Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Oracle VM 3 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle VM 3 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution. Oracle VM 3 is certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and Release 12. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates, including Oracle VM 3.0.2 and subsequent 3.x releases.   

Oracle VM 3 Manager screenshot

Oracle VM 3 supports a number of guest operating systems including various flavors and versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows. For information regarding certified platforms, installation and upgrade guidance and prerequisite requirements please refer to the Certifications tab on My Oracle Support as well as the following documentation:

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Friday Feb 18, 2011

Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder. 
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For details about third-party integration architectures, see either of these article for EBS 11i and 12:
Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.4 is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  OID 11.1.1.4 is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Release 1 Version 11.1.1.4.0, also known as FMW 11g Patchset 3.  Certified E-Business Suite releases are:
  • EBS Release 11i 11.5.10.2 + ATG RUP 7 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.0.6 and higher
  • EBS Release 12.1.1 and higher
Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
  • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
Platforms certified for R12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Platforms certified for Release 11i
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit) (9,10)
Other platform certifications still underway

Certifications for other operating system platforms are still underway.  Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

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Wednesday Nov 17, 2010

EBS R12 Sparse Mid-Tier Template for Oracle VM Now Available

Yes, it's true: the title is not a typo. We have an Oracle VM (OVM) template that works against any E-Business Suite Release 12 version.  It works against your current E-Business Suite Release 12 installs, whether physical or virtual.

Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:

Screenshot of edelivery page for sparse Oracle VM downloads for ebs R12 application tier images sparseOVM.jpg
We listened to you: you wanted a small OVM template, and this one is small at around ~600MB.

How does this work?

On first boot, OracleVM machines based on this template will prompt for an exported Linux EBS shared file system location. They will mount it and create an Apps middle tier node which you can use to scale up your existing EBS instance or to start a new instance.

If you have development or testbed environments where you can re-use the database, this template is an easy way to create new Linux middle tiers.

Your Feedback is Welcome

We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Wednesday Nov 10, 2010

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

I am pleased to announce that you can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now.  Instructions for downloading these new templates are here:
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32-bit templates are available now and and 64-bit versions will be available soon.  We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

The Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.3 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Production Database Tier
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 Application Tier
The database tier virtual machine includes:
  • Oracle Linux 5.5
  • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 production database with data
The applications tier virtual machine includes:
  • Oracle Linux 5.5
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 applications node
Production Use Considerations

These templates deliver a starting point installation of Oracle Linux and E-Business Suite. Customers are meant to review, configure, and test any deployments they are considering to use for production.

E-Business Suite Resources
General Oracle VM Resources
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Friday Nov 05, 2010

E-Business Suite Release 12 Certified with New Virtualization + Partitioning Technologies

Architecture diagram showing partioning of Oracle services on Solaris Containers solariscontainers3.jpg

[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now explicitly certified with the following Oracle Solaris and SPARC Virtualization and Partitioning technologies:

For details about these newly-certified configurations, see:
More more information about Oracle products' certification with Oracle VM, see:
What about other vendors' technologies?

Other vendors such as Hewlett Packard and IBM also have their own specific software and hardware based virtualization technologies that are promoted for the same reasons. Please contact the specific hardware vendors for a list of these technologies.  Also see:
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Monday Sep 06, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with EBS on 15 New Platforms

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder.

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As a follow-on to our original certification announcement, Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1 on the following additional platforms:

For Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:

  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

For Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:

  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)

Two options for external authentication

Oracle Inter net Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 version 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with one of two single sign-on solutions:

  • Oracle Internet Directory (OID) and Directory Integration Platform (DIP) from Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Single Sign-On Server and Oracle Delegated Administration Services Release 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1).
  • Oracle Internet Directory and Directory Integration Platform from Fusion Middleware 11gR1 Patchset 2 (11.1.1.3.0) with Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x).
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Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

Oracle Internet Directory 11g (11.1.1.3) Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle E-Business Suite comes with native user authentication and management capabilities out-of-the-box. If you need more-advanced features, it's also possible to integrate it with Oracle Internet Directory and Oracle Single Sign-On or Oracle Access Manager, which allows you to link the E-Business Suite with third-party tools like Microsoft Active Directory, Windows Kerberos, and CA Netegrity SiteMinder.

