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Virtualization in the Cloud Age

Watch this webinar to understand how virtualization effects Oracle licensing both on-premise and in the cloud, and how to leverage virtualization for your business.

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Harold Halpern

We’re going to begin right here. Really, this is about virtualization and Oracle in the Cloud Age, and how Oracle has gotten to where it is with its positions, and what those positions are relative to not only VMware, but other hypervisors, including Oracle Virtual Machine. We’ll also touch on the Trusted Partitioning Policy, which is the guiding document that Oracle uses. We’ll talk about some of the other tools that are available to folks to help segregate their environments in a virtualized manner.

Harold Halpern

Just one thing to get out of the way, basic housekeeping. Really, this presentation is for educational purposes only. Your licenses that you own from Oracle, the rights to them, are governed by the contractual agreement that you have spelled out in your Oracle License and Service Agreement, the Oracle processor policy, and the Oracle Software Technical Services Support Policies. The presentation you’re about to be presented is for general background information on common use cases and configurations that may not be perfectly applicable to your situation. In essence, what that means is everything you’re getting here is an overview of an interpretation of the policy.

Harold Halpern

The agenda is really cut and dry. We’re going to understand virtualization effects on Oracle Licensing, both on-prem and in the cloud. We’re going to talk about various Oracle licensing documents and terms, the architectural factor, virtualization partitioning, VMware through the ages, the Oracle Partitioning Policy which is the Oracle’s governing document. We will touch on Nutanix and a little Q&A at the end.

Harold Halpern

So, really, if you think about it, over time, companies are forced to choose, really always, between flexibility or lower cost. When you look at things, virtualization is really a key component in there, right? You want to be able to rebalance your spend across different services. That’s a difficult thing. The visibility or control over software spend really is limited. Now, in the Cloud Age, it’s become even more difficult to understand and to monitor. Companies really have difficulty leveraging their on-prem software investments in the cloud and in this hybrid cloud environment, if some of you are in it. Or if you’re still in a traditional on-prem environment, it’s still very difficult to manage that. The last point here, which is delayed time to value because of complex pricing, that’s always been an issue with Oracle and continues to be.

Harold Halpern

So, the first thing you need to think about here is knowledge of Oracle’s Virtualization Policies and Best Practices really can make your life very simple; can avoid the trappings that lead to major unbudgeted, unplanned expenditures; and can make it more affordable for customers to move to the cloud while creating extreme flexibility in what and how they use cloud services.

Harold Halpern

So, one of the key things to bear in mind is Oracle’s Processing Core Factor, and we’ll talk about that a number of times throughout this presentation. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a simple standard that Oracle has applied based on chip set and manufacturing. If you look on the screen, you’ll see there’s a link that you can Google or you can put it in your browser, and it shows you exactly what the core factor is, whether it’s 0.5-to-1, which is half an Oracle processing license per licensable core in an Intel type chip, to a one-to-one processing factor if you’re in an IBM power type chip. So these core factors play not only in your on-prem environment, but also carry through to the cloud, and we will touch on that later.

Harold Halpern

When we’re talking about virtualization … and you’ve heard me mention Oracle’s Partitioning Policy, and we will get to that, and there’s a link that you’ll see later on in here. That’s really a page-and-a-half document that Oracle has published which is outside of your software license agreement. It’s out there, and it’s the positioning document that Oracle leverages, both from a sales perspective and from a business practice or license management systems perspective, LMS, as to how your licenses are governed. In that document, there is a section that talks about soft partitioning, another section that talks about hard partitioning, and about trusted partitioning. These are three different turns.

Harold Halpern

So soft partitioning would be virtually carving out a processor. Hard partitioning is segregating out processors from the whole to isolate them in their own little center. Trusted partitioning is the ability to expand on demand with Oracle’s engineered systems, whether that be Database Supplies, whether that be Exadata, Exalytics, Exalogic, any of those types of machines. That leads itself to the on-demand licensing, which, again, is on the engineered systems that allows you to expand licensed consumption as needed so that you can go from, let’s say, 10 cores to 15 cores with just the [effectuazation] of enabling those processors and possessing those licenses. That is something that is only available on the Oracle engineered systems. We will be talking about the public cloud. You folks probably know names like AWS, Azure, Oracle—OCI is Oracle’s cloud—amongst others.

Harold Halpern

So, as we think about it, Oracle’s licensing has evolved throughout the ages. When Oracle began and it was out there, multiprocessors started taking what was a client server type environment and expanding on it. So Oracle went from a license set where you had a concurrent device type license, which were the number of users at any high water mark on a server or servers, to what they said was a core factor. In between, they did megahertz, but for this discussion, we’re going to focus on going from a core processor core factor, so you count the number of processors in a machine, and that would be the number of licenses you have.

Harold Halpern

However, the computer sprawl that occurred during that time, as companies expanded laterally and vertically, led to the rise of virtualization, because the sprawl became unmanageable, untenable, and very expensive. So organizations began to virtualize their machines. So taking a physical server and basically virtualizing it and cutting it into a virtual amount of forests. If you had a 12-processor machine, you could then cut it down or virtualize it into tens of processors on each individual core, thereby expanding your capability without creating digital sprawl, but it led to creating virtual sprawl. That, in turn, though, that rise of that technology led Oracle to develop and implement their partitioning policy, which basically is going to state that any processor that you virtualize, you have to license at the physical level.

Harold Halpern

However, as virtualization gets more sophisticated, that policy, being broadly and generally written, allows for the expansion of this policy to go beyond even the processors that are running Oracle, and we’ll talk about that. Then, we’re going to talk about hyper-converged infrastructure. The hyper-converged infrastructure is really the evolution of where we are now and leads into the cloud, which the cloud dynamically changes everything. We do see a matter of resources you need yet being policy virtualization, because some clouds are bare metal and some are virtualized, still is in effect. However, there are various degrees of effect that the partitioning policy has in the cloud, depending if it’s Oracle’s cloud or an AWS cloud. There’s a limit on it.

Harold Halpern

Just as a point of reference, if you’re looking at AWS, it’s running on x86 here. However, since the partitioning policies state that any core that could be accessed through a V-motion needs to be licensed, but because AWS is so expensive and Oracle has a custom agreement, in lieu of applying this policy, which would make the cloud untenable for any company to use, what Oracle instead did was say that any core inside of AWS that you’re using must be licensed at a one-to-one ratio, not at the 0.5-to-1 ratio that we’d normally apply to x86 or Intel-based chips. So that’s the concession that Oracle made to allow you to use the cloud in a virtualized manner without really having to license every single processor that’s in this cloud. So that’s just an example of how this partitioning policy kind of has the ability to morph itself to situations. It really needs a tight view to determine where and what you’re doing.

Harold Halpern

Although it seems very simple, every physical core that you virtualize needs to be licensed for Oracle license if you have it on there. However, any core that can be accessed through the vCenter also needs to be licensed, regardless of whether or not you’re running Oracle on it, which now that poses major challenges in the Cloud Age.

Harold Halpern

Really, as we look at it, here’s the definition. I’ve mentioned it a few times. This is the heart and meat of everything, right? It’s when CPU on a server is separated into individual sections where each section acts as a separate system. It can be called segmenting, but normally, it is partitioning is the term we use. There’s several hardware and software virtualization technologies available that allow partitioning abilities with varying degrees of resource allocation. Why do you do it? It allows you to perform resource consolidation, increase uptime, and decrease running costs.

Harold Halpern

Now, here’s the rub, right? Soft partitioning, again, segments the operating system using OS resource managers. The operating system limits the number of CPUs, right, where Oracle database is run. What does this really mean? If your solution uses software to create separate silos of compute on a single physical device, you’re using soft partitioning. That can be VMware, Hypervisor-V, AIX Workload Manager, Oracle Virtual Machine. Again, this is a repeating theme. Count all the physical cores in the machine, multiply by the core factor. However, you need to bear in mind what is part of the vCenter. So it’s not only what is on that machine, but what other machines are part of this sphere?

Harold Halpern

So if you had a machine that was running Oracle on it on 12 cores and you had four other cores on there that were running not Oracle, they’re on the same server. So in Oracle’s vernacular, unless it’s on a machine that allows for hard partitioning, you have to license all of those cores, regardless of the Oracle. Concurrently, if there were second and third machines also not running Oracle but in that same vCenter, all the cores on those machines would have to be licensed. So to recap this, really, the first thing you’re going to do is count all the physical cores that have Oracle on it. Then, you need to look at what and if you have other cores in there that could be VMotion, too—A, on the same physical server or, B, on other servers that are in the same vCenter.

Harold Halpern

In addition, and we’ll touch on this later on, with VMware, as it evolved over time, it had the ability to VMotion throughout. So shared storage will play a factor in it, and we’ll get to that shortly here. As we talk about Oracle’s partitioning categories, we talk about hard partitioning, and I mentioned that earlier to you. Hard partitioning is really physically segmenting a server. Most of you, if not all of you, understand that, where you can separate, at the boot area, memory input, and the like. From a licensing perspective, if your machine is the correct type, it is possible to physically partition cores, and the licensing required thereby is physically partitioned.

Harold Halpern

So in that example, again, as we talked about before, if you have a machine with 24 cores on there, but you can isolate and physically partition, through hard partitioning, six cores to be Oracle only, then those six cores would be the only ones requiring licensing. You would take those six cores and multiply them by the per core factor. However, if you can’t, that’s a different story. This is just in a bare metal type environment. When we talk about virtualization, even with the hard partitioning, if you can VMotion from the hard partitioned Oracle to the non-Oracle core, that becomes another problem. Okay? Remember, all approved hard partitioning technologies must have a cap or maximum number of core processors for the given partition. Key factor in that was Oracle.

Harold Halpern

Now, this is very interesting here. Oracle’s view on virtualization, if you think about this for a minute and you say to yourself, “Well, Oracle’s saying if I have a server and I’ve got 24 cores on it, I’m setting 12 up to Oracle. I virtualize those 12. But I have 12 non-Oracle cores on there, and I have two other servers that run non-Oracle all on the same vSAN.” Oracle is saying I’ve got to license every single physical core on the three machines. That’s akin to saying, there’s a parking lot. Every spot in the parking lot costs $100, but I’ve got 100,000 spots in here or 10,000 spots in the lot. Because I could park in any given spot in the lot, I have to pay for every single spot in the lot. That’s really the visual that we’re trying to impart here with this picture.

Harold Halpern

Oracle is saying because you could move to any core in the vCenter, you have to license all of them. That, in tune, goes to two factors. If you’re on VMware below 6.0 and you’ve got shared storage, the view is you’ve got to license everything that is in the same … has the ability to VMotion that’s on that same shared storage. However, if you have non-shared storage, and we’re going to get to this, you can isolate and limit the amount of spaces that you need or cores that you have to license. However, if you’re a VMware 6.0 or above, that becomes a non-factor with the shared storage, because that allows you to VMotion anywhere, regardless of the shared storage, which becomes a major cost factor as you think about virtualizing.

Harold Halpern

I can tell you, from first-hand experience, that we have seen clients who have small environments, small user populations, but didn’t really understand or architect correctly when they designed their virtualized infrastructure and were exposed to the tune of millions of dollars’ worth of licensing requirements, both for database and middleware Oracle licensing because of this. Remember, this policy that we’re talking about runs on what Oracle calls a technology stack, which is databasing tools and middleware. So if you, for instance, for a UBS customer and you’ve got database in WebLogic or Internet Application Server, this is not only on the database layer, but on the middleware, whether it’s WebLogic or Internet Application Server. That’s a major point of exposure here. That’s why we keep referring back, during this presentation, to exposure to risk.

Harold Halpern

Really, what we’re trying to bring out and make everyone aware of is what seems to be very simplistic and easy to manage can become something as catastrophic as what’s indicated on this picture. So, Oracle recognizes the practice pay for server usage based on the numb of CPUs that are turned on, capacity on demand or pay as you go. This feature, however, is available on some of the engineered systems, whether that’s the database appliance for the Exadata … which means that if you had an ODA with 24 cores on it and you began its service with six of the cores lit up and licensed, over time, you can grow this to any number up to the maximum capacity. Because it’s trusted, you also have the ability to run non-Oracle on different parts of that device and not worry about the fact that you are in the same unit and having to license all cores regardless of the Oracle.

Harold Halpern

So, again, on-demand licensing, the ability to pay as you grow, is limited to the Oracle engineered systems, and it has a twofold benefit on it, right? Pay as you go and trusted partitioning. OVM, which is the leading way that you would do it on one of those two systems that we talked about. OVM is Oracle’s Virtual Machine. It offers advanced features for hard partitioning, also known as CPU tinning. That’s regardless of what brand of hardware it’s on. As long as you can run it on there, it’s available. So it could run on Linux. It could run on Solaris Spark. You have the ability to do it. Hard partitioning means binding the vCPUs to a physical CPU thread or cores and preventing these vCPUs from being scheduled on physical CPU threads or cores other than the ones specified. It is application driven.

Harold Halpern

Unlike VMware, Oracle’s virtualization solutions know what is running inside the virtual machine and can provision and manage those application’s middleware and database and coordinate it. It is low cost. Unlike VMware, Oracle VM is free to download, use, and distribute, with extremely affordable support fees. So for those of you that are saying, “Why do it?” Well, A, it reduces license exposure. B, it is extremely economical, thereby reducing your cost of VMware. The skill set can be learned very rapidly, or you can use a partner to help you to implement it. Regardless, it is a very low-cost, fully functional method to virtualize. It’s very rapid to implement. The templates make it very quick to deploy enterprise software, including CRM, ERP clustering, and management. Oracle VM Reference Configurations accelerate deployment of complete virtualized infrastructure.

Harold Halpern

It’s got integrated management, so it’s got full stack management, which lets you effectively manage the Hypervisor physical server in an application through one single pane of glass. It’s a very efficient architecture. Having a single engineering team for Linux and OVM leads to better optimization between Hypervisor and Linux. Remember, these are both Oracle products. Although Linux is socialist software and it’s free, Oracle has its own flavor of its support, and it’s the same kernel as Red Hat. Again, less expensive than the Red Hat support. It is, again, free software. You only have to pay for the support. I know I’m melding two things together, but if you think about the OS and the virtualization layer and you say, “I’m running Oracle technology.” Why wouldn’t you run Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux, thereby reducing costs, have a single pane of glass, and single neck to choke, so to speak? Makes things very, very cost effective, very easy to manage.

Harold Halpern

It is an extremely efficient method to reduce exposure to risk and reduce costs, all with the intent of managing your on-prem and giving you a good handle on sprawl. So, again, Oracle makes it easier and more affordable for customers to, A, get license mobility. OVM makes everything easier and more flexible and less expensive.

Harold Halpern

So we’re going to skip over the universal credits for cloud, because I’m not sure we’ve got enough time to talk about that, but we can get to that later. Essentially, you really have the ability to deal with virtualization through some different tools, right? The key points to remember is this. If you have short storage and you’re running VMware below 6.0, all cores in that vCenter that can be accessed through that shared storage have to be licensed for Oracle, regardless of whether or not they’re running Oracle. If, however, you can give dedicated storage to a dedicated Oracle vCenter, you can isolate the Oracle licensing required to those cores that are in that vCenter. If, however, you are on VMware 6.0 or above, really, all cores in your data center that could be accessed through vMotion, regardless of the underlying shared storage, will need to be licensed.

Harold Halpern

There is a major point of exposure when you think about what you have here. You need to look good and hard at your environment architecturally for what you’re doing. Just as a case in point, we had a client who was designing a warehouse management system, and they were trying to understand how best to architect that system. The problem they were running into was they were all on VMware 6.4. the number of cores in their environment are over 2,000 physical cores. What we said to them was, “You’re a non-Oracle environment for the predominance of these cores.” They were an SAP shop running Db2 for their environment, and they had non-Oracle throughout their VMware from Microsoft and other things. We said to them, “Your issue to put 24 cores for a warehouse management system is going to expose you to millions of dollars of Oracle licensing.”

Harold Halpern

We basically had to guide them through out to re-architect using Oracle Virtual Machine, VMware, and isolating out those cores onto the servers that were going to be dedicated for this warehouse management system. What they ended up with was a highly efficient, highly leveraged environment that did not require them to have all the Oracle licensing, but only license the 24 cores that were required to be licensed. In turn, again, that story highlights the fact that you need to pay attention to not only the cores that are running Oracle, but the cores that aren’t, and the underlying shared storage, which some people may or may not know about. So those are the key takeaways back and the Oracle Trusted Partitioning Document as the guiding emphasis of it.

Harold Halpern

So, what I’d like to do now is give you all a few minutes on Centroid, who we are, what we do. Then, once we’re done with that, we’re going to break into a quick question and answer session. For those of you who don’t know or aren’t familiar with Centroid, we are an Oracle Platinum partner, specifically a top 25 strategic partner. We span the gamut from servers and storage up through the OS, into the database layer, and all the way out into the front end ERP or edge applications like EBS, Hyperion, OID, and the like. We do everything from project-based solutions, customization, management services, hosting, cloud assessments, cloud migration, cloud monitoring, licensed assessments, licensed optimization, licensed management, and ongoing expense optimization.

Harold Halpern

We’ve been around for over 20 years. We’ve got offices throughout the US, from the New York metropolitan area to Dallas, to Detroit, to Northern/Southern California, to Hyderabad, India. We’ve got over 300 or so Oracle professionals that we have employed. Our focus is on future-proofing your environment to make your business more efficient, more economically run, and more cost-effective. Really, that’s who we are. Just a few things to note. We are an Oracle gold-level cloud partner and have implemented some of the largest infrastructure and platform implementations in the Oracle cloud. We also implement non-Oracle cloud, such as AWS and the like.

