Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Kdump configuration For Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software

Kdump is the Linux kernel crash-dump mechanism. In the event of a server crash, Kdump creates a memory image (vmcore) that can help in determining the cause of the crash. Enabling Kdump requires you to reserve a portion of system memory for exclusive use by Kdump. This memory is unavailable for other uses. Oracle recommends that you enable the Kdump feature in order to provide effective debugging of server crashes.

Details on how to enable kdump on Exalogic, both physical and virtual, are in MOS Doc 1996649.1

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

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 Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster – what is it, where can we use it, how do we install it, etc. Just recently someone asked me, “We have procured a new SuperCluster T5-8 rack. We also have EECS licenses. Now what do we do next? How do we get EECS up and running on this rack? “. In general, there seems to be some mystery surrounding EECS for SuperCluster. This post will help address questions like these.

Oracle Engineered Systems are designed and optimized to run specific workloads. Oracle SuperCluster is our SPARC-based Engineered System that combines the power of Oracle Exadata for running the database tier, and Oracle Exalogic for running the application tier in a single rack. SuperCluster integrates with optional EECS to run business applications and middleware components better and faster.

So what is EECS for SuperCluster? Simply put, EECS for SuperCluster has two distinct parts:

1. EECS Optimizations built in to Oracle Fusion Middleware products like WebLogic, Coherence and Tuxedo, designed to make your applications run a lot faster and better on SuperCluster

2. Oracle Traffic Director (OTD), a highly available software load-balancer over InfiniBand network fabric. OTD front-ends all requests coming in to the SuperCluster Rack and balances the load across multiple application instances running within the rack, keeping the traffic over high-speed InfiniBand fabric at all times

So where can I use Exalogic Software on SuperCluster? There are two primary use cases:

1. Improve performance and reliability of your business applications using EECS Optimizations. These optimizations, license-restricted to EECS only, are actually built in our upper stack Fusion Middleware products like WebLogic, Coherence, Tuxedo, etc. They are very easy to use. There is no EECS software 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 from an admin console or inside a configuration file. And you will see up to 10 times better performance and reliability for Java and Fusion Middleware-based applications – Oracle apps, ISV Apps and custom Apps.

2. Load balancing over InfiniBand fabric using Oracle Traffic Director (OTD). OTD is our software load balancer and gives you the ability to load balance requests across multiple application instances running inside a SuperCluster rack. Your EECS license entitles you to download, install and use OTD software on SuperCluster. OTD is fully integrated with WebLogic. It is the best load balancer to front end multiple WebLogic managed servers. It can detect WebLogic server instances going down and can automatically route requests to remaining healthy servers. OTD can also be used as a reverse proxy.

To summarize, EECS on SuperCluster is

  • Easy to use

o EECS Optimizations built in Fusion Middleware products, no EECS installation needed

o These are license-only entitlements. So all you need is the EECS license

o Can be used with simple configuration changes, as simple as turning on a switch

  • Offers unmatched benefits

o Up to 10 times better application performance & reliability

o Oracle Traffic Director – Built-in high speed software load balancer on IB, at no extra cost

o Supports sub-capacity licensing

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

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) Toolkit 14.2, Oracle introduced STIGfix, a tool that can be used to harden guest vServers and physical compute nodes on an Exalogic machine running at minimum EECS Virtual or Physical.   STIGfix is installed and available for use when you install ELLC 14.2 in your environment.

STIGs are security configuration standards defined by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) an agency within the United States Department of Defense.  More information on STIGs can be found here

Before using STIGfix you must ensure that 'root' is not the only user as once run, direct SSH access to the vServer or compute node as 'root' user will be restricted. Configuring which STIGs are applied to your environment is simple and done by editing the stigfix.json file, which specifies the STIGs the tool will apply or skip.  After running the STIGfix tool, rollback scripts are generated in the backup directory to rollback any STIG you applied that were not intended or had an adverse 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 running the Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 base image

Detailed instructions for use of STIGfix can be found in the STIGfix user guide available at

Monday Feb 16, 2015

7-Eleven's Digital Guest Experience

7-Eleven embarked on an innovation campaign to connect with customers through a digital guest experience - learn how the Digital Guest Experience is used in 8,500+ stores for 8+ million customers every day, 24x7, by deploying private cloud, PaaS and SaaS on Oracle Exalogic.

