Thursday Aug 29, 2013

Go from Zero to Deploying Oracle Database and Applications in the Cloud

Imagine being able to build, deploy, and manage an enterprise private cloud in a matter of hours.

Is it possible? Yes, it is.

Join us for this special online event featuring interactive product demos using real-world IT scenarios to see how it’s done. This webcast will start with a keynote by Sushil Kumar, Vice President, Oracle. This is your opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of how to transform to the private cloud and ask questions of product experts.


Learn how to:

  • Use Oracle hardware and software products to deploy an enterprise cloud
  • Deliver and manage database, applications, and shared IT infrastructures on enterprise private clouds
  • Propel your high-value enterprise applications to the cloud faster and with less effort
Register now for this webcast and take your enterprise to the private cloud in a matter of hours.


Presenters:


Sushil Kumar

Vice President, Business Development and Product Strategy,
Oracle


Martin Pena

Director, Oracle Enterprise Manager Product Management,
Oracle


Anand Akela

Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle Enterprise Manager,
Oracle



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Thursday May 02, 2013

Bullet Proof Your Oracle Applications and Databases Workshop - Guest Blog by Rajesh Krishnan of Acolade

Guest Blog by Rajesh Krishnan of  Oracle Partner Acolade Consulting 

Testing can be a costly and time consuming process. Because of that, few organisations test their Data and Business Applications as thoroughly as they should.

As opposed to just testing for an upgrade or new application deployment, testing should be regarded as an essential part of an organisation's standard IT practice. Many think that to achieve this, the cost is prohibitive.

The tools to identify and prevent performance problems before they occur are almost always significantly cheaper than the cost of the problems in production.

Oracle offers a comprehensive suite of testing tools that makes this easy and cost effective for organisations to achieve.

A recent testing methodology and tools workshop was conducted in Australia by Oracle and Specialized Partner, Acolade Consulting to address issues and customer pain points relating to testing.  Testing best practices, techniques and tools rollout were showcased to address and mitigate risks and pain points.  Some of the key points discussed were:

  • Make your testing more comprehensive and robust
  • Test Automation and techniques
  • Take the risk out of change
  • Use real production workload to test planned changes in Applications and Databases
  • Replay real Database workloads to identify performance issues and SQL degradation, and to test Database consolidation, before changes affect Production
  • Reduce testing time and costs.
  • Case studies for Oracle EBS – Finance and HR modules

Following are the links to the presentations

1. Oracle's Approach to Database and Applications Testing

2. Acolade Consulting Testing Best Practices

3.Testing Lifecycle Management

4.Department of Primary Industries Victoria Case Study

5.Test Automation

Friday Mar 01, 2013

Oracle's TaaS: Spend More Time Testing (and Less on the Other Stuff)

Recently we asked a group of testers what percentage of their testing time was spent on peripheral activities such as: 
  • procuring hardware  
  • deploying the application under test  
  • deploying a test tool  
  • find/detect/log issues/bugs  and/or 
  • patching an application
Two thirds of those testers indicated they spent between 40% to 70% of their time on these peripheral activities. 

When asked what the right solution could be to solve that enormous time consumption, the majority selected testing cloud solutions that combine capabilities for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service. Let's look at each one :

Infrastructure as a Service ( IaaS ) based testing cloud : This solution is typically based on provisioning of virtual machines on provided infrastructure . This will only resolve the provisioning of applications under test and test tools which is only 10-15% of the total solution.

  • Software as a Service ( SaaS ) based testing cloud : This is Software ( for test automation ) as a service solution. This only addresses the test execution and ( possibly ) issue/bottleneck identification. It does not offer provisioning for applications under test . In many cases, it does not offer monitoring of internal applications.

  • The brand new Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Testing as a Service (TaaS) solution (.pdf) offers that combination and helps software development and QA organizations to spend more time on actual testing and less on peripheral activities, while significantly enhancing testing efficiency and reducing the duration of testing projects.