Harold Halpern

We are the Oracle engineered systems partner of the year for several years running, so we have extensive Exadata, ODA, Exalytics experience. As you can see, there are too many things for us to kind of cover in a nutshell, but we would gladly welcome conversations on any and all of these in the future, if you have any. Suffice it to say, I know everybody’s time is valuable, and I don’t want to kind of take this up with a commercial. You guys came here to learn stuff. So what I want to do is go over a few questions that have come in while the webinar was going on. What we’ve seen so far is we’ve seen a few questions come in as to what type of assessments are offered by Centroid to help reduce the risk of non-compliance through VMware?

Harold Halpern

That’s really an excellent question. I wanted to cover that in a little depth. One of the things that we encourage all of our clients to do, and Gartner and Forrester both also recommend doing this, is that on an annual or, at the very worst, every two years, to self-assess your entitlement rights against your actual deployment. What Centroid actual does to that effect is we actually assess the actual software license entitlement rights that you have in your original software agreement, such as your software purchases and the like. What we do is we look at them against how things were deployed in the past and how they’re deployed today and where you’re going in the future. Then, we give you a gap analysis.

Harold Halpern

If you’re virtualized, we look at the virtualization, and we then assess them against where you are and what, if any, gaps do exist. I know that there was a comment that came in from Sean. You wanted me to go over the other slide. I will do that with you on a one-on-one basis, because it’s going to be a little sloppy for me to exit where we are today. I’ll go over that with you offline, and I’ll have Bob set up a time to go over that in depth with you. I apologize for it, but I don’t want to come out of this to go to that right now, if that’s okay.

Harold Halpern

One of the other questions that came up here was, what really is the relationship of AWS to licensing rights? That’s a very simple question to answer. So you pay for your virtual cores on AWS by the core, right? So whatever you contract with AWS for, you need to license per core with AWS. So if you’re paying for 10, you need 10 Oracle licenses that are going on there. It’s a one-to-one ratio. However, if you are an Oracle cloud, that ratio is two virtual CPUs per one Oracle license. So there is a definite cost factor to go to that. So that is one area that is available to us to help reduce costs, is to look at the Oracle core and the Oracle virtual machine.

Harold Halpern

There’s another question here, and that question revolves around if you own a ULA, how does that play into virtualization? That’s an excellent question. The ULA, as I believe most of you probably know, is an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement. What that means is you get to deploy unlimited quantities, unless otherwise specified in your agreement. However, unless there is a preclusion written into that original software agreement, you can deploy an unlimited quantity in a virtualized environment. If, however, there are preclusions written in there, it would preclude you either in the cloud or on-prem in a virtualized environment. So it’s imperative that, again, you go back to your Oracle documents and look at them closely to ensure that you are out of or in compliance, whichever way it is, and that you’re following the guidelines in there. Again, the original software purchase agreement that you have with Oracle or through the partner that you bought them through are the governing documents superseded by the Oracle Partitioning Document.

Harold Halpern

Well, we’re coming up against 11:45 Eastern, and I want to be mindful of everybody’s time. If there are any other questions, please feel free to email them to Bob Huggins. That’s [email protected] Or to me, [email protected] I thank you again for your time this morning, and we look forward to meeting with you again on another webinar or in person at Oracle OpenWorld, where we will be having an event Sunday night. It is a cruise in the harbor, so we encourage you, again, to reach out to us, let us know that you’re attending. We will subsequently get you an invite onto the vessel. So, again, thank you, and take care.

Oracle Cloud Simplified

Gain deep insight into the Oracle Cloud and its unique PaaS & IaaS capabilities, and watch demonstrations of common cloud deployment use cases in this webinar presented by Ajay Arora, Managing Partner at Centroid.

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Brian

Today we’re going to be speaking for approximately and hour and change and doing a wide range of things. Today I’ve got on the phone Ajay Arora a managing partner at Centroid. Ben Masters, one of our cloud architects whose going to be doing some demonstrations and myself Brian Boyd.

Brian

So for the testament to the webinar we’ve asked that you keep your phones on mute so that we can have a clear messaging. We are going to be asking the prospects and customers type into the chat menu any questions they have as they go along. And we will have a section at the very end of the presentation were we will go and answer those questions as we go through it. But we will be answering the questions toward the end of it and not at the beginning.

Brian

So with that, I’m going to hand it over to Ajay and let him get going on this and then I will talk to later on in the presentation. Thank you.

Ajay

Thanks Brian. Good afternoon everyone at least from where I am. Today we’ll talk about what is the offering from Oracle on the cloud infrastructure. And then, as Brian mentioned, I have one of my colleagues Ben Masters who is part of our cloud team go over the OCI setup and also do some of the OCI speeds and feeds demo. And then we’ll come back and talk about the overall use cases and where we can help.

Ajay

So that’s the overall agenda. I’ll pause for about ten seconds after every slide change because it takes about five seconds to wait to refresh. Number one, who we are. We’ll go over that brief introduction about Centroid. Introduction to OCI. If Oracle has not bombarded you enough we’ll give you a little bit more feedback on what the OCI is and what the seven features are. The overall foundation of OCI, especially on the PAAS and IAAS side. And we’re going to also, I’ve done some comparisons against the other leading cloud providers, so we’ll go over that. Some of the numbers. And then followed by the like I said earlier, the OCI trial walk through. How to set it up for trial and then how to basically start up. And we’ll look at the consulting services.

Ajay

So who we are. So Centroid has been in existence since nineteen ninety-seven so we are actually celebrating our twentieth year this year. And its basically focused on firstly people. Employees are our biggest assets. And then we world of technology and business where we combine everything together. Our focus has been Oracle from the day one and that’s the only OEM we work with and that’s where we specialize.

Ajay

What kind of credibility do we bring to the table. We have been Oracle platinum partner for last six years and recently Oracle did announce new partner for the cloud environments as well. And we have been nominated and also got the designation of a Cloud Select. Which is one level higher than the cloud basic. So we are part of the platinum partner cloud select program and I’m now going to go over the details of each and every line item but you can see the specializations of what we have so far. If you’d like to have a copy of the deck, there’s an email literally shown on the last page. Email that to Brian and he will get you a copy of the deck as well.

Ajay

Overall we go completely deep and wide. So like I said, we are not focusing on fifty thousand different technologies. We focus on Oracle Technology and Oracle applications only. That keeps our skill set up to date and we normally end up working on the leading end and breeding edges of technology side. We cover from all the way from applications down to the storage. One of our partners is Apps to Iron. So we can cover whether it’s the ERP, EBS, PeopleSoft JD including the middleware and down to the storage and the hardware infrastructure including the engineer systems.

Ajay

Some of the facts, like I said, we’ve been in existence since nineteen ninety-seven. Two hundred and fifty plus employees and growing day by day. We have brick and mortar offices in Dallas, Detroit – Detroit being the headquarters, San Francisco, L.A. and of course our offshore office in Hyderabad, India. Our firm is completely focused on consulting, manage services and of course we do resell of software and hardware as well. We have been awarded multiple ES service contracts by different organizations throughout the U.S. And we do enjoy the trusted advisor partner status with multiple clientele across the U.S. Across multiple industry verticals as well. And outside of just being cloud select and the Oracle platinum partner, we have also been selected by Oracle because of the skill set on our delivery, to be part of the Oracle Velocity. Where Oracle is also investing and Brian will go into detail at the end of the session. And also we are part of the MSP program which is the managed services program where we can actually provide managed services for Oracle on Oracle Cloud itself. Workforce, like is said, this is just a graphical representation of our offices across the globe.

Ajay

So what is an OCI. When we ask the customers what do you mean you need a cloud environment? When we look at, from the enterprise architecture side, what is required from an enterprise ready cloud. These are some of the features that come into mind. It has to be consistent and reliable. If it’s going down every two days then its not reliable at all. It needs to provide a similar kind of security control and transparency as customers come to enjoy in on premise systems.

Ajay

Number three. The basic idea of cloud started with global deployment and global availability so that customers don’t have to bother about opening new data centers across the globe. It is supposed to handle all kids of work loads whether its data warehouse, an OLTP, transactional block chain developments site and big data analytics. It should be able to support all kinds of work loads. And basically it should be flexible enough so I have tools and utilities available where we can move things from on premise system into the cloud very easily. And its not as if I have to build something in cloud environment. It is completely siloed. It should be able to integrate that directly to the on premise system because its just not feasible for any customer to do a lift and shift of a workload or an application and basically not talk to the on premise systems which have been backbone of the integration from day one.

Ajay

And also the split configuration of deployments means hybrid cloud. Most of the customers are either looking at hybrid cloud or public cloud because what they’re looking at mostly is not takin the plunge in a whole heated way but rather, and we’ll go through that in a later slide in detail, is taking step by step, put the tool in the water, test out the water and then take the little bit trivial applications, little bit trivial workloads into the cloud infrastructure. So hence comes the Oracle Cloud.

Ajay

So today our focus is actually on PaaS on IaaS. We will do another webinar to go over the Sass and Daas service but today more focus is on PaaS and IaaS. And Oracle’s definition for public cloud is it’s a complete, open and secure platform that spans all layers of cloud computing. And it provides the choice and access to innovation for everyone not a specific type of customers only. Overall when I look at the technical details about the OCI, OCI we start with multiple regions. And those regions are increasing day by day and again on this slide when we looked at it we actually have Frankfort in one of the slides here but there’s another deployment in London also. So regions have been expanding by Oracle on a day to day basis. Every region has multiple availability domains. Means different data centers. So even within the Phoenix region I can have up to three or four availability domains and I can pick my application to be deployed on any of the domains. And on top of that is the physical network and completely segregated the VNC’s, the virtual networks. And on top of it we get the final compute and storage layer which talks about the bare metal the bare metal within the MES, the virtual machines, the engineered systems and any kind of compute we need including storage as well.

Ajay

You guys might have seen the slides from Oracle talking about the six to eleven overall data center regions. They have expanded it to eleven and more and more are coming as Oracle defines the roll out plan for multiple data centers.

Ajay

The overall key use causes for OCI, and like I said earlier, we have bare metal available whether it’s a solaris, linux, any kind of linux, windows, we have elastic computes, the container services whether it’s Dockers, Kubernetes or now even Blockchain. And with Oracle’s acquisition of Innovative Science this morning they are actually now diving into more analytics and data science area as well. And also take any of our hypervisor base solution we can bring it to the Oracle Cloud and run it on Ravello. But if your requirement is having the physical machine we can give you a dedicated compute on any x36 open platform. Or if your workload requires a highly customized engineered system then Oracle has also provided the excel data and XLXS Cloud service as well.

Ajay

The choice of deployments are very, very simple here. We can go into IaaS or we can go to Paas. So let’s talk about the first piece is BYOL it means bring your own license. I’m not forced to buy a new license if I have to migrate from the on premise to the cloud environment. We can bring your license, your current existing license on which you have been paying support. Or you can actually buy a brand new but that’s completely your call. Our recommendation and what we have seen the customer side is you bring your own license to IaaS for which PaaS is not available or you are a couple of versions behind then you go into Iaas. Or you can bring your own license to PaaS environment which is very easy. You actually get to use all the PaaS and the cloud tool kit that Oracle has developed at a very, very cheaper charge but also by using your own licenses. So you don’t have to buy a brand license at all.

Ajay

Since my background is on the database level, so I am actually going to go into the database a little bit, is that there are four different database versions on the PaaS side and that’s the kind of benefit Oracle gives you is that four different versions of DBCS is available. And the version actually adds on top of each other. And as you can see in the SE2 we bring the full database instance and you can take it from SE2 Enterprise Edition, the Enterprise Edition, High Edition or High Performance the then the Extreme Performance. And every new addition in that layer you go up it actually adds in more capabilities, more options and features.

Ajay

Some of the early use cases we have seen in on premise is the way customers have deployed most of their infrastructure is about 80%, 70% to 80%, on the non-production environments and 20% to 30% on the production or UAT or QA environments look alike production. So we have talked to multiple customers to take non-critical workloads on non-critical environments which could be a replica of a dev environment and migrated that to on the cloud for simplicity and secondly testing out what it feels like and how the integration works. Once that stabilizes then we can take it to the next level and either you can go to the higher level of in the SDLC life cycle or you can actually have what we recommend as one of the use cases is use DR as a service in the Oracle Cloud. You don’t have to buy new hardware. You don’t have to invest in more licensing and things like that. You can actually use the Oracle Cloud as a DR target as well.

Ajay

Then this is a little bit controversial. Why its controversial is because since this slides have been published Oracle licenses have actually gone down. So even if its showing you the benefit today, that benefits then increased since the slides has been published. So the Oracle PaaS and the Cloud Service where it includes the license, a management cost, the security and ease of use features they’re all included. Where if you go into AWS IaaS or if you go into RDS which is completely regulated. You have to buy all of this features as additional cost. And some of the Oracle database features are again, if you buy a database license for IaaS in AWS you have to buy every feature that’s available as if you’re buying on prem. Whereas in the cloud PaaS environment if I go into Extreme Addition or I go into High Performance Edition all these features are already included. And some of the features which we look at RAC which is basically high perspective and concurrency perspective are not even available on the RDS side.

Ajay

Overall cost comparison for bring your own license. Bring your own license means you still paying support as if its on prem. You can see the cloud service if i compare it to the last slide, look at the cost of the cloud service if if have to buy PaaS from ground up, from scratch up. Means I don’t have a license. I’m not bringing anything to the cloud. I have to buy my own. Its about four hundred dollars and OCPU and it goes to one hundred and forty-four dollars if I do a BYOL. Now what it get to uses, I get to use all the cloud tool kits, all the new features that Oracle has implemented for cloud. I get to use that at the same cost as my BYOL when I bring it to the PaaS environment. And that’s where we recommend folks to look at the PaaS solution for BYOL rather than just IS.

Ajay

On the feature comparison side, if I compare the on prem of course, you will have most of the features in on prem that you will find in Oracle Cloud as well. And that’s where one of the other leading cloud providers lacks a lot. But the best thing that I like about it is that all the cloud is giving me that flexibility to deploy my environments as we need number one. And number two also giving me the agility and the infrastructure to scale up and scale down on capacity on demand completely. And thirdly it gives me the full dashboard on the Ops management which if we had on prem of course that is also available on prem but I have to build it from ground up.

Ajay

Okay so maybe I am going a little bit ahead of my slides so capacity of demand. Basically this is one of the screen shots we can show to you is that we can deploy a simple database environment, give it a bare minimum to start with and if we need to scale up or scale down we can do that way easily.

Ajay

Speeds and feeds perspective. Its just a mind boggling way of what we are able to get. And you will see the light demo of this when Ben comes out. Comes to talk to you guys about this. This is not the numbers on the slide. We’re actually seeing it and since its not, again Ben’s demo is not a recorded demo it’s a live demo, so you will see about 24, 25K IOPS for each terabyte of storage. Nobody else is coming close to it here. And especially at the dollar amount we are getting at, its getting the full bang for the buck we’re spending.

Ajay

Same thing on the network side. Again, the data in the outgoing data transfers, the VPN, again OCI gives that as part of the bundle to get you on the cloud very quickly and very easily rather than nickeling and diming you for each and every service that you have to use. And that’s where we are looking at how much a dedicated line connection is costing you per hour and what are the extra charges and that’s where we can help you and Brian will talk to you in the later part of this webinar as to how we can help you in getting a TCO and get a business value out of it.

Ajay

Same thing with IOPS. I’ll give you the other cloud provider we did the testing with is also consistent but not at the same cost and not at the same IOPS level. So its giving you very, very high IOPS basically per gig at the very low cost. And that’s one of the selling features we look at the compute cost most of the time we don’t look at the IOPS and that’s what kills most of the environments or heavy workloads and that’s what Oracle is actually very focused on addressing that issue.

Ajay

Same thing now we talk about storage. We talked about compute. We talked about the throughput storage also there are multiple options available starting from local NVMe to Block which is dedicated to a single cloud region. And actually availability domain and then go to the object which can be span across the data centers to the archive which is pennies to a terabyte for backup purposes. Then the file and database backups and finally the ORL software appliance. So I’m not bound by a single type of storage cells anymore. They’re actually expanding in more and more as more features and more functionalities available.

Ajay

So we look at the two tiers of storage. Basically standard and archive. In standard basically service we look at what we get as a block storage and archive sort of just, it’s the lowest cost available in the market. Optimized precisely very, very again its optimized for core data. I can throw the roll over backups, its as good as putting it on the tape and shipping the tape away. Rather it’s actually immediately available to you. Yes as long as we don’t expect the same performance as a block or the object storage. We set the expectations right because the retrieval rate, it’s a high latency. It’s not a low latency storage at all. And hence the lower cost.

Ajay

Same thing for these again this was kind of deployed a couple of months ago in the ORL software appliance from full front end of the cloud storage it provides the NSFv4 so we have the full NFS features available. It slowly can see, the rear cache is available in front of it and the best of it is I can use my current storage which we bought in Oracle and create the software appliance on top of it at no extra charge. So rather than buying a special software appliance I can actually use the storage that’s already been brought into my account and create an appliance on top of it.

Ajay

So these are, again I’m just touching some of the high level benefits of OCI and I of course will go to the questions at the end of the session but main idea was to give you kind of a brief idea of where OCI is going number one. Number two which are the most commonly used features and I don’t want to forget one of the things which Oracle is the only one which is offering the market is the guaranteed SLA’s. No other cloud provider is guaranteeing that. And that’s kind of the different shift in the market. Of course price is the number one point but overall the service, the availability and the SLA’s is what keeps OCI apart.

