog post is brought to you by Drew Darrow of the Exalogic A-Team, Oracle Product Development. With the release of the Exalogic Lifecycle (ELLC) Toolkit14.2, Oracle introduced STIGfix, a tool that can be used to harden guestvServers and physical compute nodes on an Exalogic machine running at minimumEECS 2.0.6.0.0 Virtual or 2.0.0.0.0 Physical.   STIGfix is installedand available for use when you install ELLC 14.2 in your environment. STIGs are security configuration standardsdefined by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) an agency within theUnited States Department of Defense.  More information on STIGs can befound here http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/ Before using STIGfix you must ensure that 'root'is not the only user as once run, direct SSH access to the vServer or computenode as 'root' user will be restricted. Configuring which STIGs areapplied to your environment is simple and done by editing the stigfix.jsonfile, which specifies the STIGs the tool will apply or skip.  Afterrunning the STIGfix tool, rollback scripts are generated in the backupdirectory to rollback any STIG you applied that were not intended or had anadverse effect on your application. Additional considerations : STIGfix can only be run on Exalogic guest vServers or Exalogic Physical Compute nodes, It must never be run on dom0's or control vServers After STIG-hardening your guest vServers you can no longer use ExaBR to backup STIG-hardened guest vServers.  ExaBR only supports STIG-hardened Oracle Linux compute nodes.  The ExaBR Guide has been updated to reflect these changes STIGfix is not supported on EECS 2.0.6.1.2 running the Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 base image Detailed instructions for use of STIGfix can be found in theSTIGfix user guide available at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E18476_01/doc.220/e53111/toc.htm

This blog post is brought to you by Drew Darrow of the Exalogic A-Team, Oracle Product Development. With the release of the Exalogic Lifecycle (ELLC) Toolkit 14.2, Oracle introduced STIGfix, a tool...

Harvard Business Review – IT/Business Users: Overcoming Relationship Challenges to Partner for Success

This blog post is brought to you by Bryan O-Blanquet of the Exalogic Marketing team. Quickly delivering innovative applications to employees andcustomers alike is a top priority in the digital economy. But such agilityrequires big changes in how IT relates to the rest of the business. A new report from the Harvard Business Review that surveyed 274 business and IT professionals concludes that contrary to the popular perception that everything is moving to outsourcing and the cloud, a majority of business managers still prefer to work with their internal IT departments. Mobile devices, social media and the cloud are disruptive technologies that have transformed information consumption and delivery, affecting how companies innovate and compete.  What separate winning companies from those who struggle to leverage the new disruptors is the agility of how well their IT organizations can respond at the speed of opportunity.  Well, how are organizations doing?  Responsiveness Drives RevenueDespite clamoring for stronger IT partnerships, many respondents complained that many IT organizations aren’t structured to support shorter application cycles – identifying a “significant gap” between business needs and IT’s ability to execute timely application cycles. Nearly half said new launches or upgrades happen only once a year or less.  Nonetheless, surprisingly, 56% also said that if their IT departments had more resources, they would still prefer to work with them over outside vendors.   Top Challenge to Getting Apps to Market?The most surprising finding is that nearly half the respondents agree that the lack of internal IT partnerships is a top roadblock to digital innovation.  However, the good news is that there’s a growing consensus that IT and business leaders need to collaborate if they’re going to thrive with the new digital disruptive technologies.•    64% said senior leadership is a vital prerequisite in achieving software innovation and digital success.•    55 % said it was very-to-extremely important to have operational units influencing innovation in enterprise applications.•    44 % said IT and business units should share the responsibility equally. The most important conclusionin the report is that to align business and IT, organizations musteliminate thecomplexities thatdistractIT and hinder progress.Thisrequires new approaches to architecture along with organizational changes. Torespond quickly with speed and agility to new business opportunities, acritical first step is for IT to get data to flowacross multiple systems and platforms that are today too often a mess ofdisconnected legacy systems. Systemsneed to be simpler to procure and operate. It’s no wonder that integrated systems are growing at 35% according toIDC. Integratedsystems, which include server, storage, networking, and management software, eliminatemuch of the cost and complexities that come with traditional systems. IT must translate business requirementsand terms into an agile platform that leverages data, cloud, mobile andsocial. This requires a substantialreinvention of  IT processes, new platforms, and strong partnerships betweenbusiness leaders and IT management. Read the Harvard BusinessReview report - Rethinking the IT/Business Partnership to Drive DigitalInnovation

This blog post is brought to you by Bryan O-Blanquet of the Exalogic Marketing team. Quickly delivering innovative applications to employees andcustomers alike is a top priority in the digital economy....

Exalogic Run Book

This blog post is brought to you by Albert Leigh of the Exalogic Product Management team. The Exalogic Runbook is a compilation of system administration procedures and operational workflows for Exalogic administrators and operators.  This document provides operational guidelines and information about what needs to be done after an Exalogic rack has been successfully installed and configured.  It is intended for Exalogic virtualized environments. The Runbook is available on My Oracle Support as Document ID 1930293.1 (Operations Runbook For Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0.6.x.x). There are 9 chapters in the Exalogic Runbook that cover these important administration topics - Chapter 1 - Introduction to Exalogic        Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software and Hardware versions        System Components        Exalogic Network Chapter 2 - System Information        References the Deployment Summary        Physical and Virtual Components        System and Cloud Management URLs Chapter 3 - System Access        Physical Components            Compute Nodes            Storage Nodes            InfiniBand Switches            Cisco Switch            Power Distribution Units (PDUs)        Virtual Components            Control Stack            Guest vServers Chapter 4 - System Administration Procedures        Startup and Shutdown procedures        Management and Monitoring        Restrictions and Guidelines        Security Chapter 5 - Getting Started with Cloud Administration        Post Installation Tasks        Lifecycle management of Guest vServers        Customization and vServer Template Chapter 6 - Maintenance Procedures        Instrumentation        Lifecycle Management Tools        Health Check        Patching        Troubleshooting and Action Plan        Service Requests Chapter 7 - Backup and Recovery Procedures Chapter 8 - Disaster Recovery Procedures Chapter 9 - Online Resources

This blog post is brought to you by Albert Leigh of the Exalogic Product Management team. The Exalogic Runbook is a compilation of system administration procedures and operational workflows for...

PeopleSoft on Exalogic

This blog post is brought to you by Oracle Product Manager Latha Krishnaswamy. Peoplesoft is another popular ERP application that benefits from running the application tier on Exalogic engineered system. Here is a short list of various references to MOS Docs and whitepapers that users and administrators of Peoplesoft software will find invaluable in an Exalogic environment. PeopleSoft MAA on Exalogic and Exadata PeopleSoft Virtual Machine Templates for Exalogic (Doc ID 1533868.1) Using Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft on Exalogic (for PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54)(Doc ID 1905383.1) Using Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Secure Enterprise Search on Exalogic (for PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54)(Doc ID 1905423.1) Using Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft on Exalogic (for PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53)(Doc ID 1506002.1) Using Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Secure Enterprise Search on Exalogic (for PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53)(Doc ID 1626106.1) How To Configure PeopleSoft 9.2 FSCM/HCM And PeopleTools 8.53 On Exalogic Virtual Environment(Doc ID 1633256.1) Performance and Tuning for Oracle s PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 HR Self Service on Oracle Exalogic/Exadata X2-2 Servers(Doc ID 1384242.1) PeopleSoft HCM 9.2: In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring(Doc ID 1606999.1) Instructions on updating Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft on Exalogic (bash code injection vulnerability) (Document 1929881.1) List of PeopleSoft on Engineered Systems whitepapers PeopleSoft Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf) PeopleSoft Payroll on Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf) PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery on Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf) PeopleSoft In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring for Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf) PeopleSoft In-Memory Real Time Bottom Line for Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf) Creating Time for Strategic Finance with PeopleSoft Financials on Oracle Engineered Systems (pdf)

This blog post is brought to you by Oracle Product Manager Latha Krishnaswamy. Peoplesoft is another popular ERP application that benefits from running the application tier on Exalogic...

