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Running Oracle database on VxRail can be part of Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).  SDDC is simply the logical extension of server virtualization. Analogous to the way that server virtualization dramatically maximizes the deployment of computing power, the SDDC does the same for all of the resources needed to host an application, including storage, networking and security.

 

Running Oracle database applications with a software defined datacenter and VxRail hyper-converged architecture, all resources are virtualized so they can be automatically deployed, with little or no human involvement. Database applications can be operational in minutes, shortening time to value and dramatically reducing IT staff time spent on application provisioning and deployment.

 

Faster Time to Value

 

The data center today is more than just a cost center—it is viewed by business users and executives as a competitive differentiator and strategic asset. Meeting and exceeding these expectations requires an automated infrastructure that can provision resources in minutes, not weeks, so that key applications are up and running quickly—and delivering business value. In the SDDC, resources are deployed automatically from pools, speeding the time to application rollout and providing an unprecedented degree of flexibility in the data center architecture. As a result, the organization has the agility to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace—and gain competitive advantage.

 

The integration of Oracle DBaaS into Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud fully supports Oracle users with a self-service environment. For IT, this results in an automated, repeatable process that reduces errors and improves time-to-value.

 

For the end-user to be able to request a multi-node clustered database on-demand, using the self-service portal is highly beneficial. It reduces significant time and effort otherwise required to deploy a cluster manually. The user simply makes the request and then receives an automated email with deployment details when the request is complete.

 

 

Minimize IT Spend

 

By pooling and intelligently assigning resources, the software-defined data center with VxRail maximizes the utilization of the physical infrastructure, extending the value of investments. The SDDC makes use of commodity x86 hardware (now support Dell PowerEdge), cutting capital spend and reducing on-going maintenance expenses compared to proprietary solutions. IT staff devotes less time to routine tasks, maximizing productivity. The net result is a dramatic drop in CapEx and OpEx spend—50 percent and more for some enterprises.

 

With intelligent Oracle licensing strategy and the effective isolation of virtual machines in a VMware environment, expensive Oracle applications license cost can be dramatically reduced.

 

Scalability and Performance

 

Based on VMware vSphere and VSAN software, and built with new Intel Broadwell processors, the VxRail Appliance allows you to start small and grow, scaling capacity and performance easily and non-disruptively. All-flash VxRail Appliances include efficient and in-line deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. With these enterprise-class data services VxRail delivers high performance all-flash with increased usable capacity.

 

Eliminate Vendor Lock-in

 

Today’s data center features a staggering array of custom hardware in routers, switches, storage controllers, firewalls, intrusion detection and other components. In the SDDC with VxRail, all of these functions are performed by software running on commodity x86 servers. Instead of being locked in to the vendor’s hardware, IT managers can buy commodity servers in quantity through a competitive bid process. This shift not only saves money, but also avoids situations where problems in the vendor’s manufacturing process or supply chain result in delivery delays and impact data center operations.

 

The VxRail Series integrates VMware Virtual SAN and virtualization to provide a complete Hyper-converged infrastructure.

 

VMware Virtual SAN is integrated in your VxRail Appliance to provide Software-Defined Storage (SDS).  Virtual SAN is not a VSA, but is embedded in the ESXi hypervisor kernel’s I/O data path. As a result,  Virtual SAN can deliver the higher performance with minimum CPU and memory overhead.

 

Virtual SAN pools the VxRail Appliance's internal SSDs and HDDs on the ESXi hosts to present a single datastore for all hosts in the cluster. Virtual SAN uses a highly available, distributed, object-based architecture. Virtual SAN mirrors and distributes the individual virtual disk (VMDK) across the datastore.

 

Free IT Staff for Innovation

 

The SDDC with VxRail includes a management framework with built-in intelligence to eliminate complex and brittle management scripts, enabling cloud-scale operations with less manual effort and significant cost savings.

 

The VxRail Series offers advanced features including automatic deployment, automatic scale out, fault tolerance, and diagnostic logging.

 

By integrating of Oracle DBaaS into Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, you can quickly and effectively provision, manage, and migrate Oracle Database 12c as a Service with ASM on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. This includes single-instance and RAC configurations.

 

With less time spent on routine tasks, IT staff can focus on more strategic tasks that drive innovation—a key management expectation of the corporate IT function today.

 

Unmatched Efficiency and Resiliency

 

The SDDC provides a flexible and stable platform for any application, including innovative services such as high-performance computing, big data (Hadoop), and latency-sensitive applications. Provisioning and management are automated by programmable policy-based software. Changes are made and workloads balanced by adjusting the software layer rather than hardware. When a failure occurs, the management software in the SDDC automatically redirects workloads to other servers anywhere in the datacenter, minimizing service-level recovery time and avoiding outages.

 

 

More Options for High Availability and Recoverability 

 

HA solutions for Oracle databases are complex, costly, difficult to maintain, or altogether non-existent. VMware provides a lower cost, yet highly effective HA solution that is optimal for many workloads. If your DR solution is for the database only, you are missing out on DR coverage for the rest of the application stack required to make that database work. VMware encapsulates the application stack and, when coupled with proper configuration and testing of replication, provides as close to perfect recoverability as any solution can get.

 

 

Development/Test/QA Process and Flexibility

 

Developers need systems and data that are like production in every way possible. When they get quick access to production-like development environments, development time is reduced, and features are more robust on release.

 

Do you want to move your database workload from one licensed server to another? Do you want the advantages of a private, hybrid, or public cloud environment? Do you want to create live data-centers that are thousands of miles apart, and be able to swing back and forth between them? VMware virtualization, coupled with stretch storage solutions from EMC can facilitate these options.

 

The optimum environment to test on is production itself. That can be risky, however, since the production system needs to keep your organization running. VMware allows you to provide an exact copy of the production environment to the Test/QA team without impacting your critical systems.

 

Better Security

 

Not only does VMware create a minimalized attack profile with its small footprint hypervisor, but also advanced security features like Trusted Execution Technology from Intel allow virtual machines to validate security down to the chip level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference:

 

VxRail Data Sheet

VxRail Specification Sheet

 

The VCE VxRail Series delivers virtualization, compute, and storage in a scalable, easy to manage, hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.

 

VxRail Appliance is built on Intel Xeon processor-based x86 hardware with the VxRail™ Manager software bundle, and support for other value-added software from VCE, EMC, and VMware.

 

The VxRail Manager software bundle includes the following:

 

  • VxRail Manager for deployment, configuration, and management
  • VMware vSphere, including ESXi
  • VMware vCenter Serve
  • VMware Virtual SAN for storage
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight

 

The VxRail Appliance

 

The VCE VxRail Appliance includes the appliance hardware, VxRail Manager, EMC Secure Remote

Services (ESRS), and access to qualified EMC software products.

