Today, we’re pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.1. These latest enhancements build on our strategy to deliver a uniquely flexible and future proof private cloud solution. The solution supports any mix of workloads, making it an ideal solution for 3-tier application consolidation, a key step on the journey to cloud. With the latest release, we’ve enhanced the software and hardware infrastructure, and further simplified manageability.
With the latest release, the Private Cloud Appliance runs Oracle VM Server for x86 version 3.4.2. By continuing to support the latest hypervisors, the solution enables key benefits including the more effective use of local storage with storage live migration and the ability to modify memory while VMs are still running with hot memory modification. In addition, the solution has optimized configuration backup operations by standardizing on MySQL and improved interoperability with Microsoft with the availability of signed Windows Paravirtual (PV) drivers.
The team is also making available a new tool that automates VM migrations from VMware vSphere to Oracle VM. This migration tool will help ease a lot of the pain involved in VM migrations. The tool comes with full instructions available on an accompanying whitepaper. And be sure to check out Oracle VM Director of Product Management Simon Coter’s blog on the four migration methods that the tool and whitepaper address.
Along with software upgrades, we’ve enhanced the hardware infrastructure to deliver full support for expansion racks. This enables even more scalability to support future growth.
The Private Cloud Appliance delivers the ability to extend multitenancy across expansion racks. We’ve made it easy to plug into networking with the pre-integrated and pre-cabled infrastructure. So if you’re supporting tenants on your fully utilized base rack, you can easily add compute nodes on the expansion racks should your tenants require additional computing power. And the full environment can be managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager.
The solution supports a maximum of two expansion racks per base rack, with 30 compute nodes each. A fully expanded Private Cloud Appliance supports 85 max compute nodes, and all racks are interconnected via InfiniBand.
In additional to scalability, we have also enabled the ability to expand memory from 256 GB to up to 1.5 TB in the compute nodes.
And finally, we’ve redesigned and simplified the VM console access in HTML5 for easier accessibility. We’re also introducing a VLAN user interface for simpler VLAN handling and enabled centralized visibility over every VM config file.
To see Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product manager, Krishna Srinivasan, discuss the latest hardware and software enhancements, we invite you to watch our announcement webcast, now available on demand.