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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Announcing Oracle Private Appliance Cloud Native Environment Software Release 1.2

Accelerate your application modernization strategy with DevOps on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Oracle is pleased to announce the release of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment 1.2, an integrated cloud native environment for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment is a software-only release that closely aligns with the Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment . The Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment is an integrated suite of software components for the development and management of cloud native application based on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Open Container Initiative standards. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment integrates Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment to deliver a simplified framework for installations, updates, upgrades, and configuration of key features for orchestration and deployment of  applications in containers in a micro-services model. It was first introduced with the September 2020 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance /Private Cloud at Customer 2.4.3 release.   Key benefits of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment for containers and microservices: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud native Environment enables a DevOps model and accelerates application modernization strategies for organizations. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment delivers a cloud native framework with container runtime environment for application development and Kubernetes for container orchestration (for more information on Cloud Native Technologies). Support for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment helps to automate deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud @ Customer. Containers enable micro-services based applications to move easily between Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, private, and hybrid clouds. Wizards in Oracle Enterprise Manager take input from the user to create a Kubernetes master, VMs, networks, and storage for simplified container deployment. Enterprise workloads can run alongside cloud native applications to support a variety of application requirements. Oracle is a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®) and the LinuxÒ Foundation. Oracle closely tracks CNCF and the Open Container Initiative projects and contributes to and abides by the standards defined by both.   Software Download: My Oracle Support (MOS) Patch 32817015: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment Release 1.2 Oracle Software eDelivery Search for: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Cloud Native Environment Documentation: Administration Guide https://docs.oracle.com/en/engineered-systems/private-cloud-appliance/2.4/cne-admin-1.2/#Overview LIUM https://docs.oracle.com/en/engineered-systems/private-cloud-appliance/2.4/cne-lium-1.2/

Accelerate your application modernization strategy with DevOps on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Oracle is pleased to announce the release of the Oracle Private...

Events

Infrastructure Modernization Forum: Oracle SPARC & Solaris

Join Oracle experts live on 27 April  9:00 AM IST | 11:30 AM SGT | 1:30 PM AEST Oracle’s SPARC/Solaris systems are the fastest and most secure systems for database and Java enterprise applications, trusted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide. During this live virtual event, you will learn the vision and strategy of Oracle Solaris and SPARC servers, plus how to: Leverage simple, flexible, and powerful virtualization technologies to modernize infrastructure and reduce costs of operation Implement a fast compute architecture that is ready for future growth Build compliant, secure, and resilient systems by leveraging Oracle’s security advantages Respond rapidly to workload changes and performance demands by using the Oracle Solaris StatsStore and Web UI dashboards You will also see demonstrations on: How to utilize the Oracle Solaris compliance framework to simplify the hardening of systems and virtual machines, through practical examples that you can replicate on your environment. How to use Oracle Solaris Web UI to build and share dashboards that analyze key operating metrics and give you insight on the performance of applications and databases. Join our live virtual event to learn and get your questions answered by Oracle’s engineers.

Join Oracle experts live on 27 April  9:00 AM IST | 11:30 AM SGT | 1:30 PM AEST Oracle’s SPARC/Solaris systems are the fastest and most secure systems for database and Java enterprise applications,...

Events

Key Takeaways from the Oracle Systems Engineering Forum: Modernizing Enterprise Infrastructure with Oracle Solaris and SPARC

The Systems Engineering Forum: Modernizing Enterprise Infrastructure with Oracle Solaris and SPARC was held on the 13th of April 2021. The Oracle engineering team provided updates regarding Oracle Solaris and SPARC servers, presented demos, and answered questions. A recording is available on Oracle Video Hub.  Here are the 4 key takeaways from these sessions: 1. Oracle is constantly offering new enhancements and security updates for Oracle Solaris 11.4 following a Continuous Delivery Model The Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS is the latest and greatest rendition of the trusted enterprise platform, Oracle Solaris. This release introduced a host of features in security and enterprise-grade access management, including RADIUS authentication, Application Sandboxing and Per-File auditing to name a few. With more than 32 Support Repository Updates (SRU’s) delivered to date and more than 1000 enhancements, Oracle Solaris 11.4 is the ideal choice for customers to stay updated with the latest features and functional fixes offering the best reliability, availability and security benefits. 2. Security and Compliance with Oracle Solaris 11.4 Oracle Solaris Compliance is a mechanism that enables a user to evaluate and co-relate the system’s compliance requirements, such as PCI-DSS and the industry-standard OpenSCAP assessment. With the most recent updates, Oracle Solaris Compliance has now expanded to checks for CPU level mitigation, multi-node checking and the ability to access Compliance via the REST interface. Enterprise Health Check is an additional benchmark that enables a user to understand system best practices and provide warnings regarding lagging versions and capacity issues. Enterprise Health Check was introduced with Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU 21 and is continuously evolving to improve best practices and decrease issues. 3. Continuous Observability with Oracle Solaris  The Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS offers a plethora of observability tools to understand, analyze and diagnose key system metrics and performance. Users can gain access to the Oracle Solaris StatsStore that consolidates all these technologies in a singular namespace. Along with the StatsStore, users have the Oracle Solaris WebUI available, a dynamic and intuitive graphical representation of the statistics being recorded. To learn more about the StatsStore, WebUI, and accessing Oracle Solaris through REST, head over to the new GitHub repository, oraclesolaris-contrib. 4. Oracle SPARC servers are the best platform to run Oracle Database, Java, and enterprise apps in business-critical environments With no-overhead encryption, Silicon Secured Memory, and hardware acceleration of data analytics, Oracle SPARC servers continue to be the industry-leading enterprise platform in security, performance, and reliability. Oracle SPARC M8-based servers are more powerful than competing systems, while Oracle Solaris continues to be the ideal choice for UNIX infrastructure. In addition, the binary compatibility guarantee for Oracle Solaris and SPARC simplifies and reduces the risk of IT modernization. Here is a compilation of resources that you can use to learn more: Important Links Recording: Oracle Infrastructure Modernization Forum APAC ( 27 April ) Oracle Video Hub: Recording from the Systems Engineering Forum ( 13 April 2021 ) Oracle SPARC Servers Oracle SPARC on oracle.com Oracle SPARC Technical Details Oracle Support Blog Oracle Solaris Oracle Solaris Blog Oracle Solaris 11 Technical Details Learn More: RADIUS Authentication, Application Sandboxing and Per-File Auditing Oracle Solaris on GitHub Oracle Solaris Guarantee Program Oracle x86 Servers Oracle x86 on oracle.com Oracle x86 Technical Details Oracle Linux Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Linux on oracle.com Join the Oracle Solaris Insider LinkedIn group to stay updated with the most recent announcements, blogs, and white papers.

The Systems Engineering Forum: Modernizing Enterprise Infrastructure with Oracle Solaris and SPARC was held on the 13th of April 2021. The Oracle engineering team provided updates regarding Oracle...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Quickly deploy Oracle Linux Virtual Machines on Oracle VM and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Linux 8 update 3 and Oracle Linux 7 update 9 templates are now available! Deploying applications in virtualized environments can be time consuming, complex, and error prone. Oracle VM solves these problems with Oracle VM templates. Oracle VM templates provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM templates eliminates installation and configuration costs and reduces ongoing maintenance costs, helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations. The latest versions of the Oracle Linux operating system templates have just been released and can be used with your Oracle VM or Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) installations. Oracle Linux 8 update 3 and Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 templates can be used to quickly set up new virtual machines with the latest Oracle Linux guest operating systems. Oracle Linux 8 Update 3 Template for Oracle VM The Oracle Linux 8 template has been released to support Oracle Linux 8 update 3 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6 Update 1. This new template can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Search for "Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 8" and select one of the three options: REL: Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 8 1.0.0.0.0 - The Oracle Linux 8 update 3 template REL: Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 8 Documentation 1.0.0.0.0 - Readme file with information about the template and creating an Oracle VM guest virtual machines from the template DLP: Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Linux 8 1.0.0.0.0 - Download package containing both the template and the documentation Oracle Linux 7 Update 9 Template for Oracle VM The Oracle Linux 7 template has been updated to include support for Oracle Linux 7 update 9 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 6. This new template can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Search for "Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 7" and select one of the three options: REL: Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 7 1.0.0.0.0 - The Oracle Linux 7 update 9 template REL: Oracle VM 3 Templates for Oracle Linux 7 Documentation 1.0.0.0.0 - Readme file with information about the template and creating an Oracle VM guest virtual machines from the template DLP: Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Linux 7 1.0.0.0.0 - Download package containing both the template and the documentation Oracle Virtualization and Private Cloud Appliance information Additional information can found on the Oracle VM Server for x86 website and the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website. Resources: Learn more at oracle.com/linux Download Oracle Linux Oracle Linux product documentation Oracle Linux Premier Support information Learn more about built-in virtualization features at oracle.com/virtualization  

Oracle Linux 8 update 3 and Oracle Linux 7 update 9 templates are now available! Deploying applications in virtualized environments can be time consuming, complex, and error prone. Oracle VM solves the...

Announcements

ANNOUNCING: Systems Engineering Forum - Modernizing Enterprise Infrastructure with Oracle Solaris and SPARC

Oracle Systems Engineering will be hosting a webinar on Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems in the North America time zone on April 13th, 2021. Join us live at 9 am PT ( 11 AM CT | 12 PM ET), after registering here. Oracle’s SPARC/Solaris systems are the fastest and most secure systems for database and Java enterprise applications, trusted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide. During this virtual event you will learn the vision and strategy of Oracle Solaris and SPARC servers, plus how to:  Leverage simple, flexible, and powerful virtualization technologies to modernize infrastructure and reduce costs of operation Implement a fast compute architecture that is ready for future growth Build compliant, secure, and resilient systems by leveraging Oracle’s security advantages Respond rapidly to workload changes and performance demands by using the Oracle Solaris StatsStore and Web UI dashboards Join our live virtual event to learn and get your questions answered by Oracle’s engineers. Agenda: 40 min: Modernizing Enterprise Infrastructure with Oracle Solaris and SPARC 40 min: Simplifying Security and Compliance with Oracle Solaris (Incl. Demo) 30 min: Continuous Observability of Systems and Applications on Oracle Solaris (Incl. Demo) 10 min: Q&A Speakers: Renato Ribeiro, Sr. Director, Oracle Solaris and Servers, Oracle Infrastructure Systems Joost Pronk van Hoogeveen, Senior Principal Product Strategy Manager, Oracle Infrastructure  Systems Tanmay Dhuri, Product Manager, Oracle Infrastructure Systems  Resources: Webinar Registration Link Oracle Solaris  Oracle SPARC Servers  

Oracle Systems Engineering will be hosting a webinar on Oracle Solaris and SPARC systems in the North America time zone on April 13th, 2021. Join us live at 9 am PT ( 11 AM CT | 12 PM ET), after regist...

Announcements

Oracle x86 Servers: Security, Reliability, and Performance for Enterprise IT and the Cloud

Oracle x86 servers are engineered with 4 key aspects in mind: security, reliability, performance, and the customer experience. Focusing on these core aspects helps Oracle design best-of-breed building blocks at the hardware, operating system, virtualization, storage, database, and applications layers, thus ensuring our customers get the best x86 based platform for IT deployments on-premises and in the Cloud. The Oracle x86 Server Advantage Engineered by Oracle Oracle’s approach to x86 system hardware design is distinctive. Other tier-1 vendors use an off-the-shelf or slightly modified off-the-shelf x86 motherboard design. Only Oracle starts with the Intel Xeon line of processors and a clean sheet of paper. Oracle’s focus is to design a system that is the best at running Oracle and 3rd party software and provides capabilities demanded by enterprise and cloud applications developed by our customers. Oracle’s unique focus on engineering secure, fast, and reliable x86-based servers, enables us to provide Oracle Engineered Systems and Oracle Cloud with the most secure infrastructure platforms available. Oracle customers that deploy Oracle x86 servers then benefit from the same unique features.  Oracle products such as Oracle Database, applications, and middleware are all developed on Oracle infrastructure. While running the same infrastructure as our customers, Oracle leverages the vast amount of real-time testing and experience to further deliver to our customers' best-in-class security with Oracle x86 servers. With the hardware and software being developed in tandem, Oracle x86 servers running Oracle software offer better performance compared to competing x86 servers. As the use of Oracle technology layers increases in your IT deployment – from hardware to OS, virtualization, database, applications, Engineering Systems, Oracle Cloud – the value delivered by Oracle co-engineering increases.    Defense-in-Depth Security Security forms the ethos of all Oracle products right from hardware, software, engineering, and services. Oracle x86 servers are designed and manufactured with one principle in mind: “ Security must be built-in and not bolted on” Oracle has a company-wide initiative to incorporate security features across all of its products, starting with the design and manufacturing of its servers, through the operating system layers, and extending into the database, middleware, applications, and cloud layers. Since Oracle starts with a clean sheet of paper and designs its x86 servers from the ground up, Oracle controls and oversees all facets of production, and can implement features to guarantee security. Systems are manufactured using a global supply chain while maintaining complete control over the components integrated.  Oracle Integrated Lights-Out Manager (ILOM) is a modern server management platform that uses advanced service processor hardware with built-in hardening and encryption of communications and data. It provides improved firmware image signing to further guarantee integrity, including secure verified boot. This feature anchors validation of firmware in hardware to guarantee its integrity upon every boot. By cryptographically preventing the service processor from booting malicious firmware, the secure verified boot feature ensures that only firmware created by Oracle can be booted. This feature is part of a chain of trust that ensures integrity from the hardware up the stack. In addition to the many firmware and Oracle ILOM security enhancements, Oracle x86 servers also provide features such as UEFI Secure Boot and Intel TXT that enable built-in security for the BIOS boot loader and operating systems. End-to-end design coupled with advanced security features in the OS and firmware helps Oracle ensure the security of its x86 based enterprise platform. Better Reliability, Performance, and Customer Experience While being designed 100% in-house by Oracle engineers, Oracle x86 servers offer up to a 30% increase in uptime while running Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris. The co-engineering of hardware, operating system, and virtualization ensures minimal points of failure, optimal performance, and enhanced fault diagnosis and recovery when compared to commodity x86 servers.  With single vendor support from hardware to applications, thousands of hours of development and testing, and secure design and development, you can be assured that Oracle x86 servers are at the core of an IT infrastructure with minimal downtime and maximum security against breaches. Additionally, Oracle Support provides the essential services and resources your organization needs to maintain the availability of your systems and the business applications they support. Oracle’s Current Line of x86 Servers Oracle x86 servers span all our customer requirements, with product offerings ranging from 1U, 2U to 5U chassis. Oracle Server X8 products use the latest Intel Xeon architecture and can be configured in various ways from two-socket servers, 2 x four-socket servers or 1 x eight-socket server.  To find out why Oracle Server X8 products are the best place to run x86-based enterprise applications in your data center, please visit our website and read our Oracle Server X8-2 and Oracle Server X8-8 system architecture white papers. Resources for Oracle x86 Servers Oracle x86 on oracle.com Oracle x86 Technical Details Oracle Support Blog Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Linux on oracle.com Oracle Solaris Blog Oracle Solaris 11 Technical Details    

Oracle x86 servers are engineered with 4 key aspects in mind: security, reliability, performance, and the customer experience. Focusing on these core aspects helps Oracle design best-of-breed building...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Managing the Oracle Linux life cycle within an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

This blog article is posted for guest author Stephen Dennis. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an integrated, “wire once” software-defined infrastructure system that simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage virtual environments for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance supports a large range of OS versions hosted in a converged server, network, and storage environment to enable general purpose, business- and mission-critical application deployments in medium to large data centers. Within the PCA, a key IT administration task is to provide a means by which any Oracle Linux virtual machines can be provisioned and kept up to date with the latest security, kernel and operating system updates. For some customers, with existing Oracle Linux deployments, there may already be a mechanism in place within their data centre environment to provide such services. For other customers, perhaps new to Oracle Linux, no such data centre service may be available. Oracle Linux Manager provides an effective set of tools for managing the Oracle Linux software life cycle. Oracle Linux Manager also helps automate kickstart installations, system configuration maintenance tasks, and run automatic OpenSCAP audits against industry-standard security checklists and evaluation profiles. This enables an IT systems administrator with the tools to rapidly deploy proven and consistent software configurations for Oracle Linux systems. This article covers the how the use of Oracle Linux Manager can provide such services within an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, from a single set of utility virtual machines (VM's). More about Oracle Linux Manager A central task for IT administrators is to provision systems and keep them up to date with the latest patches and operating system updates. If the security policy at your site regards operating system errata as critical, it is crucially important to conduct regular testing and apply patches to reduce the risk of systems vulnerabilities or data breaches. As data centers expand, administrators are required to manage even greater numbers of physical servers and virtual machines. As a result, automation becomes a necessity for efficient and cost-effective systems management. Oracle Linux Manager 2.10, based on the Spacewalk open source software, helps automate Oracle Linux systems management, thereby enabling you to control the system software life cycle, from initial installation, through maintenance, software configuration, upgrades, and eventual decommissioning. Oracle Linux Manager administrators retain complete control over the frequency with which updates are acquired from the public Oracle Linux repositories AND the frequency with which any updates are "pushed", or "pulled" from the Oracle Linux Manager server to Oracle Linux clients.  As illustrated in the following figure, during the typical life cycle of a system, you can use Oracle Linux Manager to simplify several system management tasks, such as installing bare metal systems and virtual guests, applying patches and software updates, configuring software, and auditing system security. Oracle Linux Manager consists of a typical three-tier application architecture all contained within the Oracle Linux Manager server. Each tier consists of the following components: Data Tier: Contains the database* and Taskomatic. Oracle Linux Manager uses the Taskomatic daemon to perform asynchronous scheduled tasks, such as resynchronizing software channels, applying software and configuration updates to clients, and notifying you when new errata become available. Logic Tier: Contains the Apache and Tomcat web servers, which process data for use by the presentation tier. Presentation Tier: Contains the back-end and front-end XML/RPC APIs, which provide programming interfaces for the command-line client utilities and other XML/RPC clients, and the web interface, which can be accessed by using a web browser. * NOTE: For larger deployments the database service can be located on its own independent system. A number of architectural deployment patterns can be used: Simple deployment with a single Oracle Linux Manager server that has several clients. More complex deployment with one Oracle Linux Manager server and multiple Oracle Linux Manager proxies, where each proxy has several clients. Deployment with two Oracle Linux Manager servers, each at different sites, where the server at one site acts as the primary server, while the server at the other site acts as a secondary or worker server. Inter-server synchronisation (ISS) is used to manage channel content, channel permissions, and organisational trust settings between the two servers. Please read the Oracle Linux Manager documentation from the Oracle Documentation Library for further information. Specifically, the Oracle Linux Manager resources below are recommended: Oracle Linux Manager Release Notes Oracle Linux Manager Concepts Guide Oracle Linux Manager Installation Guide Oracle Linux Manager Client Life Cycle Management Guide Using Oracle Linux Manager within an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance system Oracle Linux Premier Support is included with a support subscription for each Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This covers the unlimited use of Oracle Linux within the Oracle PCA itself and restricted use of the following: - Oracle Ksplice and use it to update both Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Oracle Clusterware in support of Oracle Linux Oracle Database in support of Oracle Linux Manager / Spacewalk Oracle Enterprise Manager in support of both the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Linux The Oracle PCA Licensing Information User Manual provides further details. A local Oracle Linux Manager system within an Oracle PCA would be able to provide the full life cycle management services for any Oracle Linux VMs within the Oracle PCA. Only the Oracle Linux Manager server will need access to the public facing Oracle Linux repositories. Each Oracle Linux VM client within the Oracle PCA would only have to reference the PCA Oracle Linux Manager server VM to gain access to the latest software and errata updates as published by Oracle, and downloaded by the Oracle Linux Manager service. To provide an appropriate Oracle Linux client life cycle management service, an Oracle Linux Manager server can be installed and configured on a utility VM, or VMs, within the Oracle PCA. Oracle Linux Manager Server Build and Configuration To provide an Oracle Linux Manager environment within the PCA requires the following: - VM(s) One Oracle Linux 7 virtual machine to provide the platform for the Oracle Linux Manager server The VM will need to be appropriately sized to accommodate both the local repository cache and have sufficient CPU and memory to cope with the planned workloads One Oracle Linux 7 virtual machine to provide the platform for the Oracle Linux Manager Database - this can be co-located with the Oracle Linux Manager server for limited implementations The VMs will need to be appropriately sized to accommodate the Oracle Linux Manager Database instance and have sufficient CPU and memory to cope with the planned workloads Networking Public facing vNIC and externally presented IP address per VM [Optionally] Private vNIC and internally presented IP addresses per VM  to provide an Oracle PCA internal Linux update network Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) entries in the data centre DNS services for the Oracle Linux Manager utility VM(s) public IP address(es) Access from the Oracle Linux Manager server to either ULN or yum.oracle.com services for Linux Channel synchronisation Follow the steps below to create the base Oracle Linux Manager services (package updates only): - Build the Oracle Linux Manager utility VM(s) Correctly configure the Oracle Linux Manager server VM to be able to access the Oracle Linux repository sites (ULN or public YUM) Run a 'yum update' on the Oracle Linux Manager server to bring its operating system image up to the latest software releases Download the Oracle Linux Manager server software to the Oracle Linux Manager server VM Install and configure the Oracle Linux Manager Oracle Database on the Oracle Linux Manager database VM (or within the Oracle Linux Manager server if a single VM is being used) Add Oracle VM Server guest additions to the VM(s) for improved management by the Oracle PCA's Oracle VM Manager Configure the Oracle Linux Manager server Run the command 'spacewalk-setup --external-oracle' for systems with an external database instance This will also configure the primary Oracle Linux Manager service administrator and provide the URL link for continued access to the Oracle Linux Manager server services Subscribe to the required Oracle Linux Manager Channels Use the 'spacewalk-common-channels' command to find the available Oracle Linux channels, e.g: - spacewalk-common-channels --list | grep "oracle" Then use the 'spacewalk-common-channels' command to create both the Linux Channels and the associated Repositories, e.g: - spacewalk-common-channels -v -u <olm_admin_user> -p <olm_admin_user_password> -a x86_64 -k unlimited 'oraclelinux6*' spacewalk-common-channels -v -u <olm_admin_user> -p <olm_admin_user_password> -a x86_64 -k unlimited 'oraclelinux7*' spacewalk-common-channels -v -u <olm_admin_user> -p <olm_admin_user_password> -a x86_64 -k unlimited 'oraclelinux8*' Please refer to the Oracle Linux Manager Documentation Library for details on how to create 'custom channels', such as those required For Oracle Linux release 5. Synchronise the required Oracle Linux Manager Channels with the public Oracle Linux repositories Please note: This initial synchronisation will take a significant period of time - possibly days - depending on the number of Oracle Linux channels being subscribed to by the Oracle Linux Manager server The final step is now to configure the Oracle Linux VM clients to use the local Oracle Linux Manager service. Oracle Linux Manager Client Configuration Configuring Oracle Linux Manager clients The Oracle Linux Manager server will be a client of itself, rather than registered with ULN or configured to use yum.oracle.com. The same approach is used for the Oracle Linux Manager server, its database VM and the Oracle Linux client VMs. Client Registration Beginning from Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, and on Oracle Linux 8 Update 2 updated with the latest packages from either ULN or yum.oracle.com, you can register a client prior to installing the client software. Previously, client software installation was a prerequisite to registration. Two simple commands are required: - wget -q -O /usr/share/rhn/RHN-ORG-TRUSTED-SSL-CERT http://<FQDN of OLM Server>/pub/RHN-ORG_TRUSTED-SSL-CERT rhnreg_ks --sslCACert=/usr/share/rhn/RHN-ORG-TRUSTED-SSL-CERT --serverUrl=https://<FQDN of OLM Server>/XMLRPC --activationkey=1-oraclelinux7-x86_64 NOTE: The activation key (--activationkey=1-oraclelinux7-x86_64) will change depending on whether the new Oracle Linux client system is Oracle Linux 7 or Oracle Linux 8 based. Once registered, the following yum updates need to be run: For Oracle Linux 7 based systems, use: yum install oracle-linux-manager-client-release-el7 yum install rhn-client-tools rhn-check rhn-setup rhnsd m2crypto yum-rhn-plugin For Oracle Linux 8 based systems, use: dnf install oracle-linux-manager-client-release-el8 dnf -y module disable rhn-tools satellite-5-client dnf -y --allowerasing install python3-rhnlib python3-spacewalk-usix rhn-client-tools rhn-check rhn-setup rhnsd dnf-plugin-spacewalk dnf -y remove rhnlib Install & register If the Oracle Linux instance is outside of the above criteria, then the process is reversed; Install the rpm packages, using the normal yum install process, then the register with the Oracle Linux Manager server - the same commands are used - but with a Channel specific activation key. Oracle Linux Manager daemon The final step in this journey is to install and enable the Oracle Linux Manager daemon, which allows the Oracle Linux Manager server to schedule and "push" updates to any given managed client host. This is NOT a mandatory step. Manual administration of each Linux operating system instance is possible using a 'yum update", or "yum install" as and when required by the system administrator. However, enabling the Oracle Linux Manager daemon will permit remote patch management on a scheduled, and controlled, basis to occur on multiple systems literately at the click of a button. To install the Oracle Linux Manager daemon, use the following commands: For Oracle Linux 5, 6 or 7 systems: - yum install osad chkconfig osad on service osad start For Oracle Linux 7 or 8 systems: - yum install osad systemctl enable osad systemctl start osad Now enjoy the new Oracle Linux Manager services !! A Technical Brief providing more detailed instructions on the installation and configuration of this service is forthcoming. Please watch this blog for updates. Further Resources The following resource links provide additional information: - https://www.oracle.com/linux/ https://www.oracle.com/engineered-systems/private-cloud-appliance/

