Oracle and OpenStack specialist Mirantis have teamed up to enable Oracle customers to deploy the firm's Database 12c as a service on OpenStack with Solaris, a move that makes it easier for customers to provision and operate databases in a private cloud deployment.
Slated to be available before the end of June, the new capability is intended to enable Oracle Solaris and Mirantis OpenStack users to accelerate application and database provisioning in private cloud environments, the two firms said.
The joint effort will also see the Oracle Database 12c and its multitenant option on Oracle Solaris available via the OpenStack Application catalogue, otherwise known as the Murano Project, making these the first cloud-ready Oracle products to be offered this way.
Oracle integrated support for the OpenStack framework into Solaris 11.2, released last year, for the x86 and Sparc processor architectures. The firm also updated its Oracle Database 12c platform last year with new capabilities, including an in-memory option to compete against SAP HANA.
However, it is the multitenant feature that is key to Database 12c being deployed as a service. This allows a single multitenant container database to host many 'pluggable' databases, where each provides a secure, isolated environment in which customers can run applications.
Oracle said that OpenStack for Solaris delivers the advanced security and enterprise-class reliability of the Solaris operating system with the agility of OpenStack to provide the perfect cloud platform for running enterprise applications and Oracle Database.
Markus Flierl, vice president for Oracle Solaris, said the deal "lets customers take advantage of the security of Oracle Solaris and the power of software in silicon technology, built into Oracle's upcoming Sparc M7-based systems, in their private OpenStack clouds".
Oracle's Sparc M7 processor, due sometime this year, is set to be a hugely powerful chip with 32 cores, each capable of running eight threads, and supporting up to 2TB of memory per processor socket.
Mirantis, which styles itself as the "pure play" OpenStack provider, has announced a number of partnerships with other technology providers over the past few weeks, but making Oracle's database easier to operate on its OpenStack distribution is one of the most significant.
"Oracle Database is critical for many enterprises. The integration between Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Solaris and Mirantis OpenStack in the upcoming Mirantis OpenStack 6.1 release will allow those customers to quickly deploy Oracle Database applications with a few clicks," said Mirantis chief executive Adrian Ionel.
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