Oracle Validated Configurations


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Updated May 12, 2014

· What are Oracle Validated Configurations?
· What are the benefits of Oracle Validated Configurations for end-users?
· What is the difference between Oracle Validated Configuration and Oracle Product Certification?
· 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 see the configuration I plan to run. 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 and supported?
· 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 Oracle Database running in on Oracle Linux or Oracle VM environment. The details of Validated Configurations are documented, from the hardware layer through the Oracle Database layer, and freely available to customers to use as a deployment guide.

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What are the benefits of Oracle Validated Configurations?

There is a higher level of assurance that these configurations will run well as hardware and software has been certified individually and stress tested after integration. These recommendations also reduce testing and discovery efforts for end-users and enable them to deploy solutions more quickly. They 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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What is the difference between Oracle Validated Configuration and Oracle Product Certification?

Traditionally Oracle certifies its products to an operating system, which allows Oracle products running on any Linux supported hardware platform to be fully supported by Oracle. Oracle Validated Configurations go a step further by testing the "complete hardware and software" environment and providing guidance on versions, settings, and fixes for a stack (software, hardware, and storage) based on experience with running workloads.

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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, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Dell, Egenera, EMC, Emulex, Fujitsu, Fusion-io, HDS, HP, Inspur, Intel, Huawei, Lenovo, LSI/Avago, Mellanox, NEC, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Oracle America, Qlogic, Solidfire, Supercloud, Unisys, Virident.

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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Does Oracle intend to limit its list of configurations to include only a few options?

Oracle is offering these configurations as recommendations and best practices. Along with our partners, we intend to publish a variety of configurations with different hardware and software combinations, over time. Our intent is to offer well-tested choices to our users and channel partners. This by no means implies that other custom configurations deployed by end-users will not be supported. We will still continue to offer support for all Oracle products certified on Linux regardless of whether someone deployed them using an Oracle Validated Configuration or not.

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How do customers get support for Oracle Validated Configurations?

Support for Oracle Validated Configurations is delivered in exactly the same way as other Oracle and partner products today. If an issue is found in hardware or drivers not shipped by Oracle, Oracle Support will engage the partner for a resolution. Oracle and our partners have joint support processes in place to engage when customer support issues are encountered. Support for a Validated Configuration requires the appropriate license (where necessary) and support subscription for the various components that you deploy.

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I don't see the configuration I plan to run. How do I get my desired configuration added?

The posted file specifies not just one single server or storage, but a family of servers and storage. If even that list doesn't include that particular server or storage model, you can work directly with that particular hardware vendor to submit the request.

To find out more about Oracle's Validated Configurations offerings, 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 and supported?

Yes, if any of the system level software (BIOS, firmware) or drivers (and associated firmware on HBAs, NICS, and other peripherals) of components of the Oracle Validated Configuration are revised higher than the minimum versions originally published, the configuration is still valid and is supported.

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Where can I get more information?

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

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