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I'm pleased to let you know that Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 2 (version 11.1.1.3.0) is now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i, 12.0 and 12.1.  Oracle Internet Directory 11.1.1.3.0 can be integrated with two single sign-on solutions for EBS environments:
  • With Oracle Single Sign-On Server 10g (10.1.4.3.0) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i, 12.0.x or 12.1.1)
  • With Oracle Access Manager 10g (10.1.4.3) with an existing Oracle E-Business Suite system (Release 11i or 12.1.x)
Certified Platforms
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i and 12
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.x
  • Linux x86 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86 (SLES 10)
  • Sun Solaris SPARC (64-bit) (9, 10)
  • Microsoft Windows Server (32-bit) (2003, 2008)
Platform certifications still underway
Oracle E-Business Suite 11i:
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.x and 12.1.x:
  • Linux x86-64 (Oracle Enterprise Linux 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (RHEL 4, 5)
  • Linux x86-64 (SLES 10)
  • HP-UX Itanium (11.23, 11.31)
  • HP-UX PA-RISC (64-bit) (11.23, 11.31)
  • IBM AIX on Power Systems (64-bit) (5.3, 6.1)
Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog for updates, which I'll post as soon as soon as they're available.   

What About Oracle Single Sign-On?

Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that Fusion Middleware 11g does not include Oracle Single Sign-On.  For more details about this, see:
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Thursday Jul 22, 2010

EBS Sysadmin Primer: Oracle Identity Management 11gR1

[Editor: This is the third in a multi-part series from Nirzari Raichura, a senior member of our ATG Certification team, on essential Fusion Middleware concepts and tools for the EBS sysadmin]

Oracle Identity Management (OIM) 11gR1 is part of Fusion Middleware 11gR1.   Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 provides the following components as part of its default installation:
Oracle Directory Services Components
  • OID - Oracle Internet Directory
  • DIP -  Oracle Directory Integration Platform
  • OVD - Oracle Virtual Directory
Oracle Identity Federation Components
  • OIF - Oracle Identity Federation
Management Components
  • EM - Enterprise Manager
  • ODSM - Oracle Directory Service Manager

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In order to use Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 with E-Business suite, you need OID and DIP products at a minimum.  Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 doesn't contain Oracle Single Sign-on.  You have the choice of either of the following two tools for for authentication: 
  • Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 is the preferred authentication solution going forward.  However, if you have plans to integrate any other products like Oracle Portal, Forms, Reports or Discoverer with E-Business Suite, you must select the Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 option. These products have hard dependencies on Oracle Single Sign-On 10gR3 and cannot be authenticated directly by Oracle Access Manager (you can do so indirectly, but that's a topic for a future article).

If you have already integrated your E-Business Suite environment with Oracle Single Sign-On and Oracle Internet Director 10gR3, you can upgrade Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 to Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 (which is part of Oracle Identity Management 11gR1). Your existing integration remains intact after the upgrade.


Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 Integration with E-Business Suite using OSSO 10gR3

Unlike Oracle Internet Directory 10g, which is tightly integrated with with Oracle Application Server 10g and and the Oracle database (to store its metadata repository), Oracle Identity Management 11gR1 provides various integration options. 

There is an option to manage it through the Oracle Fusion Middleware management framework by registering it with a local or a remote WebLogic Server administration domain.  You can do this during installation or via the command-line after installation. As I mentioned in my previous blog article, you can also install and configure it without WebLogic Server. In that case, you can manage Oracle Internet Directory using command-line tools and ODSM.