This blog article is posted for guest author Stephen Dennis. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an integrated, “wire once” software-defined infrastructure system that simplifies the way customers...

Announcements

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2 Announcement

Now available - Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 Today Oracle announces Oracle VM Server for SPARC Release 3.6.2.0.9 What's New with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU 30. Together, they provide new features for virtualization, performance, security, scalability, and system management. Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 introduces several changes and new capabilities, including: Auditing records are produced (under the "as" system-wide administration class) for domain lifecycle events. Large performance improvement for all vsan MASK operations. klog support in MDB for vdisk server (vds). Created ::vds MDB command for use with klog.vds. vhba now defaults to disabling performance improvement for aioread(3c) and aiowrite(3c). There is no effect on synchronous I/O and this can be controlled by the vhba:vhba_nointr kernel, tunable in the /etc/system. Memory page retire operations are persisted for guests and replayed on reboot. Multilevel PVLAN (i.e. in a Zone within an LDoms guest) are supported. Warning-level log messages from ldmd can be turned off via "ldm set-logctl warning=[on|off]." The full list of new features, bug fixes, and known issues can be found at the Oracle VM Server for SPARC documentation and the What's New page. Supported Upgrade Path Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 software has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU 30. Product Support Oracle VM Server for SPARC support is included in Oracle Premier Support for Systems which provides fully-integrated support for your server hardware, firmware, OS, and virtualization software. Please review the documentation about specific details of required and minimum software and supported platforms. Resources For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Learn What's New Review the Oracle VM Server for SPARC technical papers Download Oracle VM Server for SPARC Attend the training course offered by Oracle University: Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

Now available - Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 Today Oracle announces Oracle VM Server for SPARC Release 3.6.2.0.9 What's New with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.6.2.0.9 We are pleased to announce...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Announcing Enhanced Kubernetes as a Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4 Release Update (RU)9

This post is on behalf of author Simon Hayler, announcing new capabilities for the Private Cloud Appliance. Oracle is pleased to announce enhanced Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9).  Node pools and scale up/scale down are among the new capabilities. Introduced with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6), Kubernetes as a service has been enhanced with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9). Customers can use private cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to create, start, stop, and delete Kubernetes clusters. Once the private cloud administrator has enabled the Kubernetes Engine following this documentation, the private cloud user can consume quota-based Kubernetes resources in parallel to their existing private cloud self-service framework.   Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9) enables the following additional features for Kubernetes cluster management. Add Node Pool This feature enables the adding of a Node Pool with a defined amount of CPU and Memory per server within the new Node Pool. This operation adds and defines the Pool but does not add a host; the Scale Up Kubernetes function adds a server to the Node Pool. Using the up and down arrows for CPU and Memory defines the minimum and maximum configurations. The screenshot below depicts the minimums. Remove Node Pool This feature is the opposite of Add Node Pool and removes any created Node Pool. When a Node Pool is removed any servers / nodes within the Node Pool are also removed. Scale Up Kubernetes Cluster This feature adds a server / node to a selected Node Pool using the capacity set when the Node Pool was created. Once the job completes, the new node / server will be visible within the Cluster view. Scale Down Kubernetes cluster This feature is the opposite of Scale Up Kubernetes Cluster and removes a selected server / node from the Node Pool. Once the job completes, the selected node / server will no longer be visible within the Cluster view. The following Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 9 (13.4.0.9) patches are required to enable these new features: Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 server: system patch - 32198287 Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): agent bundle patch - 32198303 Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): SI (Systems Infrastructure) bundle patch - 32198358 Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 agent (present on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance management node): VT (Virtualization) bundle patch - 32198419 Please refer to each patch read-me file for further information and prerequisites.   Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 administration guide to learn how to discover, monitor, and manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 release notes  Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4 Update 9 announcement  Oracle Enterprise Manager Private Cloud Kubernetes Management documentation Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation

This post is on behalf of author Simon Hayler, announcing new capabilities for the Private Cloud Appliance. Oracle is pleased to announce enhanced Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud...

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Key Takeaways from the Oracle Systems Engineering Forum: Oracle Servers

The Systems Engineering Forum: Oracle Servers was held on the 29th of September 2020, where the Oracle engineering team provided updates regarding and Oracle Solaris and servers, including demos and Q&A with Oracle experts. A recording is available on Oracle Video Hub. Here are the 5 key takeaways from these sessions: 1. Oracle SPARC servers continue to be the best platform to run Oracle Database, Java, and enterprise apps in business-critical environments With no-overhead encryption, Silicon Secured Memory, and hardware acceleration of data analytics, Oracle SPARC servers continue to be the industry-leading enterprise platform in security, performance, and reliability. Oracle SPARC M8-based servers are more powerful than competing systems, while Oracle Solaris continues to be the ideal choice for UNIX infrastructure. In addition, the binary compatibility guarantee for Oracle Solaris and SPARC simplifies and reduces the risk of IT modernization. 2. The Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS offers a suite of feature and security updates following a Continuous Delivery Model The Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS is the latest and greatest rendition of the trusted enterprise platform, Oracle Solaris. The 11.4 release introduced a host of features in security and enterprise-grade access management, such as RADIUS authentication, Application Sandboxing, and Per-File auditing to name a few. Cloud-scale compliance is even easier with centralized compliance and audit reporting, thus bridging both on-premise and cloud compliance. To further expand awareness about the outstanding observability tools and the WebUI interface, a new GitHub repository was also introduced: oraclesolaris-contrib. This repository highlights the use-cases for the WebUI and also provides information on new methodologies to manage Oracle Solaris like REST. Demos were presented on observability with WebUI, how to leverage the GitHub repository for Solaris, and how to automate compliance management. With more than 25 Support Repository Updates (SRU’s) delivered to date, Oracle Solaris 11.4 is the ideal choice for customers to stay updated with the latest features, security, and functional fixes offering the best Reliability, Availability, and Security benefits. 3. Announced: Extended Support for Oracle Solaris 11.3 available after January 2021 Our customers can benefit greatly from moving to Oracle Solaris 11.4 as soon as possible. In order to provide our customers with additional time to plan this move, it was announced that Oracle will offer Extended Support for Oracle Solaris 11.3 after January 2021. To assist them on moving to Oracle Solaris 11.4 here are some resources: “Move to Oracle Solaris 11.4”; MOS Doc ID 2382427.1 on “

The Systems Engineering Forum: Oracle Servers was held on the 29thof September 2020, where the Oracle engineering team provided updates regarding and Oracle Solaris and servers, including demos and...

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Modernize Enterprise Applications Across Private and Public Clouds

Container Runtime for Application Development and Kubernetes for Container Orchestration Provide Application Portability across Containerized Platforms Cloud native technologies are experiencing rapid adoption as businesses transition application development and deployment to containers, microservices and orchestration tools such as Kubernetes. Business drivers for cloud native are portability and quick time to market for DevOps, digital transformation, middleware, and application development projects. Is your business ready? Here’s what research shows about the rate at which some of these technologies are growing: The global digital transformation market size was valued at USD 284.38 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.5% from 2020 to 2027. Grand View Research. The global microservices architecture market size was valued at $2,073 million in 2018, and is projected to reach $8,073 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 18.6% from 2019 to 2026. Allied Market Research. The global application container market is expected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2018 to USD 4.98 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 32.9% during the forecast period. Markets and Markets. The application infrastructure and middleware software market grew 13.1% in U.S. dollars in 2019, reaching $37 billion.  Gartner. DevOps market size is projected to reach $14,969.6 million by 2026, a compound annual growth rate of 19.1%, a Fortune Business Insights report found. TechRepublic. Oracle has just released an update to its Private Cloud Appliance which comes complete with cloud-native technologies, including automated Kubernetes set-up out of the box. This gives customers a cost effective and portable way to securely run and maintain workloads either on-premises or in public clouds. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance will run enterprise workloads alongside cloud native applications to support a wide range of application requirements. This blog will provide a brief overview of what cloud native is and the various technologies that it comprises, why cloud native matters, and the benefits of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance’s and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer’s  integrated cloud native framework. Cloud native, what it is and why it matters What is cloud native? The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) provides the following definition: Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach. These techniques enable loosely-coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil. Cloud native technologies use a container runtime environment as defined by the Open Container Initiative (OCI), such as CRI-O for application development and container orchestration tools, such as Kubernetes to automate the deployment, management and scaling of containerized workloads. Kubernetes also takes care of things like load balancing between containers, and failover. Cloud native technologies can eliminate dependences of containerized microservices on physical hardware (disks, compute nodes, and memory). This is a huge benefit as it allows containerized microservices to easily move between private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms. Containers are the critical component of a cloud native framework. They help eliminate platform dependencies and break down what used to be large monolithic applications into small transportable, self-contained pieces. A containerized approach allows developers to create large distributed applications by linking containerized microservices to create an application that is portable and abstracted from the host operating system (OS). Why cloud native matters A cloud native development methodology provides faster time-to-market for critical business applications, thereby increasing business velocity for new customer services and acquisition. Cloud native benefits include: Agility, for faster deployments and faster iterations (CI/CD). Scalable platform resources to quickly and easily scale compute and storage capacity up or down as projects require. Resiliency, which is built into container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes to provide load balancing and failover. Application portability, between private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms because containerized microservices are decoupled from the hardware. Segment development teams into any number of smaller distributed development teams, allowing multiple projects to run simultaneously. Speed up the process of building, testing, and deploying applications by breaking applications into smaller microservices verses the monolithic code approach of yesteryear. Ease of management, provided by container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes ease the task of managing hundreds or even thousands of containers and automate many tasks. Security, containerized microservices by their very nature isolate applications running in other containers and prevent malicious code in one container from affecting other containers. Additionally, security permissions can be set to control access to the containers. Avoid vendor lock in, because of the ability to move containerized microservice to other platforms running containerized microservice. A better customer experience, adopting a cloud native approach allows the business to continuously integrate and deploy new customer services to constantly improve their offerings and stay ahead of the competition. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Release 2.4.3 Delivers an Integrated Cloud Native Platform That Simplifies, Automates and Auto-scales Kubernetes Clusters Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an on-premises cloud native converged infrastructure solution that allows IT to efficiently consolidate business critical middleware and application workloads. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is cost effective, easy to manage, and delivers better performance than disparate build-your-own solutions. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Exadata Machine together provide a powerful, single-vendor, application and database platform for today’s data-driven enterprise.  Oracle Private Cloud Appliance runs enterprise workloads alongside cloud native applications to support a variety of application requirements. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance together with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides a complete solution to securely maintain  workloads on both private and public clouds. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance’s converged architecture integrates the Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment (OLCNE), decoupling the workloads from the infrastructure to provide a scalable framework for effortless workload portability to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a cloud ready, plug and play IaaS in a preconfigured/cabled rack that includes compute nodes, switches, storage, and infrastructure software. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance provides all the benefits of a public cloud but resides in an on-premises data center allowing IT to maintain direct control and leverage the security already used within the datacenter. This is also a benefit where data sovereignty is a concern.  Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment is included, supports the open standards, specifications, and APIs defined by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Oracle Private Cloud Appliance comes integrated with Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment that simplifies and automates the lifecycle of Kubernetes workloads. Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment is a curated set of open source Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) projects that can be easily deployed, have been tested for interoperability, and for which enterprise-grade support is offered. With the Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, Oracle provides the features for customers to develop containerized microservices-based applications that can be deployed in environments that support open standards and specifications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance allows you to easily manage the creation, deletion and scaling of highly available Kubernetes clusters with a few mouse clicks or by using the CLI. The integrated Kubernetes dashboard offers a single pane of glass GUI-based management for clusters. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance offers you the most optimized platform to consolidate your enterprise, mission-critical workloads, and your modern cloud native containerized workloads. It provides you with the simplest path to modernize your workloads and helps you accelerate the digital transformation to meet your changing business needs. Oracle Private Cloud at Customer provides the same integrated cloud native environment, scalability, and functionality as the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance but uses a flexible subscription model and is managed by Oracle Cloud Operations.  In conclusion, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer provide you with the most integrated, easiest to deploy, cloud-native platforms for modernizing your enterprise applications, allowing you to provide exceptional customer experience and speedy time-to-market. For more information visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer.        

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Software Release 2.4.3

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (OPCA) and the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer (OPCC) team is pleased to announce the 2.4.3 Software Release. This key release integrates Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment (OLCNE), with OPCA and OPCC. OLCNE provides many of the features needed by customers that develop containerized microservices-based applications deployed in environments that support open standards and specifications. Containerized microservices-based applications decouple workloads from the infrastructure providing a  scalable framework for effortless workload portability to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. OLCNE provides many of the features needed by customers that develop containerized microservices-based applications deployed in environments that support open standards and specifications. OPCA and OPCC allow you to easily manage the creation, deletion and scaling of highly available Kubernetes clusters using the command line interface (CLI). The Kubernetes dashboard provides a single pane to manage the lifecycle of containerized workloads. OPCA and OPCC offer the most optimized platform allowing you to consolidate your enterprise mission-critical workloads, and your modern cloud-native containerized workloads. Each provides the simplest path to modernize your workloads and helps accelerate the digital transformation to meet your changing business needs OPCA and OPCC consolidate distributed datacenters and applications onto a single converged cloud infrastructure. By installing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and consolidating their datacenters, a large security technologies integrator, recently, increased performance by 6x and reduced costs by an estimated 40% over build-your-own solution. OPCA and OPCC host both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on a mix of operating systems: Linux, Oracle Solaris and Microsoft Windows; in addition Oracle VM provides a virtualized environment that customers use to run a wide variety of Oracle applications. OPCA and OPCC are the preferred platforms for Oracle Apps Unlimited, such as:  Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, and JD Edwards. OPCA and OPCC are the preferred platforms for Oracle’s Global Business Units. For example: Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, Oracle Communications Order and Service Management are used by several Telecom providers for 5G backend support Oracle Flexcube, Oracle Banking, and Oracle Health Insurance, are being used by many customers in the healthcare and finance verticals OPCA and OPCC are used for applications and middleware, and Oracle Exadata Machine is used for the database to provide a powerful, single-vendor solution for today’s data driven enterprise.  From a recent quote by Subban Raghunathan, Vice President of Product Management for Oracle Exadata Core Technologies Team “Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, optimized for applications and middleware, together with the Oracle Exadata Machine, optimized for Oracle database, provides customers with a high-performance, single vendor solution that is secure, quick to deploy, and scalable for mission-critical, enterprise and cloud native workloads.” Notable New Features in the 2.4.3 Release Kubernetes Engine for OPCA and OPCC provides an automated lifecycle tool for quick creation of high availability Kubernetes clusters via an integrated command line interface. Once provisioned, the dashboard provides a single pane of glass management view of clusters, services, and logs for the rapid deployment and scaling Kubernetes clusters. Wizards in Oracle Enterprise Manager take input from the user to create a Kubernetes Master, VMs, networks, and storage for container deployment. Thanks to this feature, containers can be created automatically and the complexity of creating and managing Kubernetes clusters is eliminated, thus saving developers’ time. Enhanced Scalability and Performance implements a new VM-storage network within Oracle Private Cloud Appliance that opens a network data path for Oracle VMs to directly access internal Oracle ZS7-2 storage. The elimination of an external network to connect Oracle VM guests to the storage, allows improved security and performance, decreases latency, and grants cost savings. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Integration provides two features that leverage both Oracle’s public and private cloud infrastructure, facilitating the customer cloud journey: Automated backup of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance/Oracle Private Cloud at Customer configuration data and all of their components (including management nodes, network switches, and ZFS) to an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure object store. Restore OPCA/OPCC to a working state using a point-in-time backup stored in an OCI object store bucket. A single button Oracle VM migration to a customer’s tenancy on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This allows customers to take advantage of implementing development test environments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure while maintaining production on OPCA/OPCC. Improved Enterprise Diagnostics and Reliability is an integrated health check tool of a pre-loaded script that checks hardware, configuration faults, and more. It creates a fault report that can be scanned or offloaded via CLI. The introduction of additional diagnostics and unified fault reporting allows faster problem isolation and resolution Additional features of interest Software upgrade to OVM 3.4.6.3 Upgrade to ZFS AK 8.8.19 Kernel and bug fixes More Information Documentation Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Documentation Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on OTN Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on TRC Social Media Oracle Systems Blog Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on YouTube Product Training and Education Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training from Oracle University

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (OPCA) and the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer (OPCC) team is pleased to announce the 2.4.3 Software Release. This key release integrates Oracle Linux Cloud Native...

