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

Scott Ferguson
Senior Product Manager

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  • Upgrade to ZFS AK 8.8.19
  • Kernel and bug fixes

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  • Krishna Srinivasan Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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