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Oracle Validated Configuration Program


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated November 25, 2014

· What are Oracle Validated Configurations?
· What is the difference between hardware certified with Oracle products and the Oracle Validated Configuration Program?
· What are the benefits of Oracle Validated Configurations for end-users?
· Is there a fee to access Oracle Validated Configurations?
· Who is Oracle partnering with to deliver these Validated Configurations?
· What versions of Oracle Database are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?
· What Linux distributions and hypervisors are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?
· How do customers get support for Oracle Validated Configurations?
· I don’t my server and storage hardware in any configurations. How do I get my desired configuration added?
· If system level software and drivers on a posted Oracle Validated Configuration change, is the configuration still valid?
· Where can I get more information?


What are Oracle Validated Configurations? 

The Oracle Validated Configuration Program provides the tools necessary for hardware partners to validate server and storage configurations with an Oracle Linux or Oracle VM environment. The Oracle Validated Configuration Program enables Oracle's hardware partners to validate and publish best practice guidelines for implementing Oracle solutions with the highest level of interoperability with partner hardware.

The details of validated configurations are documented from the hardware layer through the Oracle Database layer, including software, firmware and BIOS versions, required patches, and hardware and software settings. These guidelines for best practice are freely available to customers to use.

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What is the difference between hardware certified with Oracle products and the Oracle Validated Configuration Program?

The Oracle Validated Configuration Program works in conjunction with the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hardware Certification Program (also known as HCL). Partners certify their hardware for support with an Oracle operating system, namely Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, through the HCL program as a prerequisite to a validated configuration. All other Oracle software products like Oracle Database and Oracle RAC are certified at the operating system level (refer to MOS Certification), and are supported on any hardware that is certified with an Oracle operating system; other than operating systems, Oracle software is not directly certified with partner hardware.

The only hardware that Oracle certifies with the full Oracle software portfolio is Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle Engineered Systems are fully converged hardware and software solutions and ensure the highest level of integration and compatibility for customer deployments.

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What are the benefits of Oracle Validated Configurations?

Validated configurations go beyond hardware certification with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM by stress testing an integrated solution: Oracle software, running on Oracle Linux (or Oracle VM), and deployed on partner hardware.

Customer deployments are greatly simplified when based on validated configuration guidelines because interoperability issues are identified, resolved and documented in advance. These guidelines reduce the customer's testing and discovery efforts during implementation and enable customers to deploy solutions more quickly and efficiently. Validated configurations help:

  • Achieve standardization and reliability with lower cost
  • Accelerate and simplify deployment of Oracle Database on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Lower cost for end-users by reducing deployment testing
  • Mitigate customer risk

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Is there a fee to access Oracle Validated Configurations?

No. The program provides free access to validated configuration deployment guides.

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Who is Oracle partnering with to deliver these Validated Configurations?

Oracle works with every major hardware partner in the enterprise space, and many of them participate in the validated configuration program, directly and indirectly, including but not limited to: AMD, Avago, Broadcom, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, Emulex, Fujitsu, Fusion-io, HDS, HGST, HP, Intel, Huawei, Lenovo, LSI, Mellanox, NEC, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Oracle America, Qlogic, SanDisk, Seagate, Solidfire, Tegile, Unisys.

On the software side, all validated configurations include the latest Oracle Database release running on Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.

See the Partners tab on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM for a sample of independent software and hardware partners.

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What versions of Oracle Database are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?

Oracle Validated Configurations always include the latest version of Oracle Database.

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What Linux distributions and hypervisors are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?

Validated configurations are based either on Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel or Oracle VM.

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How do customers get support for Oracle Validated Configurations?

A validated configuration is a collection of products with best practices for deploying the products together. Support is provided on the individual software and hardware products in the configuration, not on the configurations as a predefined bundled. It is not necessary to deploy all of the components of a configuration in order to receive support for the individual products.

Support for Oracle products in the configuration requires the appropriate license (where necessary) and support subscription. Oracle Support engages partners through joint support processes to resolve issues involving partners' products.

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I don't see my server and storage hardware in any configurations. How do I get my desired configuration added?

Some validated configurations apply to multiple closely related servers and storage. If your hardware is not documented in the Server and Storage Platform Details of the validated configuration, make a request with your hardware vendor.

To review published Oracle Validated Configurations visit the Oracle Validated Configurations homepage on OTN.

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If system level software and drivers on a posted Oracle Validated Configuration change, is the configuration still valid?

Yes. Customers are encouraged to use current system level software (BIOS, firmware) and hardware drivers (and associated firmware on HBAs, NICS, and other system hardware) if updates are available that are newer than those documented in the validated configuration. The components of the configuration will continue to be fully support.

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Where can I get more information?

For more information about the Oracle Validated Configuration Program, partners can contact Oracle at linuxvc-info-ww_us@oracle.com.

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