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Simplified Learning Path for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance administration using Enterprise Manager

To get you up and running with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c administration of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, we offer a series of free, short videos. The videos cover various tasks / use cases carried out as the Cloud Administrator.  This role is in effect the “plumber” who sets up storage, networking and virtualization resources and also grants particular privileges to any user for the purpose of configuring the resources that enable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Once configured, the Oracle Enterprise Manager Self Service Administrator and Self Service User can allocate and consume IaaS resources. Oracle Enterprise Manager is a complete, integrated, and business-driven enterprise cloud management solution. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c is the recommended management framework for managing Oracle Infrastructure Software and Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle Enterprise Manager consists of a database repository, Oracle Management Service and Oracle Management Agents. Oracle Enterprise Manager’s portal and incident management framework provide a single pane of glass for monitoring, where events are actioned based upon incident rules. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a converged Engineered System optimized for middleware and applications. It is cost-effective, easy to manage and highly scalable to consolidate enterprise mission-critical workloads along with modern cloud-native workloads. Get started on your learning path today with videos from the following areas: Configure Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Creating roles and users for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment Configuring referenced file locations Setting the maximum upload file size for Self Service users Setting the Oracle Enterprise Manager software library user password Setting the Cloud Administrator password Setup the Infrastructure Cloud Register the Oracle VM Manager Configure tinyproxy on the Management Nodes Releasing ownership of compute node local repositories Monitoring Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Introduction to Incident Rules and creating a rule for agent states Creating a warning for Oracle VM Server used disk space Enabling the Cloud Administrator to configure additional incident notifications Videos are updated and added on an ongoing basis so check back regularly to see what's new. Resources Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product page Oracle Private Cloud Appliance white papers and documentation

To get you up and running with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c administration of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, we offer a series of free, short videos. The videos cover various tasks / use cases...

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More News about Oracle Solaris and SPARC Infrastructure

Oracle has delivered a wealth of technology innovation through the Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS since its release, through its  Continuous Delivery Model. At the time of this writing, there have been 20 monthly Support Repository Updates (SRUs) delivered to date, with more than 380 security fixes, and more than 510 enhancements to Oracle Solaris 11.4 features, including updates to many popular open source software components. As described in a previous blog post - an update on Oracle Solaris and SPARC infrastructure, still a great summary of the key advantages of our technology - Oracle is committed to supporting our Oracle Solaris customers until at least 2034, as shown in this official document. For up to date information on Oracle Solaris, please check our blog. For a great summary and a couple of demonstrations of the consistency, security and simplicity of the Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS, check our latest Virtual Seminar. It is important for customers that have not yet made the transition to the Oracle Solaris 11.4 OS to plan for it as soon as they are able to, in order to benefit from the latest security and manageability features that Oracle Solaris has to offer. In addition, please note that, although Oracle continued to provide updates for Oracle Solaris 11.3 for a long time after the release of the current version, the updates for the 11.3 version are scheduled to stop in the near future. Check the My Oracle Support document on Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support (Doc ID 2382427.1) for the latest plans. Oracle SPARC products continue to lead the industry in security, features, and performance. For instance, Oracle has demonstrated that SPARC M8, T8 and S7 systems can run encrypted database and Java workloads without performance overhead, while offering the best per-core performance for critical Java operations compared with competitors. Fujitsu SPARC products continue to advance as well, and Fujitsu offers here the latest information on their roadmap for enhancements. Oracle Solaris, Oracle SPARC, and Fujitsu SPARC systems offer the best security and investment protection for customers looking at long term, low risk solutions for business critical deployments. Performance Notes Performance information for Oracle’s SPARC systems is available at http://blogs.oracle.com/bestperf SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 9/28/2017. SPARC T8-1, 34,259.69 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (unsecure); SPARC T8-1, 32,622.97 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (secure); SPARC S7-2, 14,400.78 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (unsecure); SPARC S7-2, 14,121.47 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (secure). SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjbb are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Results from http://www.spec.org as of 03/06/2020. SPARC T8-1 153,532 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 89,980 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL380 Gen10 74,086 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 62,592 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL380 Gen10 84,142 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 25,431 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL325 Gen10 153,886 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 119,716 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL325 Gen10 171,631 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 75,275 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; IBM Power S812LC 44,883 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 13,032 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; IBM Power S924 165,581 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 56,942 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.4.2

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.4.2. This release of controller software supports both Ethernet-based Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8-2 and InfiniBand-based Oracle Private Cloud Appliance racks.  The software release can be downloaded from MOS using ID 30459450. Notable New Features in the 2.4.2 Release Support for X8-2 Compute Nodes in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X5-2 base racks: X8-2 expansion nodes can now be ordered for X5-2 base racks, in addition to their availability for X8-2 base racks of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. These expansion compute nodes are available in 3 memory configurations - 384 GB, 768 GB and 1.5 TB memory. Support for storage expansion trays: Expand the storage capacity of the integrated Oracle ZS7-2 Storage Appliance by adding High Capacity storage expansion trays (DE3-24C) and High Performance storage expansion trays (DE3-24P). A total of 15 storage expansion trays can be added to expand the customer usable storage to 4.5PB  (raw storage). 32 Gb Fiber Channel support: Oracle Server X8-2 compute nodes can be ordered with optional  Oracle Storage Dual Port 16 Gb or 32 Gb Fiber Channel PCIe HBAs.  Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Health Check Utility: The Health Check utility is built on the framework of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Upgrader, and is included in the Upgrader package. It detects the appliance network architecture and runs the health checks defined for the system in question. Updated Oracle VM 3.4.6: This consolidated software release includes Oracle VM 3.4.6 with Xen and Kernel Security fixes to address various CVEs.  For more information on this release, please refer to Release Notes. Software Download Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software release 2.4.2 can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 30459450. Supported Upgrade Path Upgrading to release 2.4.2 is only supported if: Management Nodes are at software release 2.3.4 or 2.4.1 All Compute Nodes are running Oracle VM 3.4.5 (PCA Software 2.3.4) or 3.4.6 (PCA software 2.4.1) Please refer to MOS Doc ID. 2605884.1 for usage of the PCA Upgrader tool shipped with PCA 2.4.2, prerequisites, known issues and workarounds. Main Use Cases for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Complement Oracle Exadata Database Machine as the application platform: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance can serve as an application platform to complement Oracle Exadata, providing a great solution for mission-critical applications and databases. Implement n-tier applications with this combination. Migrate middleware and application workloads from legacy Oracle Exalogic systems: Upgrade and modernize existing Oracle Exalogic deployments by migrating to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8 to take advantage of its high-performance compute servers and 100 GbE internal networking. Existing EECS licenses can be used on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. In addition, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8 offers the following benefits: Support for Live Migration More cores per CPU More memory per core No infrastructure license cost Support for multitenancy Modernize applications using Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance includes support for Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment (based on open CNCF standards), to automate deployment, scaling, and management of container workloads. Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment includes support for Oracle Container Runtime for Docker and Oracle Container Services for Use with Kubernetes. Oracle software and applications are available as Docker containers at Oracle Container Registry. Applications developed on Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment are seamlessly portable to any Kubernetes compliant platform—Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, on premise, or other public clouds. More Information Documentation Oracle Private Cloud Appliance  Data Sheets, White Papers, Videos, Support and more Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on OTN Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on TRC Social Media Oracle Systems Blog Oracle Private Cloud Appliance on YouTube Product Training and Education Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training from Oracle University  

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What is Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes and why is it Important?

Ease-of-use, Performance, Availability, Secure, Industry Leadership This blog provides a brief introduction to an Oracle whitepaper, "Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes.” The whitepaper describes how to setup and configure Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes to run, host, and manage your mission critical containerized business applications. It also describes how to migrate Oracle WebLogic applications from Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems to  Oracle PCA. What are PCA, WebLogic, and Kubernetes Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) is an industry leading, Oracle Engineered System designed for rapid deployment of private clouds. Compute resources, network hardware, storage, operating systems, and applications are engineered to work together, and are managed and operated as a single unit. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance also supports running Kubernetes in an environment fully supported by Oracle. Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment can be used to create Kubernetes clusters on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Oracle WebLogic Server is an industry leading application server for developing and deploying applications across conventional and cloud environments. It provides a mission critical cloud platform for applications requiring performance, scalability, and reliability. Integrated, native management tools simplify operations and reduce management costs. Developers can leverage modern development tooling and server features for application innovation. Oracle WebLogic Server is available in three editions with increasing functionality. Kubernetes is an open source project for managing small to large, distributed, containerized workloads. It has a very large following and among the leading container orchestration platforms in use today. It is most often used with Docker, the popular containerization platform. Kubernetes can work with almost any container platform that conforms to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) standards. Kubernetes is very robust and can be used to manage containers located on-premise, in the cloud, or both (hybrid cloud). The Winning Trifecta for Today’s Digital Business Individually, Oracle PCA, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes are industry leading platforms. Together, they offer a unified platform solution to run even the most demanding applications, exceeding the requirements for the digital business of today and  into the future, for a great user experience. Oracle PCA provides a high performance private cloud platform to run all of your WebLogic applications. It supports up to 48 CPU cores, 1.5 TB memory per X8-2 compute node, and can scale from 2 – 25 compute nodes. It comes pre-wired and racked and can be fully deployed in 6 hours. Oracle PCA has its own built in management interface or can be managed using Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle PCA is fully redundant and provides zero downtime for your mission critical applications, middleware, or database - both Oracle and third party. It supports applications running on Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows. Lastly, Oracle PCA supports multitenancy to allow you to segment users and workloads, preventing data leakage or management overlap.  Oracle WebLogic Server running on Oracle PCA enables enterprises to deploy mission-critical applications that together provide performance, reliability, and scalability on a secure and highly available unified platform.  Oracle PCA is the perfect platform for developing and running your mission critical Oracle WebLogic Server applications. Today’s fast paced digital businesses also require containers and microsevices to develop and scale application deployment. Managing a large scale private, public, or hybrid cloud container deployment can quickly get out of control. This is where Kubernetes comes in. It provides the monitoring and management for small to large scale container deployments. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer support Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, including Oracle Container Runtime for Docker and Oracle Container Services for Use with Kubernetes. Summary Today’s digital businesses cannot afford latency or downtime. The combination of Oracle PCA, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes provides a winning combination to drive today's fast paced digital business and keep both internal and external users happy and productive. When you have completed the installation and setup discussed in the whitepaper you will have laid the foundation for running Oracle WebLogic Server applications on Kubernetes on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, including: Monitoring applications in production Lifecycle management of applications Scaling configurations as required to meet workload demands Analyzing production issues Broader adoption of CI/CD and DevOps for application development and management Enabling ongoing updates to production applications Enabling ongoing patching of production systems Migration and deployment of additional applications to the environment Migration and deployment of Oracle Coherence and Oracle Application Development Framework applications Development and deployment of new applications Future deployment of Oracle Fusion Middleware product applications To deploy these state-of-the-art platforms see "Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes” and get started today.  

Ease-of-use, Performance, Availability, Secure, Industry Leadership This blog provides a brief introduction to an Oracle whitepaper, "Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and...

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Benefits of running WebLogic and other application tier software on PCA

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) has emerged as the premier platform for running WebLogic and other middleware and application tier software. This is especially seen with Oracle Fusion Middleware, often in conjunction with Oracle Exadata - the premier database platform. There are several reasons why this has proven so effective. Private Cloud Appliance provides quick time to value for a robust virtualization platform, going from power-up to starting VMs in a matter of hours. The Private Cloud Appliance automates discovery and provisioning of physical infrastructure. Private Cloud Appliance provides high performance high speed 100Gb Ethernet, ZFS storage array, and X8-2 compute nodes. Private Cloud Appliance design avoids single points of failure on management, network, storage, and compute resource, and permits 'zero-downtime' rolling upgrades to system infrastructure. Prebuilt Oracle VM virtual appliances and templates quickly stand up application instances. This is complementary to Private Cloud Appliance quickly and automatically standing up physical infrastructure. You can see a list of virtual appliances at https://www.oracle.com/virtualization/technologies/virtual-appliances.html High performance inter-VM networking using the Private Cloud Appliance internal networks permits low-latency, high bandwidth, private communication between VMs in a clustered application. This is especially useful for applications like WebLogic and Coherence. Private Cloud Appliance provides load balancing (Dynamic Resource Scheduling - DRS) and High Availability (HA) features that provide higher performance and automates recovery from outage. Private Cloud Appliance can provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud function via Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Application orchestration and automated workload deployment can be performed with Ansible or the Oracle VM API Customers can use Trusted Partitioning to manage software license costs. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer fully support Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, including Oracle Container Runtime for Docker and Oracle Container Services for Use with Kubernetes. They provide an ideal runtime for Oracle WebLogic Server applications to run in Docker and Kubernetes with full, integrated system support from Oracle. We recommend that customers running existing Oracle WebLogic Server applications on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems, and wish to adopt cloud native infrastructure and DevOps practices, consider migrating to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer. The summary is that the Private Cloud Appliance provides superior performance and systemic properties over a broad range of applications and operating systems.  

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) has emerged as the premier platform for running WebLogic and other middleware and application tier software. This is especially seen with Oracle...

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Oracle Announces 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. This year, our 8 award recipients were selected from among hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 8 different countries: Australia, Austria, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:  Oracle Linux Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle Solaris Oracle SPARC Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk Oracle Virtualization Oracle is pleased to honor these leaders who have delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. This year’s winners are Jan-Pier Loonstra, enterprise infrastructure architect, KPN; Laszlo Beres, engineering manager, GVC Holdings; Prasanta Kumar Nayak, deputy general manager (systems), State Bank of India; Ryan Lea, solution consultant, CCL: Together with Revera; Sumesh Vadassary, software development director, PayPal, Inc.; Suping Dong, CEO, Bowmicro Ltd.; Yasushi Taki, CEO, CTO and founder, JustPlayer Co., Ltd.; Vivek Jaiswal, group general manager DevSpecOps Shared Services, National Roads and Motorist Association Australia. More information on this award and winners can be found here.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle...

Events

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer at Oracle OpenWorld 2019

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 is less than two weeks away. It's a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8-2 and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer X8-2. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer are designed for automated deployment of private cloud. Benefits like zero downtime upgradability, capacity on demand, and single pane of glass management make them the ideal infrastructure for rapid deployment of mixed Linux, Windows, Oracle Solaris, and containerized workloads. Learn about the growing ecosystem of containerized applications using Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, automation through Infrastructure as Code, disaster recovery, and the best practices that make your private cloud deployments even simpler! You’ll hear from Oracle product experts and customers about the latest technical updates, tips to help you streamline operations, and customer successes.   Visit and bookmark the following link for the full list of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2019: Your Private Cloud, Your Way.  Register in advance for sessions of interest, to be sure you have a seat. Sessions Disaster Recovery on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance/Oracle Private Cloud at Customer [CON5392] Time: Monday, Sep 16, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 152B Delivering IaaS with Oracle Private Cloud at Customer using Oracle Enterprise Manager  [CON4879] Time: Monday, Sep 16, 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 152D How you can benefit from Oracle Cloud at Customer and Hybrid Cloud [PRO5305] Time: Monday, Sep 16, 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Moscone West - Room 3007A Achieving Cloud Scale, Continuous Service Delivery with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CAS6258] In this session hear how Sri Lanka Telecom and Entel, national telecommunication providers in their respective countries, are deploying cloud services using Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to serve local customers and government agencies. Time: Tuesday, Sep 17, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 152D Building Flexible, Multicloud Solutions: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance/Oracle Linux [CAS6257] In this session hear Secure-24 talk about the unique value of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance as part of their portfolio of multi-cloud services. Time: Tuesday, Sep 17, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 152D Modernize and Optimize your Applications using Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CAS6257] Time: Tuesday, Sep 17, 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Location: The Exchange (Moscone South) - Cloud Infrastructure Theater Infrastructure as Code using Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CON4883] Time: Wednesday, Sep 18, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 152D High-Performance Apps: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance/Oracle Private Cloud at Customer [CON5389] Time: Wednesday, Sep 18, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 155A Deploy Application Containers on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CON4880] Time: Thursday, Sep 19, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Location: Moscone South - Room 155A Running E-Business Suite on Oracle Private Cloud at Customer [THT5103] Time: Thursday, Sep 19, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Location: Moscone West (Level 3) - Stars Bar Theater We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld!

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 is less than two weeks away. It's a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8-2 and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Learn to Fast-Track Oracle Private Cloud At Customer Goals

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through key tasks. Private Cloud at Customer is a flexible subscription model for on-premises IaaS. With Private Cloud at Customer, you can achieve control over regulatory issues, data privacy, and governance; tight integration with your network security; and low latency for on-premises applications and data. Administrators and users work with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, which provides monitoring, metering, and self-service portal, enabling IaaS out of the box.  Oracle Private Cloud at Customer enables rapid application deployment of Oracle products with prebuilt Oracle VM templates. You can deploy Oracle applications such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) and middleware in minutes. The Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path training provides: Training for the customer administrator covers tasks to: Create artifacts for launching virtual machines, or servers Allocate storage, network, CPU and memory resources by setting quotas for users Monitor resource usage across the environment Set up plans for charging users for consumed resources Training for the customer user covers tasks to: Deploy virtual machines, or servers Support virtual machines with adequate storage, CPU, and memory resources Implement network connectivity as decided by IaaS administrators Design and employ policies that control virtual machine operation Manage personal library space for storing virtual machines and related artifacts Monitor charges for consumed resources Resources: Private Cloud at Customer documentation Private Cloud at Customer product pages Private Cloud at Customer datasheet Oracle VM Virtual Appliances  

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through...

Announcements

Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8

Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8, an agile and intelligent Engineered System, designed for rapid and automated deployment of private clouds.  Notable new features in this release Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8 is 45% faster, offers 17x more storage for customer workloads and is substantially more cost-effective compared to the last generation. Highlights of this release include: Hardware Enhancements Oracle Server X8-2 Management Nodes - 2 latest generation Oracle servers X8-2 serve as the management nodes for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8 Oracle Server X8-2 Compute Nodes - With 2 X 24 core Intel Xeon 8260 processors, these X8-2 Compute nodes can be ordered in three different memory configurations - 384 GB, 768 GB, and 1.5 TB. With 45% performance improvement over the last generation, Oracle Server X8-2 provides the optimal balance of cores, memory, and I/O throughput for mission-critical enterprise applications. Customers can scale from 2 to 25 Compute nodes in the same rack. Integrated ZS7-2 Storage - Oracle Private Cloud Appliance features a fully integrated, enterprise-grade Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS7-2 for centrally storing the management environment while providing superior performance and efficiency required by demanding enterprise applications. With dual ZS7-2 controllers in a high-availability (HA) configuration and one high-capacity DE-24C storage shelf, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance now includes 100 TB of customer usable storage capacity in the rack. This storage can be scaled to 2.2 PB using a combination of DE3-24C or all-flash DE3-24P expansion storage trays.  Network - High speed low latency Software Defined Networking is implemented on top of 100Gb Ethernet leaf and spine switches. These offer 100Gb Ethernet connectivity for all communication between internal rack components and allow for flexible 10/25/40/100 GbE connectivity to customer data center. Software Enhancements Oracle VM 3.4.6 - This release of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance includes Oracle VM 3.4.6 with the latest kernel and security fixes. In addition, it adds the ability to move a running VM to a different Oracle VM repository. For more information on this release, please refer to the release notes. Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bug fixes in this release. Visit Oracle.com for product datasheet and white papers.    

Oracle is pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance X8, an agile and intelligent Engineered System, designed for rapid and automated deployment of private clouds.  Notable new features in this...