Related 7-Eleven blog posts - 

7-Eleven 10-minute application provisioning

7-Eleven mobile app powered by SOA Suite

Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

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 manage
Exalogic 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 weeks
With 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 easy
Like 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 systems
Oracle 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 Exalogic
Computing 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".

Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Webinar: Meeting Customer Expectations in the New Age of Retail

Webcast Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 10am PT/ 1pm ET

The retail market has expanded into the online, mobile, and social worlds. But the key to success hasn’t changed since the days of traditional, brick-and-mortar business. It’s still about service. A successful retailer today in omni-channel customer engagement must be able to deliver quality service that meets customer expectations.

For many retailers, Oracle Web commerce applications help them achieve that success, allowing them to market, interact, and transact across multiple channels in a predictable, consistent, and personalized manner. Join us for this Webcast, and learn what Oracle applications can do for your business.

In this session, we will discuss:
  • The significance and dimensions of modern omni-channel customer experience
  • The Oracle Commerce platform
  • Real-world examples of business value derived by running customer-facing applications on Oracle Engineered Systems
Register today


Sanjeev Sharma
Principal Product Director, Oracle Exalogic,

Kelly Goetsch
Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle Commerce,

Dan Conway
Senior Product Manager, Oracle Retail,

Monday Oct 15, 2012

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.

  • 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

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-lift

Company: Claro
About: Leading communications services provider in Latin America.

  • Support business growth over the next 3  - 5 years while maximizing re-use of existing middleware and application investments with minimal effort and risk

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 applications

Company: UL
About: Leading safety testing and certification organization in the world.

  • 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

Consolidated Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite, Siebel, BI, Hyperion) and Oracle Fusion Middleware (AIA, SOA Suite) on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata
Business Impact:
Reduced financial and operating risk in re-architecting IT services to support new business capabilities supporting 87,000 manufacturers

Company: Ingersoll Rand
About: Leading manufacturer of industrial, climate, residential and security solutions.

  • Business continuity risks due to complexity in enforcing consistent operational and financial controls;
  • Re-active business decisions reduced ability to offer differentiation and compete

Consolidated Oracle E-business Suite on Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata
Business Impact:
Service differentiation with faster order provisioning and a shorter lead-to-cash cycle translating into higher customer satisfaction and quicker cash-conversion

Check out the winners of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation awards in other categories here.

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Supercharging the Performance of Your Front-Office Applications @ OOW'12

You can increase customer satisfaction, brand equity, and ultimately top-line revenue by deploying  Oracle ATG Web Commerce, Oracle WebCenter Sites, Oracle Endeca applications, Oracle’s  Siebel applications, and other front-office applications on Oracle Exalogic, Oracle’s combination  of hardware and software for applications and middleware.

Join me (Sanjeev Sharma) and my colleague, Kelly Goetsch, at the following conference session at Oracle Open World to find out how Customer Experience can be transformed with Oracle Exalogic:

Session:  CON9421 - Supercharging the Performance of Your Front-Office Applications with Oracle Exalogic
Date: Wednesday, 3 Oct, 2012
Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am (PST)
Venue: Moscone South (309)

Monday Sep 24, 2012

If you want to learn all about Exalogic in 6 minutes, watch this demo!

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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 Perspective
Date: Monday, 1 Oct, 2012
Time: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (PST)
Venue: Moscone South (306)

Saturday Sep 22, 2012

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 Applications
Date: Monday, 1 Oct, 2012
Time: 10:45 am - 11:45 am (PST)
Venue: Moscone West (3002 / 3004)

Friday Sep 21, 2012

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, 2012
Time: 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm (PST)
Venue: Moscone West (2002 / 2004)

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

OOW12: Focus On Oracle Exalogic

Oracle Open World 2012 is around the corner and we have 36 sessions covering Oracle Exalogic from a technical, business and product strategy perspective.

To make sense of the madness and help you plan your itinerary here is the consolidated list of sessions:

Note: To get the most up-to-date list of Exalogic sessions at OOW, click here.

Monday Aug 27, 2012

Buy This Book!: Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook

Tom Plunkett, T.J Palazzolo and Tejas Joshi have authored a fantastic technical guide to Exalogic, entitled Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Handbook, Extreme Application Performance for a Private Cloud.  Everyone working with Exalogic ought to rush right out and pick up a copy (here's the direct link to the book on, just to make it easy for you).

Saturday Jul 14, 2012

Oracle Exalogic in Higher-Education: Virtual Learning Environments

[Re-posted from]

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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