 

The following VxRail Appliance models are available:

 

VxRail Appliance with Hybrid Nodes

 

  • VxRail 60
  • VxRail 120
  • VxRail 160
  • VxRail 200

 

VxRail Appliance with All-flash Nodes

 

  • VxRail 120F
  • VxRail 160F
  • VxRail 200F
  • VxRail 240F
  • VxRail 280F

 

 

Features

 

The VxRail Series offers advanced features including automatic deployment, automatic scale out, fault

tolerance, and diagnostic logging.

 

Automatic deployment

 

The VxRail Manager fully automates the installation and configuration of all nodes in an appliance after

you input the basic IP address information.

 

Automatic Scale-out

 

The VxRail Series provides automated scale-out functionality by detecting a new VxRail Appliance on the

network. When a new VxRail Appliance is powered on you can add it to your existing cluster or create a

new cluster, replicating the configuration, and expanding the datastore in a cluster.

 

Node failure tolerance

 

The VxRail Series supports from 0 to 3 node failures, as defined by the VSAN FTT policy.

 

The VxRail Series implements the standard Virtual SAN policy of one failure by default:

 

  • An entire node can fail and the system will continue to function.
  • Disk failure cannot affect more than one node. One SSD can fail or as many as three HDDs on the same node can fail.
  • One network port on any node can fail without affecting the node.
  • Network failover is through the virtual switch configuration in ESXi. This is automatically configured by VxRail Manager during initial setup.

 

Logging and log bundles

 

The VxRail Series provides logging and log bundles through VxRail Manager.

 

VxRail Appliance cluster expansion

 

Your VxRail Appliance cluster can be scaled in single node increments from a minimum of four nodes up

to a maximum of 32 nodes. The VxRail Manager automated installation and scale-out features make it

easy to expand your cluster as your business demands grow.

 

Each VxRail Appliance holds up to four nodes. If the number of nodes in a cluster is not a multiple of four, you will have a partially populated appliance chassis in the cluster. You can use the empty slots in the chassis for future expansion.

 

You can mix different VxRail Appliance models in the same cluster. You must adhere to the following

guidelines when deploying a mixed cluster:

 

  • All appliances in the cluster must be running VxRail Manager version 3.5 or higher.
  • First-generation appliances (sold under the VSPEX BLUE name) can be in the same cluster with VxRail Appliances, as long as they are running VxRail Manager version 3.5 or higher.
  • Appliances using 1GbE networking (VxRail 60 Appliances) cannot be used in clusters with 10GbE networking.
  • 6G hybrid nodes cannot be used in clusters with 12G all-flash nodes.

 

VxRail Appliance cluster scalability is supported to a maximum of eight appliances or 32 nodes. However, scalability to 16 appliances or 64 nodes per cluster may be allowed. You must submit a request for product qualification (RPQ) to EMC for clusters over 32 nodes.

 

Reference:

 

VxRail Data Sheet

VxRail Specification Sheet

 

 

To grow and succeed you need to differentiate yourself from your competitors. To support the business as an enabler, your IT organization must break down silos of complexity and streamline operations to keep pace with today’s on-demand business culture and users.

 

Dell EMC VxRai enables you to buy business outcomes. It accelerates and simplifies IT through standardization and automation (such as Oracle DBaaS…), allowing you to focus on:

 

•    Getting infrastructure operational as quickly as possible while leveraging existing investments and skill sets

•    Enabling (not impeding) business applications

•    Making infrastructure growth transparent to the needs of the application and users

 

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) appliance powered by VMware Virtual SAN and is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves a wide range of your challenges and supports most applications and workloads.  Dell EMC VxRail features purpose-built platforms that deliver data services, resiliency, and QoS, enabling faster, better, and simpler delivery of virtual desktops, business critical applications, and remote office infrastructure.

 

The VxRail Appliance architecture is a distributed system consisting of common modular building blocks that scale linearly from 3 to 64 nodes in a cluster. With the power of a whole Storage Area Network (SAN), it provides a simple, cost-effective hyper-converged solution that delivers multiple compute, memory, storage, network and graphics options to match any use case and cover a wide variety of applications and workloads.

 

Based on industry-leading VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere software and built with new 5th generation Intel™ Xeon™ processors, the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance allows customers to start small and grow, scaling capacity and performance easily and non-disruptively. Single-node scaling and storage capacity expansion provide a predictable, “pay-as-you-grow” approach for future growth as needed.

 

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance comes stacked with mission-critical data services at no additional charge. Data protection technology including EMC RecoverPoint for VMs and VMware vSphere Data Protection are incorporated into the appliance, with the option of adding Data Protection Suite for VMware and Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) for larger environments that require more comprehensive data protection. EMC Cloud Array also built in to seamlessly extend the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance to public and private clouds to securely expand storage capacity without limits, providing additional on demand cloud tiering included.

 

Running Oracle database applications with a software defined datacenter and VxRail hyper-converged architecture, all resources are virtualized so they can be automatically deployed, with little or no human involvement. Database applications can be operational in minutes, shortening time to value and dramatically reducing IT staff time spent on application provisioning and deployment.

 

The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance is also backed by world-class support with a single point of contact for both hardware and software, and includes Dell EMC ESRS for call home and proactive two-way remote connection for remote monitoring, diagnosis, and repair to ensure maximum availability.

 

In the next a few blogs, I will talk more about VxRail Technologies, benefits for Oracle database and the Oracle licensing strategy to save software costs.

 

Reference:

 

VxRail Data Sheet

VxRail Specification Sheet

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Three widely accepted strategies for protecting a business from  ransomware attacks include prevention, containment, and recovery.  Dell EMC, a leader in backup and recovery, shows in this paper how protecting backups and executing fast restoration can safeguard the business from extortion.