Oracle SPARC Systems

An Update on Oracle Solaris and SPARC Infrastructure

Oracle Solaris is the trusted business platform that you depend on. The Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System (OS) gives you consistent compatibility, is simple to use and is designed to always be secure. The Oracle Solaris OS is designed to deliver a consistent platform to run your enterprise applications. It is the trusted solution for running both modern and legacy applications on the newest system hardware while providing the latest innovations. Our administrative interfaces are simple to use and protect your business from error prone mistakes that could cost you critical downtime. All our technologies have been engineered for security and compliance from day one, allowing you to protect your business with a comprehensive defense in depth strategy that is easy to apply. Oracle’s SPARC systems running Oracle Solaris provide the most advanced platform for enterprise computing, with unique capabilities that provide up to 2x faster performance for databases and Java applications compared with competitors’ systems as well as end-to-end security features for maximum protection. Using breakthrough second-generation Software in Silicon technology and co-engineering of Oracle hardware and software, Oracle’s family of SPARC systems is ideal for Java software, databases, and enterprise applications, and the servers’ rich feature set provides the foundation for building the best and most secure mission-critical IT infrastructure. Complementing such technology leadership is a development model that favors investment protection for your data center deployments. By offering features such as guaranteed binary compatibility, and system lifetime support, SPARC systems is a consistent platform that lets you adopt new technology and applications at your own pace. Oracle Solaris We have been designing the Oracle Solaris OS for over two decades, always making sure we have engineered in features to meet the latest technology innovations while maintaining backward compatibility. The Oracle Solaris OS simplifies the system life-cycle, application life-cycle, and cloud capabilities, enabling you to adapt to business needs quickly and run your data center with the utmost confidence and efficiency. Oracle Solaris is engineered for security at every level. It allows you to mitigate risk and prove on-premises and cloud compliance easily, so you can spend time innovating while reducing risk. Oracle Solaris combines the power of industry standard security features, unique security and anti-malware capabilities, and compliance management tools for low risk application deployments and cloud infrastructure. Oracle's hardware systems and Oracle's SPARC Software in Silicon provide the anti-malware trust anchors, accelerate cryptography, and protection from memory attacks. Oracle Solaris 11.4 was released in August 2018, and following our continuous delivery release process several updates are already available (see here the latest update as of this writing). The next paragraphs describe in more detail some of the key advantages and features of the Oracle Solaris OS. A Secure Platform The Oracle Solaris enterprise-grade access management includes multi-factor authentication and time-based controls, together with remote auditing, logging and alerting. This can help you detect and stop unauthorized intrusions. Oracle Solaris Zones, especially Immutable Zones, are an incredibly useful tool for building isolation into your environment to protect applications and your data center from cyber attack or even just administrative error. It also helps keep systems compliant after a deployment. Oracle Solaris delivers an integrated deployment workflow, which helps you stay secure and compliant from the beginning. In addition, Oracle Solaris provides a robust and extensive compliance framework. You can setup compliance to either pull a compliance assessment to all systems with a single command and review the results in a single location, or you can setup your systems to regularly generate their compliance reports and push them to a central server where they can also be viewed via a single report. This makes maintaining compliance across your data center easy and effective. The combination of the Oracle Solaris OS and Oracle SPARC systems delivers a cryptographic platform that automatically accelerates Java, Oracle Database, OpenSSL, and many other custom applications. You can protect your data while at rest and in motion. Since the cryptography is accelerated through hardware, the overhead is near-zero. Java libraries directly call crypto accelerators through the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework. Security options such as Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption for Oracle Database also utilize hardware crypto acceleration in the SPARC systems automatically. Oracle Solaris VMs in transit during live migration are fully encrypted delivering no service loss and no performance loss. Powerful Observability The Oracle Solaris StatsStore provides powerful and actionable data that helps you identify trends and isolate potential issues, allowing you to easily retrieve and analyze a rich set of stats to help find what you are looking for. The StatsStore is fully integrated and always on, which means that you can get data that wouldn't otherwise be available, and you can get it continuously if necessary.You can go back in time and look at historical trends and data gathered last night, last week or even months ago. This greatly extends the types of stats that you can gather on the application and OS running on the server. The StatsStore comes with a very easy to use intuitive web interface, which provides standard dashboards to the OS and some applications, and allows customization to fit your specific monitoring and business needs. You can also feed the metrics gathered through the StatsStore to a monitoring tool of your choice. Simplicity and Consistency The virtualization capabilities in Oracle Solaris makes migrating applications between systems fast and easy. In-depth pre-flight compatibility checks reduce risk on deployment, while virtualization tools can help streamline the movement of complex workloads. You can use this framework to modernize an application running on an older version of Oracle Solaris, and place them into Oracle Solaris Zones or Legacy Containers running on top of the latest update of Oracle Solaris 11. That way you can consolidate legacy applications into new servers, while taking advantage of up-to-date security and functionality. Run Oracle on Oracle Oracle Solaris is optimized to complement the complete Oracle hardware and software stack. Joint innovations, co-engineered projects, and specific optimizations make Oracle Solaris the best platform for your database, middleware, and application deployments. Oracle Solaris is optimized for Oracle Database and Java applications to deliver faster performance and startup times. The new StatsStore Oracle Database Sheet allows you to correlate performance data coming from both the Oracle Database and Oracle Solaris in one location. With the combination of Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC you can ensure your infrastructure is secure by leveraging SPARC Silicon Secured Memory, which delivers hardware enforced anti-malware protection. Binary Compatibility Guarantee Oracle Solaris is designed and tested to protect your investment. The Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee reflects Oracle’s confidence in the compatibility of applications from one release of Oracle Solaris to the next, so you can rest assured your applications will continue to run. The Oracle Solaris Application Binary Guarantee is the key to application portability since a legacy Oracle Solaris application running on an on-premises system is guaranteed to run on the latest version of Oracle Solaris without an application recompile. This assures seamless application portability between dev/test and production environments, as well as portability from on-premises to cloud and back. This level of investment protection is unique in the industry. Continuous Delivery Model Since 2017 Oracle Solaris moved to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment. New features and functionality are delivered in Oracle Solaris through small releases, or support readiness updates, instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry. This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection. By moving to a continuous delivery model based on Oracle Solaris 11, customers will have a seamless update experience to better fit their move to agile deployment models.  Deploy with Confidence Oracle has documented that - according to our Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle and Sun System Software - we will provide Oracle Premier Support for Oracle Solaris 11 until at least 2031, and Oracle Extended Support until at least 2034. That provides great peace of mind to you and your organization, with the confidence that your mission critical infrastructure will continue to be efficient and secure. Oracle SPARC Oracle’s latest line of SPARC systems is the best enterprise platform for running Oracle Database, Java and enterprise apps. Leveraging the most powerful processors, the most advanced security, and the unique features in Oracle Solaris 11, these systems are years ahead of what other competing enterprise platforms can offer. With no compromises on enterprise security and extreme performance for Java, databases, and analytics, Oracle’s SPARC platform is optimized for deployment in cloud-ready infrastructure. Oracle’s SPARC platform offers end-to-end network and data encryption, plus detection and prevention of unauthorized access to application memory, all in real time and with near-zero performance impact. The Security in Silicon features can stop security breaches through hardware, creating a unique barrier to malicious attacks and software errors. Coupled with the security features in the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system, storage, database, and application software, Oracle provides a layered defense strategy across the entire stack to protect your environment from business-damaging attacks. Software in Silicon Software in Silicon technology, now in its second generation, is a breakthrough in microprocessor and server design, enabling databases and applications to run faster and with unprecedented security and reliability. Each Oracle SPARC processor core contains the fastest cryptographic acceleration in the industry, allowing IT organizations to deliver end-to-end data encryption and secure transactions with near-zero performance impact. In other words, you can easily activate data protection and encryption security, by default, without additional hardware investment. This innovative technology also includes Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) units designed directly into the SPARC processor’s silicon to handle SQL primitives, such as those used by Oracle Database In-Memory in Oracle Database 12c and later. This produces extreme acceleration of in-memory queries and analytics operations while freeing processor cores to do other useful work. In addition, the ability of the DAX units to handle compressed data on the fly means that larger databases can be kept in memory, or that less server memory needs to be configured for a given database size. Consider the result: you can run fast in-memory analytics on your database, using much less memory than the size of your data, without significantly increasing server utilization rates or affecting your OLTP operations. The Silicon Secured Memory feature of the SPARC processors provides the capability of detecting and preventing invalid operations on application data, through hardware monitoring of software access to memory. This can stop malware from exploiting software vulnerabilities, such as buffer overflows. The hardware approach of Silicon Secured Memory is much faster than traditional software-based detection tools, so security checks can be done in production without significant impact to performance. Performance Leadership Oracle has performed millions of hours of testing on SPARC systems and Oracle Solaris, in order to optimize the SPARC cores for Oracle Database and Java applications. Execution traces of real-world workloads were used to create extremely powerful cores, and scalable, mature multi-threading technology provides up to 8 execution threads per core. The utilization of advanced microprocessor technology allowed the delivery of the first ever enterprise processors with 32 cores, used for mid-range and high-end systems, as well as processors with 8 cores for entry-level, efficient systems. Leveraging all these technology developments, Oracle’s SPARC systems have demonstrated up to 2x performance per chip, compared with competing platforms. Investment Protection Oracle’s SPARC platform currently includes SPARC M8, M7 and S7-based systems. Our engineering teams constantly evaluate enhancements in I/O and storage options for SPARC systems, which also benefit from Oracle Solaris advancements delivered through its continuous delivery model. With Oracle’s SPARC platform your investment is well protected. Oracle’s Lifetime Support Policy for hardware ensures that you do not have to replace your existing environment before you, and your applications, are ready for an upgrade. When you are ready, our Oracle Solaris Application Binary Guarantee enables seamless expansion to modern SPARC-based systems. Performance Notes Performance information for Oracle’s SPARC systems is available at http://blogs.oracle.com/bestperf SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 9/28/2017. SPARC T8-1, 34,259.69 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (unsecure); SPARC T8-1, 32,622.97 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (secure); SPARC S7-2, 14,400.78 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (unsecure); SPARC S7-2, 14,121.47 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (secure). SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjbb are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). Results from http://www.spec.org as of 03/29/2019. SPARC T8-1 153,532 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 89,980 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL380 Gen10 74,086 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 62,592 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; HP ProLiant DL380 Gen10 84,142 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 25,431 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; IBM Power S812LC 44,883 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 13,032 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; IBM Power S924 165,581 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 56,942 SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

Oracle Solaris is the trusted business platform that you depend on. The Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System (OS) gives you consistent compatibility, is simple to use and is designed to always...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Automate Deployment of Oracle Database 18c on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

We announced the availability of Ansible modules and playbooks to automate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance in this blog. In this blog, we would see how you can use Ansible to automate the deployment of Oracle DB 18c on PCA. Requirements The following are the prerequisites for automating the installation of Oracle Database 18c on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.1 and newer. Ansible Control Machine - The central machine where Ansible is installed. It is an Oracle Linux 7 system with Ansible package installed from ol7_developer_EPEL yum repository ovms_vm Ansible module – The module to automate cloning of VM Templates on PCA. This was released to the PCA User Group. The module can be also obtained from Gitlab Oracle VM Template for Oracle DB 18c – The latest VM templates for Oracle DB can be obtained from OTN Deploycluster tool 3.x – Avaible for download here on OTN Steps Download the OVM Template for Oracle DB 18c Get the Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.4.0.0.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 from OTN https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/database-templates-12c-11gr2-1972804.html   Import the Downloaded Templates to Private Cloud Appliance Import the downloaded templates to the desired repository on Private Cloud Appliance by using the Oracle VM Manager GUI. Once in the OVM Manager GUI, follow these steps:  Click on Repositories  Select the desired repository, then choose VM Templates  Click on ‘Import VM Template’ ( button). Enter the URL for the VM template location  Click OK Create a Clone Customizer A clone customizer is used to set up the clone parameters, such as networking, and the virtual disk, and ISO resources. After importing the VM template to the desired repository, create  a Clone Customizer by following these steps:  Click on Repositories and Select the desired repository, then choose VM Templates  Select the newly imported VM Template for DB 18c and click Manage Clone Customizers ( button)  From the Manage Clone Customizers dialog box, click on Create Clone Customizer button  Type a Name, check the Storage and Network mappings for the VM Template. Note: For Single Instance DB, A single network adapter (NIC) and no extra disks are needed. Use Ansible to Clone the VM Template to Create VM To learn how Ansible can be used to automate deployments on Private Cloud Appliance, read this whitepaper. This step will use the ovms_vm module (mentioned in the prerequisites section above).  Here is the sample playbook ‘sonit.yml’ used to Clone a DB VM from the template on PCA using ovms_vm module When you execute this playbook, you see that Ansible clones the DB template to create a VM called ‘PCA-DB-VMTemplate’ as specified by us in the playbook. This is indicated by the screenshot of Ansible Control Machine below. The playbook is executed using: [root@ansible_cm ansible]# ansible-playbook sonit.yml We can also see that newly created VM ‘PCA-DB-VMTemplate’ is running on the desired server pool on PCA. This step took around 9 minutes. Download Deploycluster tool Obtain the latest version of the deploycluster tool from OTN (must accept license agreement): https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/database-templates-12c-11gr2-1972804.html  Use Deploycluster tool 3.x for deployment on PCA 2.3.1 and above. Refer to the Deploycluster documentation for details on how to extract and run the deploycluster tool. In this setup, we would unzip the Deploycluster tool on the Master Management Node of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. The deploycluster tool needs a Netconfig.ini file for specifying the names and IPs of the DB nodes to act on. Here is the netconfig file used in this setup. Then execute the Deploycluster tool with the following command. [root@MN]# ./deploycluster.py –u admin –p **** -I –M PCA-DB-VMTemplate –N netconfig-PCA-si.ini We see that Deploycluster finishes configuring the database VM in 23 seconds.  Thus, the end-to-end single instance DB 18c deployment finished in ~9.5 minutes. 

We announced the availability of Ansible modules and playbooks to automate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance in this blog. In this blog, we would see how you can use Ansible to...

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Implementing Oracle VM DR using Site Guard

Disaster recovery is an essential requirement for enterprise computing. A newly published white paper shows how to design and implement a complete Oracle VM disaster recovery solution for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance using Site Guard. This white paper provides a high level view of the process of planning, implementing and validating Oracle VM disaster recovery with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance using Site Guard, focussing on DR at the virtual machine level (entire VMs, rather than applications). It also presents a detailed example of how to configure Site Guard to switchover/failover Oracle VM guests to a standby DR Site. The solution supports both switchover (planned movement of Oracle VM guests to a standby site) and failover (movement of Oracle VM guests to a standby site when the primary site is out of service). This paper discusses Oracle VM disaster recovery using Site Guard to orchestrate the transition of Oracle VM guests on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance between disaster recovery sites. It assumes a basic architecture where you want to stop and start applications manually. It does not discuss using Site Guard to orchestrate application-level disaster recovery. For further information, see the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance page, the documentation page, the Oracle Site Guard page, and the community page on this topic.

Disaster recovery is an essential requirement for enterprise computing. A newly published white paper shows how to design and implement a complete Oracle VM disaster recovery solution for the Oracle...

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 – Call for Speakers is Open!

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming up fast! Oracle customers and partners are encouraged to submit proposals to present at either or both of the conferences. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Whether you’re focused on securing your enterprise, operating in a hybrid cloud environment, finding ways to optimize cloud native or DevOps solutions, using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies, these conferences are ideal for sharing best practices, case studies, lessons learned, how-to’s, and deep-dives. We’re excited to have you join us, to make these the ultimate cloud and developer learning conferences of 2019. Don’t wait! The submission deadline is a week away – submit now. Details and submission guidelines are available on the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One websites below. Important Links Oracle OpenWorld Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019 Oracle Code One Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming...

10 Leaders Share Their Infrastructure Transformation Stories

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT leaders accelerated innovation and drove business transformation.  Each of these leaders ultimately delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. Each story includes the use of at least one, if not a combination of several, of the below:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, VirtualBox) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk The stories feature Michael Polepchuk, Deputy Chief Information Officer, BCS Global Markets; Brian Young, Vice President, Cerner, Brian Bream, CTO, Collier IT; Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO, cons4u GmbH; Heidi Ratini, Senior Director of Engineering, IT Convergence; Philip Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; JK Pareek, Vice President, Global IT and CIO, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation; Baris Findik, CIO, Pegasus Airlines; Michael Myhrén, Senior DBA Senior Systems Engineer and Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center Solutions and Services (TELUS Corporation). Learn more here. 

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT...

Announcements

Announcing Oracle Private Cloud at Customer

    We are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud at Customer, a new Cloud at Customer service from Oracle.   Overview Oracle Private Cloud at Customer brings Oracle enterprise-grade IaaS to the customer data center, improving the agility of IT resource deployment. The infrastructure is managed by Oracle cloud experts, allowing customers to focus on their critical business applications and workloads while their data never leaves their premises. Oracle Private Cloud at Customer systems are pre-configured according to best practices, which have been proven by many mission-critical Oracle Private Cloud Appliance installations around the world. Oracle Private Cloud at Customer is designed for rapid and simple deployment of mission-critical applications and workloads, whether running on Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows. High-performance, low-latency Oracle Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies facilitate automated provisioning of the server and storage networks. In addition to rapid infrastructure provisioning, Oracle Private Cloud at Customer accelerates complete application stack deployment through support for Oracle VM Virtual Appliances. These are pre-configured applications, middleware, and databases packaged as ready-to-run virtual machines (VMs). The VMs are dynamically configured at deployment time, requiring customers to provide only basic configuration parameters. The result is an unparalleled ability to go from infrastructure power-on to logging in to a newly deployed, running application within days or even hours, instead of weeks or months.   Service Details Oracle Private Cloud at Customer is available through a subscription with a minimum term of 4 years. The starting system consists of : 1 x Oracle Private Cloud at Customer X5-2 Base rack: consists of management nodes, network infrastructure, internal ZS5-ES storage appliance 2 x Oracle Private Cloud at Customer X7-2 Servers: 48 cores, 768GB memory and 1.2 TB HDD 1 x Oracle Private Cloud at Customer ZS7-2 Storage: 2 x ZS7-2 controllers and 2 x DE3-24C disk trays with total usable of 200TB  Pricing is based on the number of compute nodes in service. As the need for compute capacity increases, customers can add more compute nodes, up to a total of 25 per system, to meet their business requirements. All CPU cores, disk storage, and RAM for the selected configuration are included in the subscription price.  In addition, customers can integrate Oracle Private Cloud at Customer with existing Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer machines, thus providing a proven application consolidation platform and reduced latency between application and the database layer. Supported Configurations Oracle Private Cloud at Customer can be ordered in 2 configurations: Scale and Compact.   Downloads Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for use with Oracle Private Cloud at Customer can be downloaded from a central repository on OTN. Resources Visit Oracle.com for more information about Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Documentation Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

    We are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud at Customer, a new Cloud at Customer service from Oracle.   Overview Oracle Private Cloud at Customer brings Oracle enterprise-grade IaaS to the...

Oracle Announces 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. This year, our 10 award recipients were selected from amongst hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 5 different countries: Austria, Russia, Turkey, Sweden, United States and 6 different industries:  Communications, Financial, Government, Manufacturing, Technology, Transportation. Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, Virtual Box) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk Oracle is pleased to honor these leaders who have delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains.  This year’s winners are Michael Polepchuk, Deputy Chief Information Officer, BCS Global Markets; Brian Young, Vice President, Cerner, Brian Bream, CTO, Collier IT; Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO, cons4u GmbH; Heidi Ratini, Senior Director of Engineering, IT Convergence; Philip Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; JK Pareek, Vice President, Global IT and CIO, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation; Baris Findik, CIO, Pegasus Airlines; Michael Myhrén, Senior DBA Senior Systems Engineer and Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center Solutions and Services (TELUS Corporation). More information on these winners can be found at https://www.oracle.com/corporate/awards/leadership-in-infrastructure-transformation/winners.html.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using...

