Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

Exalogic at Oracle Openworld, Oct 25 - 29, 2015

Oracle Openworld 2015 is less than a month away ! There are many new and exciting sessions related to Exalogic that will be presented by product management, customers, partners and other Oracle employees and experts. A "Focus on Exalogic" shortcut URL has been created to list the most important sessions related to Exalogic at Openworld 2015.

You can also utilize the Session Catalog search feature to find this broader list of sessions, panels and other events that are either directly or indirectly related to Exalogic.

Hope to see you all there !

Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

Summary of available Exalogic instrumentation tools

Exalogic instrumentation refers to tools that help collect, inform, diagnose, or automate configuration or transactional data. A master note, MOS Doc 1506224.1, of all of the currently available instrumentation summarizes these tools.

Monday Aug 24, 2015

Resizing vCPU and memory resources allocated to Exalogic Guest vServers

We are pleased to announce that support for resizing vCPU and memory resources allocated to Exalogic Guest vServers is now available without having to templatize and recreate the vServers. Details of this capability are in MOS Doc 1998888.1.

Wednesday Aug 19, 2015

YUM FAQ for Exalogic

Exalogic customers sometimes need to tailor the Linux rpms on their Exalogic rack, either physical or virtual, due to site or security requirements. MOS Doc 1492025.1 is a FAQ that covers the process to do so. There is also a tutorial available that walks through the process.

Tuesday Aug 11, 2015

Exalogic Lifecycle Toolkit 14.2

The Exalogic Lifecycle Toolkit (ELLC) is a collection of tools that simplify, automate and standardize lifecycle management operations for an Exalogic Cloud machine. Details of the latest release of this toolkit, version 14.2, are documented in MOS Doc 1912063.1.

A tutorial for installing this toolkit is available here.

The Master Note for all Exalogic Lifecycle Toolkits is MOS Doc 1586312.1.

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Exalogic July 2015 PSUs

July 2015 PSU's for Exalogic have been released.

Please refer to following MOS Docs for detailed information.

- Exalogic Patch Set Update (PSU) Release (Linux - Physical) for July 2015 (Doc ID 2027108.1)

- Exalogic Patch Set Update (PSU) Release (Solaris - Physical) for July 2015 (Doc ID 2027107.1)

- Exalogic Patch Set Update (PSU) Release (Linux - Virtual) for July 2015 (Doc ID 2027098.1)

- Exalogic Infrastructure July 2015 PSU – Fixed Bugs List (Doc ID 2027076.1)

The Master Note for all Exalogic PSU's is Doc ID 1314535.1

Monday Jul 20, 2015

Share Your Story

Do you have a story to share? How are you using Exalogic to gain better performance, better business results? There is still time to share your story at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Take a look at some of the ways to participate in this one minute video

Then submit your nomination for the 2015 Innovation Awards for Exalogic. Details about the program are on the 2015 FMW Innovation Awards overview page along with the Exalogic nomination form. There can also be found the other award categories now accepting submissions. But do hurry - the firm nomination deadline is July 31 this year; judging begins August 1st.

We hope to see you at OpenWorld!

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Exachk available

We are pleased to announce the general availability of ExaChk This release has enhanced support for X5-2 hardware and has scores of new checks along with updates to many existing ones. The highlights for this release are listed below.

ExaChk New Features

  • Enhanced In-rack Spine Switch Support

  • Added Check for Solaris CACAO Publisher Setting

  • Added Check for Ibswitches Informatin Validation

  • Added Check for Vlan Pkey Unique Pairing for Switch

  • Added Check for Version Consistency on both Spine and Leaf Switches

ExaChk Resources on My Oracle Support

  • Exachk Main Doc 1449226.1 - New Exachk Zip distribution available from here.

  • Exachk Diagnostic Information Doc 1463157.1

  • Exachk Known Issues Doc 1478378.1

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

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, 2015
All nominated solutions should be in production or in active pilot phase

For additional information, please email Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com

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 Jun 03, 2015

Oracle Linux 6.5 vServer template for Exalogic

Recently, Oracle Linux 6.5 vServer template for Exalogic virtual platform was made available. This template requires Exalogic July 2014 PSU versions or The OS version in the template can be upgraded to the latest 6.x version available using yum update utility.