 

 

 

What

7 pages backup solution overview: “Isolated Backups on Dell EMC Data Domain” 

Contents including:

  • Ransomware – Cost and payment statistics
  • Types of infection vectors and ransomware
  • Data security best practices
  • Best practices for preventing ransomware attacks
  • Protecting your backup systems
  • Data Domain isolated recovery solution
  • Building a last line of defense – what you need

When

Available immediately to general public on emc.com: Download here

Why

Conversation starter for sales and pre-sales to use with prospects.  Reference hyperlink in email or print and leave behind

Who

  • Marketing communications:  Sam Lucido and team
  • Editing and production: Dave Simmons, Judith Cuppage
  • Sponsorship: Keith Miracle

Next

  1. Supporting blog for introduction of this solution paper
  2. Supporting customer facing presentation for sales and pre-sales using for prospects

Questions

Dave Simmons, Sam Lucido

 

 

Sample Tweets

 

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Industrial leading backup and recovery solution on Dell EMC Data Domain for safeguarding the business for extortion

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  Dell EMC Hadoop Big Data Solution


  Hadoop Architecture and Cluster Deployment


 

Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework used for distributed storage and processing of very large data sets. It consists of computer clusters built from commodity hardware. All the modules in Hadoop are designed with a fundamental assumption that hardware failures are a common occurrence and should be automatically handled by the framework.

 

The core of Apache Hadoop consists of a storage part, known as Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and a processing part called MapReduce. Hadoop splits files into large blocks and distributes them across nodes in a cluster. It then transfers packaged code into nodes to process the data in parallel. This approach takes advantage of data locality – nodes manipulating the data they have access to – to allow the dataset to be processed faster and more efficiently than it would be in a more conventional supercomputer architecture that relies on a parallel file system where computation and data are distributed via high-speed networking.

 

The base Apache Hadoop framework is composed of the following modules:

 

  • Hadoop Common – contains libraries and utilities needed by other Hadoop modules;
  • Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) – a distributed file-system that stores data on commodity machines, providing very high aggregate bandwidth across the cluster;
  • Hadoop YARN – a resource-management platform responsible for managing computing resources in clusters and using them for scheduling of users' applications; and
  • Hadoop MapReduce – an implementation of the MapReduce programming model for large scale data processing.

 

 

 

Installing a Hadoop cluster typically involves unpacking the software on all the machines in the cluster or installing it via a packaging system as appropriate for your operating system. It is important to divide up the hardware into functions.

 

Typically one machine in the cluster is designated as the NameNode and another machine the as ResourceManager, exclusively. These are the masters. Other services (such as Web App Proxy Server and MapReduce Job History server) are usually run either on dedicated hardware or on shared infrastrucutre, depending upon the load.  The rest of the machines in the cluster act as both DataNode and NodeManager. These are the slaves.

 

To configure the Hadoop cluster you will need to configure the environment in which the Hadoop daemons execute as well as the configuration parameters for the Hadoop daemons.

 

HDFS daemons are NameNode, SecondaryNameNode, and DataNode. YARN damones are ResourceManager, NodeManager, and WebAppProxy. If MapReduce is to be used, then the MapReduce Job History Server will also be running. For large installations, these are generally running on separate hosts.

 

Configuring Environment of Hadoop Daemons

 

Administrators should use the etc/hadoop/hadoop-env.sh and optionally the etc/hadoop/mapred-env.sh and etc/hadoop/yarn-env.sh scripts to do site-specific customization of the Hadoop daemons’ process environment.

 

At the very least, you must specify the JAVA_HOME so that it is correctly defined on each remote node.

 

Administrators can configure individual daemons using more configuration options.

 

Configuring the Hadoop Daemons

 

The following configuration should be performed by Administrators:

  • Configuring the etc/hadoop/core-site.xml and etc/hadoop/hdfs-site.xml for some important paremeters.
  • Configuring NameNode and DataNode
  • Configuring ResourceManager and NodeManager
  • Configuring History Server
  • Configuring MapReduce Applications
  • Configuring MapReduce JobHistory Server

 

Monitoring Health of NodeManagers

 

Hadoop provides a mechanism by which administrators can configure the NodeManager to run an administrator supplied script periodically to determine if a node is healthy or not.

 

Administrators can determine if the node is in a healthy state by performing any checks of their choice in the script. If the script detects the node to be in an unhealthy state, it must print a line to standard output beginning with the string ERROR. The NodeManager spawns the script periodically and checks its output. If the script’s output contains the string ERROR, as described above, the node’s status is reported as unhealthy and the node is black-listed by the ResourceManager. No further tasks will be assigned to this node. However, the NodeManager continues to run the script, so that if the node becomes healthy again, it will be removed from the blacklisted nodes on the ResourceManager automatically. The node’s health along with the output of the script, if it is unhealthy, is available to the administrator in the ResourceManager web interface. The time since the node was healthy is also displayed on the web interface.

 

Hadoop Rack Awareness

 

Many Hadoop components are rack-aware and take advantage of the network topology for performance and safety. Hadoop daemons obtain the rack information of the slaves in the cluster by invoking an administrator configured module. See the Rack Awareness documentation for more specific information.

 

It is highly recommended configuring rack awareness prior to starting HDFS.

 

Logging

 

Hadoop uses the Apache log4j via the Apache Commons Logging framework for logging. Edit the etc/hadoop/log4j.properties file to customize the Hadoop daemons’ logging configuration (log-formats and so on).

 

Operating the Hadoop Cluster

 

Once all the necessary configuration is complete, distribute the files to the HADOOP_CONF_DIR directory on all the machines. This should be the same directory on all machines.

 

In general, it is recommended that HDFS and YARN run as separate users. In the majority of installations, HDFS processes execute as ‘hdfs’. YARN is typically using the ‘yarn’ account.

 

Hadoop Startup


Start the HDFS NameNode with the following command on the designated node as hdfs:



Start a HDFS DataNode with the following command on each designated node as hdfs:



Start the YARN with the following command, run on the designated ResourceManager as yarn:



Hadoop Shutdown

 

Stop the NameNode with the following command, run on the designated NameNode as hdfs:



Stop the ResourceManager with the following command, run on the designated ResourceManager as yarn:



Run a script to stop a DataNode as hdfs:

 

 

For more detail help, please contact Dell-EMC Expert

 

 

Resources

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  Dell EMC Hadoop Big Data Solution


    Simplified Hadoop DAS Environment


 

The digital transformation is causing churn, uncertainty and disruption for many business leaders, who must act as the pressure is increasing from all directions. Big data and analytics will be at the core to enable this transformation, with Hadoop being a foundational component of a big data and analytics solution stack.

 

Hortonworks is a business computer software company based in Santa Clara, California. The company focuses on the development and support of Apache Hadoop, a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers.

 

Hortonworks' product named Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) includes Apache Hadoop and is used for storing, processing, and analyzing large volumes of data. The platform is designed to deal with data from many sources and formats. The platform includes various Apache Hadoop projects including the Hadoop Distributed File System, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase and Zookeeper and additional components.

 

The Hortonworks Ecosystem

 

 

Comparing to commercial products, Hortonworks will provide lower initial cost based on the fact they only charge for support and don’t charge for SW license.