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Ask what your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance can do for you! #OOW18

With just 2 days to go for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the excitement is palpable! I talked about the sessions on PCA ecosystem in my previous blog entry. Now you ask, how to get the best out of your private cloud deployments? Don’t know why managed service providers rely on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance? Still wondering about the infrastructure best suited to fulfil that ‘hybrid cloud’ directive from top management or the cost-effective way to begin your journey to private cloud? Look no further! Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the Oracle Engineered System best suited for IaaS out of the box and setting up secure multi-tenant hybrid clouds in a cost-effective way. Here are the sessions to help you learn about Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and answer the questions to help you along your journey to a secure multi-tenant, cost effective, high performing, scalable, zero downtime and highly automated cloud deployment. Visit and bookmark the link for the full list of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions: Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Sessions Delivering Managed Cloud Services with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [PRO6181] Oracle Private Cloud Appliance not only provides the flexibility and ease of a ready-to-deploy private cloud out-of-the-box, but it is also used by service providers to provide secure, multitenant managed clouds to end customers. In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance enables delivery of high SLAs and operationalizes hybrid cloud while reducing operated expenses and improving reliability for mission-critical workloads. Time: Monday 10/22, 10:30am-11:15am Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Best Practices [TIP2578] This session presents best practices for installing, provisioning, and ongoing operation of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Learn detailed best practices in the areas of systems monitoring, networking, storage, virtual machine architecture, and layout. Also learn about integration with other Oracle products such as the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and the use of Oracle Linux as a utility VM. Time: Tuesday 10/23, 12:30pm-1:15pm Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Deploy Your Private Cloud IaaS Out-of-the-Box [CAS6167] Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a single pane of glass management for Oracle Cloud and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, helping you operationalize a hybrid cloud. In this session hear Revera talk about how customers use Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to securely deploy and manage their mission-critical workloads.  Time: Wednesday 10/24, 12:30pm – 1:15pm. Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Hybrid Cloud Deployments and Business Analytics on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [CAS6164] Oracle Private Cloud Appliance provides turn-key private cloud infrastructure that allows for rapid scaling of compute capacity on demand, and automated and quick deployments of workloads such as Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management. In this session hear from Secure-24 about how they use Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to securely deploy these services to their end users. Time: Thursday 10/25, 10:00pm-10:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214   And that’s not all! We have goodies, more information and one-on-one time with experts.. The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). We have the following demos run by product experts: Accelerate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible See how you can use Ansible to automate Virtual Machine lifecycle on on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and reduce deployment times by up to 90%! IaaS out of the Box Learn how to manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance through a single pane of glass with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3. Check out the enhanced monitoring/alerting abilities of Enterprise Manager for end to end hardware monitoring (compute, storage, networking), along with metering and chargeback from a single pane. Come talk to us at OOW 2018!

With just 2 days to go for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, the excitement is palpable! I talked about the sessions on PCA ecosystem in my previous blog entry. Now you ask, how to get the best out of your...

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Ecosystem at OOW 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is almost here and so is a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the growing ecosystem of automation, backup, disaster recovery and firewall tools that make your private cloud deployments even simpler!    Visit and bookmark the link for the full list of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions: Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Here are links to information-filled sessions on the latest additions to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance ecosystem to help you get the maximum from your private cloud. You’ll hear from Oracle product experts and our customers about the latest technical updates, customer successes. Sessions Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Commvault: Integrated Backup [CAS6166] Learn how Oracle partner, Commvault offers an agentless backup and DR on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. You can also migrate workloads from VMware, Hyper-V and OpenStack to Oracle PCA and from Oracle PCA to Oracle cloud. Hear from our customer, Sri Lanka Telecom about their PCA + Commvault setup for agentless backups. Time: Tuesday 10/23, 11:15am – 12:00pm. Location: Moscone South – Room 215 Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Pure Storage: An Integrated Disaster Recovery Solution [CAS6165] In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance coupled with a Pure Storage array deliver high input/output operations per second for critical business applications. Time: Thursday 10/25, 12:00pm-12:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Automate and Accelerate Deployment on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible [CAS6163] In this session learn how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance provides cloud-like agility through extensive automation using Ansible and Oracle VM templates to simplify the deployment of your Oracle and non-Oracle apps and databases in minutes. Ansible not only accelerates deployments but also prevents admin errors, thus reducing your Operating expenses by up to 90%! Time: Thursday 10/25, 1:00pm-1:45pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214 Building Firewalls and Load Balancers on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance [TRN1795] Oracle Linux 7 offers the ability to natively implement firewall and load balancer capabilities using no additional software. Combining these capabilities with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance's virtualization using Oracle VM, software defined network, and 40Gb InfiniBand networking delivers a unique opportunity to build complete data center solutions using off-the-shelf software. Time: Thursday 10/23, 1:45pm-2:30pm Location: Moscone South – Room 214   The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more about Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). We have the following demos run by product experts: Accelerate deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Ansible See how you can use Ansible to automate Virtual Machine lifecycle on on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and reduce deployment times by up to 90%! IaaS out of the Box Learn how to manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance through a single pane of glass with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3. Check out the enhanced monitoring/alerting abilities of Enterprise Manager for end to end hardware monitoring (compute, storage, networking), along with metering and chargeback from a single pane. We look forward to sharing this Open World with you!

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 is almost here and so is a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and the growing ecosystem of automation, backup, disaster...

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Oracle Servers, Oracle Storage and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. is right around the corner. Don’t miss a great lineup of keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs and opportunities to meet with your peers, product experts, and partners. Below are links to information-filled sessions on Oracle Systems, Oracle Storage and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to help you create your schedule. You’ll hear about the latest technical updates, product roadmaps, and customer successes. Register for sessions now to be sure you have a seat! Keynote On Monday, Oct. 22, join Oracle executives Ali Alasti, Wim Coekaerts, and Edward Screven for Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises. Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Location: The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Sessions and Hands-on Labs Visit and bookmark the links below for the full list of Oracle Server, Oracle Storage, and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance sessions and hands-on labs: Focus on Oracle Solaris and SPARC Focus on Oracle Storage Focus on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance And, there’s more… The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, featuring Oracle Servers, Oracle Storage, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, and other infrastructure products and technologies. This showcase is located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). Here you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on #OOW18 in the coming days. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!  

Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. is right around the corner. Don’t miss a great lineup of keynotes, sessions, hands-on labs and opportunities to meet with your peers, product experts,...

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Ansible: Automate and Accelerate Deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.1 and Oracle VM 3.4 and newer. Automation is a key requirement for achieving cloud like agility and Ansible is the tool of choice to automate and accelerate provisioning, configuration management and application deployment on remote systems.  Ansible is an open-source IT automation engine that automates provisioning, configuration management, application deployment on remote systems. It is an agentless automation solution that works by executing code blocks called "modules" on remote systems over SSH and uses YAML based "playbooks" to describe automation jobs. Why Ansible? Ansible is the de-facto tool for cloud automation and can be used for automating deployments across Oracle PCA, Oracle VM and Oracle ZFSSA. It is Agentless, which means it just needs to be installed on a central “Control Machine” and interfaces with the Oracle VM REST API to control deployments on PCA It saves time and effort, so reduces OpEx – One of our retail customers saw savings of up to 90% in database deployment times on PCA with Ansible Ansible playbook are a lightweight evolution of Oracle VM Templates How does it work? Ansible manages configuration and application deployment on the Oracle Private Cloud Applinace by connecting to the REST APIs for Oracle VM Manager (accessible by HTTPS over port 7002 as shown in figure). Fig: Architecture diagram for Ansible managing Oracle PCA (Oracle VM 3.4) The setup requires the following components: Control Machine: The central machine where Ansible is installed. It is an Oracle Linux 7 system with Ansible package installed from ol7_developer_EPEL yum repository Managed Nodes: The remote machines that Ansible communicates with and automates tasks on. PCA Management Node would be the managed node in this case. You must have a PCA 2.3.1 or newer for using this version of the REST APIs Automating Infrastructure Lifecycle Management on PCA The first custom Ansible module in a series of planned Infrastructure Lifecycle Management modules is now available for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle VM. The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks automate Creation of VMs attached to VNICs and disks of desired specifications Deletion of an existing VM along with all the attached disks Starting and stopping VMs  Step-by-step procedures to execute the module on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance are in this whitepaper Results/Benefits Deploy a VM with 2 disks and 2 VNICs in 9 seconds as opposed to ~50 seconds using OVM GUI Reduce DB deployment times by 90% This module can be used in conjunction with playbooks to automate deployment of DBs and applications. Where to download from? The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks can be downloaded as an RPM from OTN

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle...

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.3.3

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2. Here are some of the new features and enhancements in PCA Release 2.3.3: Latest Storage Server Software AK 8.7.14 PCA 2.3.3 adds provisioning and orchestration support for the next generation Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS5-ES as the internal storage.  It is a standard component in new release PCA 2.3.3 systems and offers improved storage performance and disk space. This release ships with the latest storage server software AK 8.7.14 and continues to support previous generations of internal ZFS Storage Appliance namely ZS3-ES and ZFS 720. Latest Oracle VM 3.4.4 This consolidated software release includes Oracle VM 3.4.4 with Xen and Kernel Security fixes to address various CVEs. For more details, refer to MOS Doc ID 2370398.1. Security Enhancements for Appliance and VMs This release of PCA includes the latest supported OS and kernel for all Compute and Management nodes: Oracle Linux 6 Update 9 with UEK Release 4 Update 6. These contain important bug fixes to improve stability and compatibility, and eliminate a number of vulnerabilities. PCA release 2.3.3 is a major step to ensure a secure multitenant private cloud deployment with Oracle PCA. The release, along with the provisioning support for Oracle ZS5-ES, includes the latest supported software for compute and management nodes, thus eliminating many security vulnerabilities. Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bugs fixed in this release.

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.3. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 27275963. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2,...

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Announcing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.3.2 and X7-2 Compute Nodes

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.2. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 26982346. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2. Here are some of the new features and enhancements in PCA Release 2.3.2: Support for X7-2 Compute Nodes The most notable change with this release is the support for Oracle X7-2 Compute nodes for PCA that are powered by two Intel® Xeon® 8160 processors with 24 cores per socket. These compute nodes can be ordered in three different memory configurations from the factory – 384GB, 768GB and 1.5 TB, thus providing an optimal balance of cores, memory and I/O for your enterprise applications. Built in VM level Disaster Recovery with SiteGuard at no additional cost VM level Disaster Recovery for all applications except Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic (as these require separate licenses for application level DR) is included with the PCA at no additional cost.   Other Improvements Oracle VM Server upgrade: This release of PCA also gets an upgrade to the Oracle VM Server release 3.4.4. Oracle VM Server 3.4.4 provides 20-30% improvement in storage refresh times along with fixing a few critical security issues. Improved VLAN support: This release supports 256 VLANs/tenant group* thus further enhancing Oracle PCA’s ability to manage large multi-tenant environments securely.  (* 512 VLANs/tenant group for select customers) This release is a step in our ongoing effort to provide the best in class Enterprise Private Cloud Infrastructure that allows for seamless application consolidation, zero downtime upgrades, automated deployment and configuration management. PCA is the ideal system for providing a homogenized infrastructure for integrating all your mission critical applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager helps operationalize a true hybrid cloud by unified management of Oracle PCA and Oracle Cloud.   Resources Refer to the product documentation for additional details on features and bugs fixed in this release.

Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle Private Cloud Appliance release 2.3.2. The patch can be downloaded from MOS using patch ID 26982346. The release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2,...

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Build your own Enterprise Private Cloud with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

There are many reasons to adopt Oracle Private Cloud Appliance when building your own Enterprise Private Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance you get IaaS out-of-the box in minutes. The combination of Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Enterprise Manager delivers self-service portal, metering and chargeback, and all with no additional license required. To get the most out of Private Cloud Appliance, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration training. You can take this training in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 30 November 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Register your interest in a location and date to have an event added to the schedule. Resources: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance curriculum Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product documentation Oracle Engineered Systems products page

There are many reasons to adopt Oracle Private Cloud Appliance when building your own Enterprise Private Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance you get IaaS out-of-the box in minutes. The combination of...

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Integrated with Oracle Cloud

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance brings you on-premise infrastructure integrated with Oracle Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance, you get storage and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications. Oracle has worked to bring you a single architecture for both public and private cloud, designed from the beginning to work together. To be ready to exploit all the benefits of this solution, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors through streaming video, at your own pace, and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your needs. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 21 September, 26 October and 30 November 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Register your interest in a location and date to have an event added to the schedule. For a shorter introduction to this product, consider the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery by expert instructors and a selection of demos through streaming video, at your own pace. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events currently on the schedule include 8 December 2017, 2 and 9 March 2018. In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend an in-class event. Resources: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance curriculum Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product documentation Oracle Private Cloud Appliance product page

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance brings you on-premise infrastructure integrated with Oracle Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance, you get storage and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications....

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Friday Spotlight: Updating Private Cloud Appliance software to 2.2.2 with Enterprise Manager 13c

This blog will explain and detail the steps before andafter the Private Cloud Appliance software update to preserve andsustain the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c monitoring and management. This blog covers theprocess for updating a Private Cloud Appliance from software version2.2.1 to 2.2.2. The target Private Cloud Appliance and internalOracle VM Manager is currently discovered and monitored by Oracle EnterpriseManager 13.2. We will reference the followingdocumentation for this process: OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance 2.2.2 Release Notes OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance 2.2.2 Administration Guide Update Section EnterpriseManager Agent Recovery after Oracle PCA upgrade Beforeany update is carried out a full check of the health of the Oracle PrivateCloud Appliance physical and logical components should be carriedout. Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c with the Oracle Private CloudAppliance simplifies these checks as we are able to monitor andmanage the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance physical and logical components.For example any reported component hardware issues should be dealtwith as well as any other reported issues with storage or networks. Forexample an Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c target page for the Oracle Private CloudAppliance Oracle VM Tenant Group showing no Issues or Incidents: Highlevel steps: Backupthe Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent on the Oracle Private Cloud Applianceactive management node Placethe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance into a full blackout state Updatethe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Recoverthe Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent Removethe full blackout state from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Thefirst step is to take a backup of the Oracle Enterprise Manager AgentoraInventory. TheOracle Inventory directory (oraInventory) stores an inventory of allsoftware installed on the system. It is required and shared by allOracle software installations on a single system. Firstly,as the root user ssh into the active management VIP (Virtual IPAddress) and confirm we are on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True Backupthe oraInventory and copy to the shared NFS storage: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1app]# tar -cvf EMagent_oraInventory.tar oraInventory [root@ovcamn06r1app]# cp EMagent_oraInventory.tar /nfs/shared_storage/ Forthe second step we should place the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance into ablackout state within Oracle Enterprise Manger 13c. Blackoutsallow Oracle Enterprise Manager administrators to suspend all datacollection activity on one or more monitored targets. The primaryreason for blacking out targets is to allow Oracle Enterprise Manageradministrators to perform scheduled maintenance on those targets.Alerts may also being sent to other management tools external toOracle Enterprise Manager therefore this procedure is vital in false alertsbeing sent. Usingthe Enterprise Manager 13c UI as the Cloud Administrator go to thePrivate Cloud Appliance Home Page: Oracle EnterpriseManager 13c is able to manage multiple Oracle Private Cloud Appliances,therefore if this is the case click on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance toupdate. Fromthe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page menu select the Create Blackoutoption: Entersuitable information describing the reason for the black for examplebelow. It is suggested to tick Enable Full blackout for all hosts andagents. Also on the Schedule set the duration to Indefinitely. Noticethat there is a single target of type Oracle Private Cloud Appliance andalso in the Related Targets Included in the Blackout. This singletarget of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance will encapsulate all thephysical and logical / virtual components: TheHome Page will return with a notification that the Oracle Private CloudAppliance is now under Blackout and in a Scheduled state which will soon change to Started.: Similarlyas with the physical targets the single target of the Oracle VMManager will encapsulate all the logical targets it manages into asingle blackout. This is shown with a wrench / screwdriver icon asfollows within the Infrastructure Cloud View: Thethird step is to update the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software fromversion 2.2.1 to 2.2.2. Following the administration guide asreferenced above I downloaded the software bundle from My OracleSupport and made it accessible via an HTTP server. Followingthe documentation and as the root user I did the following optionalbut suggested steps: Rebootedthe current passive management node (check with pca-which-master) [root@ovcamn05r1 ~]#pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: False [root@ovcamn05r1~]# init 6 Oncethe passive node has rebooted I checked all was OK and it was stillthe passive node [root@ovcamn05r1 ~]#pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: False Rebootedthe current master node (check with pca-which-master) [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# init 6 Asper the documentation check that the passive node takes the activerole [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: True Oncethe previous active node has rebooted I checked all was OK and itwas now the passive node [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: False Ithen followed the procedure within the documentation to download thenew Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software image: [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-check-master pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.3 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn05r1~]# pca-admin Welcometo PCA! Release: 2.2.1 PCA> pca-check-master http://<my_http_server>/downloads/PCA-updates/ovca-2.2.2-b13.iso.zip ************************************************************ WARNING!!! THIS IS A DESTRUCTIVE OPERATION. ************************************************************ Areyou sure [y/N]:y y Theupdate job has been submitted. Use "show task <task id>"to monitor the progress. Task_ID Status Progress Start_Time Task_Name ------- ------ -------- ---------- --------- 34871dd020252a RUNNING None 11-07-2016 13:41:30 update_download_image --------------- Status:Success Ithen monitored the job using the following command and task ID: PCA>show task 34871dd020252a ---------------------------------------- Task_Name update_download_image Status RUNNING Progress 70 Start_Time 11-07-2016 13:41:30 End_Time None Pid 17704 Result None ---------------------------------------- Status:Success Thejob then completed and is confirmed by the show task command: PCA>show task 34871dd020252a showtask 34871dd020252a ---------------------------------------- Task_Name update_download_image Status SUCCESS Progress 100 Start_Time 11-07-2016 13:41:30 End_Time 11-07-2016 13:48:04 Pid 17704 Result None ---------------------------------------- Status:Success Nextrun the update command referencing the documentation to monitor theupdate via the ILOM (Service Processor) console of the passive nodewhich will update and reboot: PCA>update appliance install_image ************************************************************ WARNING!!! THIS IS A DESTRUCTIVE OPERATION. ************************************************************ Areyou sure [y/N]:y Youcan then monitor the update: PCA> list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 None 0:00:17 Running --------------- 1row displayed Status:Success Whenthe passive node has finished the update, the current active nodewill reboot and the passive node will become the active node. The newactive node can then be used to monitor the update on the previousactive node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-admin WARNING!!!DATABASE IS LOCKED! ANY MODIFICATION WILL HARM THE SYSTEM! Welcometo PCA! Release: 2.2.2 PCA>list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 11-07-2016 14:45:35 0:54:02 Succeeded 192.168.4.3 11-07-2016 14:56:12 None 0:02:04 Running ---------------- 2rows displayed Status:Success PCA>list update-task Mgmt_Node_IP Update_Started Update_Ended Elapsed Update status ------------ -------------- ------------ ------- ------------- 192.168.4.4 11-07-2016 13:51:33 11-07-2016 14:45:35 0:54:02 Succeeded 192.168.4.3 11-07-2016 14:56:12 11-07-2016 15:51:22 0:55:10 Succeeded ---------------- 2rows displayed Status:Success Thefourth step is to recover the Oracle Enterprise Manager agentinstalled on the NFS shared storage which is presented to both activeand passive nodes. Wefirstly restore the oraInventory backup we took in the first step asthe root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# pca-check-master NODE:192.168.4.4 MASTER: True [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cp /nfs/shared_storage/EMagent_oraInventory.tar /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1~]# cd /u01/app [root@ovcamn06r1app]# ls EMagent_oraInventory.tar oracle [root@ovcamn06r1app]# tar -xvf EMagent_oraInventory.tar Wethen need to change the oracle passwd to the same one we used on theoriginal Oracle Enterprise Manager agent install as the root user on bothmanagement nodes active and passive: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# passwd oracle [root@ovcamn05r1~]# passwd oracle Nexton the active management node and as the root user we need to run the privilege scripts: [root@ovcamn06r1~]# /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_13.2.0.0.0/root.sh [root@ovcamn06r1~]# /u01/app/oraInventory/orainstRoot.sh Thesescripts create the /etc/oragchomelist /etc/oraInst.loc & /etc/init.d/gcstartup scripts. Weneed the stop and start of the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to be under the control ofthe Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software and not any local OS basedstartup scripts. Therefore we need to remove any OS based rc.* linksto scripts. As the root user on the active management node: [root@ovcamn06r1]#for x in `find /etc/rc.*/rc* | grep gcstart`; do rm $x; done Nextcopy the the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent installation files from theactive management node to the passive node (in our case ovcamn05r1) as the root user: [root@ovcamn06r1]#scp /etc/init.d/gcstartup root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/init.d/ [root@ovcamn06r1]#rsync -og /etc/oragchomelist root@ovcamn05r1:/etc/oragchomelist [root@ovcamn06r1]#rsync -rog /u01/app/oraInventory/oracle@ovcamn05r1:/u01/app/oraInventory Wethen need to check as the root user if tcps is running: [root@ovcamn06r1]# netstat -a|grep 54322 Ifthe netstat command does not return a value confirming we are listening on port 54322 then we need to configuretcps as the root user using the certificate in the NFS sharedfilesystem; then a stop and start of the ovmm service.If the netstat command returns a value confirming we are listening on port 54322 then skip the following steps and proceed to the firewall check. Firstly we need to gather some key variables to run our script: [root@ovcamn06r1]# ksPath=/nfs/shared_storage/certs/ovmm.ks [root@ovcamn06r1]# pass=`python -c 'from ovca.wallet import wallet_get; print wallet_get("user","ovsMgmt-admin")'` Next we need to run the tcps setup command using our gathered variables: [root@ovcamn06r1]# /usr/bin/ovm_shell.sh -u admin -p $pass -i /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/bin/secureOvmmTcp.py $ksPath $pass Thejob of enabling OVMM TCPS service is committed, please restart OVMMto take effect. Next we need to stop and start the ovmm service: [root@ovcamn06r1]# service ovmm stop StoppingOracle VM Manager [ OK ] [root@ovcamn06r1]# service ovmm start StartingOracle VM Manager [ OK ] Finally check we are listening on port 54322: [root@ovcamn06r1init.d]# netstat -a|grep 54322 tcp 0 0 *:54322 *:* LISTEN TheOracle Private Cloud Appliance software is automatically configured with thedefault Oracle Enterprise Manager agent firewall port (3872) open. If you are not using the default port of 3872 you needto open the firewall as the root user on both the active and passivemanagement nodes to enable the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent to function: [root@ovcamn06r1]#iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -jACCEPT [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables save iptables:Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables start [root@ovcamn06r1]#service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 stateNEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> [root@ovcamn05r1]#iptables -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport <Chosen Port> -jACCEPT [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables save iptables:Saving firewall rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables:[ OK ] [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables start [root@ovcamn05r1]#service iptables status|grep <Chosen Port> 22 ACCEPT tcp -- 0.0.0.0/0 0.0.0.0/0 stateNEW tcp dpt:<Chosen Port> If as in my case you have both the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack and the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Oracle VM Manager discovered within Oracle Enterprise Manager then the following steps need to be run. If you just have the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack only discovered then these steps are not required.  As the root user on the active management node export the certificate contained within the NFS shared storage filesystem using password "Welcome1": [root@ovcamn05r1]# /u01/app/oracle/java/bin/keytool -keystore /nfs/shared_storage/certs/ovmm.ks -exportcert-alias ovmm -file /tmp/ovmm.cert As the oracle user on the active management node import the exported certificate from the previous step using password "welcome": -bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_13.2.0.0.0/bin/emctl secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc /tmp/ovmm.cert -alias ovmm1Note: Watch the output carefully from this command to confirm that the certificate is installed correctly as there will always be a SUCCESS output given. If a certificate exists with name "ovmm1" then change this for example to "ovmm2". Wenow need to restart the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent either as the rootor oracle user on the active management node. Exampleas the root user: [root@ovcamn05r1]# /etc/init.d/gcstartup stop[root@ovcamn05r1]# /etc/init.d/gcstartup start Exampleas the oracle user: -bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_inst/bin/emctl stop agent-bash-4.1$ /nfs/shared_storage/oemagent/agent_inst/bin/emctl start agent The fifth and final step is to remove the indefinite Blackout from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance physical, logical and virtual components. To do this go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page and use the main menu to select Control=>End Blackout.  From this page click on the Yes button to stop the Blackout. The Blackout will now be stopped and confirmed by being removed from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance home page.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Announcing PCA Software release 2.2.2