This table describes the components required for Oracle Identity management 11gR1 installation:

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Useful Tools to administer and manage OIM 11gR1

OIM11gR1

Tool

Default Value

Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control

http://host:port/em

Oracle Directory Services Manager (ODSM)

http://host:port/odsm

Oracle WebLogic Server Administrative Console

http://host:port/console/

Command-Line Utilities

OPMN

$ORACLE_INSTANCE/bin/opmnctl

Standard LDAP utilities

ORACLE_HOME/ldap

OIDPASSWD

WebLogic Scripting Tool (wlst)

ORACLE_HOME/common/bin/wlst.sh

OIDCTL For backward compatibility

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Thursday Jul 15, 2010

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate Release 1.0.2 Now Available

We are pleased to announce an update to the Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate component, which provides integration with Oracle Access Manager 10gR3. The latest version, Release 1.0.2, provides several bug fixes, improved automation, and support for the use of Oracle E-Business Suite portlets. Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is available at no charge to customers who have already licensed both Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager.

For those of you that have already deployed Oracle Access Manager elsewhere in your company, we strongly recommend that you evaluate this integration. We believe that this latest release provides improvements in quality and usability over our previous release.

What About Oracle Single Sign-On Server?

If you are running Oracle E-Business Suite today with Oracle Single Sign-On Server (OSSO), you may continue to do so. However, this product is quickly approaching its end-of-life, so we are now recommending that new implementations evaluate Oracle Access Manager for single sign-on authentication. If you are already using Oracle Access Manager today in your enterprise, then now is the perfect time to begin migrating your Oracle E-Business Suite single sign-on to Oracle Access Manager with the help of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

In my previous article, announcing the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, we mentioned that some products, such as Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Portal, do not support Oracle Access Manager 10gR3, and continue to require Oracle Single Sign-On Server for single sign-on authentication. That limitation continues to exist, and the latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate does not change that. However, as I also noted then, you can "link" the two authentication systems for easier administration.

In this scenario, OSSO can delegate authentication duties to Oracle Access Manager, so users will only see a single UI whenever they are prompted for single sign-on credentials. Once the user is authenticated and it is determined he is authorized to access the requested resource, Oracle Access Manager returns the user's identity in an HTTP header variable, which OSSO recognizes and trusts. OSSO then sets its own single sign-on cookie in the browser without having to ask for another set of credentials.

Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate

The requirements for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate are unchanged from the original release:

  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2, 12.1.1; or,
    E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 CU2 (with ATG RUP 6 or higher)
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 (10.1.4.3), or
    Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 Patchset 1 (11.1.1.2)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1 or higher

And, as before, Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is supported on any operating system platform that supports Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1. For Oracle Access Manager and its components, such as WebGate, any operating system and HTTP server supported by it may be used for this integration.

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Thursday Mar 25, 2010

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 Certified with E-Business Suite

Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3) is now certified for use with E-Business Suite Releases 11.5.10 and 12.1, using the new component, Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate. For information on how to obtain, install, and configure this new component, see:

About Oracle Access Manager

Oracle Access Manager is Oracle's next-generation identity and access management platform, and is a key component in Oracle's Fusion Middleware Identity Management solution. It provides a set of authentication and authorization features, including support for single sign-on authentication, and integration with other identity management offerings such as Oracle Identity Federation and Oracle Adaptive Access Manager.

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate integration architecture


Oracle Access Manager Benefits

Previously, E-Business Suite only supported single sign-on capabilities through Oracle Single Sign-On Server. While it was possible to integrate with Oracle Access Manager, this still required Oracle Single Sign-On Server as an intermediary, and did not allow access to the full feature set of Oracle Access Manager.

With the release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate, this is no longer the case. E-Business Suite AccessGate is a Java EE application that resides on a separate application server, and provides direct integration between E-Business Suite and Oracle Access Manager. This direct integration also opens the door to the full set of authentication features in Oracle Access Manager, as well as integration with other products in Oracle's portfolio, such as Oracle Identity Federation or Oracle Adaptive Access Manager.

I'll be posting another article in the future that describes more about how integration with Oracle Access Manager works through Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate.

Oracle Access Manager vs. Oracle Single Sign-On Server

Our primary audience for this release of Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate (and Oracle Access Manager) is users who have Oracle Access Manager deployed in their enterprise, and want to expand its coverage to include E-Business Suite.