 

Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution

 

Dell EMC now provide you the option to buy your Hadoop ecosystem or build it out yourself. We recognize that the upfront work to build it yourself can be time-consuming and labor intensive. One way we help is to address those challenges by providing certified Hadoop solutions and the expertise needed to accelerate your time to value.

 

This goal of faster time to value is at the heart of the Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution. It simplifies the architecture, design, configuration and deployment of Hadoop environments. Dell EMC engineers have validated and certified Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.5 on Dell EMC PowerEdgeTM R730xd servers and Dell EMC Networking S4048ON and S3048ON, allowing your organization to build a Hadoop cluster without the guesswork. You can leverage the Dell EMC solution to streamline the front-end work, from server configuration to network setup to running HDP 2.5 on a certified solution.

 

 

Solution Use Cases for Hadoop

 

Data Discovery

 

Uses data discovery and visualization tools to gain deeper insights from new data types stored in Hadoop and existing data center investments.

 

Single View

 

Helps create a single view of the data as it uncovers value that might have been within reach, but scattered across multiple interactions, channels, groups and platforms.

 

Predictive Analytics

 

Captures, stores and processes volumes of  data streaming from connected devices and sensors that measure business. Data science and iterative machine-learning techniques  can make confident real-time recommendations that reduce costs, improve safety, and inform investments.

 

 

Why The Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution?

 

The Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution provides a certified architecture that gives customers confidence when deploying the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Dell EMC Networking.

 

Decrease Time To Value

 

Hardware and expertise matter when building a Hadoop environment. Dell EMC does all the hard upfront work, allowing your organization to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision making.

 

Reduce the risk

 

Dell EMC helps you organization reduce this risk. We have been building Hadoop architectures since 2011. You can leverage our expertise to help fill the skills gap and build an architecture that will meet the needs of the business.

 

Leverage proven expertise

 

You can gain hands-on experience with the Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution in a Dell EMC Customer Solution Center. These state-of-the-art technical labs enable Dell EMC customers to explore, architect, validate and build solutions, from the data center to the edge of the network, to drive toward targeted business outcomes. capabilities.

 

Enterprise Ready

 

HDP is built for enterprises. Open enterprise Hadoop provides consistent operations, with centralized management and monitoring of clusters through a single pane of glass. With HDP, security and governance is built into the platform. This ensures that security is consistently administered across data access engines.

 

 

Resources

 

Dell EMC Hortonworks Hadoop Solution

 

 

 

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  Why Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for DBaaS - Part III


How EHC 4.0 Help Enterprises to Build Up Oracle Database as a Service


 

In the Part I and Part II of this series, I briefly covered why the most of organization IT choose Hybrid Cloud as their IT-as-a Service infrastructure, compared both Public and Private Cloud, and the benefit of Hybrid Cloud, and discussed on how EHC 4.0 provide cloud services.  In this Part III I will talk about how to quickly and effectively provision, manage, and migrate Oracle Database 12c as a Service with ASM on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.o. This includes single-instance and RAC configurations.

 

 

The integration of Oracle DBaaS into Enterprise Hybrid Cloud fully supports Oracle users with a self-service environment. For IT, this results in an automated, repeatable process that reduces errors and improves time-to-value.

 

For the end-user to be able to request a multi-node clustered database on-demand, using the self-service portal is highly beneficial. It reduces significant time and effort otherwise required to deploy a cluster manually. The user simply makes the request and then receives an automated email with deployment details when the request is complete.

 

This Oracle DBaaS solution has been built and validated on a number of iterations and configurations of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud . The underlying physical environment is abstracted from the application layer by virtual and software-defined components.

 

 

This solution enables the deployment of Oracle DBaaS on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud:

 

-  The Workload Pod for Oracle DBaaS improves management of Oracle licensing compliance.

 

-  Application developers and service users can self-provision Oracle DBaaS on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud as:

•    A single-instance Oracle Database with Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM)

•    An Oracle Database with Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) and ASM

      This creates an Oracle 12c Container Database (CDB) with an optional Pluggable Database (PDB) in a single-tenant configuration.

 

-  The solution allows users to perform Oracle DBaaS Day 2 Operations:

•    Add disks to Oracle ASM Disk Groups – single-instance and RAC

•    Migrate a PDB to an Oracle 12c CDB deployed on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud

•    Add and remove Oracle DBaaS monitoring

 

-  Enable monitoring of the complete Oracle DBaaS solution by using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (OEM) and VMware vRealize Operations Manager.

 

 

 

 

The new face of IT:  Database automation

 

 

Requesting an Oracle Database - Fast simple form that can be completed in minutes

 

 

 

EHC configuration for Oracle DBaaS - Key components

 

 

 

Provisioning an Oracle Database preparation - Customizable by the IT organization

 

 

 

Oracle DBaaS deployment process - behind the scenes

 

 

 

PDB migration - moving a PDB from one CDB to another

 

 

 

 

Oracle DBaaS Day 2 Operations - Database customization

 

 

 

Day 2 operations of EHC automates routine tasks - adding new ASM disk group

 

 

 

Easily add or remove OEM 12c agent - EHC automates routine tasks

 

 

 

Day 2 operations of EHC automates routine tasks - Adding vCPU & memory

 

 

 

Monitoring Oracle DBaaS

 

 

 

 

Use existing Oracle tools OEM Express 12c - No need for new tools as DBAs can use what they have today

 

 

 

Use existing Oracle tools OEM Cloud Control 12c - no need for new tools  as DBAs can use what they have today

 

 

 

vRealize operation manager - EHC management

 

 

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables customers to build an enterprise-class, multitenant, scalable platform for complete infrastructure service lifecycle management.

 

This solution incorporates the following concepts:

  • Self-service and automation
  • Multi-tenancy and secure separation
  • Workload-optimized storage
  • Security and compliance
  • Monitoring and service assurance

 


Special thanks to Sam Lucido's slides created in presentation 'Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for Oracle'.

 

 

Resources

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 - Oracle Database as a Service

Introducing EMC Hybid Cloud

 

 

 

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     Bring PowerEdge to VxRail, VxRack


 

Hyper-converged Infrastructure integrates IT components in a scalable rack or appliance allowing you to modernize your data center with simplified management, improved performance, and elastic scalability.

 

 

Dell EMC VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI appliance powered by VMware Virtual SANTM and is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves a wide range of your challenges and supports most applications and workloads.

 

 

Dell EMC VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack family is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service and/or Private Cloud architectures.