July 2014 PSU Quarterly Exalogic Update – Patches, Lifecycle, Tools

This blog post provides an overview of the latest available ExalogicElastic Cloud patch set update, lifecycle automation and lifecycle tools. Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software – July 2014 Patch Set Update All Exalogic Infrastructure Patches are cumulative within amajor release - this means that users can directly apply the latest PSU withoutany intermediate PSU’s. The section below provides a summary of the July 2014 PSU for allthree Exalogic platforms. This includes: PSU contents Components affected Minimum EECS version required to apply the PSU Final EECS version after the PSU is applied Exalogic OVS Hardware Platform: X3-2/X2-2Machines Minimum Releaserequired to apply the July PSU: 2.0.6.0.0, 2.0.6.0.1 Note: Older versions (2.0.4.x.x) must be upgraded to2.0.6.0.0 before any patches can be applied. Post PSU EECS Version:2.0.6.0.2 Components Affected: Compute Nodes IB switches ZFSSA Appliance Exalogic Control Stack Guest vServers Contents: Exalogic Control update version 12.1.4 b2502 Infiniband Switches Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 firmwareversion 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_7320) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image version 2.0.6.0.2 UEK kernel update ( 2.6.39-300.32.6.el5uek ) OVS and OVMM 3.2.8 upgrade OFED Update (OFED-IOV-1.5.5-1.0.0154) Updated disk controller firmware (12.12.0-0178) Updated Infiniband firmware (2.11.2010) Automation of compute node configuration (dom0RAM, swiotlb, BIOS, USB) Exalogic Control vServer template update Guest vServer update Updated RPMs with security fixes on top ofOracle Linux 5.8 Hardware Platform: X4-2Machines Minimum Releaserequired to apply the July PSU: 2.0.6.1.0, 2.0.6.1.1 Note: Older versions (2.0.4.x.x) must be upgraded to2.0.6.0.0 before any patches can be applied. Post PSU EECS Version:2.0.6.1.2 Components Affected: Compute Nodes IB switches ZFSSA Appliance Exalogic Control Stack Guest vServers Contents: Exalogic Control update version 12.1.4 b2502 Infiniband Switches Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 firmwareversion 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_7320) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image v2.0.6.1.2 UEK kernel update ( 2.6.39-300.32.6.el5uek ) OVS and OVMM 3.2.8 upgrade Automation of compute node configuration (dom0RAM, swiotlb, BIOS, USB) Exalogic Control vServer template update Guest vServer update Updated RPMs with security fixes on top ofOracle Linux 5.8 Exalogic Linux Hardware Platform: X3-2/X2-2Machines Minimum Versionsrequired to apply the July PSU: From 2.0.0.0.0 to 2.0.3.0.6 Note: Older versions (2.0.4.x.x) must be upgraded to2.0.6.0.0 before any patches can be applied. Post PSU Version: 2.0.3.0.7 Components Affected: IB switches ZFSSA Appliance Compute Nodes Content: Infiniband Switches Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 (NM2-36p)firmware version 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_7320) ILOM on the storage control head(3.0.16.10.d_r74499) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image v2.0.3.0.7 X2-2 Compute Node ILOM 3.1.2.20.b_r82465 Base image Updated RPMs with security fixes on top ofOracle Linux 5.8 Updated disk controller firmware (12.12.0-0178) Updated Infiniband firmware (2.11.2010) Disables CPU frequency scaling Hardware Platform: X4-2Machines Minimum Versionsrequired to apply the July PSU: 2.0.6.1.0, 2.0.6.1.1 Note: Older versions (2.0.4.x.x) must be upgraded to2.0.6.0.0 before any patches can be applied. Post PSU Version: 2.0.6.1.2 Components Affected: IB switches ZS3-ES Appliance Compute Nodes Content: Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 firmwareversion 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_ZS3-ES) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image v2.0.6.1.2 UEK2 Kernel inclusion(2.6.39-400.214.5.1.el5uek) Updated RPMs with security fixes on top ofOracle Linux 5.9 Disables CPU frequency scaling Exalogic Solaris Hardware Platform: X3-2/X2-2Machines Minimum Versions: For Compute nodes Upgraded from Solaris 11 Express to Solaris 11.1using the "Oracle Exalogic 2.0.4.0.0 Upgrade Kit for Exalogic Solarisx86-64 (64 bit)" (patch 15931901) With fresh installation of Oracle Exalogic2.0.4.0.0 for Exalogic Solaris x86-64 (64-bit) Upgraded to versions 2.0.4.0.2, 2.0.4.0.3,2.0.4.0.4, 2.0.4.0.5 or 2.0.4.0.6 Post PSU Version: 2.0.4.0.7 Components Affected: IB switches ZFSSA Appliance Compute Nodes Content: InfiniBand switches: Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 firmwareversion 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_7320) ILOM on the storage control head(3.0.16.10.d_r74499) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image version 2.0.4.0.7 X2-2 Compute Node ILOM 3.1.2.20.b_r82465 Operating System update (Oracle Solaris 11.1SRU#17.5) HardwarePlatform: X4-2 Machines Minimum Versionsrequired to apply the July PSU: v2.0.6.1.0, v2.0.6.1.1 Post PSU Version: 2.0.6.1.2 Components Affected: IB switches ZFSSA Appliance Compute Nodes Content: Infiniband Switches Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switchfirmware version 2.1.4-1 Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 firmwareversion 2.1.4-1 ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFS_Storage_7320) Storage control head software (2013.1.1.11) Compute node base image v2.0.6.1.2 Operating System update (Oracle Solaris 11.1SRU#17.5)

This blog post provides an overview of the latest available Exalogic Elastic Cloud patch set update, lifecycle automation and lifecycle tools. Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software – July 2014 Patch Set...

E-Business Suite on Exalogic and Exadata

This blog post summarizes important references available for E-Business Suite customers on Exalogic and Exadata.For general E-Business Suite recommendations, refer to the current quarterly blog post on the E-Business Suite Technology blog. For new deployments/installations of E-Business Suite on Exalogic and Exadata, refer to MOS Doc 1460742.1 - Deploying Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine.Migrating an existing E-Business Suite to Exalogic and Exadata consists of two major phases - 1. Migrating the E-Business Suite database to Exadata - detailed steps in MOS Doc 1133355.1 2. Migrating the E-Business Suite application tier to Exalogic - detailed steps in MOS Doc 438086.1 The list of E-Business Suite (and other software) versions that are currently supported on Exalogic are documented in MOS Doc 1302529.1 Best practices for managing concurrent manager log and out directories are outlined in MOS Doc 1616827.1 - these recommendations are applicable to all platforms, and there is a specific reference pertaining to Exalogic.E-Business Suite VM templates built specifically for Exalogic are available -1. For 12.1.3 VM templates, see details in MOS Doc 1499132.12. For 12.2.3 VM templates, see details in MOS Doc 1633952.1 These templates provide an easy way to quickly install the latest EBS software bypassing the traditional "install from media and then apply the latest EBS database/techstack/application patches" method. Customers can customize these installs as appropriate and create their own templates as outlined in the Exalogic documentation. Although these templates will create an E-Business Suite database on a Linux VM running on Exalogic, for optimal performance it is recommended that the EBS database tier be migrated to Exadata. The E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Maximum Availability Architecture whitepaper for Exalogic and Exadata outlines various OS and storage best practices specific to E-Business Suite on Exadata and Exalogic that customers should uptake. Various functional whitepapers, authored by EBS product teams, detailing the advantages of running E-Business Suite on Engineered Systems are also available.There are several other documents that EBS customers may find useful - MOS Doc 1934250.1 - CVE-2014-7169 Patch Availability for Oracle E-Business Suite (Bash Code Injection Vulnerability)MOS Doc 1924645.1 - Intermittent Application Hangs Occur On An Exalogic Physical Or Virtual Server Due To A Race Condition That Occurs While Updating Memory Mapped Files Located Under NFSMOS Doc 1439407.1 - Oracle Demantra Exadata Exalogic Benchmarking Performance Technology ConfigurationMOS Doc 1512711.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite on Exadata ResourcesSome details about Oracle's internal EBS R12 instance (known as GSI) are available in this previous blog post.

This blog post summarizes important references available for E-Business Suite customers on Exalogic and Exadata. For general E-Business Suite recommendations, refer to the current quarterly blog post ...