Ajay

So with that I’ll hand over to Ben for your demo and then I’ll be back to answer the questions at the end of the session.

Ben

Thanks Ajay. Okay am I visible?

Speaker 4

Yes. Yes you are.

Ben

Great. Thank you. Okay. So thanks Ajay. As both Ajay and Brian mentioned, my name is Ben Masters. I’ve been with Centroid for about twelve years. The last few of which have been focused on cloud specific technologies and I go relatively deep in both AWS as well as Oracle Cloud infrastructure. So we’re going to go through a demo here for OCI and there are several components to this demo. We’re going to start with a walk through of how to set up a free trial within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It is really straight forward. It’s about five minutes all total and a great way to get your feet wet with OCI. Next once we hop into our account we’re going to take a look at some of the high level services provided by OCI. Certainly not going into any detail here but just trying to raise some awareness of some of the capabilities and functions that Oracle provides as part of their cloud infrastructure services. After that we’re actually going to begin creating artifacts up in the cloud starting with provisioning a linux instance. Once that instance is up we’re going to log in to the instance, prove out everything works as expected. We are then going to create block storage volume and attach that block storage volume to the instance and verify that it is there as well.

Ben

And the purpose of demonstrating those activities is essentially to see just how quick and easy it is and how few steps are required to go up to a fully functioning instance with additional block storage attached. And then lastly, as Ajay mentioned, we’re going to take a look at some of the performance metrics in OCI and prove out that what Oracle says you get you actually get by running some live tests here with respect to storage IOPS as well as bandwidth between a couple of instances.

Ben

So. that being said we’re going to start here with setting up the Oracle Cloud demo. I’ve don’t this a number of times. It is very straight forward. It works very well. You start the process by going to cloud.oracle.com/tryit and you will land on this page here. So you can see here right off the bat it is a thirty day trial. Oracle gives you three hundred dollars worth of free credits over that period of thirty days and opens up essentially the entire portfolio of Oracle Cloud products. So you can really get in there and anything you’re interested in feel free to go at it. It’s a great opportunity to get in there and start learning some things and seeing what’s available.

Ben

So once you click create fee account, you’re going to be redirected to account details page which looks like this. The first section has company, personal use, some additional fields you would expect when signing up for a cloud account. One of the fields to pay particular attention to is this cloud account name. So see here I’ve filled in Oracle Cloud Rocks for this demo account. This is used in a couple places. It translates to your identity domain name within Oracle Cloud which again is essentially just your account name. This is also going to be recognizable in your Oracle Cloud based URL’s so for console access, for example, you can see here we’ve got myservices-oraclecloudrocks.console.oraclecloud.com. So you want to even on your trial account potentially think about what account name you want because it can’t be reused for another account so this is unique and identifiable specifically to your account so if this is an account that you’re considering turning into a long term Oracle account which we’ll discuss in a little bit then make sure you pick the account name that you want to correlate with your company or either your personal account.

Ben

So, once the account details are entered you get down here to verification step. Should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s set up software before similar to this. Just get your phone number and it’s going to reply within a few seconds on a verification code. Enter your verification code and on to the next step which is payment method information. So you do need to supply a credit card. So billing information as well as payment details. The important thing to note here is that the credit care is essentially just for Oracle to protect themselves from BOT’s, from fraudulent accounts, from things like that. They are not going to charge your card for anything. If you somehow go over your service limits, anything like that happens, they’re going to notify you and they will not charge your card. When your thirty days comes to a close they’ll let you know and you can elect to continue on with that account, at which point converting it to a payable account, but again that’s not going to happen automatically. At the thirty day mark you’re not going to suddenly start seeing charges come up that you weren’t prepared for. They are very diligent and very good about making sure that you are not charged for anything until you give explicit approval to do so.

Ben

So once you get the payment in, there’s a quick confirmation that Oracle has verified that it’s a legitimate payment method, click accept terms and conditions and you land on the thank you for signing up page. And this is letting you know that your cloud account is being provisioned. It says it could take up to fifteen minutes. Typically, it is much less but essentially you are waiting on an email for Oracle to send you which is going to have the remaining information you need to sign in to your account. The email you receive is going to look like this. It indicates you have three hundred dollars of credits. You have your user name which is the email you provided when signing in as well as a temporary password and the cloud account which is again our identity domain that we entered in the sign in page. So you click the link to get started and you’re going to land here on the Oracle sign in page and these fields should be pre populated with your account, with identity services as well as your identity domain here. If this doesn’t say identity could service, if it says traditional cloud account or something else, please make sure that identity cloud service is selected but this has come out with the correct selection on the four or five accounts that I’ve created myself so I don’t expect that to be a problem.

Ben

Click though to my services and you get to the sign in page. In here is your user ID, email supplied on setup as well as the temporary password. Once you sign in Oracle will require that you change your temporary password. So you can go ahead and put something in more meaningful to you with respect to the password protecting the account.

Ben

Then you’re actually in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and inside your account you’re going to land on this guided journey page. And with that I’m going to flip over to my trial account. And I should be on that same page. Okay. So here’s the guided journey page. This I where you’ll land when you sign in. And this is where you get a good high level look at the major services provided by Oracle Cloud. So if you’re interested in app development and deployment there’s a whole section here. Infrastructure and creation which is what we’re going to be focused on today with respect to the demo. Go down here there is Migration for Application Environments if you’re thinking about migrating on prem apps and infrastructure to Oracle Cloud, it’s a good place to take a look. Integration, Storage and Analytics for your data. Management Audit IT Asset Information. Some Integration and Automation for processes as well as if you’re interested in creating and API gateway for example you can expose that through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and it will help you manage those API’s as part as one of their service.

Ben

So we’re going to proceed into the compute section which is basically underlying that great infrastructure. And this is kind of the meat and potatoes in my mind to Oracle Cloud. There’s a lot of other services but this is their main IaaS service and is what people traditionally think of when they start thinking of public cloud infrastructure and things like that. They’re thinking or compute and services with respect to that. So inside of the compute service you can see here we have another dashboard which gives some pretty good information on a deeper specific to compute so if you want to get in and do a demo lab, some great quick labs here to help you get things up and running and get some visibility to some of the functionality. So getting started there’s some blogs. A number of great places to start getting your feet wet with some additional info.

Ben

Taking a look at available services here with inside the compute service. So we have a number of sub services. And those can be easily identified here by looking at the menu selections on the top right. We’re sitting on the home page for compute right now but to the right of that we’re going to go through these pretty quickly as to just kind of give you some exposure so we’re not going into any depth but the idea is just to understand some of the functions that are available here so if you’re interested you can look further at a later time.

Ben

The identity section does exactly what it sounds like. Its management of users, groups and policies so your account management permissions, things like that. In addition, if you’re interested in setting up federation with maybe an active directory services or another Oracle identity provider that you’ve got elsewhere, you can federate the environments you go here under the identity sub service.

Ben

Compute which is what we’ll be going in here shortly to spin up our virtual machine is where you manage your Vm’s as well as your bare metal instances and associated images which you may need just to spin those particular instances up. Containers just to the right. Oracle provides a managed service for Kubernetes using container technology so if that’s something you’re interested in which a lot of people are these days, this is a great place to take a look at how you can use Oracle to help orchestrate your containers and the underlying sub system associated with that.

Ben

Database. It wouldn’t be Oracle Cloud without database so over here is the DBA’s so you can stand up all those great databases that Ajay mentioned in his presentation from standard up to extreme performance as well as takes data and backups of those managed databases from within here.

Ben

Networking is where I usually spend a lot of my time working with customers. This is where you set up essentially your network on Oracle’s infrastructure. So I think of it as my private network on Oracle’s hardware. And they call that a VCN or Virtual Cloud Network. And with in your VCN you get into your security lists, your routing tables, you get sub nets, all that type of activity you would generally associate with setting up networking. That’s exposed here under the networking sub service. You also have the opportunity to set up IPSec and VPN tunnels as well as fast connect dedicated lines between your business and Oracle’s data center. There’s DNS capabilities, public IP management and all things related to networking under that sub service.

Ben

Storage. We’re also going to drill down a little bit into storage when we create a block volume as part of the demo. This is where your block volumes, your object store as well. So if you’ve got your non relational object based data this is where you can create your data legs. Store that type of data in your typical bucket object type infrastructure and configuration under object storage. There’s also file system service so this is a managed NFS service that Oracle provides so if you need shared storage between your instances as opposed to standing up a dedicated host and having to manage NFS yourself you can let Oracle do that undifferentiated heavy lifting for you and they will manage your NFS system right there within your network in Oracle.

Ben

Audit section is essentially a tool for compliance. Audit tracking it basically tracks every API call made against OCI. So you get the who, what, when, where essentially of everything that’s happening on your Oracle Cloud. So if someone does a get a put or any action associated with an API call which is anything that happens in the console, maybe something somebody’s running from a CLI, from and SDK, any activity this audit provides you with the user activity, what they did, what resources were impacted, what had happened, under what policy or permissions were they doing it. So, it is a huge amount of information with respect to what’s happening in your environment and is a critical component to making sure that you’ve got everything secured and that you’re maintaining compliance.

Ben

Lastly we’ve got an email sub service in here which Oracle provides. If you wish to use them for proof senders, suppression, things associated with running email services Oracle supports that as well as part of this service.

Ben

So that being said, we are going to drill down and compute and we’re going to take a look at how straight forward it is to create an instance. So you can see here I just dropped down on compute instances and I land here on the instances page. I’ve got two instances already running and we’re going to use those down stream for part of the performance metrics. But to get started with the instance creation its as simple as hitting create instance. This screen pops up. There’s not to many mandatory fields. You can get in here pretty quickly. We’re going to call this guy, we’re going to give it a name, just a host name essentially, Oracle Cloud New. We’re going to leave it in availability domain one and availability domain is essentially a data center. We’re going to give it a region. So I’m sitting here in the Ashburn region. Oracle provides three availability domains per region typically. All of which are insulated from each other with respect to their infrastructure, electric etc., cooling so that if something were to happen in on availability domain the others would remain up. So its just a good high availability fault tolerance type set up in order to ensure that you’re one hundred percent up all the time.

Ben

So we’re going to elect here to remain in availability domain one. The next thing that we need to do is select and image. So this essentially, know what type of operating system we’re going to use. Heres a look at some of what Oracle provides. For the demo we’re going to use OEL75 but you can see here there’s also Ubuntu CentDS as well as a number a variance of Windows Server. And all of these stand up the exact same way. There’s really no difference with respects to how you stand up and instance based on operating system but its definitely good to know that you’ve got a lot of flexibility here in selecting what operating system you want to run. So we’re going to go with OEL75. We’re going to select virtual machine. You also have the option to select bare metal and that essentially means you have dedicated hardware you’re not sharing a VM with a Hypervisor potentially with other clients. This is sometimes helpful. Generally in the cases where a company maybe has security or clients requirements that don’t allow them to share a VM potentially with other customers or other clients and they’re legally required to have to have dedicated hardware. So that’s one of the use cased you’ll see where people come in and request a bare metal machine instead of a VM.

Ben

Shape. The shape essentially defines your CPU as well as memory. For this guy we’re just going to take a 1.1 which is the smallest shape Oracle provides. That gives us 1O CPU with 7 gig of ram. Image version, we’re just going to take the latest here for our OEL7. We scroll down here towards the bottom. We provide an SSH key pair and for, maybe you may not be familiar with SSH keys that’s essentially a way to authenticate against a machine without having to have a password associated with the user account. So you can create your own SSH keys or use one potentially that you’ve already got. If you’re a linux or MAC user the SSH key gen will allow to create that. For Windows users you’re probably using PuTTY for your shell connection and there is a PuTTY key gen utility that comes with the basic binary for PuTTY and that will allow you to generate SSH keys as well.

Ben

So I’m going to select and SSH key that I already generated and I’m going to use the Oracle Rocks demo. And I need to select the pub key. And so when we talk about SSH key pairs they come with two keys. A public and a private. The public key, which is what we are going to have over to Oracle, to stand up this instance is essentially the lock on the instance. And then the private key, which we use to log in when we actually SSH into the instance, you can consider it the key that opens the lock sitting on the instance. So I’m going to toss the public key in there so you can see it picks up my oraclerocksdemo.pub. Scroll down to the hand full of remaining options. We can choose Virtual Cloud Network if we have multiple set up. I’ve only got a single VCN set up in my demo account so I’m going to select that. We’re going to stay in that first availability domain as far as our sub net.

Ben

Tagging. You may already be familiar with tagging form other environments. Its essentially just metadata that Oracle allows you to apply to virtually any resource within OCI. So it’s a great way to structure resources by maybe department, by project, by use, any type of tagging name space that you want to set up Oracle’s got a really robust tag management system that allows you to strictly enforce tags and things like that. And if done well it really goes a long way as your infrastructure grows to helping you manage all the disparate resources. So we’re not going to create any tags for now. You can do that after the fact. That’s always manageable across any of your resources so we’re not obligated to do that on instance creation.

Ben

Hit the create instance. And okay we can see here that my instance has already started a provision so we’re getting kind of a live view within this pane of what Oracle is doing as they stand up the instance. And we should pretty quickly start to see a private IP and public IP address. That’s going to be one of the first things that Oracle’s going to do as it stands the instance up. Give that a second. While we actually wait for the instance to come up I can go ahead and pre-provision the storage volume that we’re going to use for this instance.

Ben

And now I’ll flip back to the instance in just a second once we get our storage guy up. So if I go over here to storage and I go down to block volumes. You can see here I’ve got two block volumes already created so each one of these guys is attached which I’ve previously done to the two instances that we saw on the earlier page. So creating a block volume, even more straight forward considerably so in fact in creating the instance, I just need to create a volume and give it a name. I’ll call it Oracle New Volume. Select ana availability domain and this is important because you need to select the same AD that the instance you intend to attach it to is located. So since we’re actually provisioning a block device somewhere, we need that block device to be located in that same data center or availability domain as the instance we intend to attach it to. So I select AD1. I’m going to just stay here with just ten twenty four gig or one terabyte. Don’t need a back up policy right now. Again, tagging completely optional here but great best practice as you expand your footprint. And create block volume. We can see here now the block volume is being provisioned so its actually partialling out that capacity for us and prepping it for use.

Ben

Let’s pop back over to compute. See how our instance is doing. Okay and we can see here Oracle Cloud New it is up and running which is great. So let’s drill down into this guy and we can see that we’ve got a private IP address from the sub net that we located the instance in. As well as a public IP address which is what we’re going to use here in just a second to SSH into the machine. So I’m going to take a copy here of the public IP and I’m going to head over to terminal and I’m going to SSH into that machine that we just stood up. You can see here on my SSH command its essentially just SSH-I which is the parameter which expects my private key so we pass in our Oracle Rocks Demo private key. OPC is the default Oracle Cloud user and then at the IP address for the host we just stood up. Tell it yes my key is good. And we are now logged in as OPC on our Oracle Cloud New Instance. I can do a quick listing here of our block devices and we see that we currently have a single boot volume attached here. At forty-six, forty-seven gigs with a couple of partitions located underneath it.

Ben

So now flipping back to Oracle Console we want to check the status of our newly provisioned block volume. And we see here Oracle New Volume. This guy is already up and available which means that we can attach it to the newly running instance. So I’m going to come back here into compute. Go down to instances. Pull up my Oracle Cloud New. We go to the bottom of the window. We see here that we don’t currently have any attached block volumes. Do keep in mind we do have an attached boot volume which is represented here. So we kind of segregates that our from your additional volumes past the boot. We’re going to attach the block volume. And it pre populates this for us. Oracle Cloud New Volume is the guy we want. And attach. So this takes about fifteen seconds or so for the block device to attache the volume. And once this finishes attaching, its going to provide us a list of iSCSI commands that we can just copy and then paste those into our terminal session. And that going to cause the block volume to be associated with the instance and allow us to start using that capacity.

Ben

So okay we are already attached. Come over here, heres the iSCSI command information that I just mentioned. We just copy that. Go back over to our terminal session. Run those commands. So the volume should now be attached and if I do another block listing of our devices we see here that we’ve got now SDB one terabyte. So the disk that we just provisioned is now physically attached to our instance and ready to use. So from this point a typical use case you create, you know go through your typical storage type linux activities, create physical volume, potentially a volume group on top of that physical volume, logical volumes on top of that. Make a file system and mount the actual disk as part of the file system and you’re good to go. So that’s it as far as standing up and instance, creating new storage and making it usable for that instance. All that even with my dialogue was less than ten minutes to get all that up and running so its really straight forward. Works really well and just a clean way to get capacity up and going very quickly.

Ben

So that being said, we’re going to leverage those other two instances of the last part of the demo. If you take a look at some of our live performance metrics and to start with I’m going to go here into my Oracle Cloud Instance. Not very creative on the naming but good with it. So again, SSH’ing using my Oracle Rocks key. Using the IP address of Oracle Cloud Instance. So I am logged in. I’ll flip over to root. I am going to run a FIO command which stands for flexible input output. And it’s essentially a linux utility which allows you to test the IO characteristics of attached storage devices. So in this case we’ve got a one terabyte storage device similar to what we just did for our demo instance which is here under the DAC of SDB. And so we’re running a number of random rewrites across that storage volume and it’s going to come back and tell us what we got with respect to IOP’s.

