Oracle is offering enterprise customers a pre-built platform for rapidly deploying applications and services in the data centre, integrating x86 server hardware, networking and storage resources plus a software-defined fabric.
Announced on Tuesday, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is described by the firm as an engineered system for rapid, repeatable deployment of virtualised applications and services. Customers will be able to go from start up to production in about an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just a few minutes, the firm promised.
The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is based on Oracle's twin-socket Xeon-based Sun Server X3-2 hardware. Up to 25 of these nodes are fitted into a 42U enclosure along with Oracle's QDR InfiniBand-based fabric interconnect and an integrated Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
This is delivered to the customer fully assembled along with software including Oracle's virtual machine (VM) and VM Manager tools, plus Oracle software-defined networking (SDN) to provide a turnkey solution for application deployment, according to the firm.
Once installed in the data centre, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance can host applications running on a variety of platforms such as Oracle's Linux and Solaris, as well as Windows.
Entire Oracle application stacks such as Oracle Database and Oracle enterprise applications can be deployed speedily and with ease using Oracle VM Templates and Assembly Builders, the firm claimed.
Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president for Linux and Virtualisation Engineering at Oracle, said: "The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is unique in accelerating not only virtual infrastructure deployment, but also in speeding deployment of the complete application stacks through Oracle VM Templates."
Coekaerts claimed that only Oracle can deliver this level of integration, thanks to having its own technology at every level of the stack in the Virtual Compute Appliance, plus with a single point of contact for support.
The Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is fault tolerant out of the box with no single point of failure, according to Oracle. Application virtual machines will automatically restart following hardware or software failure.
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