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Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Shortens Time to Application

By - Source: Oracle

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2, released last week, is a new appliance that promises increased computing power, faster data processing and cloud lifecycle management capabilities thanks to its integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. This appliance accelerates time to application use by enabling rapid, repeatable, full-stack virtual infrastructure deployment.

"The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance exemplifies Oracle's unique ability to engineer hardware and software together, providing a superior solution that’s easy to deploy and use without requiring major infrastructure changes," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

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The new appliance is a "wire-once" engineered system that comes fully assembled and ready to run production workloads with minimal, software-defined configuration, according to the company. The appliance also offers increased computing power in the same footprint and faster I/O and data processing using Oracle's Sun Server X4-2 systems and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3 Series.

"For added investment protection, customers can add compute, one server at a time, and mix server generations in the same base rack," states the company's announcement.

The new appliance is a "turnkey solution" for flexible private cloud platforms that can be used with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to deploy cloud services, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and database as a service (DBaaS). Features can include automated provisioning, elasticity and cloud governance.

"This engineered system can significantly cut provisioning time and offers investment protection by allowing customers to mix server generations in the same rack. Its value that’s resonating with customers across industries including cloud service providers, financial services, and public sector," added Coekaerts.

With the push of a button, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance controller software automates the installation, configuration, and management of infrastructure components. The appliance also enables rapid deployment thanks to Oracle VM Templates and assemblies. New networks can be added dynamically and existing networks can be modified without manually modifying cabling, all thanks to Oracle Virtual Networking.

This new solution is able to run Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distributions and Microsoft Windows side by side. The appliance can also access existing Oracle’s ZS3 Series as well as other NFS and iSCSI storage for additional capacity. Oracle Trusted Partitions, which gives customers the flexibility to license Oracle software on a vCPU basis, is also supported.

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