Ben

So we do get a significant amount of information here. The guy that we care about however is this one section here. So Oracle tells us that we should get the plus or minus ten percent within 25K IOP’s and you see here we are at 23.8K which within 5% of that number so well within our expected behavior with respect to storage IOP. So just a real easy way to go in there and prove out what Oracle says you’re getting, you’re actually getting. So we’ve done that now with storage so again we’re checking here to see IOP’s for a particular storage.

Ben

The second characteristic we want to drill down into is networking. And in order to test our networking we actually need to leverage two instances so that we can watch the traffic and measure the traffic in between the two instances. So with that in mind we go to our other pre provisioned instance which is Oracle Cloud Demo. I’m going to SSH into him, go to root, and what we’re using here is another linux utility called iperf3 which basically network monitoring. And we are going to put this instance into server glisten mode which basically just tells it to sit there and wait another iperf connection to connect to it so that it can start to engage and track performance levels. So if I go back to our Oracle Cloud Instance here, I’m going to run another iperf command. This guy iperf3-C says this is my client for this particular test and I’m pointing it at the other instance so this is the private IP of the instance that we’re running the service process on.

Ben

So run this, about a ten second test. And what we are expecting to see here is our bandwidth between the two instances. And Oracle guarantees six hundred megabytes per second. That’s based on instance type so that six hundred megabytes goes back to the 1.1. Again that’s the smallest shape available for an Oracle instance type. So anything bigger would actually be faster with respect to networking but for a 1.1 they guarantee us six hundred megabytes of bandwidth. And you can see here if you go down to this number right here, our testing proves out again, we’re getting just a bit over tat six hundred megabytes of bandwidth. So, again, you shouldn’t take necessarily a vendors word for it when they say this is what you’re going to get with respect to storage, IO network etc. A lot of times those numbers are generated in a vacuum under idea conditions that only a cloud providers engineers may be privy to which doesn’t do you a lot of good in live business scenarios. So its important to kick the wheels, get out there and prove out what the vendor says is what you’ll actually see for your business and for your customers. And laterally across the board with all the testing that we’ve done, Oracle is right there with all their performance numbers.

Ben

I think Ajay pointed out during his piece of the presentation, and its worth reiterating, with respect to these core performance characteristics, Oracle is the only cloud provider out there that actually gives you an SLA with respect to performance. So a number of others, everyone else, essentially gives you availability SLA’s and says hey your service is going to be available 99.9% of the time. Oracle is the only provider that goes one deeper and says not only will your servers be available 99.9% of the time, its also going to be performing at the designated performance metrics that we give you over 90% of the time everyday of any given month. And if they don’t meet tat then they actually give you service credits back. So they’re putting their money where their mouth is and if they’re not meeting their performance SLA, and again they’re the only one that provides it, then they’ll give you money back in the form of service credits to make up for that.

Ben

With other cloud vendors they could be up the entire month but conceivably you’re getting 1% of your expected performance all month and you have no recourse except to continue to pay the high rates for sub par performance. So definitely a prevailing factor to keep in mind with comparing cloud providers. Not only do they measure up to what they say they’re providing and how do they back it up with respect to ensuring you’re getting that consistent performance day in and day out.

Ben

So, that wraps up my part of the demo. I’m going to pass back over to Brian who I believe is going to wrap up with some professional service’s discussion. Thank you.

Brian

Alright. Thanks Ben. I appreciate that and you should be able to see my screen right now. So first of all, we’re rounding third base, heading for home right now. My name is Brian Boyd. I’m the Sales Director for Centroid Systems. I’ve been working at Centroid for five years. And selling Oracle type solutions for the last nineteen years. So for the last part of this I’ve got about five to seven minutes so I’m just going to share a few slides. Really talking about a few very common use case scenarios that we’re seeing with Oracle Cloud and where we are helping people out.

Brian

So the first one is ideal for this particular use case. Oracle Cloud Trial. A lot people look at these, may be less familiar with how to move around like Ben sort of navigated some of the 101 things. And as a Platinum Select provider one of the things that we’re trying to do is to accelerate your adaption and make you successful. So to that point, what we offer from a free consultative nature is a) if you’ve got questions. You’re sort of struggling with something or you’re just not familiar ask your Oracle SDR who may have invited you to this event or ask the person that you got the email about the event. My email address will be at the very last page but ask them to engage us. Again, we’re happy to get on the phone, talk to you, educate you, let Centroid assist you with any Q&A around the trials and make you successful. That success leads to you building your enterprise on basically pay as you go contracts or monthly flex agreements depending on what you’re looking for. Again, we’re here to help. All you’ve got to do is ask and we’re happy to help out.

Brian

The second area which we’ve had a ton on success. We’re actually generating probably in the range of three to four proposals a week, is putting together a total cost of ownership planning and budgeting help. Every customer goes into every type of situation saying hey what is this going to cost me? How to I encapsulate all this stuff? So what we try to do is keep it simple and we try to provide a full life cycle help around this. So if you want we set up a consultative discovery phone call. In that short phone call we identify your objects. What you’re trying to do exactly. We have a very short survey that we walk through and fill it our for you as we’re actually on the call with you. How much compute? How much storage? What versions, virtualization, bare metal, what are you trying to do? Once you fill that out with us, we encapsulate that, go away for a few days and what we do is we build an executive presentation for your particular use case because everyone’s situation is different. We’ll build out your OCI bill of material, sort of indicated here on the slide. And as well as total consultative costs.

Brian

We sort of make the assumption that we’re going to do everything A to Z. At some point you guys can jump in and get associated with it but what we do is build that TCO document and executive presentation and we go through some highlights. Things that are important. What we heard. What you’re trying to accomplish and then at the tail end of it we build in that total cost of ownership. So at the bottom of this page, basically in this use case we just used the theoretical example where hey your compute, storage, network all that stuff is built in and is going to cost you $32,000.00 a year. Break that down monthly its about $2,700.00 a month. And then we tie out sort of the consultative effort and then we can help you out on a lift and shift or various different types of projects. In this case, theoretical its two and a half weeks of consulting, about $16,500.00.

Brian

Now Centroid, and Ajay mentioned this before, is a very small list of exclusive partners called the Velocity Program. And what the Velocity Program does is we partner with Oracle to effectively accelerate your cloud project. So what that means is Oracle’s investing in Centroid, we’re investing in you in order to drive this project move your stuff into Oracle Cloud. As long as the bomb is at a material size, basically Oracle’s going to give you free dollars towards that project. So if you look at the forth or fifth column here, effectively the originally consulting effort was $16,500.00. With the Velocity Program we have to get you to make sure you’re accepted. In most cases we know that right off the bat. It gives you that credit of $15,000.00 and then the net consulting is only $1,500.00. So at the end of the day you get an SOW for $1,500.00 but you’re getting $16,500.00 worth of hours for that.

Brian

Then we tie it out to TTO. So the OCI first year plus the net consulting, your total cost of ownership as well as estimating what your year two would be. And what this does is it really just packages up, makes it an executive presentation. There are no loosey goosey type things out there. And its a great way to work with customers. Give it to executives. And then be able to dialogue around next steps.

Brian

The next are we’re seeing help around is easy entry point POV’s or proof of value’s. Again, these projects are similar to the earlier slides are all over the place. Some of them are like hey give us a half of day of help to move build an environment and move something really simple and easy. Some are hey we have a poor mans DR where its just data as a service but we want to kind of expand it into whole DR so we can flip over. So again from a consultative standpoint we work with you collaboratively, identify your limited use case, provide that scope of effort. Again with the Oracle Cloud Trials often times we can use those for free so it doesn’t even cost you a penny if its a small enough footprint where you get that up to $300.0 for free credit. Develop that joint customer and Centroid proof of value plan and execute on it. And again depending on the size or scope often times we defer these small scopes so velocity wouldn’t apply. But basically we work through that with you, put that together for you so that we can make you successful and then build upon a successful trial.

Brian

Lastly, cloud strategy. How can we help you. So this seems to be very focused on mid to large enterprises that have anywhere from thirty to five hundred applications or work loads on premise. In what we do is we go into consulting engagement to identify your journey. Looking at pro’s and con’s of different approaches. Effectively what what rights, what lefts. Are there certain limitations because you have some really old legacy stuff. Look at those critical past considerations and make some strong recommendations. We make that recommendation, put it in an executive document that sort of says hey if this was us we’d start with this approach. We think because your DR is light right now and it’s not true DR we should start on that. Create a real DR and then give you the flexibility to start doing your other tests of the situation.

Brian

An then we all tie it up into an executive presentation that gives your management a way to ask questions. Again, at the end of the day the objective is just to get you to a comfortable place so that you can get where you need to be in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Brian

Last slide. So before I go on to the slide we have a chat room A few questions have been thrown out there and Ajay is going to answer those questions at the end. But no is a great time if you want to ask any questions that you’ve sort of been thinking about. To pop those into the chat room right now and that way as Ajay goes through some of those initial questions that came out we can answer those as well. And Ajay will repeat the questions too.

Brian

So last thing. OCI built for the enterprise. Again, built in with governess and security at the highest level so that any sort of modifications you may have all those things will apply. High Performance. Ben showed that explicitly. Ajay highlighted that where Oracle is doing things very uniquely different from a performance stand point. And choice of deployment model, again, virtual, bare metal, if you want to go into engineered systems. All those options are available. Every customers a little different. Some customers start with one and over time they say hey we really need better performance and then you can evolve into those other options.

Brian

And then the last thing and again just really to emphasize this from the cloud infrastructure and guaranteed SLA’s, we had a particular customer where when they wanted to go to a certain IOP’s threshold, literally their cost on a major provider went up 5X. And so with Oracle, you’re getting incredible performance, guaranteed SLA’s and performance at those reasonable price points. And that ultimately is a big driver. Oracle maybe in the past was always known to be, you think Oracle and so the cost can be high. In this case its the exact opposite. Oracle’s doing incredible things in their cloud offerings. Its cheaper. Its faster. They have SLA’s that other folks don’t provide and so I just really wanted to emphasize that.

Brian

So with that I’m going to hand this back to Ajay and we would love if you could ask any questions within the chat, within the go to meeting console. Ajay will repeat the question and then answer them and again we’d love to have the more questions the merrier. So Ajay I’ll hand that back to you.

Ajay

Brian can you flip also the next slide please? There everybody can get your email address.

Brian

Yes. There you go.

Ajay

So Elvis asked the question that at the high level please walk us through a standard migration approach from a customer data center to the cloud environment for a number of non production databases? Absolutely. About how long does this process take and how involved is the customer during the process?

Ajay

So Elvis to answer that question its very, very simple. We do have a migration methodology. We bring it to your table as part of the executive presentation. And normally in a work load, a work load could be a DMZ or app tier and database tier or just a database tier itself. We can define the work load as such. A work load takes about two to three days for us to migrate it over. And we have done that multiple times up to two or three terabytes of disk space. And first, as Ben mentioned, the first couple of hours is just set up the overall cloud environment. Then second which is the most tedious time work, it takes most of the time is actually setting up the networking from cloud infrastructure into your data center. Once that’s done, firewall rules are all set up, VPN is set up, then its just a matter of moving the work load over to the cloud environment. And we did a POC actually a couple of weeks ago and the cloud team which is lead by Nav and Ben. And Nav was kind of able to migrate the whole EBS environment from a customer side. A 1.3 terabytes database in seventeen hours. Again, not a production environment. Its a non production environment. The customer wanted to test out that actually have them move the dev environment into the OCI. I hope that answers your question. Okay thanks Elvis.

Ajay

Any other questions? So that was the only question that was posted in the chat. And if there are any other questions please post it over the chat. So Brian that was it.

Brian

Okay. So I have another question out there.

Ajay

Yeah. Chris is asking the question I wonder how my DR on the cloud. Explain how there will be synchronized to the DR side and the license.

Ajay

Absolutely. So Chris I don’t know whether you have a DR on premise to day or not. So I’m going to assume that you do not. So in this case you can have multiple options. The data will be synchronized as simply as we do a DR on prem which is kind of take a backup of the prime database and the app tier and then clone it or copy it over on the cloud side and then set up the data guard. Through the VPN tunnel or if your transaction volume is very high you want a dedicated connection. We can use fast connect for that. And the licenses, since Oracle sells most of the licenses, unless its restricted use, are perpetual licenses. And Brian can help you in the license discussion. But most of your licenses can easily be transferred over to the cloud side which is part of the BYOL. And then you can choose if you want to go to IaaS or PaaS and VRGuard we did for a customer who’s actually one of the major automotive providers. It took us one and a half days to set up the full DR for the Caramatics application. That’s actually a reference able case study on Oracle’s website and we actually presented at the Oracle Open World last year as well.

Ajay

And if you have more questions on that or the use case or you need help on your side please email Brian and Brian will get the technical team involved.

Brian

Yeah and let me highlight one other question around that. So DR so sometimes be a touchy subject. An apples to apples environment or apples to orange. With Oracle Cloud you have that flexibility whereas you have leftover licenses, a surplus, you can bring that over as BYOL which was talked about early in the presentation by Ajay and dropped on top of IaaS. If you don’t have DR licenses though, the PaaS option again gives you that flexibility where effectively instead of buying that traditional professional model, you effectively go to a PaaS which is effectively a lease of the software where its much smaller up front. It’s also, we’ve set up DR’s where its more of a pilot light instead of an apples to apples. It can be apples to oranges. And so it can be a smaller footprint not as much license exposure. But if you don’t have those licensed you just buy what you need within that pilot light DR architecture to get you in a good place. And again that’s often flexible. And then you get the benefits of that also and everything is Opx for expensing reasons as well. Does that answer your question Chris?

Brian

Great. Thanks. Answered yes. So with that I think we’ll leave it open another few seconds here and see if anybody else has any questions. And if not what I will be doing is we will be sending out a link to the recorded copy so if you have questions you can look at that. Again my contact information is here at the bottom. Whoever invited you to the events, whether it was someone from Centroid or just general marketing outbound or someone from the Oracle SDR team who we worked with on this just get in contact with them and we’d be happy to have a conversation with you about any of those use cases. Get you successful on your Oracle trial. Your success is Oracle’s success and our success and then we can go from there. Other than that I think we’re going to wrap up. Thank you very much for everyone’s time. Thanks Ben. Thanks Ajay. Again we look forward to engaging you. Everyone have a fantastic day. Thanks.

Oracle Cloud and Autonomous Integration Cloud Services

Enterprise IT environments are complex and rapidly changing. Are you seeking low complexity Integration solutions to allow your Enterprise applications to talk to each other in agile fashion in either the cloud or on-premise solutions? For example, Oracle Applications to Salesforce.com, Oracle E-Business Suite to B2B, or leveraging technology adaptors for SOAP, JSP, REST, etc., to SaaS solutions. Centroid, an Oracle Cloud Select and Platinum Partner, will show you in this workshop how easy it is to leverage a $300 free trial on Oracle Cloud with Integration Cloud Services to prove out use cases in your specific environment.

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Brian Boyd

Hi. My name is Brian Boyd. I’m a Sales Director at Centroid Systems, an Oracle Cloud Select and Platinum partner. Today, we are going to be doing a workshop overview on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, also known as OCI, and an overview and demo of Autonomous Integration Cloud Service, also known as AICS. AICS is part of Oracle Cloud PaaS offering.

Brian Boyd

During the presentation, guests should be on mute. They can mute their phones. Or, if they are in front of their desktop, they can click on the mute button on the side on their entry point. Any question you have, put it into the chat menu into the chat session and we will answer those at the end of the session. I will also be sending out a recording of the meeting to everyone who signed up or attended the meeting today.

Brian Boyd

With that, I am going to close window a real quick. There we go. Today, we are going to have a few different people speaking. We are going to have: Navdeep Saini, he is a Centroid Cloud Practice Director; Tom Kopec, an Oracle Alliances Consultant; Jude Victor, Centroid Cloud Applications Architect; and Ben Masters, a Centroid Cloud Architect as well.

Brian Boyd

Today, for our agenda, we are going to do a quick overview on Centroid, who we are, very high level. We are then going to have Navdeep Saini speak about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure introduction foundation, talking about aspects about PaaS and IaaS.

Brian Boyd

There is someone in the background talking. If you could go on mute, please? There we go. Thank you very much. No problem.

Brian Boyd

Then, after the SaaS and DaaS part, we are going to hand it to Tom Kopec and he is going to talk about Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud Service as part of Oracle PaaS. Then, we are going to pass it to Jude and he is going to do an AICS demo on EBS to HCM cloud. Then, also as part of AICS, he is going to do process flow execution and development on there.

Brian Boyd

The last thing- or second to last thing, we are going to hand it to Ben Masters and he is going to do a Oracle OCI Cloud credit sign up. It takes about three minutes, if you want, to get free Oracle Cloud credits as part of a POC or a proof of value. You can do it very easily. That is up to 300 to 500 dollar value. There is a way to get 500. If you want to just contact me, I am happy to help you out and show you how that works.

Brian Boyd

Then last thing, about Centroid Consulting Services in the cloud, we will just talk through a few different areas in soft consulting that we can help people out with their cloud trials, doing TCO planning and budgeting around specific projects you have may interest; proof of value engagements that are very common that we run into all the time; and lastly, larger cloud strategy consulting type effort.

Brian Boyd

Centroid has been a leader in Oracle consulting and managed services since 1997. We use our years of experience and an ingrained mentality to help organizations realize the benefits of running an integrated suite of applications and technology. We are very much focused on people, technology, and business. Our relationships go back 20, 25 years with customers and they come from one customer to another and whatnot. We will talk a little bit about that.

