Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance - Brand New

The Oracle Engineered Systems family just got a new addition on Tuesday, August 12, 2013.Oracle introduces a brand new Engineered System that enables Rapid, Repeatable Software-defined Infrastructure Deployment for Virtually Any x86 Application and Workload. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system that radically simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage virtual infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application.

Customers can go from power on to production in about an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just a few minutes, while Partners have an ideal datacenter solution for varying x86 Applications and Workloads. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is Oracle’s newest engineered system made possible by Oracle’s unique ability to engineer hardware and software together.

The Oracle Press Release, on August 13, focuses on

  • the easy application virtualization
  • fast time-to-application
  • fully assembled and ready to run production workload infrastructure
  • fast InfiniBand fabric
  • fault tolerant out of the box, with no single point of failure
  • Ability to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows side by side

Once again, Oracle demonstrates it's uniquely capability of delivering a complete full stack, integrated solutions with hardware and software engineered together, with a single point of contact for support.

The Virtual Compute Appliance differs from the high-end “Exa” machines that Oracle already offers. Those systems, like the Exadata Database Machine, are designed as purpose built systems for maximum performance, while the virtualization appliance is designed for “extreme ease of use,” as a general purpose virtualization system. It can run third-party software, which the Exa machines generally can’t. Partners and Customers can run pretty much all the viable x86 operating systems, including Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Red Hat Linux and Windows.

The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance can be scaled linearly, one server at a time, from 2 to 25 compute nodes per rack. Oracle VM Templates enable application scalability across virtualized resources.Oracle offers around 120 virtual templates for its applications, to make loading them on the machine easier. It estimates how much CPU, memory and other resources the various workloads need, and the machine configures itself to those specs when the templates are loaded. 

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance was announced and discussed in more detail, including a demostration of deployment of an Oracle 12c Database in about 52mins from power-on, over a Webcast delivered the same day of announcement, by Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President for Linux and Virtualization. For further information you can also checkout the relevant Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Data Sheet  and Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance FAQ (PDF).

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