 

 

Now, Dell EMC is integrating the Dell PowerEdge servers into the VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged systems.  The VxRail and VxRack systems used servers from original design manufacturer Quanta, we will continue offering appliances with Quanta systems for those customers that may still want them. However, with the PowerEdge systems, we can offer a broader range of VxRail configurations, address more workloads and bring hyper-converged solutions to smaller customers,

 

 

These new configurations are powered by Intel's Xeon "Broadwell" chips as well as VMware's vSphere and VSAN technologies, delivering 40 percent more CPU performance for the same price and all-flash nodes that offer twice the storage of previous versions.

 

For storage-intensive workloads like data analytics and Microsoft Exchange, customers can use VxRail appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd servers. Workloads that need graphics support can use configurations with the PowerEdge R730 systems that include GPU accelerators from Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.

 

In addition, Dell EMC is now offering an entry-level three-node model in a 3U (5.25-inch) form factor that can support up to 200 virtual machines and comes in at less than $45,000. It's aimed at smaller companies and remote or branch offices.

 

 

The larger VxRack System 1000 is based on PowerEdge R630 or R730xd systems that bring greater capacity and 40 percent more CPU performance without costing more money. Dell EMC is offering 20 new configurations, including all-flash offerings

 

 

 

 

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Dell EMC Brings PowerEdge Servers to VxRail, VxRack


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  Dell EMC World 2016 (October 18-20 | Austin, Texas)


     Let The Transformation Begin

 

Get hands-on and learn how to transform your organization from the enterprise technology leader who knows it best. Jeremy Burton, Chief Marketing Officer, Dell, shares what our customers are expecting at Dell EMC World Austin:

 

What do your customers say are their biggest challenges?

 

They don’t say it in these exact words, but I’d say it’s figuring out what they need to do to play a part in an increasingly digital world. Now, it’s not as if customers are walking into our Executive Briefing Center and saying they have no idea what to do – it’s not like that at all – many are driving a digital agenda already. But what many of our customers ask us for is how to architect these new applications, what the options are for infrastructure and best practices for transforming their IT teams. There’s also a knock-on effect on the workforce and the security posture of the organization that we can talk to, and address, as well.

 

What are the new technologies customers are most excited about?

 

From an enterprise IT standpoint, I’d say Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Many of our customers want to move away from the work of building their own stacks of servers, networking, and storage and focus on more strategic activities that support their business. From a data center standpoint that means buying technology that makes it much simpler stand up infrastructure and deliver apps - that’s dead center for converged infrastructure. Of course Hyper-Converged is a really hot topic with customers right now – it offers the ability to start small and grow as you need, and while its mostly used for traditional workloads today, its scale-out architecture is perfectly suited for cloud-native apps as well.

 

What are you most excited to share with customers at this year’s Dell EMC World?

 

I don’t want to spoil the surprise... but, let’s just say we’ll announce new systems that take advantage of the full power and breadth of the Dell EMC portfolio in a big way. This should really raise some eyebrows – because it’s just 30 days after closing our deal - but more importantly by combing the best of the Dell and EMC portfolio’s we’re helping solve some hairy challenges our customers are facing.

 

Why should customers attend Dell EMC World this year?

 

I think I mentioned this in a blog a bit ago – but the best reason to attend is to learn! From classes to workshops to labs, for IT professionals, there’s nothing better than learning the best ways to make use of tech and then being able to get hands on with it. There will be no shortage of opportunity to do that this year. Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention Alabama Shakes, which might be reason enough to attend! Personally, I’m also excited about the F1 race on that weekend too. Only question to answer there is Rosberg or Hamilton?

 

What are your priorities for the coming year?

 

Easy one – tell our story. It will take a long time for our message to reach our customers and partners and data suggests that people need to hear something seven times before they remember it.

 

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC World 2016 Agenda


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  Dell EMC World 2016 (October 18-20 | Austin, Texas)


     True Austin Style


 

Dell World, happenning in Austin Texas (October 18-20 2016) , is now Dell EMC World.  Besides the name, Dell EMC World will be bigger and better than ever, full of technical and strategy sessions, as well as a CxO event with tracks for both commercial and enterprise-sized businesses. We’ll deliver new insights across cloud, mobility, big data, IoT, security and storage—insights that you can use to transform your organization into a digital enterprise.

 

Please attend and maximize your experience in Dell EMC World.  With over 100 sessions and 30 plus hands-on labs, you'll walk away from Dell EMC World 2016 with the tools you need to transform your data center, security, workforce, and your business.

 

 

There are dark forces at work on the edges of IT. A wave of fear grips the data center. See an all-star cast come together to show off the real heroes of Dell EMC World: the incredible new products and solutions destined to defeat any IT issues they come up against. You'll see how the super-powered advancements in Converged Infrastructure, All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and Security are transforming businesses in dramatic demos that will have you on the edge of your seat.

 




What Dell EMC World offer this year:

 

  • In-depth training and hands-on experience. You will be able to choose from technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest innovations for cloud, mobility, big data, the Internet of Things, storage and security.
  • Product research and analysis. In the Solutions Showcase, you will interact the latest enterprise solutions in real-world environments to see how we can capitalize on the new technology.
  • Networking with industry experts and peers. You will learn strategies for achieving our top IT priorities and be able to compare notes with other IT professionals. We can leverage these contacts for advice and best practices for months to come.
  • Insight into important technology trends. Dell EMC World gathers thought leaders, subject matter experts and IT professionals in an immersive environment of keynotes, break-out sessions and hands-on labs.

 

Some Sessions for Database Workloads:

 

DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash Overview: Unprecedented storage performance for mission-critical workloads

MT132

Wednesday, October 19: 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM12B

 

Keep your business processing operating at peak efficiency with Dell Engineered Solutions for databases

MT13

Thursday, October 20: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM18C

 

The impact of high performance Oracle workloads on the evolution of the enterprise data center

MT42

Thursday, October 20: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM14

 

Some Sessions for VCE Products

 

Self-paced Lab: VCE Vision 3.4 Software for VCE Systems

HOL48

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

Self-paced Lab: VCE VxRail 3.5 a Fully Loaded Hyper-Converged Experience

HOL49

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

Self-paced Lab:  Unity - VMware vSphere Integration and Awareness

HOL40

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter

HOL5

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 09:00 AMMezzanine 9

 

VxRail A Fully Loaded Hyper-Converged Experience

HOL47

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 09:00 AMMezzanine 2

 

Kick off Dell EMC World in Austin style.