E-Business Suite users that are currently integrated with Single Sign-On Server do not necessarily need to migrate to Oracle Access Manager, and, in fact, may not want to at this time, as not all products in the E-Business Suite technology stack support Oracle Access Manager today. Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Single Sign-On Server may be used together, however, and this, too, will be covered in more detail in a future article. For more details from the Fusion Middleware Identity Management team, see:

Prerequisites for Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate
  • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.2, 12.1.1; or,
    E-Business Suite Release 11i 11.5.10 CU2 (with ATG RUP 6 or higher)
  • Oracle Access Manager 10gR3 (10.1.4.3)
  • Oracle Internet Directory 10gR3 (10.1.4.3) or 11gR1 Patchset 1 (11.1.1.2)
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1 or higher

Oracle E-Business Suite AccessGate is supported on any operating system platform that supports Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.1. For Oracle Access Manager and its components, such as WebGate, any operating system and HTTP server supported by it may be used for this integration.

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Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

Live Migration of EBS Services Using Oracle VM

[Editor: This is the fifth of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

Breaking news: you can now achieve live migration of E-Business Suite instances on Oracle VM (OVM).  This is the High Availability and Fault Tolerance Holy Grail.  In an environment configured to support live migration, end-user sessions running on one node in a virtual machine server can be migrated transparently to a different node on a different virtual machine server.  You have asked for this functionality for more than a dozen years and many Oracle partners offer solutions to achieve this.  After all these years, Oracle can provide you a solution for E-Business Suite environments using Oracle VM.

Why was this so hard for Oracle E-Business Suite?  Well, the short answer is that we have hundreds of products using many different technologies as part of the E-Business Suite, and many of them had complicated session state handling (some in the database, some on the middle-tier), caches that needed to be kept synchronized, and so on.  While all technical problems are soluble, this one was just not feasible to solve within E-Business Suite itself. 


Architecture diagram showing failover of virtual server in an HA-enabled server pool

Virtualization Changes Things

In an conventional (non-virtualized) architecture, the failure of a specific application tier node would force a logout of all end-users with sessions on that particular node.  Any transactions that were mid-stream on that application tier node would have been lost.  On a virtualized platform, end-user sessions can be migrated from one machine to another without the end-user noticing. 

OVM's live migration feature has some requirements, including the need to have look-alike machines on same subnet.  These requirements are discussed in detail in:
Oracle VM also currently restarts the VM if the Virtual Machine Server fails, which would mean the end-user session does need to be restarted. We expect that these behaviors should improve over time.

In addition to the great live migration feature, OVM also has cloning functionality, which work seamlessly work if you use our EBS templates or virtualization kit.

Your Feedback is Welcome

This concludes my mini-series on virtualization and the E-Business Suite.  We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new templates and virtualization kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Wednesday Jan 06, 2010

On Clouds and Virtualization in EBS Environments (OpenWorld 2009 Recap)

[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

[Editor: This is the third of a five-part series on virtualization and cloud topics from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group.]

In my two previous articles, we announced the availability of our EBS Oracle VM (OVM) templates, and then announced the availability of the EBS Virtualization Kit. So now let's go through some highlights from my OOW'09 presentation:


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Q:  Why use virtualization?

A: 
To increase CPU utilization at the cost of more disk

This answer uncovers my roots in software performance.  Physical hardware resources are frequently sized for -- and locked into -- a particular configuration that might be sub-optimal for a project's overall lifecycle.  For example, during a single development cycle for a given project, the project's environment can go through a number of stages: preparation (patching, configuration, spot testing), broad testing (all hands, RT tools, consultants), and wrap-up (trailing issue resolution, spot testing).  The project's hardware was sized to accommodate the maximum load, despite the fact that the intensive testing period with a hundred testers would last only a few weeks.  In this case, the hardware would lie mostly-unused for the majority of the environment's life.

Another example is different environments being used in different time zones. Physical-world time-slicing is hard, as it's hard to capture all runtime components and their integrations' dependencies on other servers.  In the virtual world, shutdown, suspend, and startup actions are much faster and cleaner.

Of course, home-grown tools and manual optimization tries to compensate for some of this.  And they still fall short!  In the virtual world, moving resources is faster and easier.  It will spoil you -- you will feel as if you have more hardware.  And your customers will feel spoiled once you can quickly provision environments.