Brian Boyd

We are very focused on the enterprise of the company. On the left side, here, you see applications, and, at the very bottom, the storage and everything in between. We are sort of unique in the Oracle ecosystem in that we have the ability and consulting teams to execute all these things from ERP and cloud applications, reporting, security, middleware, database, engineered systems, all the way down to the very bottom with servers and storage. We have expertise in all of these areas around managed services, cloud, and consulting.

Brian Boyd

Just a few quick facts about us. We have been in business since 1997, have over 200 full-time employees in our offices from Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and also Hyderabad, India. We are a national firm focused on all these different areas that I discussed earlier. We have over 100-plus certifications from Oracle and in multiple specialization areas, from ERP to OB, to technology, et cetera. The other part of our business is we are very focused on long term relationships. A lot of our customers, we start small projects with them and then they grow into much bigger projects over time, from a managed services perspective.

Brian Boyd

There is someone who is on that it is a little loud, I am going to mute a few more people. So, there we go.

Brian Boyd

The last thing is, we’re an Oracle Velocity and MSP partner. What does that mean to you? Well, what it effectively means is Velocity is an Oracle program that allows us to accelerate your journey in the cloud. If you have got a project, an initiative, and you are a little bit newer to it, Oracle effectively gives us funds to accelerate your journey and offset your consulting efforts so that we can make sure that it is successful for you. We are also an MSP program partner.

Brian Boyd

Just from an office’s standpoint real quick, our headquarter is in Detroit, Michigan. We have a second headquarters in Dallas, Texas. We have a large presence in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but we are a nationwide firm. We also have our office in Hyderabad, India for over the sunset support, for DBA support, development support, et cetera.

Brian Boyd

With that, I am now going to, we are going to talk about OCI as an introduction of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and I am going to pass this to Navdeep Saini and he is going to talk through this.

Navdeep Saini

All right. Thanks, Brian, for the nice intro. My name is Nav. I head the cloud team at Centroid. Today, we are going to talk a little bit about OCI, specifically from the underlying infrastructure point of view and why it matters. Right? I know this call is mostly about the PaaS, but PaaS is built on OCI.

Navdeep Saini

Any enterprise looking to move to cloud should be considering a couple of things when trying to buy any services on cloud. Right? Cloud-ready or cloud-able applications we all know started with the cloud move, specifically with the Amazon cloud. They kind of take up the cloud features. But enterprise applications that needs to be run on cloud have some special requirements.

Navdeep Saini

We are going to talk a little bit about OCI, how they have designed it, and why it matters. Lets just get to the points of what are the requirements of enterprise applications if they want to run on cloud.

Navdeep Saini

First of all, of course, it has to be consistent and reliable performance. Right? You can’t have a cloud provider where they have multiple tenants running and then you have issue of noisy neighbor. You want to run your application much like in a cloud environment but not necessarily getting impacted by other big customers coming in and taking up all the compute. That’s very important.

Navdeep Saini

You want security, governance and control because most of the enterprise applications are kind of are guided by those controls if they are running on time. So, the same kind of control has to be there in cloud.

Navdeep Saini

Of course, global availability and redundancy is a must. Any application, an enterprise application running serving multi-million dollar, multi-billion dollar businesses can’t afford downtime. So, global availability is a must, sometimes for compliance reasons. Right? You need to have your data in here for some reason or you need to have your data in a particular geographical region. Your cloud provider, whatever you choose, should have that capability.

Navdeep Saini

It should be able to support all workloads. It shouldn’t be that only can support Linux or just Windows or just containers, if you fall in the journey of containers. It should be able to kind of fund everything that’s available on the cloud platform.

Navdeep Saini

Then, of course, the journey starts with on-premise systems, trying to move to cloud solution. The tools should be there that make the journey easier. Not to forget: not everything moves in clouds on day one. You always will end up with some kind of hybrid architecture where you will still have some resources on-prem, especially if it’s not on-prem, you will need to integrate the third-party providers. So, there should be a capability, a backbone available to do that kind of integration.

Navdeep Saini

Then, of course, this is very unique to OCI Oracle, for some reason if you can’t host your applications in cloud, maybe compliance reasons or kind of data that you’re handling, you should be able to deploy the same stack in your data center and private cloud. That is very important, specifically in enterprise world.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

The Oracle Public Cloud strategy is basically four pillars. Data-as-a-service, of course, being a data company that’s important. They started with SaaS, software-as-a-service, with their fusion applications and cloud SCM was the first one to be rolled out. They have been rolling out Oracle W service cloud and ERP cloud. They have service-as-an-application offering also, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service as being recent additions. Those are kind of lower down in the stack that they’ve been offering.

Navdeep Saini

Platform-as-a-service has a lot of offering right now. One of that offering is what we’re going to talk about today in integration cloud service. Of course, all these are built on infrastructure, so infrastructure-as-a-service where you get your compute power, compute storage and networking is offered also.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide.

Navdeep Saini

Let’s talk a little bit about OCI architecture or how the public cloud architecture from Oracle is. Just like any other cloud provider, they have also regions. There are multiple regions available right now. Each region has minimum of three data centers. All the three data centers are independent each other, with their own power and cooling and networking. So, if one day the central falls off, you will still have the other two data centers up and running and that region is still available.

Navdeep Saini

What they have done is these three regions, these three regions, they can be for data center in a region, all these data centers are connected by block fiber with the microsecond, millisecond latency between them. Essentially, you can run your HA architecture, of your applications in a region and leverage these three or four data centers that are available in region.

Navdeep Saini

Once you have these data centers, of course, they have a physical network, now, of course, data center would have a physical office, but what’s so special about it in OCI, as I said, we need reliable performance. They have designed their network in such a way that they are not more than maximum of two hops between two VMs. Let’s say you spin up VMs, and you don’t have a control where the VM is going to spin up because it’s a public cloud, one VM spin up on one end of the data center, another VM spin up on the other end of the data center.

Navdeep Saini

In a traditional data center, there can be multiple hops before your network effectively reaches the other VM. But the way they have designed it, there are not more than two hops between those two VMs, no matter where those VMs are placed on the underlying hardware. In one data center, the design is such that they are millions of network force available and then the virtualization of the network is done in such a way that there is no overhead.

Navdeep Saini

Once you have these physical networks designed the way they want it, what they have done is they’ve also done a virtualization which is a little different from other cloud providers. Not all the cloud providers are also going towards this kind of architecture, specifically on the virtualization of the network such that the virtualization of the network is done by something called bump in a wire. Right? When you do virtualization, there are various ways that you can do it. That’s the reason why we let it handled by the hypervisor. So, there’s overhead on the hypervisor, which means an overhead on the compute, which means you have less compute available to run your VMs and less performance, consequently.

Navdeep Saini

But if you do a virtualization out of the hypervisor and do it on the switches and the cards that are put in the hardware itself, you kind of take away that virtualization. Essentially what they have done is they have created this solid physical backbone of 25 gigs network. Then, out of those 25 gigs, five gig is set aside as a bandwidth for virtualization. So, all your VMs have access to the 20 gig bandwidth. That’s how you virtualize your network.

Navdeep Saini

Now, once you have your network working in this way, what you can do is, of course, you can plug in your hardware and start utilizing it. There are various compute options available in OCI. They came up with bare metal way back three years ago when only one cloud provider had that offering. So, there are bare metals you can run, there are VMs you can run or you can ask for, and then bare metals will have NVMe you can ask for if you want it.

Navdeep Saini

They also can hook up the engineered systems. So, you can have things Exadata on Oracle Cloud. You don’t have to buy the huge machine, you can just have a portion of Exadata and rent it for you, if you want it. Of course, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service are also kind of being used.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

We talked a little bit about the region side. Each region has three data centers, right? So how many regions are we talking about? There are about 12 or 13 regions and all of them will be live by end of 2018. You can see there are things like the choice of deployment and scarcity. If you have a requirement data, data has to reside in a particular region. Especially, as the GDP are coming to the picture, then the Oracle’s regions are making a lot of sense here.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

I talked a little bit about performance requirement of a public cloud, especially for running enterprise workloads. Before I talk about this slide, let me give you one fact, that Oracle is the only cloud provider that is giving actually on the performance of their network and performance of their storage. What this essentially means is, on the storage side, what they are guaranteeing, they are writing it down and they’re going to pay you back if it doesn’t happen. That one terabyte of a block volume will guarantee 90% of the time give you 25,000 IOPS. If it goes below that 90% of the time, then they’re going to pay you back. No other cloud provider is doing it. Similarly, on the networking side, they are guaranteeing network performance of 20 gigs pipe between the two VMs 90% of the time. The reason they are doing it is because they designed their data center from ground up for running the enterprise applications in cloud.

Navdeep Saini

So, we kind of caught in and say, “Okay, this looks great. So, let’s do our own tests, right? Let’s run some workloads and see how it performs.” And of course, if it performs. Right? So, we ran an Oracle database on load, similar load we ran it in a leading cloud provider. I won’t name it, but everybody can guess who that is, right? We ran them and we saw that we could go up to 25,000 IOPS, as we said, in one terabyte and it will stay up there.

Navdeep Saini

Most importantly, what we also found out was the price was almost seven-and- a-half times cheaper than compared to the other cloud providers. The reason being other cloud providers charge you for your files. Right? They have different shapes or different types of storage available.

Navdeep Saini

One of the storage type available is that if you need more IOPS you pay for the IOPS. Right? You can go up to 20k IOPs on the block volume, then you pay for it, so your price kind of jumps up. Whereas in Oracle, they give you those IOPS because whatever you pay for your per gigabyte for your storage, storage we don’t pay anything extra to get those 25,000 IOPs. That’s what you see in those in the bottom row. It’s seven-and- a-half times cheaper to run an Oracle workload in OCI. It makes a lot of sense right here.

Navdeep Saini

All right. Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

As I said, it should not be tied to … When people talk about Oracle, they think, “Of, it’s database on cloud.” It’s not. Oracle Cloud cover various types of workloads in cloud. As I said, they offer bare metal machine so you can put whatever operating system on your bare metal, or you can bring it on hypervisor too. Then, there is of course VMs. Then, you have container services.

Navdeep Saini

Primarily, they started with container service of their own, the container orchestration. I mean, that’s kind of settling down on kubernetes as a standard now. So, Oracle container service and OCI offering is 100% based on kubernetes. They were the first one to move and then the AWS kind of followed last year with that. So, it’s available.

Navdeep Saini

Ravello is another service that’s available. Ravello is a service that you can run your VMware workloads as is in OCI. You don’t have to make any changes there. If you have any VMware workload, you want to move to cloud to OCI, it makes a lot of sense there.

Navdeep Saini

Of course, dedicated compute is there. We’re going to talk about engineered systems available in OCI.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

What are the choice of deployments? One important thing everybody would be thinking, “Hmm, so I have the Oracle licensing or licenses that I bought a long time ago, or maybe recently, and I am paying subscription fee, or I’m paying support fee on it. How do I move to cloud? Can I put my licenses to cloud?” Yeah, of course. Oracle has given you different choices. What you can do is you can bring your own license to IaaS. What you can do is you can spin up a VM in OCI and spin up the VM of the shape that you want.

Navdeep Saini

For example, you own, let’s say, four processor licenses of software of ME software Oracle. That means you can go up to eight intel codes. You can spin up a VM with eight intel codes and load the software there manually if you want. Right? For example, an Oracle database, you can do it. Your license are fully portable to OCI, to Oracle. You can bring your own license.

Navdeep Saini

Or, you can utilize the platform-as-a-service. Platform-as-a-services is basically Oracle’s automation built on top of IaaS. When I say automation, for example, database, if you use platform-as-a-service to spin up your database, what Oracle does is, it does all the underlying work that is required to be done. For example, spin up a VM, attach storage to it, load up software, create a database. All that is automatically done for you. And also automated page caching and back up is done for you.

Navdeep Saini

All that automation on the platform-as-a-service layer is done for you. Now you don’t have to buy the license or you don’t have to subscribe to the license on the PaaS, you can bring your own license to the PaaS. So, you can do BYOL to the PaaS there also.

Navdeep Saini

What’s the difference then, you’ll ask, between IaaS and BYOL or BYOL to PaaS? The cost of the PaaS is going to be slightly higher because you paid for the underlying IaaS compute storage and networking, like you paid in IaaS. But you’ll also pay a little bit more for the automation. But the cost of BYOL to PaaS is about 95% cheaper than pure PaaS. Pure PaaS is basically you also subscribe to the licenses from Oracle. Of course, everybody know the Oracle licenses are pretty heavy. So, there’s a subtle difference if you’re considering anything like that.

Navdeep Saini

Now if you don’t own the license or if you’ve consumed all the licenses and you’re thinking of, let’s say, “Hey, let me spin up a VR also.” For example, you can have production in one region and VR in one region for VR purposes and you don’t own the VR licenses, then the pure PaaS, you subscribe to the licensing and let Oracle also take care of the automation and all that. It makes a lot of sense. So, those are some of the use cases with pure PaaS.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

As I said, platform-as-a-service from Oracle has a lot of offerings. You can see the drop down list. What we’re going to talk about today is the integration cloud service, specifically the autonomous integration cloud service. That is one of the offering from platform-as-a-service.

Navdeep Saini

Next slide, please.

Navdeep Saini

With that, I’ll hand over to my colleague, Tom, and he will talk about both OCI and autonomous integration platform-as-a-service.

Tom Kopec

All right. Thank you, Navdeep. Nice job! Excellent overview. Hello, everyone. This is Tom Kopec with Oracle. I’m an Alliances Consultant. So, very simply, I work with Oracle partners in North America and, particularly, our partner, Centroid. Centroid team, thank you very much for putting this on. This is a very valuable session to your customer base.

Tom Kopec

With that, let me talk very quickly about this integration technology. As you’ll note on the slide here, integration is a key challenge that all of you are facing. You might have Oracle applications today, you might have third-party applications, you might have Salesforce in the cloud or Workday in the cloud, or whatever they might be, but you have a requirement to pull information from all those environments down to other locations or central application, for example.

Tom Kopec

One of the values and one of the things we want to bring to market is an integration technology, which is very specifically targeted to helping you as our customer, working with the Centroid team, integrate all these offerings.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

When we talk about the technology … There we go. I think it’s slower, my network. We introduced and we have in the marketplace the integration cloud. We’ve added the autonomous capability on top of that not that long ago. Very simply, when we talk autonomous integration cloud, it’s very simply making it easier for you, the customer, to integrate your environments together.

Tom Kopec

A couple points around autonomous. This is a completely managed hybrid platform living inside Oracle Cloud. Because we’re utilizing autonomous technology so, obviously, this lives in a cloud-based environment. What we take advantage of is we take advantage of what’s artificial intelligence capabilities and machine learning capabilities, which allows you, the customer, to very quickly put together your integrations based on your requirements, automate that design process, and at the same time, we run real-time recommendations. So, at the end of the day, you can develop and integrate your technologies that much quicker.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

So, we talked about it. And look at the left-hand side of this slide here. Where does the autonomous integration technology reside? It basically sits in between your application, so whether it be cloud-based applications, maybe their Oracle SaaS applications or third-party applications, such as Salesforce, or on-premise applications such as SAP or legacy homegrown applications. The integration tool sits in the middle to trade information back and forth.

Tom Kopec

Think about it from an integration point of view, historically, if you are running an application on-premise, it had all of its data and the data state of that application, but maybe your Salesforce application or your Oracle SaaS application needs some of that information, so you build a separate data source for each one of those application components. With the integration technology, we tie all that together, both from the application point of view and also the process point of view.

Tom Kopec

As you know here on the common use cases, bullet number two, there’s a lot of ways you can utilize this tool: file handling, invoice synchronization, et cetera. The key features with the autonomous integration cloud service is local, very simple for a line of business or an IT person to put together the integration environment, we make recommendations based on the machine learning as a whole, at the same time, this environment is totally integrated with a lightweight agent.

Tom Kopec

Now, obviously, the benefits around this is speed, faster integration on the automation of applications. At the end of the day, it makes it easier for you, our customers, Centroid’s customer to get your applications out there and ready to go, very simply responding to your coming to your competition. So, increased agility, obviously, a lower cost of ownership because our time is dramatically reduced.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

Now a couple of key items around this environment. You’ll see on the left-hand side of the slide the how it looks and feels. We will get a very detailed demonstration from our partner Centroid here in a few moments. But the keys of this environment is the adapters. There are adapters all over the place. Adapters built by Oracle, adapters built by our partners, adapters built by our competitors, for example, to tie their technologies and our technologies together utilizing this integration tool. It is fully orchestrated on your behalf. Again, leveraging AI and machine learning capabilities. Very simply, it makes it very simple and very timely to put things together.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

Again, one component, the file transfer. The file handling use cases between cloud and on-premise applications is automated for you.

Tom Kopec

We talked about these adapters. There are a number of them in the marketplace today. As I said before, these adapters may be built by Oracle or may be built by third parties or our competition, partners such as Centroid, but very simply, they allowed the connectability. Where these are located? On the lower right-hand side there, it’s on the Oracle marketplace. So, if you go to cloud.oracle.com, one of the options is this cloud marketplace.

Tom Kopec

If I have a requirement to pull the information from a Twitter environment, for example, and feed that into an Oracle SaaS application, I can utilize the Twitter adapter, sometimes they’re cost-based, sometimes they are free of charge, to feed and assist the integration tool to feed those tools. So, this buys you, as I said before, makes it easier to integrate. It also helps setup this automatic discovery of application information.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

As I said before, a number of these adapters are built for Oracle technologies by Oracle. Let’s go through this real quick. Our SaaS-based environments, the Oracle ERP cloud, or NetSuite cloud, or HCM cloud environments, your Oracle CX environment, the on-premise based applications for Oracle technologies, and also technology adapters are all available to you. These are all available from the marketplace that I mentioned a few moments ago.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

As I said before, these particular adapters are also for non-Oracle environment. As I said at the very beginning, you as our customers, you have multiple environments out there. You need to link these together by utilizing adapters from Oracle and adapters that are available for third parties. You can take advantage of that and link those together. You’ll note here on just an example, some of the third-party adapters in the marketplace, whether it be a workday application or an on-premise application. Maybe you’re running Microsoft SQL server database and you need to pull information from that database, fine, there’s an adapter there for that.

