Tuesday, 13 August, 2013 19:30 Written by Brian B
I truly believed in the virtualization productions brought to us from Sun Microsystems.
I was quite pleased to see that Oracle kept and provided significant enhancements to these products.
LDOMs are now OVM Server for SPARC as well as augmented these technologies with solutions like OVM for x86.
These engineered systems utilize a number of Oracle’s virtualization solutions, but I was a bit surprised that there wasn’t a true engineered system for OVM for x86. Given their acquisition of Xsigo they can bring the concept of virtualization to networking. Xsigo is now called Oracle Virtual Network (OVN) so the pieces were there, but the customer had to build the solution themselves.
Today, Oracle announced their newest Engineered System, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, to address this.
The FAQ is located here.
The datasheet here.
Oracle introduced its Virtual Compute Appliance, an integrated, “wire once” stack for the data center that integrates compute, network, and storage resources in a software-defined fabric. It is designed for rapid deployment of both infrastructure hardware and application software, and runs Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows.
The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance can be scaled linearly, one server at a time, from 2 to 25 compute nodes per rack. Oracle VM Templates enable application scalability across virtualized resources. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance controller orchestration software automatically powers up, installs, and configures the hardware and software environment. The appliance includes Oracle (Software Defined Network) SDN software for virtualizing network resources.
Infiniband: Each Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance hardware configuration contains multiple redundant QDR InfiniBand switches and Oracle Fabric Interconnect systems that serve as gateways to the data center’s ethernet network.
x86: Compute nodes comprise Oracle’s Sun Server X3-2 systems containing Intel Xeon CPUs, high-speed dual inline memory modules (DIMM) memory, redundant, 40 Gb/sec InfiniBand host channel adapters (HCAs), and redundant disks.
Storage: Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance features a fully integrated, enterprise grade Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for centrally storing the management environment as well as providing data storage for VMs.
I’ll dig a little (OK a lot) more and post more as I gain some familiarity with the product.
Friday, 26 July, 2013 19:35 Written by Brian B
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