Best Practices to build SAP, Tiered Storage, IaaS cloud, E-Business Suite or Siebel HW platforms? Optimized Solutions.


Uncountable IT Operations
departments build platforms for SAP.
Thousands of Administrators design tiered storage solutions.
Too many engineers spend their time integrating hardware setups for E-business Suite.
A huge number of Architects are involved in creating private IaaS cloud services.
An army of SystemManagers work on Siebel server landscapes.


Having said that you probably expect me to state that they are all wrong. I won't - generally, systemengineers build platforms of quite high quality. But I do state that most of these projects are either hopelessly undersized with headcount and generally take way longer to implement than they were supposed to. 

I can't give you a solution (besides probably recommending Advanced Customer Services) to raise the headcount. Nearly every company struggles in that area. However I can tell you that most projects suffer heavy delays in the same phase of the projects: From looking through the vast array of best of breed components and then testing, validating and integrating the various building blocks of the future platform. 
Exactly this effort can be minimized. 

Oracle provides a number of freely available whitepapers, describing HW architecture best practices combining Sun servers, storage and networking components, their configurations, the virtualization and the OS setup on them, the application structures for different Applications. These include SAP, Oracle HCM, Weblogic, the Oracle database or providing guidelines to build tiered storage platforms or Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud environments and a number of other architectures. 

These are called Oracle Optimized Solutions
These solutions are already tested, validated, integrated and recommended by Oracle. 
Following them companies can avoid the initial longsome evaluation and integration process of different third party elements. 


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So, exactly what type of solutions/platforms are described in these Optimized Solutions? Here's an overview: 

 Optimized Solution  Remarks

Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure

  • There is a SPARC and an x86 version of this paper 
  • Building blocks: SPARC T4 or x86 servers, ZFS SA with 10gbps Ethernet, Oracle VM for SPARC (and x86, respectively), EM Ops Center for management
  • The whitepaper covers: Virtualization setup, failover/livemigration concepts, Ops Center installation, Monitoring. 
Oracle Optimized Solution for Tiered Storage Infrastructure
  • Put Disk, NFS and Tape capacities into a single filesystem, export it via NFS or CIFS to clients
  • The PDF covers: Small, Medium, and Large setups
Oracle Optimized Solution for SAP
  • Building blocks: 2x SPARC SuperCluster, outer connection: 10gbps Ethernet
  • The whitepaper covers: Virtualization Setup, Solaris Cluster setup, InfiniBand connections, SAP installation, DB and RAC installation. 
Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Building blocks: T4-2, T4-4 servers or SPARC SuperCluster depending on the expected load
  • The whitepaper covers: Virtualization setup, HA setup, Content staging between test and production instances, small-, medium- and large configurations.  
Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle WebLogic Server
  • Building blocks: T4 and x86 servers, 10gbps Ethernet, Solaris 10 containers, WebLogic clustering 
  • The whitepaper covers: Virtualization setup, network tuning, network traffic encryption offload, S/M/L/XL setups
General Page enlisting all the Oracle Optimized Solutions
There are many more, like for Peoplesoft HCM, Webcenter Portal, Oracle Unified Directory, etc. Please don't make me list them all here :) 


To sum it up: if you plan to build an IaaS cloud, spare costs with real Storage Tiering, implement an SAP platform, a Siebel CRM setup, a WebLogic serverfarm, or many of the other common softwareproducts used worldwide, use these preintegrated and recommended architectures to cut the projects efforts needed impressively. 

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