Tom Kopec

Also, we talked about the social media applications, we talked about Twitter, there’s Facebook capabilities accept a number of adapters that are available so you as our customer can pull the information out of those environments.

Tom Kopec

Next slide, Brian.

Tom Kopec

So, instead of listening to me talk, let’s see a demonstration of this environment. Brian, I’m going to pass this back to you and we can run through a quick demonstration of our integration environment.

Brian Boyd

Thanks, Tom. I appreciate it. Really quickly, before I hand this over to Jude and we go over to the live demo, I’m just going to highlight this sort of the agenda.

Brian Boyd

Number one, Jude is going to do the first three bullets here. He’s going to build a connection with AICS. He’s going to orchestrate some integration; in this case, we’re going to use the use case where we’re using Oracle HCM SaaS connectivity to an on-premise EBS environment. Then, the last thing is we’re going to do a process builder with AICS and do a build process and flow and execute. Then after that, we’re going to hand it to Ben.

Brian Boyd

With that, Jude, if you’d like to take control?

Jude Victor

Sure, Brian. Thank you. Hello, everyone. this is Jude Victor from Centroid Integration Team. What we are seeing here is the AIC homepage. I will quickly go over the important components of the AICS. Here are the major components or integrations and the process builder. Then, we go into the integrations.

Jude Victor

This is an integration designer page. We have a few important components here that helps us build the integrations. The first one is the adapters. As Tom mentioned, AIC provides several pre-built, ready-to-use adapters for integration, which are the types of applications on which we can base our connections, such as Sales Cloud, SAP, Salesforce, et cetera. We can also create our own custom adapters and register them here to be used in the integrations.

Jude Victor

Creating an on-prem connection is fairly simple with AICS. We must create an agent group in order to make on-prem connectivity. When we create an on-prem connectivity, it’s fairly simple, it just have four different fields you need to specify your values. It takes this identifier value and we have to download connectivity agent from this page here. So, this will be installed on your on-prem host and it will be up and running, configured with the identifier we just created. So, that will be listening for the messages from AICS, then it can be configured with connections to the on-prem host, and it can be used in the integrations.

Jude Victor

This is the connections page. I’m going to go through … These connections define information about the instances of each configuration we are integrating. When we create a connection, it’s going to ask us a list of pre-built adapters, which one we would like to use. Let’s say I’m going to choose Oracle database. So, this is a pre-built adapter. It has a configuration details like port SID service name we can configure.

Jude Victor

When we create a connection, we have three different roles for each connection. It can be a trigger connection. In case of trigger connection, it sends requests to the AICS. In case of invoke connections, AIC sends the information to the connection to invoke. The trigger and invoke will do them both.

Jude Victor

Let’s take a look at one of the cloud connections we have been using. This is HCM cloud connector. It asks us to give us the visitor URL, where you have all SOAP API related connectivity information. You will have access to all the SOAP APIs from here. The interface catalog URL is the one that we use for the REST API capabilities. This will give us the list of business events or all the REST resources API that can be used in the integration from the cloud provider. We have the authentication details here. We need to give the user name and the password credentials for the cloud.

Jude Victor

So, that is about the connections. We are moving onto the integrations.

Jude Victor

This is the integrations dashboard that list out all the integrations we have created so far. Let me open up … Before we go there, I would like to touch base on the types of integrations we can create. So, when we create an integration, AICS provides six different types. It can be app-driven orchestration. So, this can be a business event that’s being triggered from an application. Let’s say I’m updating an employee or supplier, it can trigger an event and this can be captured in AICS. It will initiate the integration flow.

Jude Victor

The other one is the scheduled orchestration. It can be run in periodic intervals or it can be run on demand. The other one is a file transfer. It seamlessly and securely move the files around the network. Basic routing is a simple data mapping integration, basic app routing. We can just map with the list of available attributes from each side. The other two are the pub and sub. We can publish and subscribe messages from AICS.

Jude Victor

This is the designer page of an integration. This is a scheduled integration I have created for our demo purpose. The use case is we are going to … Let’s say, an employee request for information to be changed. The enterprise keeps its employee master in HCM cloud setup and in on-prem EBS deployment as well. I have created an integration with a scheduled activity, so it can be scheduled periodically or it can be run on demand.

Jude Victor

This scheduler activity … Before I go there … I’ll just show the important aspects. Okay.

Jude Victor

The first activity is the scheduled activity. It will have all the variables, runtime parameters that can be used in your integration for scheduling. This will have all the time elements, data elements, everything. You can use them for tracking or for manipulation inside your integration.

Jude Victor

On the right-hand side, we have three menus. The first one is the invokes. The invokes list out all the list of connections we have created with pre-built adapters to be used as a source or target. The next one is the actions. These list out the various elements needed to process the data and handle exceptions in the integration flow, such as: we can assign a variable, we can call external function, we can create mappings, we can work with the files, we can create a looping activity that will traverse through the record set and get the current information for manipulation. Then, we can also use them for the logging of the error messages, we can send notifications, we can create switch activity that will conditionally route the integration flow. Also, we can do exception handling by raising error activities here.

Jude Victor

The next one is the integration artifacts. These are the business processes, which we create using the process builder. These are automated business processes you can incorporate in the integrations.

Jude Victor

Coming back to the integration flow, the first activity is a function call activity. I have created an external Java script function that will call the current date to get the current date information. This is used in the subsequent mapping because we need to get the list of employee who got updated today and we are going to sync that information from HCM to e-business.

Jude Victor

This is how a typical mapping looks like. This is the value which I derived from the function call. This will be mapped to a query here. This is the last update date, which I will show in a moment how we obtained this one. This is this is a simple query for all the employee which got updated today.

Jude Victor

This is an activity which we built on top of HCM cloud connection which we have built. Let me quickly go through how it looks like. This is a REST adapter build connectivity. When we configure HCM adapter for a connection, it provides these three different options: you can query, create, update or delete information; or you can just do a bulk extract for reporting purposes; or you can use ATOM feed. ATOM feed provides a very great facility to track real-time updates from HCM system. It can be brought into the integration real-time. It is fairly fast and we can see the changes immediately reflecting into the AICS. Right now, I am using the first option. It can be a query, create, or update, delete information.

Jude Victor

Here is the list of REST resources that are available through HCM cloud adapter. What we are seeing here is the REST resources type. It can be a business object, REST service, or REST resource. I have chosen REST resources and I am selecting HCM REST application.

Jude Victor

Within that application, we have a list of available APIs under data elements here. We have pretty much everything from HCM, we have assignments, jobs, roles, grades, absence, time record. Everything is there. I have chosen Emps. The Emps is the one that will give us the record set attributes of an employee record. Here, for that particular API, I can either choose one of the below operations. I can create an employee, I can get just one employee based on a criteria, I can get everything as a whole, bulk input, or I can just update one particular employee with the criteria. Upstart means I can create and I can insert an update.

Jude Victor

Once that is done, it will just give us the components of what we have selected. Like I said, we have configured our HCM adapter mapping, HCM adapter connectivity here.

Jude Victor

Going back to our mapping activity here, so this is the last update date from that Emps resource API which we have received. So, the current date will be mapped with this last update date, from the Emps record set.

Jude Victor

After that, I have a looping activity here. This will look through all the records set, which we have received from the HCM. It will go record by record. The key to this integration is I am using the social security number from HCM into e-business suite, so the employee will have a common social security name as the identifier to uniquely identify the employee.

Jude Victor

I have an activity here, which is built on our e-business suite DB adapter. Here I am going to execute a simple query on the DB, database side, from e-business side. This is the national identifier. It’s actually a placeholder. This will have the value from the HCM cloud adapter, which we have received. It will pass the social security number. I am getting the corresponding record for that particular employee from the e-business side using the SQL query. So, this will give us all the details that we need to update the employee record in the e-business side, which are also mandatory parameters to the API on the e-business side. So, these are like person ID, object, version number, et cetera.

Jude Victor

Once we have configured that SQL query on the DB adapter, we are going to go back to the mapping. So, here is the mapping page where I am getting, the current employee is the current employee in the record set that is going through the loop. So, we are getting the national identifier from the current record set and mapping it to the national identifiers in the SQL query, which is getting fired at the DB level, on the e-business side.

Jude Victor

Our next activity is going to be, again going to be on the e-business side. This time it’s going to be a stored procedure. If you have a look at it, we are using the same DB connection for two different things here. This is going to take a while because when I click on the next button, it’s going to collect all the information from the e-business side.

Jude Victor

Since I have chosen Invoke a Stored Procedure, all the APIs, all the procedures and functions that are available from all the schema are going to be driven from the e-business side and listed out here. I’m going to choose the HR person API. Under that, I’m going to choose the update person procedure, just like the way we normally insert or create employee records in e-business environment. Once that is done, we are going to map the mandatory values to that API. So, this is how it looks like.

Jude Victor

I have selected app schema. I have selected HR person API. Under that, I have chosen the update person procedure. Under that, I have list of attributes, which I have mapped. So, these are all the arguments. This procedure intake. We are going to map them from whatever the information we have received from both from the HCM side and from the SQL query that were fired before.

Jude Victor

I am going to the mapping activity here. This is going to contain information. On the left-hand side, we have all the list of data attributes for the employee we have received from HCM. On the right side, what we see is the update person procedures, arguments. So, a simple mapping would be like this. It’s fairly a drag and drop. You can just drag and drop to the related parameter on the DB side, it will map automatically. You can validate and close it. That’s it. We are done with our simple integration flow here.

Jude Victor

Let me quickly, before we go in detail of how to execute this, I will just show how the HCM side looks like for an employee. This is a employee from the HCM side. This is a HCM demo environment. So, I have just chosen one employee for the day because it’s been updated worldwide, so I don’t want to create much payload on the integration side.

Jude Victor

Let’s quickly take a look at the personal information here. The goal of this integration is to update the employee email. Let’s say, the employee has an email address like this: [email protected] Let me quickly go through the employee on the e-business side. As I mentioned earlier, the social security number is the key on both sides. It’s 454-32-1299. On the e-business side, it’s the same. I am going to the office details here to check on the employee email. It’s already have the same email address. I’m just updating it to another one here to see the integration working. I am saving the information here. I’m correcting it. It is saved.

Jude Victor

Now we are going back to our integration. This is the scheduled activated integration from HCM to e-business. I am running it on demand.

Jude Victor

So, it has submitted with the request ID here. It is still in the process mode. It finished successfully. I can go and look at the flow here, how would made it through. As you can see, the green highlighted path shows the integration flow. It went through each activity and it picked up one record, and then it went through the loop, it updated the employee, it successfully completed with the stop. For some reason, it could get stuck in one of the activities, this will be in red and it will show us the error right here.

Jude Victor

I will show quickly on the e-business side how it got updated. You let me look at the office details here. As you can see, the integration updated the employee email derived from HCM cloud.

Jude Victor

Let’s go back to integration cloud. So, I have enabled this integration with a trace and payload monitoring, so in case for some reason if you want to debug on what kind of information is getting passed through each of the activity, you can easily check them. So, we can go and see the activity stream here. Let me select everything.

Jude Victor

Here, this is the payload for each activity that is going through the integration flow. As you can see, this is the employee payload, which we have caught from the HCM cloud. Likewise, for any reason, if some of the records are missing or in case we need to debug something, we can download this payload and debug them so that we can see which ones are getting missed and we can take necessary actions on them.

Jude Victor

On the monitoring side of the AICS, we have a dashboard. This will give us the list of integrations that are currently running. It basically gives us the integration health, how many are they currently activated, how many connections are built, how many of them are scheduled, how many failed. So, it’s fairly simple to see and understand.

Jude Victor

Once that is done, we are moving onto the process builder. A process builder helps us rapidly design, automate and manage the business processes in the cloud. It comes with two different attributes. One is spaces. These are work spaces in which applications are created. This facilitate access control of the applications between the users. I can create a workspace here. I can share it between my team. I can create applications within that space. Those employees within the space will have the access to that application.

Jude Victor

Let me quickly click on application. I have a built-in simple application here which is basically a travel request approval application. Let’s quickly run and see how it look like. I’m testing this application right now and I test more so that I can run it. During the runtime, the application which we have created will look like this. We can customize this look and feel with different attributes, with different icons and stuff.

Jude Victor

I’m invoking this particular application. This is simple UI, which I have created using the process builder. It’s fairly simple. It’s drag-and-drop tool. We can make use of it. Just entering the information required. I’m raising a travel request for this amount and asking the approval from my manager. I’m submitting it. Once I submit, this has initiated the approval process underneath that application. This will create a human task. So, in which case, in my space, currently I am the approver as well as a process owner so the in request has come to me.

Jude Victor

As you can see, the travel request application form has been forwarded to me with all the details. As a process reviewer, I can reject it, approve it, or I can do escalate, withdraw, assign it to somebody else, or request more info, or suspend this request.

Jude Victor

I’m going to approve this. Once it is approved, it is going to disappear from my task list, task queue. As a process reviewer, I can go and look at what’s going on with the process. This is the process flow, which I have created, and it is showing me where this current process now.

Jude Victor

I have submitted the request using web form and then it has gone to the process reviewer for the approval. Then, the reviewer has approved it, so it has gone to activity that is supposed to send the email to the employee once it is approved.

Jude Victor

Then, right now, it is pending on the fulfill activity. Right now, it is pending on the process reviewer. The reviewer can either fulfill this particular request or he can launch the form to do some more operations like reassign or request more info. Right now, I am submitting it for fulfillment. Once it is submitted for fulfillment, this will complete successfully.

Jude Victor

Now, I am going to go through the application, how it is developed. I am going to open the application in the edit mode. These applications are very useful when you have sequence of integrations that are running, and you need sensitive data that is flowing through between the integrations, and you need human integration intervention to review the files or sensitive information you want to review and going through an approval process. This is the way to do it with AICS. It provides fairly simple toolkit that can be developed very rapidly.

Jude Victor

As you can see, this is the process flow. I have built you see three horizontal cross sections. Each one is having a name: process owner, process reviewer, system. These are basically the user roles. With this button, you can add more roles. So, whatever the activities that are on this particular streamline, those activities will be performed with a person, with the process owner role. Similarly, process reviewer will have these roles; he can approve the request, he can fulfill the request. Then, the system is the automated process activity that will send the email notifications once it is approved.

Jude Victor

When I click here … This is the form which we have seen during the demo. This is the place we build it. It can be built and used in multiple mobile devices or in regular browser. This is how it will look in a phone or medium devices or large devices. This is a very rapid development tool. You can simply drag and drop. You can simply give them names and style sheets can be used here.

Jude Victor

Once we have designed the form, we have created a human activity here. You can easily refer the elements used in those forms and can be referred in the human activity. It provides a basic expression editor here in which you can drag and drop all the form attributes which we have created. You can drag and drop and you can use them for manipulation in the subsequent activities.

Jude Victor

This is a approval of decision-making activity. Once it is approved, it will go to the send email activity that will that will send the email. You can configure the email addresses, you can configure the messages subjects fairly easily.

Jude Victor

This is a fulfill activity. Once it is submitted, it will be forwarded to the end of the process.

Jude Victor

The process builder uses a standard language, which is a business process model notation. This particular language is widely used in most of the standard language building applications, so it’s fairly standard and simple to use.

Jude Victor

With that, I am concluding my demo and I am passing onto my colleague, Brian.

Brian Boyd

Thanks. Can everybody see my screen now?

Male

Not yet.

Brian Boyd

Not yet? Okay, hold on. All right. Can everybody see it now?

Male

Yes, you’re good.

Brian Boyd

All right. Great. Thanks. All right. The next part … There’s someone in background, if you can go on mute, please? It’s loud. Thank you. The next person I’m going to pass to is Ben Masters. Ben is going to walk through the OCI free cloud credit set up. I’m going to pass that to you, Ben. I’ll hand it to you to talk through this.

Ben Masters

Okay. Thanks, Brian. As Brian mentioned, I’m Ben Masters. I’ve been with Centroid for about 12 years. The last three of which has been spent as an Enterprise Cloud Architect, primarily with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, but also some significant amount of Amazon web services mixed into that. I think it’s important to take a second to review what we’ve gone over so far. I’ve been here just over an hour.

Ben Masters

To kind of recap what we’ve gone through, we’ve had an introduction by Brian with respect to Centroid and who we are. That was followed by Navdeep, who presented an overview of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, covered the database infrastructure, software, platform-as-a-service components, and everything provided by OCI. That was followed by Tom, who gave us a high-level overview of the Autonomous Integration Cloud Services, which then Jude picked up and gave us a pretty deep dive demo into how AICS works.

Ben Masters

Given all that, it makes sense now to, I think, give a quick demo here on how we actually get you into the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and how you can go ahead and give it a shot for yourself. Oracle provides a really good demo program, especially relative to some of the other data cloud providers with respect to what they offer as far as the array of services they offer and the amount that they offer for trial. It’s important to understand what they offer and how simple it is to get going with it.

