As my comment on Michael Webster's recent blog post entitled Fight the FUD – Oracle Licensing and Support on VMware vSphere states, I am in violent agreement with everything he says regarding Oracle licensing and support for VMware virtualization of Oracle database servers. I heartily recommend this blog post to everyone concerned with Oracle's recent behavior regarding VMware virtualization of their products.
I have once again proposed a session at VMworld 2012. This session is titled as follows:
Near Zero Downtime Migration of Oracle Database from Legacy RISC-based UNIX to x86-64 / Linux on VMware vSphere
The reason I believe this session is so important is simple: Every Oracle customer and his dog is desperately trying to get off of expensive, slow, proprietary RISC-based UNIX and onto the x86 environment. The reason for this desperation is simple: Cost. These environments are becoming hideously expensive platforms on which to run Oracle. Huge core counts. And performance is frequently terrible.
For example, EMC IT (more...)
I was never really a fan of mobile applications: I prefer the mobile web experience. Every mobile device supports HTML5, which means that you can do just about everything a mobile app can do, other than high-performance graphics. In fact, according to an Adobe study users prefer mobile web to mobile apps for just about everything.
Oracle recently acquired FatWire, and renamed it WebCenter Sites. It is a "web experience management" toolkit, which is similar to Oracle's existing Site Studio product -- a part of Oracle UCM, now called WebCenter Content.
After using Site Studio for years, I got pretty accustomed to it's terminology and toolkits... so looking at FatWire was initially intimidating because it was just so dang different. But, after using it for several months, I've come to the conclusion that a lot of the fundamentals are pretty similar. Pretty much everything Site Studio does is built in to FatWire, and FatWire has a (more...)
I thought it worth republishing Dave Welch's (of House of Brick) comments to my discussion on the Everything Oracle at EMC online community on the subject of Oracle licensing costs on VMware vSphere configurations. Here are Dave's comments:
Let me start by bringing all of you into the courtroom. There are three issues that you will observe me as counsel provide to the jury as part of my allowed instruction (I am not an attorney in real life).
I offer the definitions in this paragraph only to make this post as self-sufficient as possible and not with intent (more...)
VMware has put a stake in the ground with respect to Oracle licensing of VMware VMs running Oracle. The gist of this statement regarding certification, support, and licensing is that DRS host affinity rules, combined with vCenter audit trails showing where VMs have actually run, are sufficient for Oracle licensing purposes. The summary of the document states:
DRS Host Affinity rules can be used to run Oracle on a subset of the hosts within a cluster. In many cases, customers can use vSphere to achieve substantial licensing savings.
vCenter VMotion Logging
Concerning vCenter VMotion logging, the (more...)
I have received a fair number of responses to my previous post on this subject (some via comments and some via email). I thought the discussion worthwhile enough to punch it up a bit more here.
As I pointed out in the previous post, EMC can easily match NetApp's play to back up ExaData with the following:
As Geoff Rosser so correctly pointed out, this answer is incomplete. Yes, Data Domain is an awesome Oracle backup solution. Yes, it provides incredible deduplication rates for Oracle database environments. (Thanks, dynamox.) However, it is not the only viable solution from (more...)
Oracle UCM Patch Set 5 is released! And thus begins the long, long hunt for the patches you need to upgrade...
Most of this info is available in the Oracle FAQ for ECM 11g, as well as the Oracle Fusion Middleware Patching Guide... but I was tired of it being un-googleable... So I decided to put a few of the links together here.
Upgrading ECM can be a multi-step process. You need to upgrade WebLogic before upgrading ECM, and you need to make sure you have the right version of the Repository Creation Utility (RCU)... not to mention the (more...)
Appliances such as microwave ovens, refrigerators, iPods, iPads and TVs are excellent examples of the ease-of-use approach. Bringing the inherently complex world of Oracle databases together with the ease-of-use approach of appliances is challenging. By definition if Oracle Exadata is an appliance then its use should be simple, require relatively little maintenance and like a refrigerator do its job which in this case is run databases at extreme performance levels. If Oracle Exadata isn’t an appliance than what is it?
I found this question (more...)