Exalogic Case Study - Oracle's Internal E-Business Suite R12 environment

As you may be aware, Oracle runs a world-class single instance of R12.1 E-Business Suite which is primarily used to process business transactions related to Financials, Human Resources, Order Management and Purchasing, supporting all of our internal global back-office operations in these functional areas. Details of this EBS instance, internally known as GSI, were presented in an OOW 2014 session and also on the EBS Technology Stack blog. The application tier for GSI is hosted on Oracle Exalogic X3-2 hardware, which is an Engineered System that provides breakthrough performance, reliability, availability and scalability for a wide variety of business applications, including E-Business Suite, in both conventional (on-premise) and cloud deployments. Configuration details - There are 32 OEL VMs implemented on Exalogic for GSI, and their breakdown is – EBS Concurrent Manager – 4 VMs – each with 6 vCPUs and 48 GB RAM EBS Self Service Apps (for Oracle internal users) – 4 VMs – each with 8 vCPUs, 103 GB RAM and 14 JVMs EBS Configurator - 4 VMs – each with 9 vCPUs, 141 GB RAM and 19 JVMs EBS Forms - 2 VMs – each with 16 vCPUs and 167 GB RAM APEX Applications - 2 VMs – each with 1 vCPU and 16 GB RAM External Facing Self Service Apps (iModules etc) - 16 VMs – various configurations totaling 80 vCPUs, 1012 GB RAM and 130 JVMs The shared EBS binaries take up about 170GB of disk space, the INST_TOP size is about 600GB and CUSTOM_TOP is about 28GB – all of which are hosted on a ZFS Storage Appliance and mounted to all of the VMs noted above. The backend database tier runs on an Oracle M6-32 SuperCluster hosting a 4-way RAC Oracle database, with each RAC node having 96 cores (768 threads) and 4TB of RAM.

As you may be aware, Oracle runs a world-class single instance of R12.1 E-Business Suite which is primarily used to process businesstransactions related to Financials, Human Resources,...

Oracle Traffic Director on Exalogic

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Oracle Product ManagerSriram Natarajan Oracle Traffic Director is an on-boardApplication Delivery Controller for Exalogic, designed to handle Reverse Proxyand application-to-application communication use cases. For more information,check out  · Oracle Traffic Director Data Sheet · Oracle Traffic Director within Oracle Technology Network Versions / Patches · Oracle Traffic Director 11g PS6(11.1.1.7) is the recommended version. This is available for download eitherfrom Oracle Software Delivery (under Exalogic) or from OTN. · Oracle Traffic Director July 2014 CPUpatches is the critical patch required on top of 11.1.1.7. This patchaddresses several potential security vulnerabilities, andis available within Oracle Support.  Platforms Supported · Oracle Traffic Director 11g currentlysupports Oracle Linux 5.6+ and Oracle Solaris 11.1+ on Exalogic Useful documentationavailable within Oracle Technology Network and Support Knowledge Base · Deploying Traffic Director in Exalogic - Topology Overviewand Best Practices · Tuning Traffic Director for high throughput traffic -Technical White paper · Protecting Traffic Director from POODLEvulnerability - MOS Note 1938044.1 · Oracle Traffic Director Knowledge BaseInformation Center - MOS Note - 1626139.2 · For additional information, pleasevisit Traffic Director’s Learn More section withinOracle Technology Network 

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Oracle Product ManagerSriram Natarajan Oracle Traffic Director is an on-board Application Delivery Controller for Exalogic, designed to handle Reverse Proxyand...

New Environment-as-a-Service Demo

Environment-as-a-Service provides a comprehensive approach to delivering turnkey application environments, giving organizations the flexibility to quickly deploy, maintain and decommission environments, while lowering the total cost of software delivery, and reducing the time required for delivery of new application releases. This tremendous flexibility allows enterprises to clone existing environments in a matter of minutes, which otherwise takes hours or days. In today's SaaS world, vendors must accommodate frequently changing versions of their applications. Exalogic, in conjunction with ZFS, provides a fast, efficient way to retain all application versions and clone environments as needed, using the snapshot capability of ZFS. Early this month, Accenture hosted the AOLC (Accenture Oracle Leadership Council) in Miami, Florida, a program designed for a cross-industry executive audience from leading global organizations. At this conference, Accenture demonstrated EaaS on Exalogic. For the demo, they cloned EBS, PeopleSoft and Accenture Foundation Platform For Oracle (or AFPO, an integrated stack of Oracle SOA, IDM and WebCenter) environments in matter of minutes. The demo team created 48 PeopleSoft, 23 eBusiness Suite and 19 AFPO environments during the two and a half days. These 90 environments would typically require anywhere from several weeks to well over three months, working around the clock! They also demonstrated the provisioning of not only the application, but the infrastructure as well; that is, new environments can be provisioned along with all associated resources and VMs in a completely automated fashion. Learn more and see the demo for yourself! Replay: "Environment as a Service" Demo with Accenture and Oracle

Environment-as-a-Service provides a comprehensive approach to delivering turnkey application environments, giving organizations the flexibility to quickly deploy, maintain and decommissionenvironments,...

ROI of Exalogic & Exadata: Q&A with Forrester and Oracle

On March 28, Oracle and Forrester hosted a joint webcast titled "The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic", an overview of Forrester's ROI study at Oracle customer SquareTwo Financial. In case you missed it, you can view the webcast on demand at: http://bit.ly/1qynGZr For easy reading, here's the Q&A from the webcast, slightly edited for clarity. What's the difference between Exalogic and Exadata, and why do I need two systems?Oracle Exalogic is the best platform for Middleware, Applications and a great consolidation platform while Exadata is a the best platform to run Oracle Databases. A company looking for the best performance and ease of management of their solution can benefit the most by using both these platforms together. Is it good for small/mid- size business?Yes there definitely small to midsize companies using these systems. I wouldn't recommend them to tiny companies, but if you need need to scale Oracle apps or databases they are very helpful. Is it better than the IBM i platform?We have many customers who went through extensive evaluations across various vendors, including IBM, and decided to move to Oracle’s engineered systems, Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata (hardware and software optimized to work together) based on various benefits they saw in performance, ease of management, ROI, TCO etc. Both of them can reside on same hardware?If you mean multiple applications, then yes. You can take advantage of the virtualization capabilities to run even hundreds of different apps on the same box. Who are Oracle's main competitors in this segment, in terms of technology used by customers?Probably the only company with similar products is IBM. However there are important differences between the Oracle and IBM products. What about HP? Your first Exadata machines were built by HP right?That's correct, the first Exadata machines were built by HP. Now HP has some converged infrastructure systems that they sell, but they don't have optimizations for databases or applications. Is it hardware or software which differentiate Exadata and Exalogic?In discussions with companies using Exadata and Exalogic, they said it is the combination of both software and hardware in a preconfigured (optimized) solution that was the real differentiator. Do customers run Exalogic in a virtual environment? There are many customers running Exalogic in a virtual environment and taking advantage of the benefits these systems have to offer.

On March 28, Oracle and Forrester hosted a joint webcast titled "The Total Economic Impact of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic", an overview of Forrester's ROI study at Oracle customer SquareTwo...

