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A new version of the WebLogic installation wizard for WebLogic on ODA is now available on OTN for download, and supports the latest release of ODA hardware and software.
With the latest release of WebLogic on ODA, which now supports the X5-2 hardware, we have come to a new chapter. Oracle partners around the world have been developing customized solutions using WebLogic on ODA for years now. Many of them started with the wizard-driven templates produced by the Oracle WebLogic engineering team, and then went on to design their own customized solutions by expanding on and embellishing these templates for their customers’ unique needs. A great new value proposition is also being part of this new released version:

solution-based support by experienced Oracle partners, who are ready and able to assist Oracle customers worldwide with new or existing solutions.

Release News: WLS on ODA 12.1.2.2.0 on X5-2 Hardware

  • Certified on X5-2 ODA hardware / ODA 12.1.2.2.0 SW
  • Templates for WebLogic 12.1.3, 12.1.2, 10.3.6
  • Oracle Traffic Director 11.1.1.7
  • Support for Infiniband
    • All templates are HVM; required for IB support for PCI passthrough
  • Critical bug fixes
    • CPUpool – default and ODAbase order agnostic
    • Parsing error for prechecks – WLS repo does not exist

New! Installation Model for WebLogic on ODA

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Today, as part of the "Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems" webcast,  Larry Ellison launched the new X5 systems. This bullishly-titled post attempts to summarise what’s new specifically with the ODA X5-2, and what’s most important, especially for those using ODA Virtualized Platform (ODA VP) to build entire Oracle infrastructures as an appliance.

We’ve known since last September when Intel released the Haswell-EP processors (the E5-2600 v3 models) that there would likely be refreshes to many of Oracle’s engineered systems. However for this year’s ODA refresh there have been far more changes than the previous one (which was just the processor update and fibre option).

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Summary of Changes

Here are the most significant changes in the ODA X5-2, as compared to the previous X4-2 generation, biased towards my perspective of running Fusion Middleware products, and associated databases, on ODA VP for O-box:

  • Extra SSD on shared storage ("ODA Flash Accelerator") to hold some database data ("ODA Flash Cache") and ACFS metadata ("ODA Flash Files")
  • 40Gb/s InfiniBand for interconnect between server nodes
  • DDR4 memory with the option to upgrade to 768GB per node, so 1.5TB total
  • SAS3, which runs at 12 Gb/s – I assume/hope this is for connections to server disks, internally within the array(s) and between the arrays and servers Read the complete article here

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clip_image002Oracle has been putting a lot of engineering effort into the new ODA 12c release so this is quite a long article. The latest ODA news from last week can be summarized as:

· ODA 12.1.2 database: 12c including pluggable database support, ACFS integration

· ODA 12.1.2 VP: ACFS snapshots, option to add disks to VMs

· WLS ODA 12.1.3: support for WebLogic 12.1.3, WebLogic Standard Edition, faster provisioning using ACFS snapshots, additional single VM topology, new Coherence option

· Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: sneak peak at up-coming plug-in for ODA

There were no announcements about an ODA X5-2 although, given that Intel has recently released Hawell-EP processors (E5-2600 v3 family) – and based on the v2 update last year – it seems likely that there will be a new version of the ODA hardware at some point.

Now to discuss each of these topics in a little more detail:

WLS ODA 12.1.3

Frances Zhao-Perez, the Product Manager responsible for the WebLogic implementation (and related components) on ODA and I described WLS ODA 12.1.3 in our joint presentation Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance: Combining High Availability and Simplicity [CON8004]. I wrote about that yesterday, but the enhancements are:

· Support for the new WebLogic Server 12.1.3 version (and dropping support for 12.1.1 and possibly 12.1.2).

· Coherence can now also be provisioned, creating up to 6 additional VMs (as part of a specific WebLogic domain and with Coherence lifecycle managed via console/Admin Server etc).

