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O-box SOA Appliance running multiple environmentsLast week was a big day in virtualised ODA-land as it saw the launch of WebLogic on ODA 2.9. Admittedly it doesn’t sound like a very exciting release but it is one that we at O-box have been looking forward to for quite some time.

Let me explain why, then we’ll look into the details…

The ODA X4-2 has 48 Intel Xeon cores. That is a lot of compute power. Whilst the largest O-box SOA Appliance single environment configuration can in theory use all those cores (currently with 40 vCPU of SOA!) the vast majority of O-box users will want smaller configurations. Prior to 2.9 the Oracle WebLogic implementation only supported one domain per ODA, so the conundrum O-box development faced last year was either: offer customers only one SOA environment on their O-box for now (but have the benefit of a standard, easily supportable WebLogic installation), or build our own WebLogic/OTD OVM templates from scratch.

One of our driving goals with O-box is to give the best possible experience and make the appliance as supportable as possible. Therefore we took the gamble that we would stick with the Oracle’s one-domain WebLogic configuration initially, and just hope that it would deliver multi-domain support for us in a timely manner (note: this is probably not a strategy that business textbooks would recommend!).

Anyway, we’ve been working closely with Oracle Product Management for a few months now and I’m delighted to see 2.9 as the fruits of their labour. This also neatly ties in with several recent requests for O-box to include OSB as well as SOA/BPEL (which we have always wanted to have in separate domains). The diagram below is the neatest way to summarise what the new 2.9 release will allow us to deliver, i.e. previously only one 3D box was possible: Read the complete article here.

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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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  • WLS on Oracle Database Appliance 2.6 is now available 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 – OTN.
  • Webcast: Oracle WebLogic Server on ODA Updates and HA Demo – Replay.
  • Data Sheet.
  • Whitepaper: Oracle WebLogic Server on ODA – PDF.
  • Installation templates for WebLogic on the latest ODA hardware, X3-2 now available – OTN.

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The Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is one of Oracle’s "Engineered Systems" – an implication of which is that you can’t change the hardware components at all. Therefore it is important that its specification provided meets your requirements, and will do so for the expected lifespan of the system.

I briefly described the networking for ODA X3-2 in an earlier earlier post. In this one I will discuss the ODA’s physical networking in more detail, how you configure it, and its suitability for my customer in this particular Proof of Concept (POC).

ODA X3-2 Physical Networking

Each of the servers in the ODA X3-2 has the following ethernet connections:

  • 4 on-board 10GbE (10Gbase-T copper) ports – for connection to your own networks
  • a dual port PCI card (10Gbase-T copper) – for the internal connection between virtual machines (e.g. RAC interconnect, WebLogic administration channel)
  • a Fast Ethernet (100base-T) port for the ILOM management controller

These are configured within the ODA (virtualised ODA 2.6.0 image) as shown in the diagram below (which is taken from p14 of the Oracle X3-2 and X3-2L System Architecture white paper but with my own annotations added): Read the full article here.

Simon Haslam ‏@simon_haslam Result for @JulianDyke‘s CPU test on Virtualised ODA X3-2 (E5-2690, 11.2.0.3.0 RAC, OL 5.7 UEK): 9.09s.

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Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 comes in 3 large boxesWell, just like all the best blog posts about new mobile phone models, today I bring you "Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 unboxing!" Whilst technically this may not be the most interesting article in my ODA POC series, we’ll see what subtleties we can tease out from just what’s on the outside.

On the right you will see the ODA packaging or, more precisely, the 3 separate boxes the it arrives in. In case you needed any further convincing following my previous posts, the X3-2 is two servers and one (or two) array(s) loosely connected together, not a kind of 2 node blade system like the ODA v1.

Looking on the bright side, at least no individual box is all that heavy – compare this to something like an HP blade enclosure which is 10U tall and certainly not a one person job to install in a rack without a fancy fork lift. Read the full article here.

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On April 3rd the new ODA X3-2 was released. Sadly I was sick from April 1st  on so I had to miss the launch, and I was so well prepared… others had the scoop. Anyway, as an administrator that not only manages databases this release is pretty exciting since it brings not only virtualization but also WebLogic to ODA. This would make ODA a pretty good appliance for some of my customers, so I did a little investigation in the product.

This blogpost is the first result of that investigation. My main focus was the WebLogic part of the box. The questions that arose with me were either answered by documentation or by product management. Obviously that doesn’t guarantee that I understood everything correct :)I left out references to documentation on  purpose, it would be smart for everyone interested in the product to hit the documentation thoroughly.

The most import slide in the slide deck I received about the ODA launch is this.

It does some pretty smart claims that can be verified easily. The three simplified statements call for some clarification. Here’s what my questions were, plus the answers I found:

Simplified provisioning / install

Q: Can we test any of this without ODA?
A: No, although I was able to get a virtual ODA in a virtual box environment. This is by no means supported and requires altering of the images that Oracle sends you. Read the full article here.

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