Oracle VM Templates – Provisioning Made Easy

Business application deployment and maintenance is one of the most complex projects faced by the enterprise. In many cases, these are high visibility and high risk efforts, with substantial budgets, and, if done right, will result in transformational change. Conversely, if things do not work out as planned, the results will almost certainly be disastrous. It’s no secret that keeping a business critical application running at optimal efficiency is no easy task. Depending on which study one is to believe, operational aspects of an IT organization can consume up to 70 percent of the IT budget, so keeping these costs in check can go a long way in enhancing the resources available for more innovative activities. This post will focus on how Oracle VM Templates leverage Oracle virtualization technologies to deliver success in this area. Oracle VM Templates encapsulate best deployment practices allowing organizations to simplify scaling of applications, speed patching, and enjoy the latest application releases all the while decreasing application deployment time to minutes instead of hours. One doesn’t need a mathematician to see the potential for savings here. Moreover, Oracle VM Templates provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. This reduces both installation and configuration costs and ongoing maintenance costs, so organizations can achieve faster time to market and lower the cost of operations. Oracle VM Templates are available directly from Oracle, free of charge, for a broad spectrum of world-class applications. The key item of note here is that these are being continually updated even as the applications themselves evolve. Oracle has pushed the bar further with the first set of Oracle VM Templates specifically built for Oracle Exalogic, adding to the Oracle VM Templates already available for standard hardware platforms. Oracle Exalogic Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite12.1.3, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1, Oracle’s PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52, Oracle’s Siebel CRM 8.1.1.8 and 8.2.2, Agile PLM 9.3.1.2 and Value Chain Planning 12.1.3.8 are available now. Making the Right Choice Choosing the right VM Template is a critical decision in the process. With the proliferation of deployment models including cloud-based, on-premise, and hybrid approaches, the decision for an application manager is not an easy one. As one might expect, there are a variety of choices available in this area, although a closer examination suggests that an Oracle VM Template selection is the best approach. Let’s start with a comparison against VMware. As one of the legacy providers in the virtualization area, the vendor knows a thing or two about the topic. The company’s Virtual Appliance Market Place has become a place where the company’s partners, user community and third-party vendors can post virtual appliances - similar to Oracle VM Templates - and the vCloud Director can then use them to build multi-tier applications or launch them as needed. Here is where the differences start to come in: Certified and Supported: Oracle provides 100+ fully certified Oracle VM Templates for all Oracle Applications, O/S, DB, Middleware and Enterprise Manager at eDelivery. With VMware, the responsibility to deliver and support is with numerous individual providers. Cost: Oracle provides all its VM Templates free. Oracle VM license has zero cost and the templates are engineered by Oracle. Did I mention available for free? The only licensing fee required is the Oracle Application(s). With VMware, it is left to the providers whether and how much to charge. Automation: Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) allows you to manually build virtual assemblies or one can introspect an existing Oracle Application deployment and automatically build equivalent assemblies to launch as needed. With VMware, introspection is a manual process which is very time consuming and prone to errors and omissions. Stability: Oracle provides stable solutions for the Oracle Exalogic environment. VMware has announced its intention to divest the vFabric products to parent company EMC-owned Pivotal Initiatives subsidiary, resulting in a lot of uncertainty. 7-10x Faster: An independent study by the Evaluator Group found that “Oracle VM Templates on Oracle VM 3.1.1was magnitudes faster than traditional install performed on a VMware vSphere 5 deployment.” Magnitudes! The decision should be fairly clear versus VMware. Now let’s take a look at IBM’s offerings in this area. The table below provides the details; however, some of the themes that stand out are the following: Cost: Oracle’s VM Template offerings are available for a zero license fee, fully certified, without risk, and backed by Oracle support. The converse is true for IBM where add-on products are licensed separately, incrementally adding to cost and risk. Ease of Access: Oracle’s VM Templates are available via download. For IBM customers, a myriad of partners and third-party providers create a jumble of separately licensed offerings.   Automation: The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) can introspect an existing Oracle Application Deployment and automatically create an “equivalent” virtual assembly, without requiring manual work. Standardized IT Process: OVAB allows customers to encapsulate the metadata about the applications, i.e., how it should be deployed, managed, into the assembly. This is critical for IT as it helps to encapsulate expertise inside a format that is repeatable, hence making the error-prone process of deployment risk free and error free. This leads to a reduction of operating expenses—all good for IT! The detailed table follows, but I think the expected outcome is clear. Category IBM Oracle Oracle Differentiators Product IBM Workload Deployer (IWD) is hardware appliance which needs to be licensed separately. Provides no runtime environment for applications. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) is included as a feature of WebLogic Suite (and Exalogic). OVAB is also available for use with purchase of OVM at no additional charge. IBM provides a hardware appliance with no application runtime capabilities or any real HW/SW optimization. IBM customers cannot repurpose existing hardware. Oracle provides software based solution with WebLogic Application Server runtime that can be installed on existing hardware. Patterns, Templates, Assemblies 5 patterns from IBM and 134 patterns from third-party vendors need to be licensed separately in addition to the middleware components used in the pattern. Certified templates and assemblies for Oracle OSes, DB, Middleware and Applications for free download from http://eDelivery.oracle.com. Support for majority of IBM Patterns has to come from multiple vendors. Oracle provides fully certified templates, and customers and partners can add their own templates. Software Cost and Complexity Numerous licenses. Charge for all software, hardware plus patterns and products along with management tools from IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and others Free OVAB, Oracle VM Templates for Oracle products and Oracle OSes from eDelivery, Oracle VM Manager, Ops Center with basic EM12c Cloud Control. Customers pay only for Oracle DB, Middleware and Apps. Complexity and cost are very high for IBM. Oracle solution is simpler to use leading to faster time to value and lower TCO. Build Automation Heavy dependency on IBM services for customer application patterns beyond the available patterns “Introspection” and automatic build of virtual assemblies for Oracle Application deployments, pre-built assemblies for key Oracle Applications and interactive assembly building of user applications by users using a GUI. Customers usually have to engage IBM services for customization and development of custom patterns beyond what is available out of the box. Choice of Hypervisor Platforms Broader hypervisor support (VMware vSphere, Red Hat KVM and IBM PowerVM) Oracle VM only. IBM choice of platforms also brings in the complexity of multi-vendor support, multiple management tools and numerous licensing requirements. Your particular configuration may not have been tested by IBM. Oracle provides complete stack and single vendor accountability for support. Unified Management IWD adds yet another management console to already scattered and overlapping management interfaces and consoles spanning Tivoli, Rational and WebSphere. Oracle provides manageability into each product and exposes it in a meaningful way through one integrated management environment through Enterprise Manager platform and associated workload specific integrated management packs IBM customers must decipher scattered and overlapping functionality leading to higher management cost, risk and TCO. The figure below shows the ease with which organizations can download and deploy Oracle VM Templates. It should also be noted that engagement-based offerings, such as from IBM, do not receive full support from the vendor, may (and generally do) cost significantly higher and result in risk for customers due to community dependent support. Oracle’s offering provides the simplicity that IT departments and application managers are seeking primarily as a result of our engineered system approach and control over the full stack: Oracle Exalogic hardware and software, Oracle Linux O/S, Oracle DB, Oracle Apps, Oracle Middleware and Oracle EM Management. Oracle can provide a complete solution that is ready to go into production with a few clicks. Oracle VM Templates are the fastest, easiest, most reliable way to deploy Oracle solutions.

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Why IT Innovation? Why Now?

Every organization strives to innovate, not only because itdrives growth, but also because it helps avoid the unexpected downside that canresult from a disruptive new technology, a shift in customer preferences, anothercompany’s game-changing business model or upheaval in the market. In order to innovate strategically and continually,companies must encourage and manage experimentation at every level throughout theorganization. A recent survey by The Economist, ‘CultivatingBusiness-led Innovation’, shows that while organizations are starting tofocus on getting all departments involved in innovation, IT is under-represented.Many enterprises think of IT as a department to implement rather than generateinnovation. According to the Economist, this is a huge missed opportunity. ITinnovation is more important now than ever as organizations look for ways toharness technology trends like big data, mobile, cloud and social to makebetter decisions, improve business processes and engage more effectively withcustomers. How can your organization address this missed opportunity? Whatstrategies can be used to promote innovation inside and outside of IT? How canthe right business application platform help drive innovation? Registerhere for the on-demand webcast “Cultivating IT Innovation with OracleExalogic and Oracle Exadata”. Find answers to these questions; get an overviewof the report, “Cultivating business-led innovation”, and hear stories fromleading companies that support IT innovation. Stay Connected WebLogic:

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Exalogic: System Administrator-Friendly Software

As a system administrator, you’re asked to pull together a huge array of technologies, tools, and products into a working system while addressing performance problems, security threats and tight timelines. The last thing you need is yet another product that adds to your list of challenges. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is an engineered system that integrates compute, networking and storage hardware with virtualization, operating system and management software, for the purpose of running business applications. It comes with its own built-in management tool. So is Exalogic system administrator-friendly? Absolutely! Exalogic is easy to manageExalogic is easier to manage than traditional, non-integrated platforms. It is built from standard x86 based hardware components and runs standard Oracle Linux, Solaris and Oracle VM. The architecture is simpler with all components designed to work together in a limited number of pre-defined configurations requiring fewer tasks, less administration effort and simpler tooling. New environments can be provisioned in hours versus weeksWith Exalogic, sysadmins can provision new environments in hours rather than weeks. Because Exalogic is a shared pool of high density compute, storage and network resources, provisioning of new environments for development, testing or other projects simply involves allocation of these existing resources. The process can be fully automated and reduced to minutes if implemented as a cloud computing platform. Patching is easyLike any system, Exalogic benefits from regular patching. Oracle makes patching easier by providing patches for all Exalogic components in the form of pre-certified and pre-tested bundles.  Centralized management of all Oracle systemsOracle Enterprise Manager 12C (EM) is Oracle’s strategic systems management toolset for centrally managing all Oracle systems, including Exalogic. The core EM infrastructure is provided free of charge. In addition to integrating with lower level, hardware-centric tools, EM integrates with your existing systems management and helpdesk tools. Leverage your system administration skills with ExalogicComputing platforms still need experienced system administrators who understand business applications and can achieve the business goals of system performance, reliability and security. At the same time, Exalogic provides the integrated, cloud-aware management system that can simplify your administrative tasks and give you more time to focus on IT innovation and business growth. For the more information about achieving your performance, consolidation, manageability and supportability goals, read our white paper, "Oracle Exalogic: A Guide to Administration Tasks and Tools".