    Oracle's TaaS is a platform for delivering automated application testing services. It is a self-service solution designed for private clouds that orchestrates the testing process end-to-end by: 
    • Automating the provisioning of test labs including application under test and test tools. 
    • Executing load and/or functional test scripts against the application. 
    • Providing rich application monitoring and diagnostics data for analysis.
    • Sophisticated chargeback facility for metering and charging the usage of the testing cloud by end-users. 
    It's built with semantic understanding of testing artifacts like testing tools, applications, test scripts, it is not just VMs.

    All this information and more was discussed in a recent webcast we ran in cooperation with the online StickyMinds.com community. We uploaded the replay on Youtube for you to watch at your convenience.



    Happy testing!

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    Sunday Feb 24, 2013

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Introduces Key Enhancements for Deploying and Managing Clouds

    It has been a little more than a year, since we released our first cloud management features as a part of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. As customers started adopting our solution for a broad spectrum of workloads including production, QA, and development needs, we gained invaluable experience into the various use cases and requirements. Based on that experience, Oracle has released new and updated Management Plug-ins that precisely address the above requirements, ultimately leading to faster time-to-market for IT services delivery. In addition to providing enhanced cloud management support, the plug-ins extend Enterprise Manager's capabilities for Database as a Service (DBaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), as well as introduce new features for Testing as a Service (TaaS). See "New Plug-in Features" below for additional details.

    NEW PLUG-IN FEATURES:

    + Database as a Service (DBaaS):

        A sophisticated Database as a Service solution needs to cater to a variety of use cases:
    •    A developer or a project owner requiring a new database service  with or without seed data
    •    QA requiring a full database refresh for intense load testing
    •    QA requiring to create multiple clones for functional testing on subset of data

    The current release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c offers new capabilities and support for managing database cloud services in all the above cases. It comes with out-of-box capabilities such as schema-as-a-service for extreme database consolidation and database cloning through Snap Clone or RMAN Backups. These capabilities provide an optimum utilization of development and database resources, giving customers more flexibility and control in managing the database lifecycle.

    While some applications need dedicated databases, small home-grown applications can often share the database instance with other applications. Schema as a Service allows DBAs to consolidate multiple applications in the same database and offer logical slices of database to the end-users such as developers, thereby preventing database sprawl. They can enforce certain performance guarantee to these services by leveraging database Resource Manager, which prevents a particular user over-consuming the underlying compute resources.  End-users can therefore request schema services from the self-service application without stepping on one another. Schema as a Service significantly reduces the administrative and maintenance overhead since only a limited number of such databases need to be managed and patched.

    Cloning databases got significantly easier with the new plug-in. A new feature called “Snap Clone” really makes it snappy (terabytes of data can be cloned in a matter of minutes). The feature helps clone a database by leveraging the underlying “Copy on Write” technology offered by storage technologies, such as Netapp and ZFS Storage Appliance. DBAs can set up a “test master” database by refreshing a production database and mark the “test master” as the source of functional clones. Self-service users can create multiple copies  of the test-master in minutes without consuming additional space beyond what’s needed to make localized updates. This can be really beneficial for applications where the testing is primarily read-only and is limited to a subset of the data. Users can also take backups (snapshots) of their database and “time travel” across snapshots to restore the database to an earlier incarnation in a matter of minutes.

    For more involved testing, such as testing production loads with lots of updates, Oracle Enterprise Manager also supports a full clone using the RMAN technology.

    The following picture highlights the various use cases of DBaaS that Oracle Enterprise Manager addresses. While each of these have specific applicability, Oracle Enterprise Manager handles all these use cases comprehensively.


    + Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c has added support for building and managing Infrastructure as a Service clouds based on the latest Oracle VM 3.2.1 release. The updated kernel and enhanced storage management features in Oracle VM 3.2.1 make it an ideal foundation for building a secure, scalable, enterprise-class infrastructure cloud. The newly released Oracle Enterprise Manager Management Plug-ins for Oracle Virtualization and Oracle Cloud provide comprehensive support for setting up the cloud infrastructure, deploying Oracle virtual assemblies and Oracle VM templates, and monitoring and managing the health of the cloud.

