FAQ - Oracle Validated Configurations
Updated June 25, 2012
· 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?
· Do I have to pay to get access to Oracle Validated Configurations?
· Who is Oracle partnering with to deliver these Validated Configurations?
· Why has Oracle chosen Linux x86-64 as the architecture for the initial configurations?
· What versions of Oracle Database are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?
· What versions of Linux distributions are included in Oracle Validated Configurations?
· How are the hardware and operating system combinations chosen?
· Does Oracle intend to limit its list of configurations to include only a few options?
· How do I 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?
Oracle Validated Configurations enable easier, faster, and lower-cost deployment of Linux and Oracle VM solutions in the enterprise. The program offers pre-tested, validated architectures, with documented best practices for software, hardware, storage, and network components, to help improve the performance, scalability, and reliability of solutions, with faster, lower-cost implementations. An industry-wide, partner-accepted and endorsed program that offers documented best practices for virtualized and Linux deployments, Oracle Validated Configurations provide details on what to deploy, how to deploy and recommendations on hardware and software combinations that have proven to be the most effective.
There is a higher level of assurance that these configurations will run well as these component stacks have undergone a higher amount of stress testing. These recommendations also reduce testing and discovery efforts for end-users and enable them to deploy solutions more quickly. They help:
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 component stack" and providing recommendations on versions, settings, and fixes for a stack (software, hardware, and storage) based on experience with running workloads in the Oracle and Partner Linux Test Lab.
No. This is simply best practices documentation based on extensive stack testing. You do not need to pay to get access to this information.
Oracle is partnering with the leading vendors in each category as outlined below:
The initial configurations will be delivered on some of these partner components. Eventually, we will deliver configurations including all the above partner technologies.
Oracle is seeing significant end-user demand for Linux x86-64 architectures and is fully committed to developing, advancing and promoting the 64-bit commodity Linux. All new chipsets and servers are now being shipped with x86-64 architecture, thereby offering a much wider hardware selection to end-users than some of the other architectures. Therefore, Oracle has chosen to initially make Oracle Validated Configurations available on Linux x86-64.
Oracle Validated Configurations always include the latest version of Oracle Database.
New validated configurations will be always be based on the latest version of Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Linux kernel and the latest version of Oracle VM.
The Linux distribution choice for a particular Oracle Validated Configuration does not imply that only a specific hardware is suitable for only Oracle Linux or RHEL.Back to top
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.
You will be able to get support for Oracle Validated Configurations in exactly the same way as you get support for any other Oracle and partner products today. You will need to buy the appropriate license and support for the various components of the stack if you choose to deploy Oracle Validated Configurations. Oracle and its partners already have joint support processes in place for the joint handling of any customer support issues that may come up for Oracle Validated Configurations. The delivery of a complete and integrated support solution leads to faster problem resolution and reduced support costs, which are critical to our customers' success.
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.
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 by Oracle and the partners that assisted in the publication of the VC.