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The Exa-Logical Choice: Proven, High Performance, Cost-Effective. The Comparisons Pale.

Oracle introduced Engineered Systems to the world in 2008.Two years later, Exalogic built on this success with an integrated solutionthat delivered extreme performance, simplified maintenance, and also ran all ofyour applications. Since then, the engineered systems trend caught fire, withseveral industry analyst studies giving it credence. Now IBM comes out with its me-too offering, the PureApplicationSystem, a converged infrastructure system from IBM that doesn’t quite make thecut for a truly engineered system. A closer look reveals that Exalogic is the logical choicefor running business applications. For this post, we’ll compare the latest release of Oracle’s Exalogicto IBM’s PureApplication System and look at this from the customer’s eye. We’llfocus on three critical items: Performance, Simplicity, and Cost. I could arguethe merits of an arcane esoteric feature that allows me to play buzzword bingo.But, from a business’ perspective, it’s hard to argue there are three morevital considerations. Proven Business Performance Oracle Exalogic has been in the market for two years, with customers in 43 countries, 22industries, along with 340 certified partner solutions. The question I wouldask is: How many production customers does PureApplications have? The silenceis deafening. PureApplication Systems are the very definition of unproven. What about business applications performance you ask? Good question. Here’s where a picture is worth a thousand(or more) words. Take a look at the charts below. Each successive OracleExalogic release is delivering better performance. The benchmark results showrecord performance for every application. (Note that the Standard Hardwareconfigurations mentioned below are Intel Xeon processors running with the sameCPU and memory characteristics as Oracle Exalogic - meaning Intel Xeon @ 2.93GHz with 96 GB RAM, NFS mounted storage, over a 1GigE network.) This is quite impressive in an age where even a one seconddelay in page load time results in decreasing customer satisfaction and lowerconversion rates. This is the kind of performance business applications needand receive with Oracle Exalogic. How is this possible? Well, an Oracle Engineered System is acomplete package of best-of-breed storage, compute, network, operating systemand software products that are integrated, tested, tuned, optimized, deliveredand supported as a single factory-assembled unit. With specific configurations,all the guesswork around sizing, configuration, and compatibility is removed. What’s left is just extreme performance. Application performance is the other piece here. 70,000+application customers give Oracle deep domain expertise in the applicationsspace. It is this expertise that is on full display via the applicationoptimizations achieved through engineered integration between software andhardware components. This is why Exalogic customers receive benefits like quickertime to value, better manageability, faster performance and lower risk. The problem with PureApplication Systems is that IBM runs avariety of Operating Systems and hypervisors, each of which has differentperformance characteristics so it cannot possibly optimize forperformance. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, PureApplicationSystems integrate computing, storage, and networking but there is nothingaround deep hardware and software integration. This is where Exalogic shines making it the logical choicefor running business applications. There are a number of other performance related areas toconsider. These include: An Optimized Network for Software Performance viaExabus Middleware optimized for running businessapplications including WebLogic,Coherence Data Grid, and Oracle RAC Built-in Intelligent Application Load-Balancing,Traffic Routing & Load Control, and Content Caching Unfortunately, IBM’s PureApplication Systems are unable tomatch Oracle in these areas as well. Simplicity When the discussion is around simplicity, unified managementis a critical component. Exalogic has this in spades. Unfortunately, IBMgenerally tends to score on the low end of “ease of use” surveys. With its deep integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager - includedwith the Exalogic license, I might add - Oracle is the only vendor in theindustry that can offer complete apps-to-disk management with a singlemanagement tool. This means that all aspects of the application stack (application,middleware, operating system, server hardware, storage & networking) aremanaged through a single pane of glass, with contextual drill-downs, soadministrators spend less time managing and monitoring their critical businessinfrastructure. Add to this the rich set of system tools and utilities that areincluded, and now businesses can perform detailed diagnostics. This approachintegrates hardware management across the infrastructure stack and extends theefficiencies associated with virtualization management tools to the applicationand database layers. This simplicity makes for streamlined operations, increasedproductivity, and reduced system downtime. And, it’s all standards based. Allgood things! On the flip side, IBM’s PureApplication Systems are built onPureFlex infrastructure, meaning that it inherits all the managementshortcomings of PureFlex systems as well. As an example, there are no less thanfour separate consoles just to manage the hardware elements of a PureApplicationSystem. This, of course, is also completely different from what most IBMcustomers use to manage existing IBM hardware. To add to the complexity on the IBM PureApplication Systems,the product does not allow for software installation without virtualization/hypervisor. Formany mission critical, performance-bound applications this restriction isunacceptable. Adding insult to injury, PureApplication Systems requiresapplications to be bundled in a virtualized pattern. As we know, allapplications are not supported by PureApplications Virtual Application Pattern.For example, EJB clustering or applications with remote EJB calls are not supported. Nor are any applications with database backedsessions or memory-memory replication. The black list continues withstand-alone EJB jar, stand-alone connector (RAR), shared libraries, and arbitraryassets (like .zips) for business level applications. Does that sound simple to you? Cost I couldn’t complete this post without a discussion of thecost component. I’ll start with a basic example. Exalogic providesvirtualization support at no cost with Oracle VM. PureApplication Systems willrequire an additional cost for management tools from VMware, Red Hat andothers…all leading to increased TCO for sure, not to mention higher complexity. Speaking of management tools, IBM needs to rely on third-partytools for complete management. Forexample, a reliance on Quest, Precise or Embarcadero is needed to providedatabase management solutions for IBM DB2 and Informix. By stitching togetherthis quilt, IBM PureApplication Systems customers will now also pay foradditional consulting services resulting in higher TCO. Taking it one step further, Oracle customers can leverageexisting licenses of WebLogic, Coherence, etc. with Exalogic. On the otherhand, IBM bakes in the software cost into the price of PureApplication Systemand does not allow customers to reuse, or migrate, their existing licenses ofWebSphere Application Server and DB2. Wait, there’s more. IBM PureApplication Systems Virtual Applications patternprovides the kind of customization options that turn flexibility into afour-letter word.  Currently, IBM supports only IBM middleware (WebSphereand DB2) for virtual application patterns. A limited number of third-partypatterns are available for purchase. But if you need to customize or build yourown pattern to suit corporate needs and requirements, significant time and effortwill be required; time and effort that will involve expensive IBM consultingservices, which of course, will add to the cost and result in a higher TCO. Another cost related consideration is thatstandardization yields dramatic cost benefits. When you have a system that isbuilt to work well in a certain way, well, that is what it does! Take a look at the graphic below. Oracle’sEngineered Systems are purpose-built for speed and cost-effectiveness. IBM gave it their best try, but they didn’t quite get there.Taken from this perspective, Oracle equals optimized and cost effective, while IBM’s approach isstill labor-intensive and costly. Buthey, they have to keep their Services business going somehow! Summing it Up Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. Icommend IBM for following in Oracle’s footsteps and validating the EngineeredSystems strategy. However, while it may be an improvement for IBM, PureApplicationSystems fall short against Oracle’s approach. It seems clear that Exalogic is the logical choice forrunning business applications. Oracle Exalogic IBM PureApplication System Proven System Availability 2 years ago GA end of July 2012 Customers worldwide 43 countries, 22 industries None Known eXtreme Performance Proven Performance - Documented Enterprise Business Applications Performance Improvement and Java Performance Improvement Yes – 60+ applications benchmarked No Built-in Intelligent Application Load-Balancing, Traffic Routing & Load Control, and Content Caching Yes No HW+SW Engineered Innovation Optimized Network for Software Performance - Exabus Yes No Optimized Middleware – WebLogic, Coherence Data Grid, Oracle RAC Yes No Simplicity Unified Application to Disk Management Platform Yes – Oracle Enterprise Manager Total Cloud Control No – Several Management and 3rd Party Products required Common Infrastructure for both Public and Private Cloud Yes – Oracle Public Cloud is based on Exa-System No – IBM Public Cloud is not based on PureApplication System Partner ISV Applications Certified 340 Approx. 80 Easy Application Certification Yes No Cost Effective Flexible Deployment Choice - Ability to deploy Applications with no-cost mission-critical virtualization or without the use of virtualization Yes No Flexible Licensing – Ability to leverage existing software licenses Yes No Mission Critical Virtualization Support at no cost Yes – Oracle VM No - Require 3rd Party VMware Easy to Manage and Deploy Application for faster time to value Yes No No cost OVAB/OVM templates and assemblies Yes No

