News Briefs

February 2011

Oracle Embraces Standards, Simplifies Cloud IT Management

Oracle is strengthening its commitment to offering complete, open, and integrated cloud computing with the new Oracle Cloud Resource Model Application Programming Interface (Oracle Cloud API) for managing cloud computing infrastructures. It has also submitted the Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API, a subset of the Oracle Cloud API, to the Distributed Management Task Force to be considered in a proposed infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud API standard and to help speed the development of cloud-related standards.

The Oracle Cloud Elemental Resource Model API targets machines, storage volumes, and networks, all common elements that make up a cloud. The API specifies how a machine can be provisioned from an image, how a volume can be linked to a machine, and how a machine can be connected to a network and will encourage open standardization in the industry.

The Oracle Cloud API ensures that users can efficiently manage cloud-based resources by leveraging virtualization, clustering, and dynamic provisioning across all layers of the stack. The API abides by the representational state transfer (REST) architecture style and uses HTTP methods to interact with the resources to easily achieve associating, provisioning, modifying, and retiring of entries.

The Oracle Cloud API specification is available at oracle.com/technetwork/topics/cloud

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g

IT executives looking for ways to simplify hardware management in virtualized, traditional, and cloud-based data center environments can benefit from the new Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g, the industry’s first converged hardware management solution for Oracle’s Sun environments. This converged approach can help reduce hardware management costs by as much as 90 percent.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g facilitates integrated applications-to-disk management by combining management across servers, operating systems, firmware, virtual machines, and storage and network fabrics into one console. Users will find they can cut provisioning time in half and get new services delivered more quickly with automated end-to-end deployment plans and rapid scalability.

For customers seeking to minimize cloud computing operational expenses, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g also features new hardware management capabilities for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle’s engineered systems, as well as Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance line.

“By providing a single, intuitive management console, we are enabling customers to streamline operations, improve productivity, and dramatically reduce management costs,” says Steve Wilson, vice president of systems management at Oracle. 

Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Product Line

Oracle’s next-generation Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product line introduces unified storage capabilities to simplify deployment of storage resources for physical and virtualized servers and cloud computing environments. The systems also increase throughput as much as 50 percent, improving application performance and reducing cost.

The appliances build on the earlier introduction of flash-enabled hybrid storage pools and feature everything needed from unified storage systems, including high-capacity, high-performance density and serviceability, DTrace analytics that enable optimization of storage for physical and virtual servers, and high-availability options.

An extensive suite of data services is included at no charge with every system. The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers support for the utilization of multiple data services via multiple storage interconnects and powerful storage controllers. For example, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is the only unified storage product to reduce primary storage consumption by as much as 90 percent by combining inline compression and deduplication.

The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance line includes best-in-class management software and an innovative hybrid storage pool architecture, integrated with Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, for optimal business system performance. In addition, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is used in Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Working together, these systems give customers the option to start small but expand into a next-generation cloud computing infrastructure—deploying applications faster and at a lower cost over time.