    + Testing as a Service (TaaS): Any enterprise application needs extensive testing before changes are rolled into production. Testing is a time-consuming process, can take weeks owing to delays in provisioning the full application stack to run the test on. QA is often left waiting on IT to provide the infrastructure and platform and sometimes this wait itself can account for 50% of the total testing cycle. Currently, no integrated solution exists that handle the provisioning and testing phases of the overall testing process leading to significant process delays and poor efficiency.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces Testing as a Service, a new cloud platform for delivering automated application testing services. A self-service solution designed for private clouds, TaaS orchestrates the testing process end-to-end by automating provisioning of complete test labs (applications, test tools and assets comprising scripts and scenarios), execution of load and functional tests and rich application monitoring and diagnostics. It also includes a sophisticated chargeback facility and the ability to perform deeper diagnostics in context of testing.

    TaaS makes it possible to significantly reduce testing time and costs without compromising quality, and enables organizations to be more agile in delivering critical business applications. One can find more details on TaaS here.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager’s cloud management features are also enabled through a set of powerful RESTful APIs, which are summarized in this presentation. These APIs can be consumed from custom or 3rd party orchestration frameworks. In the new release, one can also orchestrate these APIs using an Oracle Enterprise manager provided framework called Blueprints. Using Blueprints, one can orchestrate the provisioning of a multi-layered application (such as the one shown below). One can download the documentation and sample code for the blueprints from here.




    + New Management Plug-Ins:  The following new and updated plug-Ins are now available as part of this release. In addition to providing new and enhanced functionality as mentioned above, the plug-ins incorporate numerous bug fixes.


    Plug-In Name / Version
    *Enterprise Manager for Oracle Database (DB) 12.1.0.3 (new)
    *Enterprise Manager for Oracle Virtualization (VT) 12.1.0.4 (new)
    *Enterprise Manager Storage Management Framework (SMF) 12.1.0.1 (new)
    *Enterprise Manager for Oracle Cloud (SSA) 12.1.0.5 (new)


    Read More:

    * New book: Building and Managing a Cloud Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c (Oracle Press)

    *Cloud Management page on OTN

    *Enterprise Manager 12c: Cloud Management Pack for DB Datasheet

    *Enterprise Manager 12c: The Nerve Center of Oracle Cloud Technical White Paper

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    Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Testing-as-a-Service Solution

    With organizations spending as much as 50 percent of their QA time with non-test related activities like setting up hardware and deploying applications and test tools, the cloud will bring obvious benefits. A key component of Oracle Enterprise Manager our current Application Quality Management products have been helping our customers with application load testing, functional testing and test process management, but also test data management, data masking and real application testing. These products enable customers to thoroughly test applications and their underlying infrastructure to help ensure the best quality, scalability and availability prior to deployment. 

    Today, Oracle announced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Testing-as-a-Service Solution . This solution will allow users to significantly decrease the time needed to setup a complete test environment, while enhancing testing efficiency.

    Please read the Press Release mentioned above and join us in our Enterprise Manager LinkedIn Group discussion on this topic. (need to be a member).

    Or visit our booth this week during the EuroSTAR Software Testing conference in Amsterdam where we can demo this solution 

    I hope you find this helpfull

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    Monday May 14, 2012

    Forrester Consulting: Oracle Real Application Testing Delivers 224% ROI

    Leading analyst firm, Forrester Consulting has recently published a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) Study for Oracle Real Application Testing, an Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition option. In the study Forrester Consulting found that Oracle Real Application Testing delivered a very favorable 224% return on investment (ROI), based on a three year risk-adjusted period with a payback of 5.9 months.

    Forrester Consulting's TEI results were calculated from in-depth interviews with Oracle customers and applied to a hypothetical organization developed within their TEI financial model. The study measured both the benefits and cost savings in areas around planned and unplanned maintenance, infrastructure upgrades and database performance management. The study also looked at the benefits of Oracle Real Application Testing to enhance business system uptime as well as reducing capital expenditure.

    The study concluded that organizations similar to those interviewed could achieve the following benefits and cost savings (all figures are risk-adjusted, over three years):

    • 224% ROI with a payback period of 5.9 months
    • $5.9 Million in total benefits from increased business productivity and database availability


    Total Benefits of Oracle Real Application Testing Over a Three Year Risk-Adjusted Period

    Oracle Real Application Testing along with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c continues to provide industry leading database management solutions that help customers reduce testing efforts and related costs while eliminating the risks associated with change.