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2012 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards for Oracle Exalogic

Companies from around the world were honored for their innovative solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware. This year’s 27 award winners, representing 11 countries and a wide span of industries, wowed the judges with a range of projects across eight product categories. 4 awards were given out to customers who demonstrated innovative application of Oracle Exalogic for their mission-critical applications.Below is an overview of the 4 businesses that won the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award for Oracle Exalogic this year. Company: Netshoes About: Leading online retailer of sporting goods in Latin America.Challenges: Rapid business growth resulted in frequent outages and poor response-time of online store-front Conventional ad-hoc approach to horizontal scaling resulted in high CAPEX and OPEX Poor performance and unavailability of online store-front resulted in revenue loss from purchase abandonment Solution: Consolidated ATG Commerce and Oracle WebLogic running on Oracle Exalogic.Business Impact:Reduced abandonment rates resulting in a two-digit increase in online conversion rates translating directly into revenue up-liftCompany: ClaroAbout: Leading communications services provider in Latin America.Challenges: Support business growth over the next 3  - 5 years while maximizing re-use of existing middleware and application investments with minimal effort and risk Solution: Consolidated Oracle Fusion Middleware components (Oracle WebLogic, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Tuxedo) and JAVA applications onto Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata.Business Impact:Improved partner SLA’s 7x while improving throughput 5X and response-time 35x for  JAVA applicationsCompany: ULAbout: Leading safety testing and certification organization in the world.Challenges: Transition from being a non-profit to a profit oriented enterprise and grow from a $1B to $5B in annual revenues in the next 5 years Undertake a massive business transformation by aligning change strategy with execution Solution: Consolidated Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, Siebel, BI, Hyperion) and Oracle Fusion Middleware (AIA, SOA Suite) on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle ExadataBusiness Impact:Reduced financial and operating risk in re-architecting IT services to support new business capabilities supporting 87,000 manufacturersCompany: Ingersoll RandAbout: Leading manufacturer of industrial, climate, residential and security solutions.Challenges: Business continuity risks due to complexity in enforcing consistent operational and financial controls; Re-active business decisions reduced ability to offer differentiation and compete Solution: Consolidated Oracle E-business Suite on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle ExadataBusiness Impact:Service differentiation with faster order provisioning and a shorter lead-to-cash cycle translating into higher customer satisfaction and quicker cash-conversionCheck out the winners of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards in other categories here.

Companies from around the world were honored for their innovative solutions using Oracle Fusion Middleware. This year’s 27 award winners, representing 11 countries and a wide span of industries, wowed...

Join me at OpenWorld 2012

For those of you that will be coming out to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 next ween in San Francisco, I encourage you to take a few minutes on Monday afternoon to come to my session on Oracle Exalogic.Click here for more info: CON9416 - Oracle Exalogic 2.0: Ready-to-Deploy, Mission-Critical Private CloudMy session is one of the first on Oracle Exalogic (one of the privileges of running Product Management for the product) and with that in mind it is going to be something of an introduction and overview.  The material I will present is tailored for C-level customers that are interested in the product but haven't really been exposed to it in any detail.  This is essentially the same sort of presentation I give to customers that visit Oracle HQ, and it provides context for all of the other excellent sessions that follow.During this session I will talk about:The macro-trends in the industry that are driving Exalogic strategy - IT-as-a-Service and infrastructure convergenceThe first two years of market success with Exalogic - who's bought it, why, and what their results have beenExalogic key features and differentiation - why it's the best possible platform for Oracle business applications and middlewareHow Exalogic performs, and why it is the hands-down performance champion of Enterprise cloud platformsIf you haven't signed up yet, please do.  I'd love to see you there.

For those of you that will be coming out to Oracle OpenWorld 2012 next ween in San Francisco, I encourage you to take a few minutes on Monday afternoon to come to my session on Oracle Exalogic. Click...

NINTENDO, CLARO and ALLEGIS GROUP @ Oracle Open World 2012 Conference Session (CON9418): The Business Case for Oracle Exalogic: A Customer Perspective

 Are you looking to deliver breakthrough performance for packaged and custom  applications? For many front-office applications such as Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle Transportation Management, and Oracle’s ATG and Siebel product families,  improved  performance leads directly to greater revenue or cost savings from the business - a  compelling  proposition. For back-office applications, improved performance has tangible benefits  in terms of  footprint reductions. For all applications, Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata provide an engineered solution that provides shorter time to value and lower operational costs. [Excerpt from Mohamad Afshar's Blog]The customers presenting include:1. Claro is part of America Movil with some 313 million subscribers. When Claro talk about growth they mean 100% increase in transactions a year, or more! Sandro Trindade Araújo will talk through how Claro moved to Exalogic for their Value Added Services Application and achieved a 3 month ROI!2. Allegis is a staffing company and as staffing companies do, tends to run very large payrolls, getting ever bigger! Guy Myers will talk through how Allegis is managing the problem of keeping ever tighter processing windows with Exalogic. 3. Nintendo, well not much really to say, Wii! Dave Tempero, Chief Architect at Nintendo will talk through what they are getting up to with Exalogic and Exadata as part of a new project. Although he may not share anything more than the project being new, he will share some perspectives on why it makes sense to deploy new projects running Oracle and ISV applications on Exalogic. 4. Cognizant's growth has been nothing short of astronomical. With growth come challenges related to ensuring adequate training for employees. In this session Aaron De Los Reyes will talk through how Cognizant deployed Exalogic for their E-learning application running internally. Some of the headlines include getting rid of 70 P-series servers with 1 Exalogic one, a 90% reduction in trouble tickets and 8x increase in capacity for compute node / server and a 4x improvement in response times for end users Hear senior business leaders from Nintendo, Claro and Allegis Group discuss how the business value of  leveraging Oracle Exalogic at the following conference session at Oracle Open World 2012: Session:  CON9418 - The Business Case for Oracle Exalogic: A Customer PerspectiveDate: Monday, 1 Oct, 2012Time: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (PST)Venue: Moscone South (306)

 Are you looking to deliver breakthrough performance for packaged and custom  applications? For many front-office applications such as Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle Transportation Management, and...

BOEING, EA and UNDERWRITER LABS @ Oracle Open World 2012 General Session (GEN9504): Innovation Platform for Oracle Apps, including Oracle Fusion Applications

 What does it take to deliver social, mobile, cloud and business analytic      capabilities? Oracle Fusion Middleware is the leading innovation platform for today’s new    business  applications and the building-block of Oracle Fusion Applications.  Join Amit Zavery,  Vice President of Fusion Middleware Product Management discuss Oracle Fusion  Applications’ architecture and the strategy roadmap for Oracle Fusion Middleware. Underwriter Laboratories is the world’s leading provider of product safety and certification testing services.  To support its business growth from $1B to $5B in the next 5 years Underwriter Laboratories is undergoing a major business transformation. Underpinning Underwriter Laboratories's growth plans and associated business transformation is a major Datacenter Modernization effort to consolidate its existing Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, Siebel CRM, BI etc.) and middleware components (Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle AIA etc.) on a standardized application platform. Underwriter Labs has identified Oracle Engineered Systems (Exalogic and Exadata) as the cornerstone of its Datacenter Modernization endeavor which will eventually support 10,000 employees, 87,000 manufactures and 600,000 catalog items.  Hear senior business leaders from Boeing, Electronic Arts and Underwriters  Laboratories discuss how their organizations are leveraging Oracle Fusion Middleware and  Oracle Applications to improve productivity, lower IT costs and lay a  foundation for business  innovation at the following general session at Oracle Open World 2012: Session:  GEN9504 - General Session: Innovation Platform for Oracle Apps, Including Oracle Fusion ApplicationsDate: Monday, 1 Oct, 2012Time: 10:45 am - 11:45 am (PST)Venue: Moscone West (3002 / 3004)

 What does it take to deliver social, mobile, cloud and business analytic      capabilities? Oracle Fusion Middleware is the leading innovation platform for today’s new    business  applications and...