Ben Masters

Starting here with the first slide, you can get to demo process started by going to cloud.oracle.com/tryit. This is the page that you will land on. I think Brian indicated in his presentation at the beginning that it is a 30-day trial. You get at least $300 worth of free credits. There is possible to get that expanded. But that actually opens up everything in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure portfolios of apps and services. So, the AICS that we looked at today, that’s available infrastructure-as-a-service available, database, platform, software. All of that is wide open and available to try at a pretty significant amount during this 30-day trial.

Ben Masters

From this page, we would hit Create a Free Account. Next slide, please, Brian. That’s going to land us here where we actually have our account details and verification. This is pretty standard type information for setting up any type of cloud file account. You decide whether it’s company, personal use.

Ben Masters

Then, we get down to cloud account name, which is one of the more important fields, especially when we’re working with OCI. This cloud account name ends up turning into your what’s called an identity domain within OCI, which is pretty important. You can see that the identity domain not only will be how you access your account but it’s going to be represented in URLs. For example, this Oracle Cloud Rocks, URL here, under cloud account name, you’ll see that in your browser.

Ben Masters

It’s pretty important even for a demo account, I would say, because you have the option to eventually turn your demo account into a permanent account and you can’t change the cloud account name once it’s configured. So, it may make sense to spend a little bit of time making sure you name this appropriately. Even if you don’t have an intention of converting this to permit account downstream, just taking a few minutes to think about what you want this cloud account name to make sense.

Ben Masters

You’ve got some additional information with respect to the company, regions, you got the email address, which is where it’s going to send the notification that your account has been successfully created, so make sure all of that’s correct.

Ben Masters

Then, we get down into verification. Pretty standard. You give it a phone number, it will send a confirmation back to that phone number. Supply that.

Ben Masters

Then, we get to the next page, please, Brian. I think we skipped a page. Go back up one. There we go.

Ben Masters

Then, we get our payment information. Oracle does require that you provide a credit card. What’s important to note here is that they’re not going to charge this card. It’s essentially just BOT protection fraudulent account, things like that, that is Oracle’s trying to prevent.

Ben Masters

What happens at the 30-day mark? You will get a notification from Oracle asking if you want to convert this to a real account from a trial account. At which point, they could begin charging the card. But again, it’s important to note that’s an opt-in only and unless you explicitly opt-in Oracle is not going to start billing against this card.

Ben Masters

Next slide, please, Brian. Then, we get down to just the validation of the credit card, as well as confirming terms and conditions, and hit Complete. We go to the next slide. We’ll land on this page which just thanks us for signing up and lets us know that we’ve got a confirmation email coming to the address that we supplied in that first page. So, we can run over to our email accounts. It says 15 minutes, typically it’s been five or less. I’ve done this four, five times and I’ve never waited more than five minutes. But then you say up to 15 minutes before you get the email.

Ben Masters

Next slide, Brian.

Ben Masters

This is how the email looks like. This is the email snippet from the email you’re going to receive to that address, again indicating that you’ve got the $300 worth of credit, confirms your username as well as a temporary password, which you will need to copy in order to sign in.

Ben Masters

Once we hit Get Started with Oracle Cloud, we go to the next page. We land here on the sign-in page for Oracle Cloud account. If we link from the email, these drop-downs as well as the identity domain should be pre-populated. If for some reason it’s not, you do want to make sure that you’re logging in under cloud account with identity cloud service. There’s another option for traditional cloud account, but that’s not how we’re accessing it, we are using identity cloud service. So, you do want to make sure that it’s populated with with that, as well as has the correct account name/identity domain, which is our Oracle Cloud Rocks here.

Ben Masters

From this page, we would hit My Services and we get to the actual sign-in. Our sign-in account name again is the email address that we provided; the password, we copy-paste it from the email and it’s there. Let me click Sign In and we’re going to hit the “getting started” landing page. So, now we’re actually in our OCI account. You can see both our username and identity name up in the upper right of that page.

Ben Masters

Down here in the Guided Journey section, we get a good overview of a lot of the services that are provided by OCI. If you’re interested in application development, that would be right there on the Develop and Deploy. In addition, if you’re spinning up IOPS, you got infrastructure networking storage that you want to spin up in Oracle data centers, there’s that create infrastructure. Then, on and on with migration, integration, management monitoring. All of the cloud services that you would expect to be available, we now have access to this demo account.

Ben Masters

Next slide, please, Brian. That actually finishes up the trial demo. I’m going to go back to Brian for consulting services and then wrap up with Q&A.

Brian Boyd

Great. Thanks, Ben. I appreciate it. We’ve got just two sections here. I’ve got a short three or four slides and then we’re going to go to Q&A. I had asked it on Q&A, any questions you ask, if you go into the chat menu and just ask those. You can ask that as we’re as I’m finishing up here and then Navdeep Saini is going to respond to those things verbally on any questions you have.

Brian Boyd

Centroid Consulting Services, specifically around just what we went through with Ben there around the free cloud trials, our goal as a Oracle partner is to ensure your success on these trials. Sometimes people aren’t familiar with the UI or they’re coming from a different cloud, there’s these type of things, so our job is to really help you out. Again, we’re here, pretty much anytime you can send us an email, you can get on the phone call, but identify your areas of needs or question. You can ask your Oracle rep or SDR who introduced you to engage Centroid with us as well. Like you said, our goal is to really make you successful. So, if you’re kind of stuck in something in the trial or you can’t figure it out, we’re here to help you out. Just as a soft-consulting around that and ensure that your trial is successful.

Brian Boyd

Some other things that we’re doing, we’re having a lot of success in doing this about two week is we do planning and budgeting help for customers. A lot of times people come in with expectations with Oracle that, “Hey, these are big dollar type engagements.” That can still be Oracle in the enterprise space, but in a lot of cases that’s not the case.

Brian Boyd

What we do is we put together full planning and budgeting, we do a consultative discovery call to identify your objectives. You say, “Hey, I want to move the dev workload into OCI in the trial.” We basically identify that, ask some elements around the short survey, then we build a bill of materials and what kind of an effort it would take if we were to do it end-to-end for you. Then, we provide that to you from a presentation so you can take that to your management.

Brian Boyd

As an example on this, this is the last slide of kind of one of those things we do, you say, “Hey, this is how much compute storage memory and whatnot that you want to do. This is what the annual cost is. This is the monthly cost going from left to right.” The consultative effort to move those things, setup, backup,, do whatever is $21,800. Then as part of the Velocity program that I mentioned very early on in the presentation, in that case, Oracle is basically giving you back $15,000 toward that, assuming the BOM is big enough. That reduces your consulting effort by 21,800 minus 15,000, so your TCO is much smaller on that initial engagement.

Brian Boyd

That’s Oracle’s way of basically saying, “Hey, Centroid knows what they’re doing. We’re going to pay them to ensure that you’re successful on your first go of it.” We’re doing a lot of these. Literally, we put these together in days for people.

Brian Boyd

Another area that we do on the cloud consulting side of things, a lot of people ask us, “What would it cost to spin up DR or do a Lift and Shift? Again, we identify your limited use case, provide scope of effort. If the compute is small enough and we can use the free trial credits, we’d love to do that and prove it out, and then we just go through and ensure that it’s successful and execute on it for you as a customer. If it’s real soft and lightweight, we can do it at almost minimal cost. If it’s much bigger, oftentimes we can get funding to help you out too.

Brian Boyd

Last two slides, cloud strategy. Where do you want to be in 2019 or 2020? Is it a hybrid approach? Is it an all-in approach? Is it one way or the other? But we will do consulting engagements here to identify your journey, what’s good, what applications are good, what needs to be upgraded, et cetera? We look at the pros and cons of the different approaches. Then, we do a critical path considerations. Create that strategy roadmap. Typically, this can be a very large document depending on the number of workloads and different systems you’re looking at. We put a number with it, like what would it cost on the Oracle side? What would it cost from the Centroid side? Are you looking at other clouds? What are the pros and cons? Go through all that and help you out with that.

Brian Boyd

Last slide, before, and like I said, I love this, some people can ask some questions in the Q&A is Oracle OCI, IaaS, PaaS is really built for enterprises, built in governance and security, all the security things you expect from an internal high-end data center from all the certifications and things that you’re expecting. From my a high performance, Nav mentioned it in the OCI overview around the 25K IOPS guarantee, whereas other cloud providers it’s much more expensive to get there. You have flexibility with choice and models. You can bring your own licenses for infrastructure of the service. If you don’t have licenses, or you want to do DR and you don’t have licenses for that, you can do it on PaaS. All sorts of flexibility there.

Brian Boyd

The last thing is just the cloud infrastructure guaranteed SLA. Oracle offers things that the other cloud providers don’t do. They may have gotten in the game a tab later, but the last two, three years, there’s lots of progress in this space and they are offering things up that the other providers aren’t doing that.

Brian Boyd

With that, let’s see here, I’m going to check and see. I see a question here. Nav or Jude, can one of you answers the chat menu? I’m going to repeat, “Are there any pre-built flows for different systems like EBS and CPC cloud or do they have to build all the integrations from scratch?

Jude Victor

Brian, I don’t think that we have pre-built integration flow per se, but there are adapters which we can leverage and we can build fairly fast integrations using them.

Brian Boyd

Okay, great. Any other questions out there? I know we’ve got a hard stop here in about eight minutes. Any other questions that someone wants to type in chat around this while we’re all here? All right. Well … Oops, there’s another question. “I’ve already tried DaaS on OCI. When I spin a 12c database I can see a VM has started. Is this not like Amazon RDS? Can you differentiate between RDS and Oracle DaaS?” Nav, I’m going to have you answer that one.

Navdeep Saini

Yeah, I can answer that. Yeah, functionality-wise, it’s the same. Amazon RDS is information database service, so they do the same thing. They spin up a VM for you, does the automation of installing the binary, the setting of the database, and then after that you can start using the database, you can do caching through the code RDS console, you can do backups and or whatnot. Same functionality available in Oracle Cloud, the only differences is the way the licensing is handled. In Amazon, essentially, your licenses are double because of the Oracle’s policy. Also, Amazon doesn’t offer any subscription license beyond standard edition two or standard edition, so you can’t subscribe to enterprise edition licenses. That licensing is going to be a problem for you if go to Amazon RDS.

Navdeep Saini

Another important thing, from the technology perspective, is Amazon RDS does not give you access to the database machine that spins up for you. It just gives you the console, gives you the TNS entry and whatnot to connect to the database. Whereas in OCI, in Oracle Cloud, they give you access to the database and then they spin it up for you. This is important in cases where you have applications that need some kind of work and needs to be done on the database. For example, mounting amount client or shared drive on a database or database to rely directly to it. Amazon RDS in that, you can’t do it in RDS, whereas in OCI, you can do it.

Navdeep Saini

Now, the rest of the features are the same. RDS does caching and whatnot. OCI databases this can do caching, back up, and whatnot. Everything is automated for you.

Brian Boyd

Great answer. Thank you. I appreciate that question from John. We still got about five minutes left. Are there any other questions out there around anything that we did on integration cloud service or Autonomous Integration Cloud Service or any other features of general OCI?

Brian Boyd

All right. I’m going to take that as everybody’s pretty much used up all of our time. What I’d like to say is thank you very much. I appreciate your time and attending. I will be sending a follow-up email with a recording of the overall event. Like we said, if you have any questions on it, let us know. Again, we we look forward to. If you have questions or you want to engage us, we’re happy to help you out. Again, whether it’s a small, big deal, or a bigger project, we’re not scared to deal with any of those. Again, we always like to start small with customers and build on top of it.

Brian Boyd

With that, I’m going to end this up. I just want to say again thank you very much for your time. Everyone, have a fantastic week. Thanks. Bye.

Clearing Confusion about the Oracle Cloud ERP

Now is the time to move to the Cloud

Or is it?

Many companies are being told they must move their Oracle Applications to the Cloud in order to cut costs, increase efficiency, and embrace the future of technology. But Oracle’s Cloud Applications aren’t a one-for-one replacement of their on-premise counterparts, and vary greatly in maturity levels.

Additionally, Oracle remains committed to its on-premise applications with continued service, maintenance, and investment in R&D.

So is Oracle Cloud ERP right for your business?

Watch the webinar below to answer your questions about Oracle Cloud ERP!

Read the transcript

Harold

This presentation is for educational purposes only. Your licenses and everything related to work alone or are governed by Oracle. You’ve seen this before. It’s nothing new, let us just like get that out of the way. Really what we’re talking about here are going to be these topics. Is Oracle Cloud ERP right for you and your business, on premise versus cloud versus hybrid. What’s at stake? When should you start your move to the cloud? Converting on premise software spent into Oracle cloud applications. There are some other topics that we’ll try to touch on. I’m sure some of you saw the announcement yesterday about Amazon and its cloud on customer offering that they’re thinking about rolling out in the spring. We’ll touch on that. We’ll touch on Oracle also. So those are kind of the topics we’re going to touch on here.

Harold

Really when you look at cloud adoption and you look at the challenges that companies are facing, what you really see is, really a big focus on are you forced to choose between flexibility or lower costs? Are you or can you rebalance your spend across different services and different service offerings? There’s limited visibility in control over your spend both on Prem and in the cloud and for cloud, and can you or can’t you leverage your on Prem software and investment in the cloud? And how do you do that? And is there, or is there not a delayed time to value, because of the complexity of the cloud and complex pricing? That’s what we’re looking to cover here and we’ll elaborate on these topics throughout the presentation.

Harold

One of the key points to realize here as you look at Oracle, both native to the Oracle cloud, whether it’s Oracle classic or it’s Oracle, OCI generation two, is a virtualization policies and best practices which make it more affordable. As you look at taking your Oracle technology, which is database and middleware and moving it to a third party cloud, whether that’s AWS or anybody else, you need to bear in mind how Oracle views virtualization and how they view putting their software into third party clouds. And you know, Ranga, if you want to elaborate a little on this, you can here, talking about how the core factors are slightly different when you leave OCI and go to, say AWS for instance.

Ranga

Yeah, absolutely. One of the key things to note is, if a costumer is using certain editions of the database software for example, compared to an on prem versus with an Oracle cloud environment or a third party cloud environment, the way in which Oracle determines the licensing is, with the third party environment if it is hyper threaded, then the core factor is one is to two, if it is not hyper threaded, it is one is to two, if it is hyper threaded it is one is to one, so in terms of the licensing especially on the Oracle process of a license, it certainly works in that fashion and certain editions of the database cannot exceed a second footprint in terms of your virtual CPU from the third party cloud environment. We’ve got to keep in mind that besides planning for migration, you’ve got to understand the impact.

Harold

Just so everybody knows, just as kind of housekeeping, here’s where if you look at the first bullet, it talks about the core factor for Oracle. You can look at that link there, you can copy that down. It’ll give you Oracle’s exact core factor. You can also see what their policies are there for virtualization. Their partitioning policy both soft and hard and trusted, which those three items, four items really are paramount. When you look at a hybrid cloud where you’ve got some on Prem licensing as that you’re using on premise and also flexing out to use cloud, whether it’s cloud at customer or whether it’s Oracle or third party clouding. Ranga, I don’t know if you think it would be a good idea just to talk a little about soft partitioning and hard partitioning and what Oracle talks about with that before we get into the cloud discussions overall.

Ranga

Yeah, sure. I think most of the people are aware of how Oracle normally license their ESX cluster for VM ware if you are running your Oracle load on VM ware. The core factor for your own underlying Oracle products, is pretty much if you are using a hard partitioning then you would be covered for, you would have to pay for the license for a year for servers that are physically isolated and it’s allowed to work on the Oracle workloads. And likewise you’ve got to have a dedicated network connection to your San Storage as well. When you’re talking about the soft partitioning Madden, you are going to have a dedicated post and your Oracle workloads can run on any of the available ESX server, in that instance Oracle expects you to license the complete VM hardware. That is the key difference between soft partitioning and the hard partitioning.

Harold

We’re getting a little feedback that you’re a little low, so could you please make sure you stay where you are, so that we can hear you a little better on from the mic.

Ranga

Sure.

Harold

Okay, great. I’m sorry, I broke your train there.

Ranga

I mean that’s just the primary difference between the hard and the soft partitioning. So continue Harold.

Harold

Sure. Everybody today I think knows that Oracle no longer sells by product per say. They sell universal cloud credits. And the intent of the universal cloud credit is to allow customers a simpler buying experience, greater flexibility and ease of expansion. So what you do today just so folks know, is you buy a set of cloud credits that could be applied based on what the products are so that at no point do you need to limit yourself to buying a set product. You could use a volume buy of universal cloud credits and then apply it as needed throughout the lifecycle of your cloud. Whether it’s, you know, for just compute or computed storage or other things.And Oracle is offering several different variants for you, whether it’s the pure infrastructure as a service where you’re just buying the infrastructure to run your own licenses on.

Harold

Or you could use platform as a service where it includes both infrastructure and database and middleware, or they have got another version that allows you to bring your own on premise license into the cloud whereby you reduce the cost for the platform licensing by bringing the technology licenses that you need in order to run it on there. So there are some variants, and I don’t want to get this whole Webinar tied up on how to price cloud. So you know if there are questions about it we can get to it later or we can have a sidebar and I think most of the folks are more interested in this, and really the technology of moving, whether it’s EBS or JD Edwards or PeopleSoft, we’re using EBS as the example here, but it’s the same regardless of which of the Oracle ERPs you’re looking to move to the cloud. And with that Ranga, I’m going to kind of turn it over to you

Ranga

Sure, okay. What we are seeing on this slide is the different services that are currently offered on the Oracle cloud infrastructure. So, we have the compute shapes, which is nothing but your infrastructure as a service. Then you have got your networking service, which will help you to have your virtual private network. And you can expand your on prem network on to the Oracle cloud.

