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Oracle President Mark Hurd Explains the Unique Value of Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance

Noting that Oracle now offers eight engineered systems with closely integrated software and hardware components, Oracle President Mark Hurd says the latest entry, Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance, delivers unique value in performance, features, cost savings, and ease of use. “No other vendor delivers this kind of value—they only deliver piece parts and basic virtual machines that require mounds and mounds of integration,” Hurd says in a recent webcast now available on-demand.

When organizations have to integrate compute, network, and storage infrastructure from several vendors, lengthy provisioning and configuring requirements make it difficult to successfully address today’s quickly emerging business opportunities. Virtual Compute Appliance streamlines these critical tasks with a single, integrated system designed to run virtually any application and support cloud services.

“Virtual Compute Appliance offers value that other converged infrastructure vendors can’t match,” says Wim Coekaerts, Oracle senior vice president, Linux and virtualization engineering, who demonstrates the appliance in the webcast. “By engineering hardware and software together, Oracle has created an engineered system that’s highly available and extensible even after acquisition. By adding new features through software, Oracle makes it easy for customers to deploy new business services rapidly, providing them with the agility and flexibility they need to grow. We’re already seeing a strong response from customers running traditional enterprise applications and from cloud service providers.”

Four Key Differentiators
Coekaerts outlined four design objectives that distinguish Virtual Compute Appliance from other integrated systems.

  • Fast deployment. The technology requires minimal implementation time to launch Oracle and third-party applications or services. Application and service deployment is also streamlined with Oracle VM Templates for more than 100 Oracle software packages, which can reduce deployment times from days to hours and minutes, according to Coekaerts.
  • Management ease. Enterprises can consolidate Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and other Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows applications onto one platform with Virtual Compute Appliance. Organizations can then centrally manage all the hardware and software components using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which can be downloaded.
  • Ease of storage expansion. IT managers can quickly expand storage capacity with Oracle ZFS Storage Oracle ZS3 series storage systems while increasing throughput and reducing latency in high-density virtualized environments.
  • Preconfigured for high availability (HA). All hardware components come in pairs for system redundancy, and Oracle VM supports live migration of workloads to keep operations running in case of a component failure. “From an administrator’s point of view, you don’t have to know how to set up the appliance for high availability,” Coekaerts says. “The hardware and software in the system is already HA-enabled.”

View the full webcast devoted to Virtual Compute Appliance.
Download an e-book: Virtual Compute Appliance.
Watch a Flash demo about Virtual Compute Appliance.

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