HYUNDAI @ Oracle Open World 2012 General Session (GEN9449): Engineered Systems - From Vision to Game-Changing Results

 Why do data centers still demand an “assembly required” approach? This necessity  proves costly and complex, forces customers to deal with a wide range of vendors  for each  application, and fails to deliver performance optimization for application and data  workloads.  Oracle believes that systems (just like automobiles) should be designed and engineered “at the  factory” with the goal of reducing customers’ costs and complexity and delivering extreme performance, reliability, availability, and simplicity with a higher degree of automation.  Hyundai Motor Company was founded in 1967 and since then has become a global brand in the automotive industry. Hyundai Motor Company’s was looking for a solution to manage its intellectual capital by capturing and facilitating re-use of knowledge of its thousands of employees. To achieve this Hyundai Motor Company set out to build a centralized document management platform that will allow its 30,000 knowledge workers to collaborate by sharing documents in a secure manner, anytime, anywhere. Furthermore this new knowledge management platform would bring about significant improvements in employee productivity.  Hear senior business leaders from Hyundai speak about the role and benefits of running their knowledge management platform on the Oracle family of engineered systems at the following general session at Oracle Open World 2012: Session: GEN9499 - General Session: Engineered Systems—From Vision to Game-Changing Results Date: Monday, 1 Oct, 2012Time: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (PST)Venue: Moscone West (2002 / 2004)

 Why do data centers still demand an “assembly required” approach? This necessity  proves costly and complex, forces customers to deal with a wide range of vendors  for each  application, and fails to...

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Oracle Exalogic in Higher-Education: Virtual Learning Environments

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] In the quest to become the leading education institutions of choice  and draw world-class academic and student talent forward-thinking universities continue to embrace and evolve ICT to further their agenda in learning, teaching and research. However the global and domestic financial and operating environments impacting universities have grown increasingly challenging applying increased pressure in two ways. From a revenue perspective, the potential of a second global financial crisis looms large, with the potential to trigger yet another global recession. While education sector has been less affected by economic cycles in the past, the unprecedented level of economic turmoil that exists today makes it difficult to anticipate the revenue ramifications. From a cost perspective, further globalisation has greatly increased the competitive nature of the higher education sector, especially so due the boom in demand for education services and proliferation of education providers in emerging markets. So how are leading universities preparing themselves to respond to this challenge and what sort of transformation are they hoping to realize? Integral to achieving their goal of attracting top student talent is being able to provide outstanding student experience. While enhancing the campus based experience is still very important, universities are increasingly looking to augment physical campus based learning with virtual, online delivery of educational programs and services. To offer students an engaging, stimulating and fun environment for learning universities have invested in a range of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at the core of which is the Student Portal, the Learning Management System and Student self-services such as IT help-desk etc. Periodically universities need to undertake a major refresh of these applications to deliver the next generation, collaborative and mobile learning experience. In addition to this, back-office university information systems must support seamless and cost effective access to information for decision making, and transactional services. Universities increasingly want to deliver shared services in collaboration with other institutions. As such universities are refreshing their back-office finance and resource planning applications with to ensure they can drive efficiency in their critical budget planning and operations processes.Now there are many other applications universities rely on to manage their infrastructure, administrative services, alumni services and so on. A key challenge facing universities in their large-scale application modernization efforts is that upgrading to modern applications places further demands on data-centre infrastructure include storage, compute nodes and networking gear. Not to mention, refreshing the data-centre infrastructure entails integration risk due to multi-vendor procurement, testing, tuning and optimization. An approach to IT that worked well in the past centered around plugging the gaps in desired capability and driven by ad-hoc requests. However the sustainability of that approach is becoming a real impediment to optimizing CAPEX and OPEX budgetary controls given the woes of infrastructure fragmentation. As such universities are now standardizing their infrastructure and consolidate core applications on an open standards based environment. This is what is shifting their thinking towards engineered systems from Oracle including Oracle Exadata for the data tier and Oracle Exalogic for the middle tier. Broadly speaking, there are primarily 3 factors why Oracle Exalogic has become the logical choice of running business applications for higher education institutions:Firstly, Oracle Exalogic has enabled universities to accelerate the go-live time for application modernization by providing a pre-integrated, pre-tested, pre-optimized and pre-tuned infrastructure that enables end-to-end apps-to-disk management. Secondly, Oracle Exalogic has allowed universities to consolidate application workloads, thus reducing the number of physical servers and further improving data-centre density through virtualization. This has brought cost savings in terms of software licenses, maintenance and energy consumption. Thirdly, Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata have allowed universities to shift towards a private cloud platform model for metering and charging computing resources as multi-tenant services, effectively transforming their IT from a cost-center to a profit-center. Find out more, at the upcoming Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 Launch.

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] In the quest to become the leading education institutions of choice  and draw world-class academic and student talent forward-thinkinguniversities...

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Oracle Exalogic in Retail: e-Commerce

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] Like is the case with most fast-growing business, rapid growth itself creates certain challenges from an operational perspective and this is truer than ever in the e-commerce space. Today, consumers increasingly want a more sophisticated online shopping experience including higher degree of personalization, real-time promotions and guided purchase journeys. Yet consumers are becoming increasingly impatient and highly intolerant of the slightest of delays.Thus online retailers can no longer afford to have system outages or down-times or poor response times even during periods of peak demand. In our conversations with online retailers there exists a unanimous consensus that, in even in online retail, shopping experience symbolizes value, quality and trust. As such online retailers are expected to move beyond simply delivering on their promises to consumers to exploring ways to exceed consumer expectations. Online retailers are trying to drive improvements in their online operations across three dimensions: Deliver a superior online shopping experience to their customers in terms of application response time. Eliminate down-time of their e-commerce applications with fault-tolerance at each layer of the IT stack including storage, networking, servers, operating systems and application server. Do more with less. Retailers recognize that their core competence is online retailing and not building or assembling high-performance data-centre infrastructure. Thus retailers want to simplify their IT infrastructure in terms of manageability and OPEX by running their applications on fewer yet faster systems. From an IT perspective the quest to deliver superior online shopping experiences by adding newer online services comes down to improving throughput and mitigating outages. Broadly speaking, there are primarily 3 factors why Oracle Exalogic has become the logical choice of running business applications for online retailers: Firstly, perhaps most importantly, the primary metric of success for online retailers is “Conversion Rates” i.e. percentage of site visits translating into sales. With Oracle Exalogic retailers are already experiencing up-to double-digit improvement in conversion rates. Every 0.1% improvement in conversion rates creates a size-able revenue up-lift. Secondly, online retailers have been able to consolidate their applications environment from hundreds of system down to a few Exalogic systems. The reduction in physical data-centre footprint has been in up-to double-digit numbers. This brings savings in terms of hardware, software, labor and energy requirements. Thirdly, with Oracle Exalogic, retailers have been able to deliver newer online services and improve performance of existing applications without incurring the delay and integration risk associated with a piece-meal, multi-vendor, data-centre technology stack. With Oracle Exalogic online retailers have been able to reduce go-live times of their application modernization projects significantly thereby shortening the strategy-execution gap and lowering operational risk. Find out more, at the upcoming Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 Launch.

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] Like is the case with most fast-growing business, rapid growth itself creates certain challenges from an operational perspective and this istruer...

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Oracle Exalogic in Public Sector: Law Enforcement

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] The mandate for government law enforcement agencies is to safe-guard the protect the public against instruments of terror and enforce legislation. Ensuring authorized entry or exit of people, keeping unauthorized and dangerous immigrants under check and monitoring large scale goods movement is clearly one of the most critical and demanding operating environments. Processing thousands of people and vehicles places extreme demands on the underlying IT infrastructure. To support their mission critical operations, governments rely on massive data center facilities typically dispersed across multiple locations. Such IT operations are managed by several thousand personnel. When it is a matter of national security, failure is not an option under any circumstances. Uninterrupted 24x7x365 operation is a necessity, since an hour of downtime can back up thousands of people at the borders during peak traffic times. Needless to say, the IT solutions law enforcement agencies require must offer utmost reliability, scalability, and security. Given the mission-critical nature of their operations, homeland security agencies are looking to evolve their IT infrastructure in a sustainable manner so as to cater to both existing and future workloads. The overarching priority for law enforcement agencies is to reduce data center costs through application and infrastructure consolidation. The challenge with the traditional approach is that: Parts are not guaranteed to work together. There are too many possible variations and a lack of standardization. The final product is not optimized for best performance or maintenance. There is no overall warranty. The Engineered Systems approach to data centre operations is a paradigm shift from the traditional approach of assembling disparate layers of storage, networking, compute nodes, operating systems and so on. Broadly speaking, there are primarily 3 factors why Oracle Exalogic has become the logical choice of running business applications for law enforcement agencies: Firstly, by virtualizing the middle-tier infrastructure, Oracle Exalogic enables law enforcement agencies to eliminate large-scale, legacy systems. Moreover, consolidating multiple platforms onto a smaller number of machines requires very little or no modification of the application code. The benefit of physical and virtual consolidation is a manifold reduction in data center footprints and accompanying energy savings (in terms of cooling and consumption). Secondly, the simplicity of managing a distributed private cloud middle-tier infrastructure in another important deciding factor. Distributed systems often require separate teams to manage the various solution components. As a result, root-cause analysis can be subject to undue complexity as multiple vendors claim that others are responsible for the issues at hand. With Oracle Exalogic, there is an single touch-point for any support issue involving Oracle Applications, middleware, compute nodes, networking and storage. Thirdly, Exalogic has native integration with Exadata, Oracle’s engineered system for OLTP workloads. Having a standardized data-tier on Exadata creates unmatched synergies in running the middle-tier on Oracle Exalogic. Find out more, at the upcoming Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 Launch.