Details in MOS Doc 1937272.1 and MOS Doc 1952142.1

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Exalogic and Leap Second (June 30, 2015)

A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to keep it close to the mean solar time. A leap second will be inserted at the end of June 30, 2015 at 23:59:60 UTC.

A few older kernels supported on Exalogic cannot handle the leap second, resulting in crashes or other indeterminate behavior. Patches are available to address this issue - details in MOS Doc 2008413.1.

Thursday May 21, 2015

Traffic Director is now available

Traffic Director is now available for Exalogic and SuperCluster. Oracle Engineered Systems customers can now uptake Traffic Director either as a new installation or simply installing on top of an existing Traffic Director 11.1.1.x release.

In addition to addressing several critical bug fixes, this service pack release also delivers the following key features:

1. Modern security protocols such as TLS /1.2 - relevant for every deployment. 

2. Native support for OEL 6.x and Solaris 11.2 platform.

3. Configure OTD to serve a HTML page - within the load balancer - during your application patching window !  Without this capability, several customers had to provision a web server - such as OHS - to address this use case.

4. Key UI refinements - View Origin server (WebLogic) online/offline status within the UI, Simplicity while viewing Load Balancer log files etc. 

5. Better deployment story for SuperCluster / Exalogic (Solaris) - High Availability Support on IB interfaces (even within Zones) on Solaris 11.2. This capability now allows customers to provision OTD in a HA fashion even within a Solaris Container.

For additional information, please refer to the Traffic Director OTN page

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Resizing vCPU and Memory Resources Allocated to Exalogic Guest vServers

Support has been added to resize vCPU and Memory resources allocated to existing Exalogic Guest vServers. Previously, resizing vCPU/memory allocated to Guest vServers required each vServer to be templatized and recreated. The new resizing functionality enables vCPU and Memory resources allocated to existing vServers to be modified through the EM Ops Center Browser UI.

Details in MOS Doc 1998888.1

Wednesday May 06, 2015

Sneak Peek at What's Next for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

Last week the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud product management team hosted 19 companies who run on Exalogic in Santa Clara, California to get a sneak preview of the upcoming release of the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS).

A total of 26 people from seven countries attended the Exalogic Beta, and all were unanimously impressed by what they saw and experienced. The PM team provided three days of hands-on-labs, in which participants learned about the powerful new features being incorporated into this release, coming later this calendar year.

All of the hands-on labs were completed on time with 100% success. Nineteen customers (19 IaaS tenants) created almost 100 VMs successfully as part of the JCS and IaaS operations and application deployment labs, and all of the IaaS VM CRUD operations were performed by 19 customers in parallel with 100% success.

“The hands-on labs are what proved that your strategy is "real" and is being executed," reported one attendee, while another remarked, "The biggest benefit we can see is the new Exalogic management user interface which will be available in the Oracle Enterprise Manager application. The fact that we will be able to change the shape (RAM, CPUs, network configuration) of the virtual servers without having to recreate them is priceless!”

Four partner companies and 15 customer companies attended the beta, providing valuable insight and feedback to engineering and product management, and are now eagerly awaiting the new release. "We like the new option to run and manage virtual server backups. We are very impressed with the new API code and the OEM UI development," said one participant, while another customer added, "we believe that the Oracle teams paid attention to us customers and they will take our comments and suggestions seriously, so they are included in coming releases."

A few other customer comments heard during the three-day event:

  • Definitely on the right track
  • Private Cloud “on par” with Public Cloud is great
  • Very attractive to put “the playgrounds” (DEV/TEST) in the Cloud
  • Acceptance/pre-production as close to production as possible to on-premise
  • Has great base and potential to grow for years to come

All in all, it was a great experience for Oracle Exalogic product development, and our valued guests.

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