 

 

Grammy award winning band, Alabama Shakes

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC World 2016 Agenda


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  Flash & Cloud Tiering Enabled Data Domain Accelerate Database Protection


     Industry Leading Cloud Data Protection Systems


Legacy EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems offer a cost-effective alternative to tape that allows users to enjoy the retention and recovery benefits of inline deduplication, as well as network-efficient replication over the wide area network (WAN) DR. Data Domain systems reduce the amount of disk storage that is needed to retain and protect data by 10 to 30 times.  Data on disk is available online and onsite for longer retention periods, and restores become fast and reliable.

 

Dell EMC just released a new generation of Flash-Enabled Data Domain protection storage systems to deliver industry-leading speed and scalability.  Equipped with powerful Data Domain OS 6.0 & the new Data Domain Cloud Tier software, the systems can scale up 200% to 150PB of logical capacity managed by a single system with DD Cloud Tier and make Data Domain as the protection storage to natively tier de-duplicated data to public, private or hybrid clouds for long-term retention, including Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and Virtustream Storage Cloud.

 

With throughput up to 68 TB/hour, Data Domain systems make it possible to complete more backups in less time and provide faster, more reliable restores.  The added power of flash is also enhancing the experience for users in virtual environments. In conjunction with Dell EMC Avamar software, the new family of Data Domain appliances can access protection instances of virtual machines (VMs) 20x faster. Customers are able to boot up VMs using a protection copy of the virtual machine files (VMDKs) directly from Data Domain instead of needing to restore the VM to a separate primary storage system.

 

The four models of the new Data Domain family:

  • DD6300
  • DD6800
  • DD9300
  • DD9800

 

Flash-Enabled Appliances Accelerate Database Protection

 

Oracle Databases – Integrate with EMC Data Domain systems via Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep database administrators in control of backup and recovery through Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN). Data Domain systems integrate with Oracle databases including Oracle Exadata and Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) environments.

 

SAP – Integrates with EMC Data Domain systems via Network File System (NFS) or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep application owners in direct control of backup and recovery through SAP BR*Tools.

 

SAP HANA – Integrate with Data Domain systems via NFS or Data Domain Boost to keep application owners in direct control of big data backup and recovery through SAP HANA Studio

 

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager – Integrate with EMC Data Domain systems via virtual tape library (VTL).

 

Microsoft SQL Server – Integrate with Data Domain systems via Common Internet File System (CIFS) or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep database administrators in direct control of backup and recovery through SQL Server Management Studio.

 

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC Brings the Power of Flash and Cloud Tiering to Industry's #1 Protection Storage with New Family of Data Domain Appliances

Dell EMC Data Domain

 

 

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  Why Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for DBaaS - Part II


     How EHC 4.0 Work for IT


In the first part of this series, I covered why the most of organization IT choose Hybrid Cloud as their IT-as-a Service infrastructure, compared both Public and Private Cloud, and the benefit of Hybrid Cloud.  In this Part II, we will get into detail on how EHC 4.0 provide cloud services.

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 offers a simplified approach to IT functionality for IT organizations, developers, end users, and line-of-business owners. In addition to delivering baseline IaaS, built on the software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture, Enterprise Hybrid Cloud also delivers feature-rich capabilities to expand from IaaS to business-enabling DBaaS & ITaaS.

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 enables organizations IT to:

  • Deliver, always-on Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Database –as-a-Service
  • Automate delivery of private and public cloud resources
  • Offer tiered service level choices
  • Accelerate delivery of traditional enterprise applications
  • Deliver application lifecycle automation for continuous integration and deployment
  • Rapidly add new services and applications
  • Empower users via a self-service catalog, delivering on-demand IT resources
  • Encrypt VMs against data theft anywhere within the hybrid cloud
  • Communicate the value of IT services through show-back

 

 

Solution Architect & Key Components

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 integrates the best of EMC, VCE, and VMware products and services, and empowers IT organizations to accelerate implementation and adoption of a hybrid cloud infrastructure, while still enabling customer choice for the compute and networking infrastructure within the data center.

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud includes the key components, as shown in the below Figure:

 

  • VMware vRealize Suite
  • VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter Server
  • VMware NSX for vSphere
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager
  • EMC ViPR Controller software-defined storage
  • EMC VNX, VMAX, ScaleIO, VPLEX, Isilon®, and XtremIO storage platforms
  • EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines (DR customers only)
  • EMC RecoverPoint (DR customers only)
  • EMC Avamar and Data Domain data protection platforms
  • EMC ViPR SRM and Data Protection Advisor

 

 

Self-Service and Automation

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud offers a self-service portal, accelerating delivery of traditional of services to get what they need, on-demand. They can match application workloads to the right cloud, on premises or off premises, selecting the infrastructure of choice that aligns with their cost, security, reliability and performance objectives.

 

 

At the heart of EHC is VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC). vCAC provides not only the automation layer but also presents the service catalog to end users for provisioning of resources.  The technology within vCAC is what makes EHC a true hybrid cloud solution. vCAC can integrate with vSphere and vCloud Director as well as public clouds like VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) or Amazon AWS. Once integrated, services can be delivered out of an on-premises cloud or the public cloud all from a single service catalog presented to users.

 

No cloud would be complete without a service catalog.  The service catalog is presented from vCAC and includes all of the services that IT has chosen to deliver. The service catalog within EHC can be customized to include a company logo and other company branding, giving it a truly custom look and feel.

 

Always-On, IT-as-a-Service

 

Deliver always-on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) for traditional enterprise applications with active-active provisioning across sites and data protection options to meet service level demands. Allow users to choose from a continuum of data protection options – high availability, disaster recovery and backup. With a well-run hybrid cloud, you can be confident that your users’ infrastructure will always be available when they need it.

 

Backup as a service (BaaS), continuous availability (CA), and disaster recovery and encryption as a service (DRaaS) policies can be enabled with just a few clicks. End users and developers can quickly gain access to on-demand services for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle, SAP, and CloudLink Encryption. Resources can be deployed on private cloud or public cloud service providers, including VMware vCloud Air.

 

 

Multitenancy and Secure Separation

 

 

Multitenancy access requirements in a cloud environment range from shared, open resource access to completely isolated resources. Enterprise Hybrid Cloud provides the ability to enforce physical and virtual separation for multitenancy, offering different levels of security to meet business requirements. This separation can encompass network, compute, and storage resources to ensure appropriate security and performance for each tenant.

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud supports secure multitenancy through vRealize Automation role-based access control (RBAC), enabling vRealize Automation roles to be mapped to Active Directory users and groups. vRealize Automation uses existing authentication and business groupings. The user’s business role governs user access to the self-service portal.