[Re-posted from blogs.oracle.com/applicationplatform] The mandate for government law enforcement agencies is to safe-guard the protect thepublic against instruments of terror and enforce...

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Performance - What? How? Why?

 A series of blogs posts offering a conceptual perspective of Performance by answering What?, How? and Why? Performance has been the lingua franca for IT vendors for some decades now. When asked about the merit of a product be it hardware, software or even a framework, the instinctive response of vendors is to proclaim superiority of their product in terms of  Performance - "5x Performance Gains", "micro latency", "2ms response time", "10 million transactions/sec", etc., and more, the list is endless. With due respect to the R&D efforts behind developing exceptional software and hardware products, i find it bewildering and beguiling when sales, marketing (and sometimes technical people) draw a simplistic connection between Performance and business value. For instance, how do you connect the dots when someone says "5X performance improvement in XYZ leads to faster time-to-market"? Surely there must be a connection but i find the leap of imagination delusional.  The graphic below depicts the dimensions of Performance, underlying technological approaches to drive improvements in those dimensions and maps the technology capabilities to the notion of Capacity, Utilization and Efficiency embracing the Queuing Theory perspective. For the full post, Click here.

 A series of blogs posts offering a conceptual perspective of Performance by answering What?, How? and Why? Performance has been the lingua franca for IT vendors for some decades now. When asked about...

Grid, Cloud and Engineered System

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is not a new product.  At least not in the usual sense of the description. Exalogic is a system engineered (built) from well known best of breed component products, each of which is well established, well known and generally matrue.  What is new and unique about Exalogic is the integration of those components - the system as a whole, and the software "glue" that binds the system together and elevates the system beyond merely being the sum of it's parts.  Exalogic is, in many respects, the productization of the integration and development work that our customers have been forced to do for years.  Building a platform from a stack of components is not, and has never been, nearly as easy, quick or error free as many people believed, and maintaining such systems is a remarkably costly and complex long term commitment.  Perhaps the main reason these costs and risks were not more of a focus of our attention before today (or at least didn't seem to be) is simply because we accepted them as a fact of life: this work was, almost by definition, what IT organizations did for a living.  Only recently, with the advent of Cloud and a wave of vendor consoilidation, has it become clear that there are now (finally) real choices to be made.  For organizations that want to concentrate their resources on their core business, we now have alternatives that allow vendors to shoulder an larger share of the burden of simply 'keeping the lights on'.  For Oracle, this change has been one of our ambitions for several years. Oracle Exalogic is key part of Oracle's long term strategy for datacenter and application platform evolution, which we began back in 2006 with the Oracle Database 10g release (the "g" stands for "Grid").  Oracle's observation, at that time, was that the majority of IT costs, risk and inflexibility are the result of "application silos".  Most large organizations approached new application projects, such as deploying an ERP system or a data warehouse, as an engineering project that involved building a complete infrastructure from the ground up.  While competence, facilities, vendors and the like would be re-used from project to project, the resulting applications were very deep multi-layered systems that were ultimately very sophisticated, complex, unique and proprietary.  The result was that projects were long (and hard to plan), expensive to execute (typically requiring many outside expert consultants) and resulted in systems that were difficult to integrate and costly to own. Many of Oracle's largest customers were already taking steps to reduce costs by encouraging standardization of components and architectural approaches as a means of improving supply chain efficiency and re-use of components and competence between projects. While this new focus on standardization was clearly the right first step, Oracle realized that even greater benefits could be realized if IT organizations went further and began consolidating applications onto common infrastructure.  Not only would customers use the same type of server hardware or database software for multiple applications, they would actually use the very same physical servers and database or application server instances.  This consolidation would amplify the benefits of standardization and represent the logical end state for any serious standardization initiative.  To make this possible, however, Oracle realized that there were many technical challenges that would need to be overcome, and embraced the notion of "grids" as the model for this type of consolidation.   Many of the key management, scalability and reliability features of the 10g and 11g releases of Oracle's Fusion Middleware and Database products were the result of our work with customers that agreed with Oracle's approach and felt that Grid architecture was indeed the natural next step.  Technologies like Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Oracle Coherence were direct results of this new focus on Grid architecture. Even though Grid architecture represented a huge step forward and resulted in very significant savings and new efficiency, the rate at which IT organizations were expanding their use of technology and growing through acquisition continued to accelerate.  In 2008 and 2009 it became obvious to Oracle that the complexities of consolidation could not be adequately addressed by an approach that involved only the management, Application and Database grid software alone.  Oracle's customers were increasingly frustrated by the complexity of developing their own platforms, from disk to application, for applications which they did not develop themselves and the implementation of which did not represent any real opportunity for differentiation from competitors.  Our customers began to ask why we were not doing more to relieve them of the need to invest in projects that were ultimately not their core business.   Our answer was to partner with HP to introduce the first turn-key engineered system for Data Warehousing, called the Exadata Database Machine.  As the technology developed and the level of market acceptance for this approach grew, it became clear to Oracle that our future was in Engineered Systems. Today, we are entering a new era in IT, where enterprises demand the option of deploying applications on external infrastructure (public clouds), purchasing complete ready-to-run engineered systems or baskets of best-of-breed components.  Decisions are made based on many factors, such as analysis of initial capital costs, security and business continuity requirements, and whether they feel that a given project represents an opportunity for differentiation and competitive advantage. Oracle Exalogic is an ideal solution for customers that are seeking to balance all of their concerns and want to combine the flexibility of cloud-like management models with the cost efficiency of application consolidation on a turn-key hardware/software platform.  With Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata together, we are confident that there is no better environment for consolidation of Oracle applications, in particular.

The Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is not a new product.  At least not in the usual sense of the description. Exalogic is a system engineered (built) from well known best of breed component products,...

What is Oracle Exalogic?

Exalogic is a complete hardware and software platform for Enterprise applications delivered by Oracle as pre-assembled building blocks that are easy to buy, deploy and operate.  Exalogic is an Engineered System: an assemblage of best-of-breed storage, compute, network, operating system and software products that are integrated, tested, tuned, optimized, delivered and supported by Oracle as a single factory-assembled unit.  Exalogic is not an appliance (because it allows flexible configuration and supports a wide range of applications), and it is not a blueprint (since implementation is done by Oracle, not by the customer). Exalogic is designed to provide extreme high performance, reliability, ease-of-use and versatility without being a proprietary, closed system with high total cost of ownership and vendor lock-in.  Exalogic is everything enterprises love about both mainframes and open systems with none of the stuff they don't.  Exalogic is the realization of a new way of looking at the role of IT in the modern enterprise. Exalogic supports CICS applications and COBOL (Oracle Tuxedo ART), Java SE and EE applications, the vast majority of the Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio and standard Linux and Solaris applications, (all blazingly fast).  Exalogic is the evolution of Oracle's Grid architecture, fulfilling the role of the Application Grid and complimenting Oracle Exadata, which fills the role of the Database Grid.  Taken together, these two products provide a complete "Private Cloud in a box" platform that is ideal for consolidation of mission-critical enterprise applications.

Exalogic is a complete hardware and software platform for Enterprise applications delivered by Oracle as pre-assembled building blocks that are easy to buy, deploy and operate.  Exalogic is...