    More Information


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    Tuesday May 08, 2012

    Testing in May: Keep the bugs away

    When Oracle's Application Quality Management(AQM) solution was positioned in a leader position for Integrated Software Quality Suites in January 2011, this wasn't a surprise to us at Oracle since we've been steadily working on and earning our position for some years.  Ever since, we've seen an even bigger increase in customer interest into these testing solutions from both Oracle and non-Oracle customers. We decided to focus this month of May on showcasing our entire Application Quality Management solution as well as spotlighting some individual parts.

    We kicked off the month with a live webcast for an interactive community exclusively engaged in improving software quality, Stickyminds.com, that gave the dedicated testing audience an insight into Oracle’s Approach to Application and Infrastructure Testing: Strategies and Best Practices. (now available on-demand).

    If your not familiar with our AQM offerings yet or would like a high lever refresh, please join us for this free webinar led by Product Management:
    Application Quality Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager - A Comprehensive Approach to Preserving Quality During Change

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Webcast Series
    Application Quality Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager - A Comprehensive Approach to Preserving Quality During Change

    Thursday, May 10, 8 a.m. PT

    Register Now

    Save weeks on application testing time. Reduce Database testing time by up to 90%, using the Application Quality Management components of Oracle's Enterprise Manager. 

    Oracle's Application Quality Management products provide a complete testing solution for Oracle Database, Oracle Packaged Applications and custom Web applications. 

    Key capabilities include: 

    • Application Testing - Test Management, Functional Testing, and Load Testing capabilities ensure the quality of web-based applications - including Oracle e-Business Suite, Siebel, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards. 
    • Infrastructure Testing - Enables realistic, production-scale testing of the application and database infrastructures. Using real, production workloads to generate load against applications or databases under test, these solutions do not require any script development or maintenance. With Application Replay and Real Application Testing you can reduce your testing time by more than 80% while providing the most efficient, optimized and highest quality testing for validating application and database infrastructure changes. 
    • Test Data Management - Oracle Test Data Management and Data Masking provide efficient, automated and secure test system creation capabilities for Oracle and non-Oracle databases, with out-of-the-box templates for Oracle packaged applications. 


    We already previewed Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 at the StarEast testing conference, but we will provide more on this later this month now that the product is available. You can also look forward to new Youtube demos and our participation at the EuroStar Virtual Conference. But again, more on that later.


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    Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

    Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 debuts at StarEast conference

    Join Oracle for an exclusive sneak peek at Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1, the industry’s most advanced application testing solution for Web, SOA, and Oracle Applications at the StarEast 2012 Conference in Orlando Florida this week.

    New in this release, intended for general availability later this month, is a test accelerator for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne – providing customers easier and more efficient testing of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementations. 

    Also:

    • Deeper integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager‘s middleware and database diagnostics features, providing improved testing efficiency and productivity by enabling testers to detect performance bottlenecks faster and with less effort.
    • Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 provides JUnit execution right from Oracle Test Manager making Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 the single console to manage, plan and execute test cases.

    A key component of Oracle Enterprise Manager’s suite of Application Quality Management products, Oracle Application Testing Suite provides an integrated solution for load testing, functional testing and test process management, enabling customers to thoroughly test applications and their underlying infrastructure to help ensure the best quality, scalability and availability prior to deployment. 

    Senior Director of Product Management for our Application Quality Management product, Mughees Minhas, was interviewed by Better Software Testing Magazine about his vision on the rise of the cloud, market consolidation and risk management. You'll find his interview in the online version of the magazine

    If you're at StarEast, come visit our booth 35/36 to get a sneak peek at Oracle Application Testing Suite 12.1 
    However, if you're not able to make it, which will be the majority of our readers, you could register for the free webcast that we're running together with StickyMinds.com on May 1st , 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET : Oracle’s Approach to Application and Infrastructure Testing: Strategies and Best Practices

    Happy testing. 

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