Running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic Elastic Cloud

[Dec. 10, 2010 update:  Clarified EBS R12-only compatibility with Exalogic. Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support. Since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.]

We unveiled the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud at OpenWorld 2010.  Oracle Exalogic is an engineered system comprising both hardware and software components, providing an application tier server complement for the Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

exalogic architecture diagram with picture of Exalogic server tower exalogic_architecture.png
Since then, we've been receiving a steady series of questions about the feasibility of running Oracle E-Business Suite on Exalogic servers.  Our position on Exalogic application compatibility is straightforward and the same as for Exadata: Exalogic is 100% compatible with all standard Oracle Linux 5 and Solaris 11 applications. No special certification for Exalogic is required - all Oracle applications that are certified for the appropriate releases of Oracle Linux and Solaris are supported on Exalogic.

E-Business Suite runs on Exalogic

Oracle E-Business Suite releases that are certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 5.x (which includes several versions of R12, 12.1) are supported on Exalogic.  Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support, and since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic.

We are finding that many customers are interested in consolidating existing Oracle software into an Exalogic environment.  For the E-Business Suite, keep in mind that existing versions of EBS would be installed as a full stack (including Oracle Application Server 10g), just as they are today on any other 64-bit Oracle Linux 5 (on x86-64) machine.  However, older Oracle Application Server releases are not optimized for the Exalogic environment and therefore will not be able to take advantage of some of the performance benefits of the system in the same manner as applications running on the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack.

E-Business Suite environments running on Exalogic derive other benefits of the updated kernel, including bug fixes, enhanced security, and data integrity features.  For more information about the updated kernal, see:
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Comments:

Thanks for sharing the information regrading running EBS on Exalogic. We have been reviewing the possibility of running EBS R12 and FMW 11g on Amzaon Web Services (AWS).

Having the Exalogic option provides more choice, and a very interesting alternative.

Posted by Faisal Ghadially on December 02, 2010 at 05:56 AM PST #

Any comparisons between Exadata and Exalogic with regards to E-Business Suite? Does one have an advantage over the other?

Posted by Christopher Crowell on January 24, 2011 at 10:19 PM PST #

Christopher,

>Does one have an advantage over the other?

If your EBS performance bottleneck is on the database tier, then Exadata can potentially provide performance improvements.

If your EBS performance bottleneck is on the application tier, then having a highly-scalable Exalogic server configuration can potentially provide performance improvements.

I don't represent either product team; I'm part of the E-Business Suite division. For help in quantifying the relative advantages of either server platform, I'd suggest contacting someone in the respective teams for additional assistance.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 25, 2011 at 06:36 AM PST #

Hello Steven,

Are there any benchmark performance figures for Oracle Exalogic versus the VCE Vblock?

Regards,
Ben Prusinski

Posted by Ben Prusinski on February 11, 2011 at 06:54 AM PST #

Hello, Ben,

No, I haven't seen any benchmarks published for the E-Business Suite running on Oracle Exalogic.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 11, 2011 at 07:59 AM PST #

Steven: We have applications 11.5.10.2 running on Solaris 10 64 bit on 10.2.0.4 database. We are looking at Exalogic for application tier (oracle sales reps convincing our VP :)). Our DB is running on M8000. Is it possible to for us to migrate the app tier to Exalogic. If Exalogic has to be a must, what kind of upgrades/changes do we have to do to our existing environment to run apps on Exalogic. Like upgrade to R12, migrate to linux etc etc. Any suggestion will help us plan the road map. Any reference docs will be nice.. Thanks. Neeraj

Posted by Neeraj on May 17, 2011 at 05:13 AM PDT #

Neeraj: The article above states, "Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support. Since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic." This is still true today. Once you upgrade from Release 11i to 12, you can run the E-Business Suite middle tier on Exalogic. Regards, Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on May 19, 2011 at 02:23 AM PDT #

Hi Steve
Since there is now a sparc version of Exalogic available would Neeraj be able to buy that to deploy 11i ?
Thanks

Posted by robin chatterjee on June 23, 2011 at 04:31 PM PDT #

Hi, Robin:

No, my response above still applies. Only EBS 12 is certified with Exalogic-based EBS middle tiers.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 24, 2011 at 05:49 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Our EBS version is 11.5.10.2, running on IBM AIX 6.1 64 bit. Can we migrate our EBS system to Exalogic?

Please advise me. Thanks a lot.

