Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod

As the Oracle community is gathering at IOUG this week sharing news, checking out the latest innovations, the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux team are also busy working to expand our platform validation support. In a collaborative effort with both Cisco and NetApp, we’d like to give you an early glimpse of the upcoming reference architectures for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with FlexPod:

  • A FlexPod with Oracle VM is scheduled for the second half of 2013  – this Oracle VM architecture offers virtualization coverage for Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads
  • A FlexPod featuring NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP with Oracle Linux,  coming Jun 30, 2013 – this is the second Oracle Linux bare-metal design
  • A FlexPod with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Linux, coming April 9, 2013
  • A FlexPod with Oracle Linux, coming June 14, 2013 – this is one of two bare metal designs for running Oracle DB on Oracle Linux
The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization.
In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to FlexPod:
  • Oracle VM – Application-Driven Virtualization difference: Speed Dev/Test/Production application deployment – Using Oracle VM Templates, customers can deploy applications 7-10x faster than traditional virtualization approaches. Entire application stacks including guest OS with Oracle Linux can quickly be deployed or provisioned in hours or minutes. This empowers IT to have a direct impact on the business Quality of Service by enabling more test systems and or respond to end customer requirements more quickly.
  • Enhanced high availability with Oracle Linux: With Ksplice, Oracle Linux kernel updates are installed in seconds, without interrupting running applications or the people using those applications. You can quickly check on the current status of your systems before rolling out updates to your network. Installing updates requires no downtime, so your systems are more available than ever. 
  • Certified by Oracle: All Oracle applications are certified on Oracle VM. This gives customers peace of mind that FlexPod with Oracle VM running Oracle applications are both fully tested and  certified by Oracle
  • Reduce Licensing Cost: with zero licensing cost for both Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and low enterprise support cost, customers can dramatically reduce both capex and opex IT spending. 
We’ll keep you updated as these reference architectures get published. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed.

Monday Dec 03, 2012

December events for Oracle VM

Where in the world is Oracle VM in December? Whether you are in the US, Asia or the UK, you can find us in December at any of the events below:

Birmingham, United Kingdom
December 1st – 5th, 2013
Check out the Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap Session on December 5

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
December 3rd – 6th, 2013
Visit the Oracle Booth to learn about Oracle VM and Optimized Data Center Solutions.

Sheraton Macau, Macau, China
December 11-13, 2013
Oracle VM & NetApp Storage Connect integrated solutions to simplify virtualized infrastructure management

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Two Upcoming Server Virtualization Webcasts

We have a couple of interesting server virtualization webcasts coming up that you might be interested in. Have a look: 

Webcast 1: October 23rd, 9 am PST

Virtualized Infrastructure Simplified with Oracle VM and NetApp Storage and Data Management Solutions
Point-and-Click Interface Deploys Virtualized Data Infrastructure in Minutes 

Provisioning and deploying a virtual data infrastructure can be costly, time-consuming, and prone to error. Oracle VM and NetApp joint solutions, however, give you a single point-and-click interface to deploy your virtualized data infrastructure seamlessly in minutes. Join us in this live webcast to learn more from product experts and view a product demo.
Webcast 2: November 14th, 9 am PST

Report Shows Oracle VM Up to 10x Faster than VMware vSphere 5 in Time to Deployment

Time is your IT department’s greatest commodity. So when a new report reveals that your IT staff can deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) up to 10 times faster than a traditional install performed with VMware vSphere 5, it’s newsworthy. Join us in this live webcast to learn how you can realize your time savings.

Register (for free!) here


Wednesday Dec 09, 2009

NetApp Talks about Using Oracle VM with NetApp Storage

By Preetom Goswami, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp and Kannan Mani, Reference Architecture Specialist, NetApp

Server virtualization technologies are bringing sweeping changes to the way Data Centers are designed around the world. And at the core of the success of that transformation will be the ability of the underlying shared storage infrastructure to effortlessly integrate with the dynamics of the virtualized server environments. NetApp's innovative storage technologies bring a unique value proposition  to industry leading server virtualization products, and we'd like to tell you a little bit about the terrific synergy between the storage virtualization provided by NetApp and Oracle's server virtualization solution.

Oracle's server virtualization offering - 'Oracle VM' - is an efficient, low-cost server virtualization solution and we at NetApp have been testing our products with Oracle VM from its very early versions (current version is 2.2).

Although at first glance Oracle VM may come across as yet another Xen-based hypervisor, we think it has its own set of benefits particularly when viewed from the perspective of the need to create a full, end-to-end infrastructure architecture. In this context, it is easy to see the synergy of NetApp's truly unified storage architecture and storage virtualization foundation with Oracle's strategy to provide a full-stack virtualization solution.

Of course, its also easy to see the value that NetApp storage technology brings directly to the Oracle VM environment:

· Superior protection for virtual server environments in the form of double disk protection in a RAID group, NetApp RAID-DP

· Instantaneous backup and restore using NetApp's Snapshot technology

· Practical disaster recovery using Thin Replication - NetApp SnapMirror products

· Tremendous storage savings obtained through NetApp Deduplication and Thin Clones - FlexClone, LUN Clone and File level clone

· Highly available virtual infrastructure design using NetApp MetroCluster and Oracle VM HA

· Secure multi-tenancy using NetApp MultiStore.

You can read more about using Oracle VM with NetApp storage in a technical report we've produced. This document describes the best practices of integrating NetApp's storage virtualization technologies with Oracle VM virtual infrastructure solutions and the value add that comes with it - like shared storage provisioning for Oracle VM infrastructure, backup and restore of Oracle VM virtual infrastructure, creation of efficient dev & test environments, storage efficiency, practical disaster recovery, end-to-end high availability - to just name a few.

And here is one interesting customer story about how they successfully deployed Oracle VM with NetApp's storage efficient technologies to entirely virtualize the application layer of an Oracle RAC infrastructure.

A key aspect of Oracle's virtualization strategy is to make enterprise software easier to deploy, manage, and support. To that end, Oracle Validated Configurations for Oracle VM provide easier, faster, and lower-cost deployment of virtualization solutions in your enterprise. The program offers pre-tested, validated architectures including software, hardware, storage, and network components along with documented best practices. NetApp along with partners Brocade and Oracle delivered its first Oracle Validated Configuration with Oracle VM. The end result is improved performance, scalability, and reliability of NetApp Oracle VM solutions, with faster, more cost-effective deployments.

Server Platform

AMD - 2 X Quad Core Opteron(tm) Processor 8382 2.613GHz

Storage Model

NetApp FAS 3140

HBA

2 X Brocade 825 8Gb dual port PCIe FC

Switch

Brocade Switch model 340

Guest VMs

Oracle Database Single Instance on OEL 4 Update 6 x86_64 , OEL 5 Update 2 x86_64

You can read more about NetApp's Oracle Validated Configuration for Oracle VM in this detailed report.

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