· VMs may now be created from an ACFS snaphot of the template leading to far quicker provisioning time (for a 6 VM topology I’d expect around 30 minutes instead of 60, and the saving will be greater for larger clusters).

· Additional domain topologies available for a single Admin Server with no Managed Servers (for a development environment for example), or Admin Server co-located with a Managed Server (if you like that idea please read my Admin Server Separation – Pros and Cons article and comments).

· Some minor changes to the user interface of the ‘configurator’.

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At our WebLogic Community Workspace ( WebLogic Community membership required) you can find the latest ODA presentation: WL on ODA X4-2 SalesBasics-PARTNERS.pptx.

The presentation includes

  • ODA:
    • Why we did it
    • Customers to target
    • Leading questions to discover opportunities
  • Recap: What’s new with WebLogic on ODA?
  • Positioning and sales plays
  • Resources

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Next week I start working with a customer on a Proof of Concept (POC) on the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) and they have kindly given me permission to share the (non-confidential) findings on my blog. I have been following the Virtualised ODA pretty closely since last autumn, particularly with regards to running WebLogic and other Oracle Fusion Middleware products on it, so this promises to be pretty interesting.

ODAMy responsibility on the POC is for the WebLogic and Fusion Middleware side, so I probably would not be spending much time on the initial provisioning or how RAC runs on the ODA Base VMs. However, as part of planning my work, I’ve been thinking about the aspects of WebLogic on ODA we need to understand more about:

· Connectivity: the public network on the ODA is provided via 4 onboard 10Gbase-T (copper) ports (as compared to the ODA 1 which had PCI cards with SFP+ slots). This is fine for connecting into our public network as that’s 1GbE, but we have an additional 10GbE network for storage (see below) which is uses active Twinax cables with built-in SFP+ so have had to get hold of a 10GBase-T switch module. This has been more of a problem for those, such as @fuadar, only using fibre for their 10GbE network since there’s no obvious upgrade option for an ODA to provide SFP+.

· Installation/configuration: we know that the WLS ODA "Configurator" can build a single cluster domain with various resources but how much can that be changed afterwards? Our current build system is already highly automated – scripted product installations, patches, domain creation, security configuration and so on. Maybe this is atypical for Oracle’s target market for the "WLS on ODA", but using the ODA WLS configuration tool will mean work to our existing deployment approach. The trick will be not to break Oracle’s "one button patching", though I’m not sure how much investigation of this is possible given that I don’t think there are any WLS patches yet.

· Real-world application considerations: Whilst we have a custom Java EE application running on WebLogic, the production virtual machines also run Oracle HTTP Server (OHS), Identity Management, Oracle Reports plus some other bits and bobs. It will be interesting to see whether it’s better for us to use a provisioned VM template approach, or just have a standard VM (maybe even kick-started) and then install into them as we do now (the latter will be the easiest).

· Load balancing: currently we have a single OHS VM and use VMware to protect it (nice and simple). I would like to see how easy it is to replace the web tier for a real application by Oracle Traffic Director and whether it justifies the WL Suite licences it will use up.

· Storage: the local storage provided to the VMs, carved from the mirrored 600GB 10k SAS-2 disk pair in each server, seems to me to be virtualised ODA’s biggest weakness. Even though middle tiers are, in theory, light on I/O, in practice applications often put more stress on their storage than you expect, whether that’s due to excessive logging, for transactions or in this case, PDF output reports. Fortunately Oracle supports the use of external NFS storage with ODA, and we’ve got some NetApps, so I’ll certainly be trying that out (hence the 10GbE requirement above).

· Admin Server high availability: in production we have the Admin Servers on their own separate management VM and, like OHS, protect them from hardware failure using vMotion. We’ll need an alternative approach with ODA.

· Performance: the ODA X3-2 has E5-2690 SandyBridge-EP processors running at 2.9GHz, a generation newer than we have in production. Currently the POC has no objective to reduce cores used so I do not anticipate processor performance issues. We ran full load testing on the production environment prior to deployment but getting that set up can be quite resource intensive (especially during holiday season) so we may just have to do some sanity tests.