Q. What is a cloud?

A:  Virtual resource swarm present on your network, on somebody else's, or on the internet

Well, I did help with beekeeping a number of times, but that is not why I chose the word swarm.  I agree with Larry's view that we could have used other words like net, grid, cluster or cloud. Even the word swarm could be used, although it implies self-repairing, management, and intelligence.  I would argue that this is the direction we are heading.  But let me start with the basic properties people associate with clouds:
  • Utility pricing: pay as you go, per usage vs. per user or per cpu
  • Self service provisioning: easy and fast to get a resource
  • Self-preservation of resources:  the resource platform will worry about the little stuff like failover, system administration
Private clouds run on your own hardware, and public clouds run on someone else's hardware. 

Today's clouds are missing a lot of the "magic" features that one could dream up, but cloud infrastructure providers are starting to work on those.  My favorite missing feature:  integration automation and intelligence.  What good is a quickly-provisioned app if it is not integrated into the right identity management, business intelligence, workflow, or portal system? 

So even short of the future features, private or public clouds provide effective provisioning and resource-management platforms.

Q. What Virtualization Platform should I choose for E-Business Suite?

A. Funny you should ask: Oracle VM.

Oracle VM has been fully certified with EBS for 2 years. It's got a couple of things going for it: it is free, it is certified and optimized for Oracle products, and Oracle supports it. Here's the latest list of certified EBS releases and platforms:
  • Linux x86 32-bit
    • EBS 11.5.10 CU2 with 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (Patch 5473858) or later
    • EBS 12.0.2 (RUP2) or later (including 12.1)
  • Linux 64-bit - OEL 4 and RHEL 4 on x86-64
    • EBS 12.0.3 or later (including 12.1)
  • Linux 64-bit - OEL 5 and RHEL 5 on x86-64
    • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) with PV driver v1.0.8 or higher
    • EBS 12.0.4 or later (including 12.1)
References
Listening to the Session

If you registered for OpenWorld, here's a link to the OpenWorld On Demand page where you can download the presentation or listen to the live recording of this session.

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Sunday Dec 20, 2009

Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit

[Editor: This the second of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

As I've mentioned in the first article of this series, I do want to delve more deeply into topics from my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. Before I do that, I wanted to spend some time on our latest EBS 12.1.1 Oracle VM (OVM) Templates.

Rolling Your Own Apps Templates using Oracle VM

In addition to using our templates, customers might want to build their own templates. As most of you know, virtualization platforms like Oracle VM are just that -- platforms. They do not help you with anything inside the template, or if they do, it is a starting point template with OS e.g. OVM templates for Oracle Enterprise Linux, or a process/tool to create that OS starting point (JEOS = Just Enough Operating System, pronounce "juice").
Architecture diagram showing Oracle VM Manager + Oracle VM servers + server pool + storage devices
In any case, you proceed with your bare bones template to start a virtual machine (VM), mount your disk, install your E-Business Suite, and save your VM template. The end result is an image of machine with a set host name, IP,  E-Business Suite instance. As long as it is self-contained, i.e. both your database and middle tiers are installed and you have no external integration, you are OK, right?  It's not quite that simple, I'm afraid.

Multiple VMs May Have Naming and IP Collisions

If you want to bring up a number of these VMs from the same template, they will all think they are host x with IP y and EBS instance z. That might cause some problems with your network, or at least for the browser which needs to figure out how to connect to the right one of these instances...

If you want to do external integrations, e.g. break apart your EBS VM's into a database VM and middle tier VM, or add an external identity management system, portal, business intelligence, or whatever you fancy, well that is doable the first time for the first VM. For the next VM of that template, it might appear like that integration is already done. Hmmm....

When I brought down the first VM, did I want to keep it and its integrations around, or not?  Is my middle tier X supposed to work only with one database VM Y or some another database VM?

Initializing New Virtual Machines Upon First Startup

As you can see, virtualization platforms only provided the magic to create more "virtual" machines from one template. But you still need more magic: for starters, you want the to tell the VM its name and IP to initialize it when it boots from a template for the first time.  Luckily for both of us, the Oracle VM/Linux team supplies scripts for this magic.  Now, you realize that you really don't care about virtual machines, but virtual E-Business Suite instances. You need more magic to get the E-Business Suite instance to initialize on first boot.