I am happy to announce the availability of Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.2.2 on My Oracle Support (MOS). This patch can be download from My Oracle Support with the patch ID: 24849670. This release is applicable to  Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 as well as the Private Cloud Appliance X5-2. This is a sustaining release, with a focus on stability and bug fixes. Please refer to the product documentation for additional details on bugs fixed in this release.  Please refer to the table below for the permitted upgrades on your Private Cloud Appliance.  For Example, if your Private Cloud Appliance is running the 2.0.5, 2.1.1 or the 2.2.1 versions of the software, you can directly upgrade to the announced 2.2.2 version. If your current installed version is at 2.0.1 - 2.0.4, you need to first upgrade to 2.0.5 version before getting to the latest version. If your Private Cloud Appliance is running a 1.x.x version, then it must first be upgraded to 2.0.4 and then to 2.0.5 before getting upgraded to the latest 2.2.2 software  Current Installed Version Upgrade directly to Version 1.1.3 2.0.1 2.0.2 2.0.4 2.0.5 2.1.1 2.2.1 2.2.2 1.1.3 P P P 2.0.1 P P P 2.0.2 P P 2.0.4 P 2.0.5 P P P 2.1.1 P P 2.2.1 P P= Permitted For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

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Friday Spotlight : Disaster Recovery Demystified on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

According to a 2015 CIO.com article, fear of downtime is one ofthe top concerns that keeps IT executives up at night. In fact, 42% of ITexecutives believe that products and services that aid in disaster recovery (DR)should be among the last items to receive budget cuts. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager Site Guard, delivers push-button operation plans for disaster recovery scenarios including switchovers and failovers. The Operation Plans come fully intergated with support for the Oracle ZFS storage appliance and can be easily extended and customized for any other storage appliances including 3rd party storage appliances.  Lets now see how a comprehensive DR architecture for Private Cloud Appliance enabledthrough Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard works for the most common DR mechanisms. There are 3 main scenarios that the PCA DR solution addresses: Switchover Failover Migration  Switchovers can be described as planned transitions of workloads, such as virtual machines, applications and data, from one site to another. In order to have a proper plan of action for when disasterstrikes, it is important to have a solution that enables you to prepare andexecute switchovers effectively. . For example, if you have a site to site, active-standby DR strategy, you can leverage Oracle EnterpriseManager with Site Guard to setup a switchover operations plan from your primaryto standby site. It is executed with a single push of a button and automatically stops applications atyour primary site, switches over storage repositories, and brings up your standbysite.. By using the automation built into the Oraclesolution to routinely perform switchovers at non-disruptive times, you canreliably meet your service level objectives such as recovery time objectives(RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).  Failovers, orunplanned transitions of workloads from one site to another, can be executed ina similar way on the Private Cloud Appliance. So long as you have properly setup your failover operations plan on Oracle Enterprise Manager with Site Guard,should an unforeseen event occur, you can use the built-in intelligence tostand up applications at your standby site and still ensure that youpredictably meet your RTOs and RPOs. It is also important to note that with Oracle EnterpriseManager with Site Guard, you can do more than just DR. You can leverage thesolution to permanently migrateworkloads from one site to another. You can even migrate data from aTest/Dev environment in the Cloud to a production environment on-premises. Andwhat’s more – you can manage both your private and public clouds using OracleEnterprise Manager for a truly hybrid cloud model. If you would like to see what step-by-step examples of typicalswitchover and failover operations plans, don’t miss our DisasterRecovery 101 with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance webcast.

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Friday Spotlight: Get Trained on Simplified Cloud Management

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management. This converged infrastructure solution consists of preconfigured Oracle server, network, and storage hardware and Oracle software, to create a highly configurable pool of memory, CPU, and storage resources for running applications in a virtualization environment. To learn about the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview. You can take this course in the following formats: Training-on-Demand: With Training-on-Demand, forget about working to other people's schedules, travel costs, or freeing up a block of time. Start training within 24 hours of registration, working through the course at your own pace when it suits you. You can get started today! Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones including 19 May 2017. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Register your interest in a date and location to add an event to the schedule. To register for an event, request an additional event or learn more about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

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Friday Spotlight: New and improved compute nodes and Software for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance now available

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Server X6-2 Compute Node for the Private Cloud Appliance and PCA software release 2.2. IT organizations and providers can now deliver enhanced security andflexibility with full tenant isolation at both the server and network levels.PCA customers now have the flexibility to customize and assign servers andnetworks to different tenant groups based on business need. In addition, we’re announcing a complete disaster recoveryarchitecture for Oracle applications through Oracle Enterprise Manager SiteGuard with support for MaximumAvailability Architecture (MAA), Oracle’s provenhigh-availability blueprint. Non-Oracle applications can also be part of the disaster recovery protected group as part of this methodology. The complete methodology provides a mechanism for Oracle and Non-Oracle applications to be part of a single disaster recovery plan and enables organizations to easily achieve their Recovery Plan Objectives (RPOs). With the PCA 2.2 software release, we introduce the ability to create "Host Networks" that provide an IP address to the Host server. This enables the use of Storage Connect plug-ins and a single-pane , easy provisioning of storage for the virtual machines on the compute nodes from the Oracle VM Manager. It allows customers to avoid going to the storage controller to provision storage and then further do similar operations on the compute node. The product refresh now allows you to install Oracle server X6-2 compute nodes on the PCAs. Each of these new compute nodes provide 44 x86 cores and 256GB of RAM which can further be enhanced to 768GB. These new compute nodes can be mixed and matched with existing X3-2, X4-2 and X5-2 compute nodes in the Oracle PCA base racks. With the X6-2 compute nodes and a fully populated PCA base rack, you can get an aggregate of 1100 cores and 19.2 TB of Memory. Oracle's Private cloud Appliance is best suited for consolidating Oracle and Non-Oracle applications in a single "Cloud-in-a-Box" application delivery engine. With this product refresh, Oracle once again proves that we have the complete solution for the cloud with the same servers (Oracle Server X6-2), storage (ZFS Storage Appliances), hypervisor (Oracle VM) and operating system (Oracle Linux) being used in both the Oracle Public Cloud and the Private Cloud Appliance.  For more information please visit : www.oracle.com/pca

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Friday Spotlight: Ease Cloud Deployment with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Engineered for open cloud, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Enterprise Manager offers complete cloud solution including self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environments from applications to disk. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c further improves enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management. Through Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c, the various hardware components of the Private Cloud Appliance rack (such as compute nodes, InfiniBand switches, and so forth) can be monitored. Don't miss this new on-demand webcast on how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c make enabling cloud deployments easier than ever. In this session, Premal Savla, Director of Product Management for Private Cloud Appliance discusses: The NEW integration between Private Cloud Appliance and Enterprise Manager 13c, and how this enhancement dramatically streamlines cloud deployments. A step by step guide on how to set up Private Cloud Appliance as a target in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. How to use Oracle VM configuration as an Infrastructure as a Service in Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. To learn more, read the documentation.

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Get Quality of Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a highly available, fully redundant, converged infrastructure combining compute, networking, management, and storage elements forming a virtualization environment. This enables you to implement applications with confidence and agility. With Private Cloud Appliance, you can rapidly deploy applications using managed resources to provide the Quality of Service (QoS) you need. Learn how to get the most from Private Cloud Appliance by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview. The Training-on-Demand format is a popular option for this seminar. With Training-on-Demand, you can start training within 24 hours of registration and follow lecture material at your own pace through streaming video. You can also take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar via the following formats: Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. For example, attend an event scheduled for 6 May 2016. In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Register your interest in an event in a specific location. For more information about Oracle's Engineered Systems curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

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Friday Spotlight: Why Choose Oracle for Your Private Cloud Infrastructure?

Walking out of the business review meeting,you feel great. You've just found out that you now have a budget to purchase aprivate cloud infrastructure. Getting the money was the easy part. Now comesthe hard part: selection, evaluation and decision. Let’s start with your requirements:First, you need a private cloud infrastructure that will run theOracle database and Oracle applications your company is using to run thebusiness. There are few choices in the market. Which one should you choose? Second, you have heard aboutprivate cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud. Your company can’t move topublic cloud right now. You need to plan for the consolidation of many physicalservers first, virtualize to reduce costs andthen plan for whichever cloud deployment that will not disrupt the businessand profitability of your company. So, which cloud deployment to start? Third, you have also read about cool newtechnologies like Docker and Openstack. You would like to explore thosetechnologies and see how they fit into your cloud journey. Where can you learnabout this? While deliberating on theserequirements, you see an invite to attend a webcast: WhyChoose Oracle for Your Private Cloud Infrastructure? Glancing at thecontent, you find that this webcast may answer some of your questions. If you attend the webcast, you will: - Getclarity among different cloud infrastructure options - Learnhow Oracle is using cutting edge technologies, such as Docker and Openstack - Hearwhy customers choose OraclePrivate Cloud Appliance over other converged infrastructure vendors There is a live chat, so you can ask the speakers questions to help you in the selection process. Why not spend an hour to get youranswers? You click on the Registrationbutton and mark on your calendar March8th, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time. May be the selection process won’tbe so difficult after all.

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Friday Spotlight: Learning Objectives for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the engineered system for all your applications.  You can get up and running on the remarkably quickly. To learn about using this product, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.The learning objectives for this short and comprehensive seminar are: Explain the advantages of virtualization Describe characteristics of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Describe access and usage of the Private Cloud Appliance interfaces Describe the general architecture of Oracle VM in the Private Cloud Appliance Describe the importance of ISO files to the creation of virtual machines Describe the importance of virtual disks to the operation of virtual machines Define a VLAN and its purpose Explain how to configure a VLAN segment for guest virtual machines Define virtual machine–related terms Describe the purpose of the Virtual NICs tool Describe the logical view of a virtual machine Explain the virtual machine life cycle Describe the steps to create a virtual machine Explain the process of cloning a virtual machine or template Describe the general features used to set up the Self Service Portal for the Infrastructure Cloud Describe the steps to provision a server (VM) from a template or an assembly You can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar through one of the following formats: Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material and instructive demos at your own pace through streaming video. Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk.There is currently an event scheduled for 6 May 2016. In-Class Events: You can travel to an education center to take this class. To request an event be added to the schedule, or to learn more about this course, go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar course page.

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Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.1.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.1.1 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance which simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. The latest  release delivers enhanced networking, improved flexibility and better security.  Custom networks at the appliance level are enhanced by adding custom networks at the appliance level, thus enable additional connectivity. Memory configuration is more flexible by supporting the installation of additional physical RAM. New RAM modules will be detected during reboot and the appropriate configuration will be changed automatically. Component firmware upgrades are automatically performed for the ZFS Storage Appliance as part of the Oracle PCA software update. The storage configuration is now updated to active-active for storage head cluster. This makes the storage hardware easier to service and maintain. Authentication management has been improved with a finer-grained and robust password management functionality. The Oracle PCA Command Line Interface (CLI) has been enhanced with the integration of the controller software update and password management functionality. Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server have been upgraded to Release 3.2.10, to include the latest security and errata bug fixes available. You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes of the documentation set. To download the software update, search patch ID 22185511 from My Oracle Support. To attend a training offered by Oracle University, read the news here. Thank you to the readers of the UK IT news V3.co.uk who voted the best products for 2015. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance won the award as the Best virtualisation Product under Cloud Computing category. For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

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Friday Spotlight: Three assets to captivate your audience for Private Cloud Appliance

Ah, it’s Fridaymorning. You’re looking forward to the weekend playing golf at the spectacularPebble Beach Golf Links in California. Reading through your emails, you see amessage from your boss reminding you of your presentation to the CIO and VP ofInfrastructure at 1 pm today. At this important meeting, you need to presentyour findings from your search for the Cloud-in-a-boxat Oracle OpenWorld to help the CIO and VP narrow their choices for aprivate cloud solution. With the help ofthe Hero 6 team, you got the answers to all your questions. This presentationwill be a breeze with the assets you found. First, you’ll use the Infographicto explain why your executivesshould consider Oracle Private Cloud Appliancefor theirprivate cloud solution: Your customers are asking your company todeliver an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Your organization needs a private cloud platformfor Windows applications and Linux applications. Your organization is using Oracle Database, E-BusinessSuite, Flexcube, JD Edwards, Hyperion, Siebel, PeopleSoft, SAP and homegrownapplications. Next you talk about the what: Private Cloud Appliance features to address the needs of yourorganization. You know the CIO and VP want more details on how Private Cloud Appliance is considered aCloud-in-a-box solution, so you discuss the top three reasons. Budget isalways a major part of the decision. You will explain how the Private CloudAppliance will reduce yourorganization’s CapEx and OpEx. The quotes from two customers PLDT Alpha and Secure-24 help you validate the benefits. Now that you have captured the attention of yourexecutives, you play the 5-minute video of the PrivateCloud Appliance, which demonstrates the benefits in cool animation. Finally, to address your executives’ question: “who elseis using this platform for private cloud?” you show the BT Spain video. For its "Cloud of Clouds" vision, BTSpain uses Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to address its needs for incrementalscalability, operational efficiency, workload consolidation, and TrustedPartitions licensing. You feel confident that these three assets will help your CIO and VP ofInfrastructure narrow their choices and consider Oracle Private Cloud Applianceas a solution to address their business challenges. At a minimum, they willfind your presentation informative, interesting and not a boring session ofslides. It will be a fantastic weekend. (Full Infographic can be downloaded here)

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Friday Spotlight: How to find your Cloud-in-a-box in San Francisco?

Attending Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco is like walkingthrough the famed FAO Schwarz toy store or the LEGO store. There are so manycool and fantastic products that wow you. If you are on a mission to find your cloud-in-a-box at this conference,let the Hero 6 team help you navigatethrough the sea of 60,000 people and thousands of sessions. Meet Hero #1: ICA AB Group,one of the largest retail companies in the Nordics region, covering Norway,Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.  On Monday October 26th morning, you attend the Private Cloud Appliance Roadmap andInsights from Engineering [CON8762] at the Intercontinental Hotel.Hero #1 explains how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was used to set the newbenchmark within ICA and how this Engineered System became the “standard platform” for all database andapplication deployments. You run into Hero #2: Atos Nederland B.V.,an international leader in digital services and Worldwide IT Partner for theOlympic Games. Always a fan of the Olympic games, you attend the Atos Virtual Oracle Computing Hotel: Private Cloud Appliance in aFlexible Service Wrapper [CON7886] to hear Hero #2 talk about how he createdthe “Virtual Oracle Computing (VOC) Hotel" with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.The VOC hotel offers guests 4 different room sizes and aligns Oracle licensecost with the CPU cores you actually use. On Tuesday October 27th, you want to hearabout Oracle’s Virtualization vision and attend the General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud[GEN9486] with Senior VP Wim Coekaerts. This General Session takes place atthe Park Central hotel. You then hurry over to the Intercontinental Hotel to meet Hero #3: Secure-24, a leading Service Providerin North America. During the session TransformingApplication Delivery with Private Cloud Appliance [CON2528], Hero #3 willdiscuss how Oracle Private Cloud Appliance combined with Oracle ZFS StorageAppliance helped this hero achieve performance improvements whilereducing delivery costs by 90 percent for Oracle workloads running on bothLinux and Windows. Still in pursuit of your cloud-in-a-box, you go back to theIntercontinental hotel on Wednedsday October 28th to meet Hero #4: Xait, a leader in Oil and GasCollaborative Authoring Solutions with headquarter in Norway. And Hero #5: Tier1, a NorthAmerican consulting and support organization  In the Real-WorldInsight: Private Cloud Appliance in Action [CON8765], you hear about bestpractices and learnings from these vastly different heroes when they deployedOracle Private Cloud Appliance for a range of traditional and cloud workloads. Happy with what you have heard from 5 different customers,you head off to the Oracle Customer Appreciation Event to hear the music ofElton John and Beck while enjoying the 360-degreeviews of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines. Ah, on the last day of the conference Thursday October 29th,you go to Moscone South to meet the last Hero: Accenture Enkitec Group Hero #6 provides the last use-case in the session on Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Exadatafor High-Volume Financial Services Systems [CON5175]. Wait, one more session to attend All-Flash Cloud—Simplify Deployment Using Private Cloud Appliance withOracle All Flash FS [CON8066] to complete your search for a cloud-in-a-box. It’s been a whole week of fun. You've found what you werelooking for through all the sessions with the Hero 6 team. Good bye San Francisco.