 

Workload-Optimized Storage

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables customers to take advantage of the proven benefits of EMC storage in an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud environment. Using EMC ViPR Controller storage services and EMC XtremIO, EMC ScaleIO, EMC VNX, and EMC VMAX capabilities, Enterprise Hybrid Cloud provides policy-based, software-defined storage management of EMC block and file storage.

 

 

With scalable storage architecture that uses the latest flash and tiering technologies, XtremIO, ScaleIO, VNX, and VMAX storage arrays enable customers to satisfy any workload requirements with maximum efficiency and performance, in the most cost-effective way. With ViPR Controller, the storage configuration is abstracted and presented as a single storage control point.

 

Storage administrators maintain control of storage resources and policies while enabling the cloud administrator to provision automatically to the cloud infrastructure.

 

 

Monitoring and Resource Management

 

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud features automated monitoring capabilities that provide IT administrators with a comprehensive view of the cloud environment to enable intelligent decision making for resource provisioning and allocation. These capabilities are based on a combination of VMware vRealize Operations Manager™ dashboards, alerts, and analytics, using extensive storage detail provided through EMC analytics adapters.

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud has built-in dashboards, pre-loaded with industry standards and vendor specific data, generating base prices for cloud infrastructure services for communicating the value of IT services. Financial transparency allows IT consumers to align workloads to the right cloud for meeting service level and cost objectives.

 

 

Public Cloud Services

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is software-defined, making it easy for IT to scale resources up or down and broker services between private and public clouds. Extend workloads and applications to a choice of public clouds through integration with VMware vCloud® AirTM, vCloud Air Service Providers, EMC Cloud Service Providers and Amazon Web Services.

 

As the size limitation of this blog, please refer to the below resources for more detail information of EHC 4.0

 

  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0: Concepts and Architecture
  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0: Administration
  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0: Infrastructure and Operations Management
  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0: Security Management

 

In the next Part III, I will talk in detail on how to build Oracle Database-as-a-Service on EHC 4.0 platform.

 

 

Resources

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 - Oracle Database as a Service

Introducing EMC Hybid Cloud


 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Why Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for DBaaS - Part I


     Hybrid Cloud is the Choice for Most Enterprise IT


Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. Practically every business is moving to the cloud or at least thinking about it. But with a number of options available to them, many are still experimenting with which works best.

 

Customer Needs and Requirements

 

When we work with our customers, most of them concerned about complexities and huge costs for deploying their IT applications infrastructure.  Investing in technology can be particularly consuming, and they would like their IT systems to have:

 

•    Less startup costs

•    Less time and cost in IT maintenance

•    Pay as you use

 

ITaaS -  is a technology-delivery method that treats IT resources as commodities, providing an enterprise with exactly the amount of hardware, software and support services on demand.  Adopting an ITaaS strategy is not just about making it easy to deploy new infrastructure. Sure, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a key component of ITaaS, but a true ITaaS strategy automates all of IT. Examples include:  deploying a new server or application for developer in either a public or private cloud; kicking off an HR process for a new hire that automatically provisions a mailbox, a virtual desktop, and home directory; or provisioning storage to support a new project. All of this is done from a single self-service portal that contains the services available in the service catalog—with the heavy lifting to automate being performed completely behind the scenes, so it remains totally transparent to the user.

 

DBaaS - delivers database functionality similar to what is found in relational database management systems (RDBMSes) such as SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle. Being cloud-based, on the other hand, DBaaS provides a flexible, scalable, on-demand platform that's oriented toward self-service and easy management, particularly in terms of provisioning a business' own environment. DBaaS products typically provide enough monitoring capabilities to track performance and usage and to alert users to potential issues. The products can also generate at least some degree of data analytics.

 

In this series of blogs, I will more focus on discussing DBaaS on EHC.

 

Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

 

By now, most organizations understand the cost benefits of an IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services, including a low and predictable cost of ownership and a shift from a capital expenditure to an operating expenditure. This makes it possible to significantly reduce an organization’s upfront costs, its ongoing costs of IT labor and potentially its tax liability.  The technical benefits are equally attractive: scalability, automated deployments, and greater reliability.

 

Although there are many advantages to the public cloud, enterprises very rarely deploy 100% of their applications into the public cloud. Logistically, it is often much simpler to move from your on-premises environment to a private cloud than from on-premises to public cloud.  A key driver for private cloud environments is control — the need to tailor a solution exactly to how a business process is run – because you differentiate with this process. You may also have specific enterprise or industry needs that need to be accommodated.

 

Go Hybrid! - You will have it all

 

Ninety percent (90%) of enterprises say they are going to pursue a hybrid cloud solution in near future. Enterprise architecture is often so complex that a hybrid cloud solution — where public, private or on-premises infrastructure supports a single application — is the best solution.

 

Hybrid architectures are especially attractive for large organizations that want to explore the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud. An audit will not always reveal how an application will perform in the public cloud, so enterprises choose to test a single tier in the public cloud while maintaining key infrastructure on their private cloud or dedicated infrastructure.

 

 

Traditional on-premises infrastructure gives IT teams more control, but provisioning of database environments can take weeks. Public clouds speed up provisioning, but does not always meet business requirements for data protection, disaster recovery, and service levels. For this Oracle DBaaS solution, Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 provides on-premises cloud services to meet these business requirements.

 

In the next a few blogs I will briefly introduce the EMC Hybrid Cloud solution, and how it can help customers to quickly and effectively provision Oracle DBaaS on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0.

 

Resources

 

Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 4.0 - Oracle Database as a Service

Introducing EMC Hybid Cloud

 

 

 

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  AppSync 3.0 for SQL/Oracle/Windows File Systems


     New vLab Overview



AppSync is an EMC software that enables Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) with EMC’s Primary Storage.

 

AppSync simplifies and automates the process of generating and consuming copies of production data. By abstracting the underlying storage and replication technologies, and through deep application integration, AppSync empowers Application Owners to satisfy copy demand for Operational Recovery and Data Repurposing on their own. In turn, Storage Administrators need only be concerned with initial setup and policy management, resulting in an agile, friction-less environment.

 

AppSync automatically discovers application databases, learns the database structure and maps it through the Virtualization Layer to the underlying storage LUN. It then orchestrates all the activities required from copy creation and validation through mounting at the target host and launching or recovering the application. Workflows also include Refresh, Expire and Restore Production.

 

 

AppSync 3.0 for SQL, Oracle and Windows File System Feature Highlights

 

  • Physical, Virtual and mixed host environments across EMC Block and File storage.
  • Deep integration with Oracle, SQL, Exchange, and more.
  • Customer applications (EPIC, DB2, etc.) support through File System copies with Callout Script Integration to allow Freeze and Thaw.
  • Application Consistent, Crash Consistent and VM Consistent (with individual VM recovery) copies.
  • Snaps, Clone and RecoverPoint Bookmark.
  • On-Demand and Scheduled plans.
  • Repurpose wizard supports App Consistent copy creation followed by manual modifications.