Posted by DangHongSinh on November 01, 2011 at 03:23 PM PDT #

Hi, DangHongSinh,

From the article above:

"Oracle E-Business Suite releases that are certified on 64-bit Oracle Linux 5.x (which includes several versions of R12, 12.1) are supported on Exalogic. Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support, and since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic."

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 02, 2011 at 04:02 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

Now, the lastest EBS R12 version is 12.1.3 is still not running on Weblogic. It's still running on OC4J 10, OAS 10g. So, we must install OC4J 10g, OAS 10g on Exalogic for deploy EBS 12.1.3 version on Exalogic? So, it's not get performance benefits of exalogic, is that right?

So,we must waiting until EBS 12.2 release for deploying on Weblogic 11g (Fusion Middleware 11g) on Exlogic to get performance benefits of exalogic?

Thanks,

Posted by DangHongSinh on November 08, 2011 at 05:06 PM PST #

Hi, DangHongSinh,

As stated in the article above:

"For the E-Business Suite, keep in mind that existing versions of EBS would be installed as a full stack (including Oracle Application Server 10g), just as they are today on any other 64-bit Oracle Linux 5 (on x86-64) machine. However, older Oracle Application Server releases are not optimized for the Exalogic environment and therefore will not be able to take advantage of some of the performance benefits of the system in the same manner as applications running on the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack."

You will get performance benefits from deploying EBS 12.1 on Exalogic today, simply due to the fact that this server is a high-performance server.

As you've correctly noted, further performance benefits will be possible when EBS 12.2 is released.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 10, 2011 at 09:32 AM PST #

Hi Steve,
As per this blog, Oracle EBS 11i cannot be deployed in Exalogic Servers. Since this being an old post, I just wanted to re-confirm that it is true now also.
Background: Our client is planning for migrating the EBS platform from current HP Systems(OS – HP-UX) to a latest/powerful configuration. Exalogic+Exadata server with Linux OS is one of the options they are considering for this. They idea is to realize the benefits of new/modern platform as quick as possible and later on go for R12 Upgrade.
So with my understanding, with Exalogic they have to go for platform migration and R12 upgrade together and hence will be able to realize the benefits only after a longer period.
Please clarify on this.
Many Thanks
Abhilash

Posted by Abhilash on November 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM PST #

Abhilash,

Thanks for your inquiry. Per the article, Exalogic does not offer 32-bit OS support, and since Release 11i runs on 32-bit Linux only, it cannot be deployed on Exalogic. As such, your client would either need to perform an upgrade to R12 then a platform migration to Exalogic or as you suggested, combine the upgrade with the platform migration.

Good luck with your project!
Regards,
Elke

Posted by Elke Phelps (Oracle Development) on November 28, 2012 at 08:06 AM PST #

Hi Steve,
As per this update, EBS 11i is supported only on a 32-bit Operating System and not on a 64-bit OS.

But one of your previous blogs says, EBS 11i is certified for certain 64-bit OS. (Refer: https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/64bit_support_for_the_ebusines). Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) is one of certified platforms for 11i as per the previous blog.

My question is can we use "Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit)" as the OS with Exalogic server to run EBS 11i?

please clarify.

Thanks
Abhilash

Posted by Abhilash on January 10, 2013 at 03:56 AM PST #

Hello Abhilash -
Exalogic is an x86-64 based machine and runs 64-bit Oracle Linux 5 - it cannot run Solaris on SPARC which is based on the SPARC chip architecture. So unfortunately you cannot run EBS 11i in this proposed manner.
Regards,
John

Posted by John Abraham on January 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM PST #

Steve,

Would there be support concerns if I were to run 12.1.3 middle tiers (Web, Forms, Concurrent) on Exalogic while the backend on Commodity RAC ?
I do understand having the EXA combo will yield better performance, but I have to go EXA-Commodity to fulfill other enterprise requirements.

Thanks,
-Prashanth

Posted by Prashanth Vedire on June 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM PDT #

Hi, Prashanth,

As long as all of your servers are running on certified operating systems, there's no problem with mixing-and-matching different platforms for your EBS application tier and database tier servers. See:

Oracle E-Business Suite Platform Smörgåsbord (Oracle E-Business Suite Technology)
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/oracle_e-business_suite_platform_smorgasbord

Some customers go so far as to have different servers in their application tier on different platforms. I wouldn't recommend that, but it's technically possible.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 20, 2013 at 09:55 AM PDT #

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