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FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:   Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud From power-on to production in few hours Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack  It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers. There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples: • In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services • Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services. • By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers. • We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples. Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

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Service Provider CKI: Designs Oracle SuperCluster Cloud for U.S. Government

      Computer Knowledge Inc. articulates Oracle transformational engineered systems infrastructure and methodologies consult with the United States government to reduced costs and increased operational efficiencies. Oracle SuperCluster Solution · Unified backup mechanism using external ZFS storage backup appliance (ZBA) · Active data recovery plan consists of Active Data Guard configuration with asynchronous redo shipping between the Production site location and the disaster recovery site · Runs custom Java applications, IBM WebSphere, 11gR2 · Oracle customer replaced an existing IBM mainframe circa 1990s with Oracle SuperCluster Oracle SuperCluster Performance Results · Massive improvements in performance, performed 14 million SQL execution per hour with .07 second response time · 9x increase transactions processed · 10x performance improvement over previous environment · 30x workload throughput improvement over IBM Mainframe and 10x number of users · Work done in 1 day by Oracle SuperCluster equals 30 days of work from replaced for IBM mainframe · Up to 30x performance improvement for 18,000 users · 7.4 million transactions per hour with a .7ms response time

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Uganda Revenue Authority and Oracle SuperCluster: Achieves 99.9% Service Uptime for Government Ministries and Services

                                  Among its objectives, URA was established to improve the standard of tax administration and correct the weaknesses that characterized the older tax administration. One of the major drivers for deploying Oracle solutions was to reduce the frequent downtime previously experienced due to poor database performance and to rectify a reduction in peak-time response. URA worked with Oracle and its implementation and logistical partner Technology Associates to deploy a robust, scalable, high-availability database solution that includes software and hardware engineered together, as it felt that having a single vendor for both hardware and software would be advantageous. To that end, URA deployed Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Solaris 11, and Oracle Database. The authority’s new system is a pivotal resource for the calculation of international trade taxes. It is also used to manage compliance for the Ministry of Finance, as well as collecting transactional, financial, and tax data for the country’s citizens. Today, Uganda Revenue Authority ensures 99.9% service uptime for its government ministries and citizens, and is now able to resolve database issues before they have any impact on the organization. Outages have been entirely eliminated, service performance has improved dramatically, and system responsiveness during peak usage is no longer a cause for concern. The system has supported a national rollout and the implementation of the agency’s Single Customs Territory, taking on more data to process without impacting performance.   "Implementing Oracle SuperCluster as part of your IT infrastructure removes significant implementation risk and ensures that your organization benefits from a truly engaged vendor committed to delivering powerful, integrated hardware and software that you can trust now and in the future. Oracle Database runs best on Oracle hardware, and our services run best on Oracle." – Kizza James, Assistant Commissioner, IT, Uganda Revenue Authority

                                  Among its objectives, URA was established to improve the standard of tax administration and correct the weaknesses that characterized the older tax administration. One of the major...

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Portic Barcelona Logistics Services: Oracle SuperCluster Transformational Architecture

        Portic Barcelona manages logistics through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logistics agents and other customers. Portic deployed Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris to multiply the number of commercial transactions that the e-commerce platform can manage by a factor of six—equivalent to a 32x performance increase—enabling Portic to process up to 26,000 service requests per hour and 500 messages per minute, with room for future expansion.   Oracle SuperCluster Results - Modernization of the platform with Oracle Advanced Support Services in 3 months, virtually eliminating risk - Performance increases with 50x faster backup - Number of manageable transactions increased 6x Oracle Solution - Implement a new platform for the port community—quickly and with minimal risk—to simplify and automate document-exchange procedures regarding freight traffic in the Port of Barcelona - Support exponential growth in port-management services delivered to more than 360 customers—such as dock workers, freight forwarders, shippers, and customs brokers—through a scalable system that   reduces the time and cost of each transaction - Consolidated servers at a ratio of 16:2 with the extreme performance of Oracle SuperCluster running Oracle VM Server for SPARC—halving space requirements, reducing the energy footprint, and completing backups 50x faster - Obtained a 5x better price/performance ratio for the port management platform as compared to other solutions - Reduced IT complexity, cut platform management costs, and increased data-center availability by consolidating three Oracle Real Application Clusters into two - Minimized configuration, support, and maintenance tasks with Oracle SuperCluster, an optimized solution that provides a single point of support for all components—increasing platform reliability and availability - Used Oracle WebLogic Suite as a foundation for building an on-premise cloud across web servers, application servers, and databases—deploying databases and applications 12x faster, within minutes instead of hours - Increased service levels through faster processing of commercial transactions, enabling Portic to include logistic community subsidiaries throughout the country in its electronic commerce platform, greatly simplifying invoicing, payments, and reconciliations “The Oracle solution allowed us to set up a private cloud to become hardware independent. We also could continue to use Oracle Solaris, and benefit from its stability and ease of handling. We analyzed alternatives, but the change would have been too drastic and the costs too high. Oracle provided much greater value.” – Vinicio González, Director de Sistemas, Portic Barcelona S.A. Portic delegated the Oracle SuperCluster project migration and go-live support to Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS). The Oracle ACS team managed technical design, Oracle SuperCluster installation, initial setup, and configuration of Solaris zones, and automatic storage management and domains, Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters.

        Portic Barcelona manages logistics through a technological platform that facilitates interaction between its members through its information services to logisticsagents and other customers. Portic...

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Saudi Arabia Public Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service

  Saudi Arabia Public Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service The Public Pension Agency (PPA), an entity within KSA’s Ministry of Finance, has announced the successful implementation of Oracle SuperCluster. PPA decided to implement Oracle technology with a disaster recovery architecture across two separate sites. Oracle SuperCluster also provides high availability for Oracle E-Business Suite, with SuperClusters in two different locations running Oracle E-Business Suite in active/passive mode using Oracle DataGuard technology. PPA’s UNIX environment was consolidated into a single system and a private Unix cloud environment created. In addition to Oracle SuperCluster,PPA installed a range of products including Oracle Exadata X4-2, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager OpsCenter 12c. “Oracle technology has provided important benefits to PPA’s IT infrastructure and the implementation has been quick and simple.” “Oracle SuperCluster has enabled us to reduce operational issues, and adopt new business models with greater business agility, better use of resources, less capital expense and increased speed in response to unforeseen events. It is now easy to get the latest updates; we have improved information security, and our deployment time has been decreased from years to months. Our risk is lower with a subscription-based cost model and we also now have Automatic Software Integration. We are proud to be the first government body in KSA to successfully implement Oracle SuperCluster,” Engineer Faraj Aljaeed, Operations & Network Manager, PPA

  Saudi ArabiaPublic Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service The Public Pension Agency (PPA), an entity within KSA’s Ministry ofFinance, has announced the...

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Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation

    Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation   Specialized Bicycles implements a transformative solution to simplify IT and modernize the data center with Oracle SuperCluster. Read from the CIO of Specialized, Ron Pollard about their breakthrough performance and technology transformation including streamlining IT, tightening their supply chain, and BI strategy with Oracle. A pioneer in e-commerce, Specialized Bicycles had implemented a B2B web portal to take online orders from its dealers. But as the years passed and the business grew—from 6 subsidiaries throughout North America to 40 subsidiaries throughout the world by 2015—it became clear that Specialized lacked the hardware infrastructure it needed to keep up with escalating customer demands. Specialized is in the process of setting up automated replenishments at its global distribution center in Hong Kong to create a pull-based replenishment system for its inventory. Specialized replaced legacy servers with an Oracle SuperCluster T5-8. Specialized also purchased an Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 appliance and a StorageTek SL150 modular tape library to replace a legacy NetApp system, providing a more modern environment for development, production, disaster recovery, and archiving. “It used to take seconds to submit an order, but we reached the point where it sometimes took minutes,” he recalls. “We were getting crippled by order volume as our business expanded. We did have very reliable hardware, but after adding three or four subsidiaries every year for eight years, it was time to upgrade to a more powerful platform.” “When we went to Oracle SuperCluster from the legacy system, we saw a night-and-day difference for our dealer base,” Pollard reports. “We benchmarked 60 critical processes, and the performance was an average of 17 times faster—in some cases much more—with Oracle SuperCluster. For example, our account reconciliation report used to take 20 hours to run and now it takes 20 minutes.” Pon Polard, CIO Specialized Bicycles. See Specialized in Action      

    Super and More – Specialized Bicycles Oracle SuperCluster DBaaS Implementation   Specialized Bicycles implements a transformative solution to simplify IT andmodernize the data center with Oracle...

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iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs

                                      iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs iQor is a global provider of business-process outsourcing and product-support services. They required a platform to improve performance, support scalability, and provide a disaster recovery environment for mission-critical support. They chose Oracle SuperCluster, optimized the production, business intelligence reporting, and reduced operating cost. iQor realized a 30% improvement in performance for critical applications while lowering IT managed services costs by 20%. “With Oracle, we can run all application tiers on one set of hardware. We can also run related applications on the same hardware by taking advantage of the Infiniband connection and excellent hardware performance. It’s a one-stop shop for running our database-and application-optimized environments, and for general-purpose nodes,” said Erik Carlson, vice president, IT, iQor. Oracle SuperCluster takes reliability and scalability to the next level. Oracle SuperCluster combines highly available and scalable technologies, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), Oracle Database 12c and 11g, and Oracle Solaris Cluster software. Its architecture enables a high degree of isolation between concurrently deployed applications, which may have varied security, reliability, and performance requirements. "We optimized the production, business intelligence reporting, and disaster recovery environments for our mission-critical systems on Oracle SuperCluster, improving performance, scalability, and up time, while managing to reduce operating cost.” “In addition, by working with Oracle Advanced Customer Support and its Oracle Advanced Monitoring and Resolution service, we have one vendor as the point of contact, access to experts across our IT environment, and detailed documentation for downtime and rollback plans. We are pleased to work with an organization that can scale and grow with us.” – Erik Carlson, Vice President, IT, iQor

                                      iQor: Oracle SuperCluster Improves Performance for Critical Applications While Lowering IT Managed-Services Costs iQor is a global provider of business-process outsourcing andproduct-...

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IDC Report: Oracle Engineered Systems Provides US Retailer $28M in Total Cost of Ownership Savings

    Major U.S. Department Store Retailer Leverages Oracle Engineered Systems for Greater Business Agility with Oracle SuperCluster Read how a major US retailer simplified their IT environment by replacing multiple merchandising systems and consolidating database operations with Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Exadata and Oracle E-Business Suite. This research report was commissioned by Oracle and conducted by IDC. Here is a summary of the benefits: Three-Year Cumulative Benefits: · $27.66 million in business benefits · ROI of 437% · Payback in 6.5 months Additional Benefits: · Avoided $250 million for additional warehouse resources · 67% savings in datacenter-related OPEX spending · $1.8 million per year in data center CAPEX savings IDC projects that the retailer will earn total discounted benefits worth $27.66 million over three years through its deployment of Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster engineered systems, and Oracle E-Business Suite. It will achieve these financial benefits by reducing its data center capital and operating expenses, making its IT staff more efficient, reducing user productivity losses associated with downtime, increasing user productivity through improved systems and application performance, and avoiding costs associated with building out an additional fulfillment warehouse. These benefits compare with a discounted investment of $5.15 million. As a result, IDC projects that the retailer will earn a three-year ROI of 437% on its investment in these Oracle solutions, and will break even on its investment in 6.5 months. Consolidation has enabled the retailer to put multiple databases in Oracle Exadata and Oacle SuperCluster. In the past, they needed many more servers to host these databases in a more distributed environment. Consolidation has helped the retailer reduce the number of software licenses it requires to support its data center operations by moving more workloads from a more distributed environment to these Oracle engineered systems, saving an average over three years of $512,000 a year. “We were able to retire a whole bunch of earlier generation servers. We had a couple of hundred servers before and reduced the number to about 20, or a tenfold consolidation. We have a deep commitment to technology and our IT budget has gone up over the past five years because of investments and improvements we’ve made. However, if we hadn’t simplified our IT infrastructure we would have spent 20% more to support the same capability.” IT Manager, Retail Store, Oracle Customer.

    Major U.S. Department Store Retailer Leverages Oracle Engineered Systems for Greater Business Agility with Oracle SuperCluster Read how a major US retailer simplified their IT environmentby...

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Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Implements Oracle SuperCluster: Extreme Performance and to Supports a 10x Increase in Enrollment

Oracle continues to innovate for Education & Research excellence with Oracle solutions for the modern campus. University of Madrid (UAM) enabled a 10x increase in student enrollment, and enabled UAM to manage students’ class selections and scheduling 91% faster with an Oracle SuperCluster half-rack, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database .   Oracle SuperCluster improved the UAM’s enterprise resource planning (ERP), including functions that support over 35,000 students including enrollment, scheduling, classroom assignments, human resources management, and financial management. With Oracle ERP for Education, financials, procurement, and project portfolio management are integrated, with robust report and analysis tools for insight.   Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 is based on the fastest database and application server, fastest database storage, and the world’s fastest microprocessor and operating system combination, with more than 17world record benchmarks for database, middleware and core business applications. UAM revamped the university’s application server and web-management platform to improve user experiences and efficiency.   UAM implemented a completely integrated, performance optimized Oracle solution enabling 98% of students to complete enrollment with no limits to concurrent sessions, and to meet the future scalability requirements. Oracle database exports and imports 12x, improving IT administration efficiencies. SuperCluster employs a massively parallel architecture and Exadata Smart Flash Cache to dramatically accelerate Oracle Database processing and speed I/O operations.   “Oracle provides the best database and application server, and Oracle SuperCluster enables us to get the most performance out of it, specifically by enabling hundreds of students to enroll for classes faster and simultaneously.”– María José García Rodriguez, director of information technology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.   With Oracle SuperCluster, average response times were reduced from more than five seconds to less than one-half second, enabling 98% of students to register faster, simultaneously. UAM upgraded the web management platform to Oracle WebCenter Suites, enabling deployment that allows for more than 350 web contributors to publish content more efficiently and to roll out a modern website that reflects the university’s corporate image of an elite higher-learning institution.   “Thanks to Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Oracle Database, UAM is without a doubt in a class of its own in terms of academic-planning effectiveness and efficiency. Server overloads, and downtime are things of the past,” said María José García Rodriguez, director of information technology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.   Oracle Consulting assisted in implementation of the Oracle SuperCluster solution in only 3 weeks, provided training to the administrative and IT staff, and it continues to consult with UAM on additional projects.

Oracle continues to innovate for Education & Research excellence with Oracle solutions for the modern campus. University of Madrid (UAM) enabled a 10x increase in student enrollment, andenabled UAM to...

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Oracle Innovates Secure Multi-Tenancy with Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster delivers a complete set of integrated security controls, implemented as a comprehensive platform, to enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers. Unique in the industry, the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture enables market leading performance, high availability, and extreme scalability while also satisfying key customer security requirements such as secure isolation, strong authentication and access control, end-to-end data protection, and comprehensive monitoring and compliance auditing. The security protections designed into the Oracle SuperCluster multi-tenant architecture span every layer of the IT stack from the compute hardware, virtualization, and operating system to networking, storage, database and applications. Oracle SuperCluster Multi-tenant Architecture From a service provider perspective, each tenant will be isolated using a combination of system and network virtualization techniques. To further reinforce this segregation, system, network, storage, and database access control mechanisms will be implemented ensuring each tenant’s applications, resources and data are protected and not impacted by other tenants residing on the same physical platform. Throughout the architecture, strong encryption will be leveraged to help ensure that information is protected in transit. Finally, comprehensive logging and auditing will be enabled to help support audit and compliance requirements. From an individual tenant perspective, resources are made available to ensure proper operation of single instance and clustered application and database workloads. Individual tenants are not able to interact or even detect that other tenants may be operating on the same physical platform. Each tenant is logically isolated into one or more Solaris non-global zones, supporting either application or database workloads, connected together using a collection of virtualized networks.   These non-global zones are each allocated specific compute, storage and network resources, based upon their unique requirements, and tenants are not permitted to alter these settings. Further, tenants are given sufficient administrative privileges to manage their applications and database, no tenant is permitted to have unrestricted administrative privileges to their respective non-global zones. For example, the following diagram illustrates one possible approach where a tenant is offered to support Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Database servers. Figure 1, Oracle SuperCluster Multi-Tenancy Architecture ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Oracle SuperCluster Customer Advocacy – IT Service Providers: Hear what Oracle SuperCluster IT Services host providers have articulated as their specific multi-tenant environments and business benefits.   Bottom of Form

Oracle SuperCluster delivers a complete set of integrated security controls, implemented as a comprehensive platform, to enable secure multi-tenancy for service providers. Unique in the industry, the...

Events

IEEE Presents Prestigious SPARC Milestone Plaque in Front of SRO Crowd

On February 13, a standing room only crowd approaching 200 attendees at Oracle’s Santa Clara Auditorium watched as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) presented the prestigious Milestone plaque recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence. After being introduced by Uday Kapoor, Director of Hardware Development for Oracle and IEEE member, John Fowler, Oracle’s Executive Vice President Systems, thanked IEEE for recognizing SPARC “as an accomplishment which belongs on the same list as the CD player and the light bulb.” IEEE 2015 President, Howard Michel presented the award and talked about the significance of the SPARC architecture and its impact on the future, “Built upon the work of UC Berkeley in creating the RISC microprocessor, the SPARC architecture proved readily adaptable in meeting evolving needs. They demonstrated how engineers, scientists and technologists have contributed to our global community, helping to build today’s advanced world.” Professor David Patterson, who led the early design and implementation of what eventually became known as the SPARC architecture, reminisced from the stage about its magical beginnings, “There was just a buzz in the room, everyone was talking and at that remarkable moment in time it was clear that a dozen Berkeley graduate students could build a better microprocessor than Intel could build.” Co-founder and CEO of Sun Microsystems which successfully commercialized the SPARC architecture, Scott McNealy, could not attend in person but his prerecorded statement reminded the audience that by leveraging the SPARC processor, Sun became the fastest tech company (at the time) to grow from $0 to $1B.   Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun co-founder (left), and John Fowler, Executive Vice President Systems at Oracle standing next to the IEEE Milestone plaque recognizing the SPARC RISC architecture for excellence and innovation. While most of the dedication ceremony focused on past accomplishments, John Fowler made it clear that the SPARC architecture is still a leading technology which continues to advance and improve, "Fast forward to now and M7 (Oracle newest SPARC processor) is in volume production: 20 nanometer technology, 700 (square) millimeters." Immediately following the dedication ceremony, the IEEE Milestone plaque was unveiled in the Clock Tower on the Oracle campus where it now resides. Most of the attendees waited patiently in a long line to view the plaque up close and get pictures of themselves standing next to it. View the video of ceremony: Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvb1WZzrmBM Full ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkoZtOtwnQ0 To learn about the most recent SPARC processor breakthrough, please visit Oracle Innovation Spotlight.

On February 13, a standing room only crowd approaching 200 attendees at Oracle’s Santa Clara Auditorium watched as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)presented the prestigious...

Announcements

Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year - What Do They Have in Common?

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine. This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure. IDC expects the worldwide integrated systems market to grow from $7.3 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018 and estimates that 15% of the IT hardware market (server, external storage, and networking) will be sold as part of an integrated system by 2018. I'd like to congratulate the Oracle Excellence Awards CIOs of the Year and invite you to read their stories: Nam-Seuk Han, senior vice president and CIO at SK Telecom —Asia Pacific Jordi Fontanals, chief operations officer (and former CIO) of CaixaBank in Barcelona, Spain —EMEA Yoshifumi Ozawa, general manager of the IT Solution Division at Mazda Motor Corporation —Japan Patricio Melo, executive vice president of IT and operations at Banco Davivienda in Bogotá, Colombia —Latin America Marty Schoenthaler, vice president and CIO at ADM —North America

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine. This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our...

Perspectives

HBR Finds Lack of IT/Business Partnership is Top Roadblock to Digital Innovation

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries.  Yet, a recent study by Harvard Business Review’s research arm indicates that the biggest barrier to driving digital innovation in the enterprise is the IT / business partnership. The need for speed is a driving factor, with business decision makers wanting faster response times from IT, and often outsourcing apps or other IT functions if they can’t get them. At the same time, IT is spending most of its resources just keeping the lights on and getting bogged down by increasing complexity (exacerbated by 3rd party apps and “shadow IT”). However, according to the HBR survey, the majority of business managers prefer to work with their internal IT departments vs. outsourcing. So what’s the solution? It has to be multi-faceted to incorporate people, processes, and technology…all in an effort to drive tighter business and IT alignment.  I’m going to talk about this topic in-depth with Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review Analytic Services during a webcast on March 18 at 10am PT. If you’re interested, please register to join us and participate in the live chat.  I’d also like to hear your opinion. Does your company have strong IT/business alignment? If so, what do you do that works? What do you think the biggest challenges are?

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries.  Yet, a re...

Events

Mobile: The Console of the Future?

As Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona, there’s a lot of focus around mobile in the news. Mobility is now essential for consumers and companies, and incorporating it into a digital strategy that also includes social, cloud, and analytics is an important part of digital innovation.   While most of the focus for mobile is on the edge of the infrastructure and delivering apps to users, you still need a backend that can support the front-end – response time and relevant data are ‘must haves’. An infrastructure that can power the complex queries of a data-driven strategy is part of a mobile strategy that will allow business data to flow across the enterprise. As consumers, we don't think or care about the backend, but as providers you need to ensure it will support the service levels required.     You can read more about this topic in last week’s Forbes article titled, “Here's Why Mobile Shouldn't Stand Alone” in which I discuss this issue with my colleague Suhas Uliyar, vice president of mobile strategy product management at Oracle.     How important is mobility to your customers and what are the most challenging issues that it’s posing to your organization? Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

As Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona, there’s a lot of focus around mobile in the news. Mobility is now essential for consumers andcompanies, and incorporating it into a...

Announcements

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS)

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS), a new systems architecture which merges bladed system concepts with rack mount server architectures, to create a new innovative next generation platform. We are really excited to finally announce this product which has been under development for several years. Where to begin? One of the driving design objectives has been to realize all the benefits that people like with bladed systems, like ease of scale with plug and play bladed servers; but to eliminate the constraints and issues that people have with bladed systems, such as limited blade area, cooling issues and technology evolution challenges. I'm happy to say that we've achieved that goal and then some.  We also wanted to create a new architecture which addresses the new challenges in today's modern data center. Rapid scale, both physically and virtually is required. In Netra's traditional market, communications network data centers, an extension to commercial data center virtualization called Network Functions Virtualization is the hot topic for new infrastructure roll out. Using this approach to implementing traditional communications network functions holds the promise of providing much greater flexibility and rapid scale of network services while reducing hardware device costs as some functions become software based on general purpose servers. We believe Netra Modular System is a very attractive foundation platform for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure.   You can see a demonstration of Netra Modular System at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, Hall 3, Stand 3B20 - between March 2-5, 2015.

Introducing Oracle's Netra Modular System (NMS), a new systems architecture which merges bladed system concepts with rack mount server architectures, to create a new innovative next generation...

Events

Oracle to Receive IEEE Milestone Award for SPARC RISC Architecture

The SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence will be held on February 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Clock Tower on Oracle’s Santa Clara Campus. The plaque unveiling will be preceded by a dedication ceremony in the Oracle Auditorium beginning at 10:00 a.m. Speakers will include IEEE 2015 President Howard Michel, John Fowler, Executive Vice President, Systems, Oracle, and Professor David Patterson along with others instrumental in shaping the success of this highly impactful technology. A History of Record Performance and Mission Critical Enterprise Capabilities Sun Microsystems first introduced SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) RISC (Reduced Instruction-Set Computing) in 1987. Over the course of its life, the SPARC processor architecture has powered millions of servers and workstations, and is still a leading and highly valued technology today. Closely integrated with the Oracle Solaris operating system, Oracle's SPARC-based systems provide customers extreme performance to maximize the up-time and ROI of mission-critical enterprise applications and cloud services—at a fraction of the cost of mainframe computers. With a long history of record-breaking performance, SPARC-based systems have achieved over 450 record benchmarks, with 32 currently standing. Today, the SPARC processor family is used in Oracle's enterprise servers to create architectures that are optimized for a powerful mix of applications, from CRM systems and Java/Web middleware infrastructure applications to mission-critical ERP and backend OLTP/data warehousing enterprise applications that depend on high availability and scalability. SPARC Innovations Continue Building on over 27 years of innovations and a long list of "firsts," Oracle continues to engineer record-breaking SPARC-based systems running Oracle Solaris. As first announced at Hot Chips 2014, Oracle’s new and revolutionary Software in Silicon technology hardwires key software processes directly onto the processor. Software in Silicon accelerates functions running on special engines on the processor's silicon, separate from its cores, and speeds up application performance while retaining the overall functionality of the processor.   To attend the SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling please register here.

The SPARC Architecture IEEE Milestone Plaque unveiling recognizing the technological achievements of the SPARC RISC Architecture for innovation and excellence will be held on February 13, 2015 at 11:0...

Perspectives

Is Your Company Prepared to Thrive or Merely Survive?

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business leaders, Gatepoint Research found that organizations are turning to vendor-integrated hardware and software solutions to drive business transformation, while simultaneously achieving cost-effective performance, adaptability, and security goals. When asked how IT could better address business needs, respondents indicated that IT has to be integral to the business:     •    67% of respondents stated that IT has to offer access to business-critical data in real-time     •    61% say upgrades and new roll-outs have to occur seamlessly, stay out of the way     •    57% say they must be confident of the system’s security What do you think about these survey findings? Do they reflect what you're seeing in your own business? To read about the survey in more detail, you can download the Gatepoint Research white paper here. In addition, I'll be talking on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. PT with Doug Barth, founder of Gatepoint Research and Aaron DeLosreyes, Senior Director of Oracle Technology Practice for Cognizant, about these findings and their implications during a webcast. I hope you can join us - information about the webcast is here: http://ora.cl/WuG. Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

When I speak with CIOs about what they're concerned with, I hear a lot of talk about staying competitive by leveraging IT to drive business transformation. In a recent survey of about 100 business...

Perspectives

The Internet of Things Will Be Huge, Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support It?

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 (1). IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained. (2) As further evidence, analyst firm 451 Research reported an increase in M&A spending in 2014 that pushed 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark, a fortyfold increase in acquirer spending compared to 2013. (3) This rate of growth cannot be ignored. IoT is inevitable and will create tremendous opportunity for a new wave of services built around connected devices. It will also pose challenges to IT and infrastructure leaders for the following reasons: The volume of data that will come off devices will be enormous and capable of completely overwhelming network infrastructures. IT infrastructures will need to support these vast amounts of data. Solutions that aren’t fully integrated will fail to deliver needed data and analytic capabilities. All devices will need to be integrated with all other devices, so seamless integration of applications and technologies will be critical. Realizing business value from IoT will be dependent upon scalable and flexible infrastructures that can integrate and secure data received from various components and devices. How can you prepare? A good first step is to modernize IT infrastructures and upgrade legacy architectures. As is the case with other technology trends like mobile, big data, and social, IT needs to be agile and strongly aligned with the business. This means anticipating and responding to business needs quickly, providing real-time information that informs decision-making, and being scalable to support planned and unplanned growth. What are you doing as an IT leader to prepare for this next wave of technology change? If you want to see a short video about the growth of IoT, check out, “The Internet of Things: Managing the Complexity” Follow me on Twitter @hvenkat1. Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. (1) ‘Finding Success in the New IoT Ecosystem: Market to Reach $3.04 Trillion and 30 Billion Connected "Things" in 2020, IDC Says,’ press release, Nov. 7, 2014 (2) IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions, Dec 2014, http://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=252872 (3) “451 Research: Jump in M&A spending in 2014 pushes 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark.” PRWeb, Jan 6, 2015, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12424187.htm

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020 (1). IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having...

Perspectives

Are Two HPs Better Than One?

HP recently announced plans to split into two separate companies. One company will target enterprise customers (data center infrastructures), the other will focus on the client side (consumers). This move has sparked a series of questions among financial and industry analysts alike: What will it mean to customers who currently hold enterprise agreements or other company-wide contracts with HP products and services? HP stated the goal to split the company was to become profitable again, however, very few details were provided around HP's planned execution. "This would not have been possible three years ago," Whitman said, referring to a proposal to spin off PCs in 2011. Some analysts expressed skepticism about the latest move. Barclays analysts recently noted that the sudden announcement in 2011 was disruptive to HP's sales, its sales force and demand. "If the (latest) decision by HP isn't well communicated or is not well executed, the negative share shifts could be material," they said in a note. (footnote 1) Also consider Oracle’s investment in R&D on average from 2010-2013 as compared to Hewlett-Packard’s: Oracle FY12 $5.0B vs. HP FY12 $3.2B: (footnote 2) Oracle spent ~12% of revenue into R&D, contrast that with HP, which spent $3.2B/year on average from FY2010-FY2013, constituting a mere 2.6% of revenue. And that is before this recent split. Will HP still have the same resources to spend on R&D in the future as it does today? With declining revenues for 11 of the past 12 quarters, the same leaders running the same businesses, and no details provided yet to fix their underlying problems, one could ask if this split was to meet the expectations of Wall Street. How exactly is this a win for customers and not just investors? How will HP cross-integrate and innovate now as two separate companies? It was not that long ago when HP touted the combined portfolio of its consumer and enterprise businesses as a competitive differentiator. In contrast to HP, Oracle is clearly investing in R&D and continuing to innovate with expanded server and hardware offerings with published and committed roadmaps to ultimately SIMPLIFY IT and increase customer value. Chart 1 source: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/investor-relations/index.htm http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_23437659/exclusive-hp-hewlett-packard-slashed-rd-spending-fraction-norms Chart 2 source: http://www.slideshare.net/Pronq/hp-mobility-perspective-at-hp-world-congress-2014 Footnote 1: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/06/us-hp-restructuring-idUSKCN0HV0U720141006 Footnote 2: http://www.work-bench.com/blog/2014/09/03/analyzing-r&d-and-m&a-activity-by-legacy-tech-vendors/

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Are You (or Should You Be) Worried about Industry Disruption?

Innovation fueled by technology is laying the groundwork for new business models to disrupt industries and threaten established companies. Market dynamics influenced by mobile, social, big data, and the Internet of Everything are forcing businesses into an ‘adapt or die’ mode. In the retail sector, Amazon not only dominates ecommerce, but has also reset expectations regarding affiliate programs, fulfillment, customer loyalty, and user experience. Tesla Motors has shaken the auto industry with electric cars sold directly to consumers rather than through franchised dealers. Airbnb’s community based travel service in 34,000+ cities is directly challenging the hotel industry. Twitter has changed the way we track news and consume media, providing a platform for global real-time communications. Other companies such as Uber, Square, Kickstarter, and 23 and Me are challenging the status quo in transportation, payment services, fundraising, and personalized medicine. It seems that no industry is untouched. Yet, IT departments are so busy running the business that they can only spend 16% of their time transforming the business. Being able to execute on innovative ideas and strategies will separate future industry leaders from laggards. And alignment of business objectives and IT infrastructure is key to a successful execution model. I’ll be presenting this topic and speaking with global business executives next week in Prague at the Wipro Leading Edge conference. Do you have any ideas to share? What dynamics in your industry are forcing companies to adapt and change? How will you keep up and what should you be watching out for? Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. As leader of hardware strategy for both sales and product marketing, Harish is responsible for growing Oracle’s server, storage and engineered systems business. With a focus on helping customers optimize both business and IT in today's rapidly changing environment, Harish and his organization deliver integrated system and software solutions that drive business transformation. With nearly 20 years’ industry experience, Harish is recognized for the leadership, know-how and strong focus on customers that he brings to his current role.

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Game Changing Innovation with Power8?

On Monday, October 12, IBM announced their first Power8-based enterprise class systems and yet still did not deliver the full realization of its 12-core Power8 processor, previewed by IBM in August 2013. Potential customers should also really consider IBM's lack of deep-level optimization, as compared to Oracle and SPARC. By opening Power to partner co-development, IBM has lost much of its ability to retain control of deep-level optimizations. Consider that IBM agreed to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion to take an unprofitable chip-manufacturing unit off its hands. It now makes much more sense as to why IBM is investing in partner add-on capabilities through CAPI (Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface), such as chips from NVIDIA, instead of investing in its own software in silicon enhancements like Oracle. And while Oracle was busy acquiring Sun, Pillar, Xsigo and more, IBM was divesting its networking, hard disk, x86 server business and most recently their chip manufacturing unit.  From a product feature standpoint, consider that CAPI lacks the true software in silicon (as Oracle is doing with SPARC/Solaris) approach and co-engineered Hardware + Software solutions (such as Oracle ECI Solution for SPARC), from a workload optimization and total business solution standpoint. Customers increasingly state that they want and need optimized solutions for their data centers to reduce complexity and simplify data center management, as well as resource utilization. They need this to drive their time to value; Oracle delivers. With CAPI, who is going to test, support, and optimize for key customer workload environments – IBM? NVIDIA? Why Invest with Oracle?   Oracle has proven massive investments in its hardware and software portfolios Oracle Servers, OS, and Storage's publicly committed forward-looking roadmap Oracle's full stack, including industry-leading software solutions, enabling deep integration with software in silicon that customers can leverage Oracle enables your business transformation What do you think? Are these game changing innovations from IBM?

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SPARC and Solaris Leadership in Security

Oracle’s SPARC systems and Oracle Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient secure technology. SPARC security uses hardware accelerators to deliver leading performance. Oracle leads in providing encryption and policy-based key management that ensure data protection for cloud and virtual environments. Oracle has proved its dramatic security performance advantages through rigorous testing. In the cloud a huge amount data needs to be encrypted. For data at rest, AES block-level encryption is FIPS 140-2 certified to support U.S. government agencies. The end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment. AES Security Performance (per chip)   Figure 1. SPARC T5-2 is 2.5x faster on AES-128-CBC versus the best x86 E5 v2 result (with AES-NI) and 4.6x faster versus the IBM POWER8 result. This result demonstrates the superiority of Oracle’s SPARC T5 processors with Oracle Solaris for security and demonstrates the leadership SPARC servers provide in large-scale secure cloud environments. With Solaris 11.2 command compliance provides system assessments against security/compliance benchmarks and generates actionable reports. SPARC Customer Successes Large Mobile TeleCommunications Provider utilizing the SPARC T5-2 server, Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center realized the benefits of the feature functionality of Oracle core technology and the RAS capabilities of SPARC/Solaris. Global Investment Management Firm needed to provide a platform to meet business needs during spikes and growth and encryption to meet 2016 requirements. The customer consolidated from 60 servers to just a few racks of SPARC T5-2, T5-4 and T5-8’s to provide Infrastructure as a service. SPARC T5-2 Server Utilizing modular design architecture and powered by either one or two SPARC T5 processors—Oracle’s most powerful SPARC processors ever—the SPARC T5-2 server delivers exceptional single- and multi-thread performance. With 16 cores and 16 memory slots per SPARC T5 processor, the SPARC T5-2 server provides extreme compute density, with up to 32 cores and 1 TB of system memory within a 3U enclosure. Oracle has also proven that the SPARC T5-2 is the fastest server for Java applications, which is critical in many cloud deployments. The SPARC T5-2 is 1.8x faster than the best Intel 2-chip x86 E5 v2 Ivy-Bridge-based Cisco UCS C240 M3 server. Conclusion The SPARC T5 server running Oracle Solaris 11 automatically utilizes hardware accelerators for security. Combined with the Oracle virtualization technologies such as the Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones, which provide a low overhead, flexible, scalable, manageable and secure virtualization environment with no extra cost for customers that have Oracle premier support. For more information about SPARC and Solaris performance, please visit http://www.oracle.com/benchmarks. Benchmark Disclosures 1) SPARC, x86 and POWER8 security performance: https://blogs.oracle.com/BestPerf/entry/20130925_crypto_t5_2_x4 and www.ibm.com/developerworks/ibmi/library/i-ibmi-7_2-and-ibm-power8 (fig 2) 2) SPARC T5-2 114,492 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 43,963 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS; Cisco UCS C240 M3 63,079 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS, 23,797 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

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SPARC It Up! M7 Promises Once in a Generation Innovation

Oracle's microprocessor received a lot of coverage at Oracle OpenWorld 2014. The extreme performance, efficiency and optimization gains will rewrite the rules for price and performance value, plus speed the time it takes to deploy technology. Masood Heydari, SVP of Hardware Development at Oracle, provided an update to the SPARC M7 roadmap, first revealed at the Hot Chips conference in August 2014.   Click here to view Masood's "SPARC Server Strategy and Roadmap" presentation. Software in Silicon Heydari explained, "The goal of our strategy is to make Oracle engineered systems running on SPARC the best systems on which to run Oracle applications, period. That means optimizing around the best execution environment, best reliability, best management, etc." He emphasized Oracle has innovated on this strategy by placing software functions directly into the processor, calling them "software in silicon," an Oracle phrase that’ll be repeated as products featuring M7 near release. This design approach is where specific software functions are performed in hardware, enabling applications and operations to run faster. For example; SPARC will incorporate in-memory query acceleration engines that take over certain database search functions so that database queries "speed up query performance by 10x and spit out results at the speed of memory," according to Larry Ellison. Ellison made his first public appearance as Oracle's CTO and executive chairman of the board. He talked about the importance of doing things differently when running a database in memory. "Within the acceleration engine is decompression. When you compress and decompress data, the ratio of reading the data is 10 to 20 times more frequent than loading the data in memory. The magic to speeding things up isn’t compression, but decompression. We're processing data that runs at 120GB/second. That's a shocking number," and equivalent to 64 CPU cores.   The most important innovation in the M7 is its new memory protection features. The computer will notify the developer when an application is tampering with another application. This "always on" memory protection is hard-wired in the silicon to defend against memory violations, speeding up software development and resulting in more secure and available applications.  "It means applications can only access the memory they're supposed to access. Otherwise, the hardware will stop them" Ellison said. "Even smart programmers make mistakes and those mistakes can be really hard to find. Those are some of the hardest bugs to find. The failures are intermittent; they're extremely hard to trap. They're extremely hard to trace. With memory protection, you can discover those bugs really early, so it saves you a fortune in finding really difficult bugs. But the cool thing about it is because it's in hardware, you can leave this memory protection on without paying any performance price."   The upcoming SPARC M7 will be available across the Oracle server product line in 2015. Tell us, which M7 features or applications do you look forward to?   To learn more about SPARC technology, click here. Rick O'Herron is the director of content strategy in Oracle's brand communications team.   

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Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Integrated Systems

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Oracle. Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle a Leader in its latest Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on both their completeness of vision and their ability to execute. The authors of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems define integrated systems as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” The Gartner analysts listed six drivers for adopting integrated systems. Improved performance Perceived lower operating expenditure costs and greater IT optimization Increased automation Simplified sourcing and support Faster time to value with infrastructure Support in moving from IT maintenance to IT innovation “Oracle is the only integrated systems vendor that architects, integrates, and implements the entire technology stack of hardware and software, so customers can simplify IT and focus on innovating in their core business,” says Steve Rudinsky, principal product marketing director for Oracle SuperCluster. “As a market leader, no other vendor offers the breadth of integrated systems portfolio, the level of intra-stack optimization, or the proven track record.” Ability to Execute When assessing the two main selection criteria for determining leaders, the Gartner analysts note, “The market for integrated systems is complex, with greater dependency on very specific topics. We have, therefore, added several sub-criteria to the standard list of criteria, to enable more accurate vendor assessment. For our assessment of Product/Service, we examine the degree of software integration available from the vendor or implementation partners, plus the vendor’s ability to deliver on road map promises. Sales Execution/Pricing examines both direct and indirect execution, as most integration system strategies are highly dependent on the role of local channel partners.” Completeness of Vision Reiterating their comments about the complexity of the integrated systems market, the authors added, “As with Sales Execution/Pricing, the Sales Strategy criterion for Completeness of Vision assesses both the direct strategy and the channel partner strategy. Offering (Product) Strategy focuses on the breadth of the total solution (including software integration), the investment in management tools and the technology portfolio breadth. Business Model examines the implementation services that are available through the vendor or channel partners, and the variety of solutions and use cases that can be addressed.” Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems (June 16, 2014, ID:G00252466, Analyst(s): Andrew Butler, George J. Weiss, Philip Dawson). Learn more about Oracle’s engineered systems and download the e-book Engineered for Extreme Performance. About Gartner Research Publications Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Oracle’s Software in Silicon

Earlier this month at the Hot Chips Symposium on High Performance Chips, Oracle announced its next generation M7 processor designed to supercharge in-memory computing. The 32-core M7, ‘the biggest and baddest SPARC processor that either Sun Microsystems or Oracle has ever created’, as referred to by Timothy Prickett Morgan of Enterprise Tech, will offer huge performance advantages and includes Software in Silicon features for Application Acceleration Support on each core. Learn more about Oracle’s Software in Silicon strategy at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco (September 28-October 2) when Rick Hetherington, VP Hardware Development, discusses the latest advancements being made in SPARC to dramatically increase application performance, availability, and security. Rick’s session, ‘Oracle Software in Silicon Technical Deep Dive’ reveals the details on the next generation chip as told by one of Oracle’s most seasoned and respected processor architects. This is a ‘must see’ session for those companies interested in being the first to master and fully take advantage of these next generation technologies. For details on all of the Oracle OpenWorld Server sessions, demos and labs see Focus On Oracle Servers.

Earlier this month at the Hot Chips Symposium on High Performance Chips, Oracle announced its next generation M7 processor designed to supercharge in-memory computing. The 32-core M7, ‘the biggest and...