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10 Frequently Asked Questions on Managing Private Cloud

Tina Liu
Director, Product Marketing

Today's guest post is by Simon Hayler, Sr. Principal Product Manager at Oracle.

Recently we led a demonstration on how to simplify private cloud management with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Managing private clouds  – especially environments that are expected to interoperate with public clouds – can be complex, but this doesn’t have to be the case. During the demo we showed how cloud administrators can easily manage secure multitenant environments with both server and network-level isolation. We also demonstrated how simple it is to do a live VM migration and how you can enable self-service users to monitor their own usage and chargebacks.

We received many great questions (nearly 80 questions!) during the live session, and we weren’t able to answer all of them to my satisfaction. So I thought it would be a good idea to share some of your questions and address them here.

Q: For my private cloud environment, can I attach the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to SAN or NAS storage?

A: Yes, you can attach your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with any external storage whether it be Oracle’s ZFS or FS1 storage offers or any third party storage solution.

Q: In a private cloud that is hosted on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, can you host non-database workloads such as custom applications built on Windows, for example?

A: Yes. In fact, a key use case for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is to help customers consolidate a wide range of applications built on a mix of operating systems (OS), including Windows, Linux or Solaris.

Q: Can you create a OVM cluster that leverages resources from multiple servers?

A: Yes. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance allows you set up clusters or Server Pools that enables you to use resources from multiple servers.

Q: Is there a way to migrate VMware VMs to Oracle VM?

A: Yes, absolutely. We do have well documented and repeatable methods for converting VMware VMs to Oracle VM.

Q: Are there any disaster recovery solutions available as part of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance?

A: Yes. In fact, we make it easy to execute disaster recovery plans at a touch of a button with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Enterprise Manager Site Guard. I would highly recommend that you catch our demonstration of how disaster recovery works on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

Q: Can you migrate or failover an Oracle VM from one Private Cloud Appliance to another at a standby location?

A: Yes, you can set up operation plans within the Oracle Enterprise Manager to do so at single-button push in the event of a failover.

Q: Does Oracle VM have High Availability (HA) functionality?

A: Yes, you can set a checkbox on the VM for High Availability. And you can set up your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with external storage appliances in a full HA configuration as well.

Q: Can you isolate networks between tenants for security?

A: Yes, you can definitely isolate networks between tenants. In the first part of our demo, we showed how you can set up private virtual interconnects (PVIs) for your different tenants.

Q: Are all VM hosts accessible directly?

A: You can use SSH to connect to your guest VMs via the management nodes as the network is closed and secure. You can manage all of your guest VMs via the Oracle Enterprise Manager UI with Oracle VM plug-in.

Q: What is the integration with the public Oracle Cloud?

A: The great part about building a private cloud with an Oracle Engineered System such as the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is that you can manage your private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager, the exact same management tool that you can use to manage your public cloud. In addition, Oracle private cloud solutions are built on the same backbone of technologies as the public Oracle Cloud, making integration more seamless.

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an Oracle Engineered System designed to enable a rapid and cost-effective deployment of private cloud. If you missed the demonstration on how to manage your private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager, we invite you to watch the demo replay.

Simon is Sr. Principal Product Manager at Oracle. He has over 29 years of experience architecting and consulting on cloud infrastructure solutions. Simon lives in Ipswich, United Kingdom and enjoys looking after his half acre acre farm in his spare time. You can reach Simon at https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simon-hayler-169658

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