· Management: I would like to see how easily ODA hooks into an existing EM 12c, and what visibility it gives us across the stack down to hardware. Read the article here.

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Would you like to learn a solution that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability Oracle Database and WebLogic Server? ODA

We are announcing exciting news of the availability of “Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance”!

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.5 offers a complete solution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers highly available database and WebLogic services. Built with world’s most popular database, Oracle Database and the industry’s best application server, Oracle WebLogic Server, and with its One-Button deployment capability, it delivers the combined high availability and simplicity. It reduces IT cost with the unique capacity-on-demand software licensing model.

For fully redundant system, storage, Oracle Database Appliance Manager Information, please check out the Oracle Database Appliance data sheet.

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance provides:

  • Highly available WebLogic Server with two, four or eight node cluster options that provide the foundation for customers to build and deploy enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features in WebLogic 11g (10.3.6) and 12c (12.1.1).
  • Simple, reliable, affordable platform for deploying end-to-end solutions leveraging not only Oracle Database Real Application Clusters, but also WebLogic and the software load balancer for customers’ Java EE and Database investments.

Please check out the white paper, howto, FAQ, etc for more information:

  • Overview of WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance – OTN
  • Webcast: Introduction to Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance – Replay
  • Webcast: Technical Specifications of Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance – Replay
  • Partnercast: Oracle Database Appliance WebLogic Server – Replay

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Die Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) ist für den Betrieb von Java Enterprise Applikationen ausgelegt. Mit einem einfachen Wizard lassen sich die dazu nötigen Applikations- und Datenbankserver konfigurieren. Die Appliance lässt sich mittels flexibler Lizenzierung auf die Projektbedürfnisse massschneidern. ODA ist viel mehr als eine Datenbank Appliance.

Mit der überarbeiteten Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) steht eine Plattform bestehend aus Datenbank- und Applikationsserver für den Betrieb von hochverfügbaren Applikationen auf dem Java-Stack zur Verfügung. Mit der Appliance wird auch eine Betriebssoftware mitgeliefert, welche die komplexen Arbeitsschritte Installation, Konfiguration und Wartung in einer verständlichen Benutzerschnittstelle zentralisiert. Die Lizenzierung der Datenbank und des Applikationsservers ist flexibel und basiert auf den tatsächlich benötigten Prozessoren.

In einem Tag produktionsfähig

Um eine Applikation zu entwickeln sind mehrere Umgebungen bestehend aus Hard- und Software aufzusetzen wie Entwicklung, Continous Integration, Test, Abnahme und Produktion. Bisher hat der Initialaufwand für das Aufsetzen sowie die stetige Anpassung der Umgebungen viel Aufwand (typischerweise mehrere Tage) bedeutet. Vielfach resultierten auch divergierende Konfigurationen welche zu unerwarteten Problemen führten. Dieser Aufwand erhöht sich weiter, wenn das System hohen Ansprüchen an den Betrieb genügen muss, wie zum Beispiel der Hochverfügbarkeit (d.h. dem Betrieb von Clustern). Die Oracle Database Appliance kann durch die Automatisierung und Vereinfachung von Arbeitsschritten einen wesentlichen Beitrag in der Reduktion der Aufwände sowie in der Konsistenz der verschiedenen Umgebungen leisten. Mit der mitgelieferten Betriebssoftware und der zentralen, einfach zu bedienenden Benutzerschnittstelle kann diese Appliance in einem Tag schlüsselfertig installiert werden und steht danach den Projekten unmittelbar zur Verfügung; je nach Einsatz als Entwicklungs- und/oder Testumgebung oder als Produktionsumgebung.

Flexible, skalierbare und hochverfügbare Appliance
Die nachfolgende Abbildung zeigt den logischen Aufbau einer Oracle Database Appliance.

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