 

Lab Module Highlights

 

This updated vLab, AppSync 3.0 for SQL, Oracle and Windows File Systems, based on AppSync 3.0 provides several use cases such as the following:

 

  • Installing the AppSync server software and deploying server plug-ins.
  • Browsing the AppSync Console.
  • Adding resources to AppSync, such as the VNX, Unity, vCenter, and Application Servers.
  • Demonstrating copy and recovery for SQL, Oracle, and Windows file systems.
  • Demonstrating repurposing for SQL and Oracle, which provides like-for-like production environments in a non-production landscape.

 

 

This vLab includes the following:

 

Lab 1: Browsing the AppSync Console

 

Lab 2: Adding Resources to AppSync (this lab must be completed before undertaking any other lab)

  • Adding the VNX storage array
  • Adding the host resources

              - Two Windows SQL database servers

              - Three Linux Oracle database servers

 

Lab 3: Managing SQL

  • Creating a Service Plan for automated daily copies for backup purposes on an alternate host
  • Utilizing Data Repurpose for testing and development purposes on an alternate host

 

Lab 4: Managing Oracle

  • Creating a Service Plan for automated daily copies for backup purposes on an alternate host
  • Utilizing Data Repurpose for testing and development purposes on an alternate host

 

Lab 5: Managing File System Replication

  • Creating a Service Plan for on-demand copy testing on an alternate host

 

Lab 6: Deploying a new AppSync 3.0 server and registering a UnityVSA storage array

  • Installing AppSync 3.0
  • Adding a UnityVSA storage resource

 

 

Accessing the Demo Systems

 

For those of you with existing vLab accounts, these demos will be available for reservation via your Library. If you do not have a vLab account please register at https://portal.demoemc.com. If you are not an EMC Presales System Engineer and don’t have access to one and would like to take this lab for personal learning, please contact vLab Support for assistance.

 

Additional Resources

More information about EMC AppSync, such as sales and marketing, or technical presentations, along with links to recorded demonstrations can be found on EMC Support.

 

Visit our ECN community, vLab Interact, to view all available labs.




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   General Availability Announcement for AppSync 3.0


    What is NEW for Application Integration





 

 

 

 

 

 

Product: AppSync 3.0

 

General Availability Date: June 24, 2016

 

The successful GA of AppSync 3.0 on June 24, 2016. AppSync 3.0 files are now available on EMC Online Support

 

Product Overview

 

AppSync is EMC software that enables Integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) with EMC’s Primary Storage.

 

AppSync simplifies and automates the process of generating and consuming copies of production data. By abstracting the underlying storage and replication technologies, and through deep application integration, AppSync empowers Application Owners to satisfy copy demand for Operational Recovery and Data Repurposing on their own. In turn, Storage Administrators need only be concerned with initial setup and policy management, resulting in an agile, friction-less environment.

 

AppSync automatically discovers application databases, learns the database structure and maps it through the Virtualization Layer to the underlying Storage LUN. It then orchestrates all the activities required from copy creation and validation through mounting at the target host and launching or recovering the application. Workflows also include Refresh, Expire and Restore Production.

 

 

Key features include:


  • Physical, Virtual and mixed host environments across EMC Block and File storage
  • Deep integration with Oracle, SQL, Exchange, and more.
  • Customer applications (EPIC, DB2, etc.) support through File System copies with Callout Script Integration to allow Freeze and Thaw.
  • Application Consistent, Crash Consistent and VM Consistent (with individual VM recovery) copies
  • Snaps, Clone and RecoverPoint Bookmark
  • On-Demand and Scheduled plans

 

Repurpose wizard supports App Consistent copy creation followed by manual modifications. 2nd generation copies of the modified copy are then distributed and optionally deleted upon configured expiration

 

 

New Product Feature Summary


AppSync 3.0 includes the following new features.

 

  • VPLEX support with XtremIO

 

    1. For applications consuming VPLEX Virtual Volumes, AppSync creates XVC copies on the underlying XtremIO array, and allows to consume them either natively or as a VPLEX Virtual Volume. VPLEX Local and Metro topologies are supported (R0, R1, DR1)
    2. AppSync management of RecoverPoint bookmarks for VPLEX devices is not yet supported, however RecoverPoint protection is allowed on the same LUNS

 

  • Unity support:

 

    1. Unity Block & Unity File are supported with all AppSync supported applications.
    2. Service Plans supported:

- Block Storage: Bronze (Local) with Unified Snap or RecoverPoint; Silver & Gold  with RecoverPoint     

- File Storage: Bronze (Local) Plan with Unified Snaps.         

              3. The Database Repurpose Wizard (Oracle, SQL) is not supported for Unity at this time.

 

  • Licensing enhancements:

 

    1. Starter Bundle license support - This license enables all the features of AppSync on a single Unity, VMAX AF, or XtremIO array with some restrictions
    2. DPS Platinum suite license - Allows AppSync to support any type of array configured in AppSync with no limitation on the amount of storage from each array.

 

  • SQL enhancements:

 

    1. SQL Non VDI backup support - Enhanced the SQL Server backup type to include support for Non VDI. You can now create and manage copies of SQL using just VSS freeze/thaw framework.
    2. Clustered SQL support - Supports mounting Microsoft SQL database copy to an alternate Microsoft SQL cluster as a clustered resource.

 

  • Repurposing enhancements:

 

    1. Enhanced scheduling ability to repurpose and refresh a copy, including ability to schedule repurposing jobs for 2nd generation copies.
    2. Ability to view and edit the values of various fields in the repurpose workflow.
    3. Centralized view of all database repurposed copies
  • VMAX2 enhancements:

 

    1. FAST VP Policy - Allows you to select the desired FAST VP policy for the target LUN in the mount phase of the service plan.
    2. Configure storage pools - Allows you to configure the storage pools to create VMAX V2 copy devices for the service plan.

 

  • Serviceability enhancements:

 

    1. Exchange consistency check improvement - You can now perform consistency check only on the log files of an Exchange database copy in a DAG environment.
    2. Configure virtual machine snapshots for virtual machines - Allows you to create virtual machine snapshots for only the selected virtual machine in a service plan.
    3. Unmount callout script - Appsync now provides a scripting opportunity during the Unmount previous copy and Unmount copy phases.

 




 

 

 

 


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