We have created this magic (OK, it's just a couple of scripts), for our E-Business Suite templates, and are eager to share it with you via our E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit. The Virtualization Kit consists of documentation and scripts that help automate the desired behavior of OVM templates with E-Business Suite:
The Knowledge Document will give you a cookbook approach to building your own E-Business Suite template, and the patch delivers the magic sauce, I mean scripts.

Your Feedback is Welcome

We're extremely interested in hearing about your use cases and your experiences with our new E-Business Suite Virtualization Kit.  Tell us what you think via our new OVM Templates discussion forum.

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Friday Dec 11, 2009

E-Business Suite 12.1.1 Templates for Oracle VM Now Available

[Editor: This the the first of a five-part series from Ivo Dujmovic, an architect in our Applications Technology Integration group, on virtualization and cloud topics]

As you may have noticed, we have not yet done the recap of my OOW'09 E-Business Suite Virtualization Update presentation. The reason was twofold: we wanted to create a blog mini-series, for which this is the first article, and we wanted to publish that after we finished some development work. So without any further ado...

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 are now available for download from Oracle E-Delivery.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" for E-Business Suite 12.1.1 on Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3.

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Oracle VM template for Oracle E-business Suite 12.1.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) consists of two separate virtual machines:
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision Demo Database Tier
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Application Tier
The database tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
    • Oracle Database 11.1.0.7
    • E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 Vision demo database with data
The applications tier virtual machine includes:
    • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.3
    • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.1 applications node
Not for Production Environments

These templates are designed for demonstration environments and other non-production purposes; they are not intended to be used for production environments.

E-Business Suite Resources
General Oracle VM Resources
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Friday Apr 10, 2009

Support Policies for Virtualization Technologies and Oracle E-Business Suite

We've previously written about our certification and support stance for virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite in a series of related articles (see below).  Our Applications Platforms Group has revisited this subject and has published an official statement in a new Metalink Note:

If you've been looking for an authoritative Metalink Note that summarizes our previous blog articles succinctly, this is what you've been waiting for.

This new Note discusses our general support strategy for third-party platform virtualization technologies such as:

  • Sun Solaris 10 Containers
  • IBM AIX Workload Partitioning (WPAR)
  • HP Integrity Virtual Machines (Integrity VM)
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • VMWare
  • Citrix

The Note emphasizes that the list above is meant to provide some illustrative examples of the types of virtualization products and technologies covered by this policy.  It's not meant to be a comprehensive list of products, of course.  The Note covers the support implications of using generic virtualization technologies with the E-Business Suite, and is worth reading to refresh your understanding of what kind of support you can expect from us when using these types of tools.

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Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Using Oracle VM with Oracle E-Business Suite

[Dec. 31, 2013 update: Note 465915.1 has been withdrawn.  Refer to the Certifications system on My Oracle Support for the latest certified combinations of EBS + Oracle VM]

It looks like this is the Year of the Hypervisor.  The whole industry seems abuzz with talk of server virtualization.  One of the most intriguing announcements at OpenWorld this week:  Oracle is entering the server virtualization space with the availability of Oracle VM, based on the open source Xen hypervisor.

Oracle VM unveiled: Oracle VM unveiled

We've been testing Oracle VM with the E-Business Suite prior to its unveiling at OpenWorld.  While my team has more certification tests still still to come, Oracle VM is initially supported for Apps with the following minimum prerequisites:

Release 11i
  • Oracle Applications 11.5.10.CU2 or later
  • Applications Technology (ATG) 11i.ATG_PF.H.RUP5 (patch 5473858) or later
  • Oracle Database 10.2.0.3 or later
  • Oracle Developer6i Patchset 18 (6.0.8.27.x) or later
  • Desktop clients running Oracle JInitiator 1.3.1.28 or later
  • Linux x86 platforms
Release 12
I'll post more information about additional supported configurations as soon as possible; stay tuned.

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