Yup – it’s that topic again! Everywhere I go, customers are successfully virtualizing Oracle on VMware. Yet, the conversation about Oracle’s support stance continues unabated as well.
Between EMC and VMware – we haven’t been sitting idle. See this PR from today.
What have we done?
- We’ve updated our support mutual positions – for the first time explicitly calling out on the VMware HCL and the EMC eLab Matrix that Oracle 11g (single instance for now, RAC via RPQ) is officially supported. Also, we’ve setup a specific Virtual Escalation Team process for Oracle on vSphere on EMC.
- We’ve completed and documented a TON of solutions validation work to show how, across all EMC platforms and protocols (ASM and dNFS use cases), a simple solution can be designed to enable instant VtoP if absolutely needed – think of this as a “get out of jail free” card.
Oh – we also showed how using Fully Automated Storage Tiering, Solid State storage, and deduplication using Data Domain we could lower the acquisition cost by 30%, and the operating costs of Oracle 11g by 45% – while delivering equal or better performance.
Want to hear why virtualized Oracle is important from someone other than me? Read the results of the Independent Oracle User’s Group survey of 400 individuals here.
My favorite quote:
“Sixty two per cent with Oracle on x86 use virtualization compared to 43 per cent for non x86-based Oracle sites. Cost savings associated with server hardware virtualization and an overall reduction in hardware costs were given as the leading reasons for companies adopting virtualization - 76 per cent and 59 per cent, respectively.”
So why have we done even more? We’ve done this because our customers have asked us to.
So, trying to be customer-focused, we’ve put our money (all this work – well underway when I posted the earlier articles – is to tune of several million dollars work of expense) where our mouth is.
If you just want to get on to business, virtualize Oracle with VMware vSphere and EMC Storage, snapshots and Replication Manager with confidence. For those looking for more details, read on…