Harold

Ranga you’ve got to stay closer to the mic. I’m sorry.

Ranga

Yeah, I am closer to the mic. Okay. Hopefully you are clearer now.

Harold

Yes.

Ranga

Okay. And then we also offer Oracle storage services on the cloud. We offer two different types of storage on the cloud platform. One is called the irregular objects storage, which is like pretty much like your Dropbox and then we also offer the block storage. The key differentiator is block storage and object storage are primarily being serviced using SSDs. But the caveat is, in the object storage we have got two flavors. One is an archival storage, the other one is the regular storage. Oracle also offers load balancing as a service. We offer private as well as public load balances. Then we are coming into the platform as a service. You have got like our integration cloud services, you’ve got database cloud services and then we have infrastructure specific based cloud services, like Exadata as a cloud service or you can have autonomous application as a cloud service, autonomous integration platforms, cloud services et cetera.

Ranga

Then the last step is very critical of the cloud machines because Oracle has already been bullish in the market, its been in there for the last 10 to 12 months. This is the cloud at customer. Certain customers might like to have their experience near performance expedience so they don’t want to go out of the data center to access the cloud environment. Oracles rolls in a machine onto your data center, they plug it in. Oracle manages the infrastructure. Oracle manages all the softwares. You get the expedience of running a cloud environment on your own data center. Now, these are all the key services currently Oracle’s cloud infrastructure offers. Now in this example, we are talking about an Oracle E-Business Suite applications that you’re running on prem, you can just take that E-business suite footprint, drop it in Oracle cloud environment and then you get the benefit. So can we go to the next slide there please Harold?

Harold

Sure Ranga. Just make sure you stay as close to that mic as possible because we’re getting some chatter from folks, they are having a hard time hearing you.

Ranga

Yeah. Sure. The three different ways in which we could deploy Oracle E-business. So one is cloud. Obviously you have your on Prem EBS footprint that you have already purchased and you are currently managing it. If you don’t, then we have these, we discussed about the cloud at customer, which is a rolling out take cloud machine into your data center, plugging it in, starting it up. Oracle manages that, provides you the interface to create your virtual environments in there. You could move your EBS onto that. For your non production or noncritical EBS environments, you’ve got the option of deploying the same EBS environment at the Oracle cloud infrastructure, which we call it as the public cloud. The experience on your EBS, whether you run on prem or whether you run it on cloud at customer or at your cloud infrastructure, it’s exactly the same. Oracle provides you the tools, which is called as the Oracle EBS admin tool via which you can maintain these EBS environments exactly the same way as you would do it currently. Next slide Harold.

Ranga

Okay, so the first question people would like to ask is, why should I look at Oracle cloud infrastructure for my EBS? Another first statement goes without by saying, it’s a single support, a support from a single vendor. You are running an Oracle workload on an Oracle infrastructure, or an Oracle public cloud service. You get the support from the same. If you otherwise landed on a third party hardware vendor, in event of any issues related to your EBS environment, the support stops within the Oracle workspace. If it is beyond your network or storage, then you have a different support contracts with the respective vendors. The critical thing that Oracle cloud infrastructure is ideal for your EBS is the automation proportion. So through a single UI tool, you’ve got the option of versioning your environments quickly with an automation tool and this particular tool is available only when you run it against Oracle cloud infrastructure.

Ranga

You can lift and shift your EBS environment via a menu driven option. You’ve got the capabilities to expand or add additional application servers or you’ve got the option of expanding from a single instance database to a RAC instance database. And you also have the feasibility to do some of your mundane tasks such as automating your backups. And also deploying your change request in terms of applying a patch be it an Oracle supply patch, or an Oracle EBS patch. Are there any customers on the call who are using application management pack for the EBS?

Harold

You guys can unmute to answer that question so that Ranga could talk to you.

Ranga

All right, so this particular tool also offers the application management pack off it as well. So it comes inbuilt in with it. You deploy it from a single machine and then you start managing your different environments. Now, I’ve got to say this and highlight it very clearly here, the Oracle database cloud service comes in three different flavors. The most expensive one is the Oracle Exadata cloud service among the three options. The second option is, on high availability through DataGuard and RAC, which is nothing, but if customers are familiar with Oracle database appliance, Oracle offers a virtualized environment on to run your RAC or you can have a dedicated host serving as your Oracle database. Be It single instance or the RAC instance. The third and the most effective operation and deployment of database is Oracle database cloud service on a virtualized environment.

Ranga

Each one of them has got its own advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are more in terms of what is the network bandwidth that is available between your Oracle database machine and your storage tier. Number one. The second advantage is the shape and the size of your network interface cards. Oracle guarantees the specific IOPS. It guarantees the network latency. It also guarantees for availability. No other cloud provider offers the three levels of service guarantee for your infrastructure components. At a very high level. The Oracle EBS cloud admin tool gives you three important things. One is the ability to provision a new EBS environment or you can provision or expand or scale out your database or your application tier. The second thing is lifecycle management. You want to patch, apply a patch or roll out your changes from your SDLs through your SDLC cycles. You can control those via lifecycle management using the cloud admin.

Ranga

This otherwise normally customer use the Oracle lifecycle management pack that comes as part of Oracle enterprise manager to do it. The third option that it provides us is the lift and shift capability. Meaning you take an existing footprint of your EBS environment, existing topology. You don’t have to change anything. You just migrate it to the Oracle cloud, meaning lift and shift, forklifted, no need to upgrade, you don’t have to worry about it. Once you have your environment on the cloud, then it becomes pretty much your environment that’s otherwise you would have it on your on prem. Using the lift and shift methodology, what it provides us, it also gives us the capability to move your customizations otherwise. Using the cloud admin tool. You’ve got three options in terms of deployment.

Ranga

I want to have one big box and I want to run my application tier and my database tier in a box. That is one option. It’s primarily used for your demo or Sandbox environment or just to verify the patch has not broken your environment. You don’t want to have spend the time of doing it on your other environments or which is deemed critical. You deploy your EBS on the single environment. The second is the multi node compute. These are primarily VM virtual machines, wherein you have dedicated virtual machines for your application tier and the dedicated database virtual machine. You can move it in that particular fashion. This is ideal for your test, Dev, QA sort of environments. The next is critical that we always recommend customers is to deploy your database on an Oracle database cloud service, which is the Oracle pass offering and you deploy your applications on dedicated virtual machines. This is primarily for your production environment, which has got a much better performance, expectations there.

Ranga

Now let’s look at some key components of this admin tool. First thing is, this particular tool is available in the market place so you don’t have to do anything. You download the image. When you start the image, you’re pretty much ready to go and manage your EBS environments, no need to do any additional installation, et cetera. What it uses behind the scene is pretty much if customers are, have got a knowledge about Puppet, which is one of those automation tools for software provisioning, it uses pretty much that. Second thing is you can manage your on prem environment as well as your cloud environment. Why is this offering available is some customers would like to move their noncritical non production environments to the cloud, but leave the production environment on Prem. So in that case your development happens on your cloud environment and you want to hold those, roll up those patches and changes and move it to your Oracle prod. That’s the second thing.

Ranga

And then the Oracle EBS cloud admin tool communicates with the EBS cloud storage for, it’s a new that cloud storage assets repository and keeper tab of your footprints, your releases, your past set levels, your gold image of your EBS environments. The cloud admin tool also integrates with the backup storage. So when you are going to be scheduling your backups of your critical, non critical environments for longer term retention. You can simplify this whole administrative process of that using the cloud admin. Then obviously there is a sandbox provisioning utility, which is nothing, but as I said, it’s all in one box. So your application tier, your database tier, your web tier, everything sits in a single box. So these are all the five components of your cloud admin tool.

Ranga

Now how does it work is the question, right? So the first thing when the cloud admin tool looks at, is it looks at your current deployment, current footprint, takes it and, understands the topology of your EBS environment. And then it’s going to ask by a menu driven processes. Okay. How do you want me to deploy this onto the cloud? When I say cloud here, I’m referring to Oracle cloud only. It’s going to say, okay, I want to first take a backup of your application tier, meaning I want to take an image of your application tier. Then it’s going to take a backup of your Oracle EBS database and then its provisions, those services on Oracle cloud inside your tenancy, based on your network and security models. Then it restores those environments for you. Now again, here I am saying, you’ve got three options of deploying your database, database cloud service on a virtual machine or a database cloud service on a dedicated hardware for faster performance or you can always go to the Exadata cloud service, provided your EBS footprint is massive in terms of the database size and expected performance level.

Ranga

The automation of backups is available for customers running at the EBS, 12.1.3 above. Anything below than that you have got to apply the patch and make it to have them meet the basic requirements of coming to 12 one three release. The load balancer, which is a service inside Oracle could be two forms, a public load balancer or a private load balancer. Customers typically having multiple application tiers for different modules, especially if you’re having I-supplier or an I-expenses kind of module when you implemented it. Those need to be available and access by from the public, whereas your HR modules or your finance modules. You want to have it through a private load balancer. You can deploy those options via the cloud admin tool.

Ranga

I mean how does this multi-node application tier model works on EBS is, it takes a backup of your application tier, creates a gold image in your EBS cloud container, and then you just say, I want to add another node to my existing dev environment or an existing QA environment. The moment it recognizes that you’ve got more than one application tier. What it does is it automatically provisions your load balancer so you don’t have to worry about changing your configuration. It takes care of managing your EBS environment pretty much. Like the same situation holds good when you want to do your cloning of EBS environment as well. So all your auto configs, your pre clone steps, the post clone steps is all taken and managed via EBS admin. You don’t have to do anything manually. Pretty much.

Ranga

So how do we do that to the cloud? How do we bring your on Prem Environment to the Oracle cloud? First we got to have your…. you got to extend your on Prem Network to the cloud. When I say you extend your network, this is one of the things that whether you might want to choose or you don’t have to. All it means is, if you want to extend your Oracle internal, I mean sorry, your on Prem internal network. You want to extend it to the cloud so that you can have the same network IP address range that you want to use it. You extend your network and then the connectivity between your on Prem and the cloud infrastructure is established either using a dedicated panel, which is pretty much very similar to your MPLS connections, what we call it as the fast connect connections in Oracle.

Ranga

Or you can build a virtual private network, secure tunnel over the internet as well. Using with a virtual private network, a secure tunnel over the Internet is ideal for your development environment. But for a production environment, we recommend using an MPLS or a fast connect connection. Again, the case is again determined based upon saying what is my upstream and downstream activity between my EBS and others? So you start using this particular tool, you download the tool, you have an Oracle tenant in the Oracle environment. You specify your network, you’ve established your IP sec tunnel or your VPN tunnels.

Ranga

Using the tool you can point, it’s going to go on first and do a preparing of inventory of your on premise EBS environment. Then based on which environment you want to move to the cloud, you say, okay, choose my dev environment, move it to Oracle cloud. So it’s going to start provisioning your services on the cloud, takes a backup of your database, takes a backup of your application tier, configures the load balancers onto the cloud. This tells the application, this tells the database, and then you’ve got the option of either to choose to shut down your on Prem and start servicing from your Oracle cloud environment. So it’s as simple as that. It is a single mouse, a single click versioning utility.

Ranga

Yeah. Step one, we take a file based. How does it work behind the scenes? Let’s go into the details. It takes a backup of your application tier, transfers to the Oracle EBS storage container, takes a backup of your database using RMAN or RMAN clone, if you’ve got an image copy, you can specify it. Your database backup gets stored into the storage container. Then the EBS cloud Admin, it’s going to read from the storage container and starts provisioning your Oracle Environment.

Ranga

Next step is the application tier goes into an Oracle compute service and the database tier is based on, you get the option of saying whether you want to have a dedicated environment or not. Or you want to use a virtual environment or you want to deploy it on Oracle cloud service. Okay, next slide please.

Ranga

Again, this tool gives the flexibility to expand your application tier or your database tier. You don’t have to write a separate code, you don’t have to rewrite your auto conflict, you don’t have to do any of those things. Everything gets…. your context files get updated automatically and it’s ready to be deployed. Yes. Next slide please.

Ranga

Using the tool gives the flexibility to do a fast clone. If customers have got used to the Oracle application management pack EM, it replaces start features. You can start doing cloning of your environment from your production to your non production or from QA to your test, and using this particular cloud admin tool. It makes the life easier for everybody. So you don’t have to again worry about your pre-clone post-clone steps here. Keep in mind every environment in Oracle cloud is all encrypted at rest. Next slide, Harold.

Ranga

Hybrid cloud management gives the possibility for you to manage your on Prem as well as your cloud deployments. Using a single UI, the ability to start moving changes from cloud Dev test SDLC cycle to your production. You don’t have to worry about creating much patches or applying your custom patches and then try to find out on Oracle cloud. It provides those capabilities directly. Next slide.

Ranga

This slide just shows you like, you know, how you do what normally customers always a hookup, their EBS environment, communicated with my bureau moss which is my Oracle support, you have the options of trying to find out what are the latest patches available for your specific environment based on the footprint. You create a software location, it downloads the software and then pushes it across the different stages of your EBS environments. Next one.

Harold

Thank you Ranga for walking everybody through the basics of how Oracle handles EBS in their environment where you’re lifting and shifting it up. I’d like everybody to remember that we took EBS as the example. It is not only limited to EBS as its ERP, but the same can be held true whether it’s JD Edwards or PeopleSoft. And I don’t know if there’s anything you want to add into that, Anga, or is that enough?

Ranga

Well in terms of other ERP mechanisms. So you’ve got different options. I mean, you mentioned touched upon PeopleSoft, Jd Edwards. You could also migrate using similar capabilities, similar tooling that is available for your other ERP systems as well. Now then customers have got two options in that either choosing an Oracle cloud infrastructure platform or they could use an Oracle SAS platform as well. Yup, go ahead Harold.

Harold

Thank you. So that’s, we’re kind of at the point where we’ve got to pay for this Webinar. So you get to hear my little commercial introduction for Centroid and I thank you all for participating really, for those of you who don’t know who Centroid is, we’ve been around since 1997. We have over 300 or so Oracle professionals that work for us with offices throughout the US and in Hyderabad, India. We are Oracle platinum partner, specifically a top five strategic partner. We are an MSP in velocity partner and we’re also one of a handful of select MSP certified cloud partners. We have won numerous awards. Most recently at OpenWorld we won the cloud innovation partner of the year award this year.

Harold

When you look at what we do, we, we are an IT consulting firm that does project based solutions, customizations, upgrades, managed services, hosting, Oracle licensing, Oracle license consulting, pre-cloud assessment, cloud migrations. There’s a plethora of stuff on these next slides as far as what we do. But suffice it to say, we are an entire Oracle red stack shop, starting down at server and storage level, running up through the OS into the database, up to the mid tier and all the way out to the front end ERP and edge applications like, EBS, JD Edwards, Hyperion Oracle identity management, Oracle business intelligence. And we also had the capability of multi cloud integration.

Harold

So it’s not only Oracle, but we can integrate with AWS and other cloud platforms so that those of you who are multi cloud service users. We have the ability to do that. So with that being said, what I’d like to do now is kind of open up this for some questions and I am going to exit out of this here so that we can see if there were any questions that came in on this thing, let’s see.I’m not sure. I don’t think that we had a lot that came in on the chat board. I don’t know if anybody has any specific questions at this time or else we’ve had some that have come in via email. Ranga do you have a question or two that came in to you via email, either from Bob or prior to the Webinar

Ranga

I did. I’ve got two critical questions which I’ve picked up.

Harold

Sure.

Ranga

The first question I received was why should we look at Oracle’s cloud if you’ve already invested or planning to invest on a competing cloud service? It’s a very valid question that most customers have. Oracle has always looked at as a very late entrant to the cloud market, but I would say to those customers, the ideal platform to run your Oracle workloads specifically Oracle workload, there is no better cloud provider that can offer a better quality of service and user experience than Oracle provides, that’s number one. Secondly, the Oracle cloud machine are, or the Oracle cloud infrastructure should not be looked at purely as an Oracle on Oracle platform. You can bring in any type of workload which is non Oracle and when you run it on an Oracle environment or an Oracle cloud environment, there is a remarkable difference in terms of performance and expectations because of three important reasons.

Ranga

As I said before, Oracle is the only vendor that offers three guarantees or service level guarantees. The first is availability. The second is the network reliability. The third is the IOPS performance. What it means by provisioning….giving a guarantee is, if Oracle fails to meet on any one of these three categories, the customers get a credit back onto their cloud environment. That’s the first question that I received it.

Harold

So Ranga, before you leave this for a minute because I received this question, I think it relates or it tags onto that, that statement a little. I know a lot of folks saw yesterday, that release about Amazon and they’re clouded customer and the fact that it’s designed around VM ware. And the question that I had received this, how does that all play into somebody that is running Oracle and is thinking about that? Is there a relationship with performance, whether it’s with red shift or any of the other Amazon products as a comparison to Oracle?

Ranga

Absolutely. The other thing you have….the point that we are all talking about is, Okay, I’m already looking at another product. So in terms of like either a cross platform migration strategy or the cross environment strategy, the thing that we need to pretty much look into that is, Okay, what does the impact of me moving away from one environment to another environment? What’s the impact to my business? Second thing is the cost of doing that particular migration strategy. The third is, okay, how is it going to sit in the bigger landscape of my existing environments. The fourth and the critical aspect is, how is the support, what’s going to be my feature set availability in the future? And how was it going to be helpful in my whole transition of adopting to a cloud strategy? So it’s very critical and it’s very, very important that we analyze that before making a decision or jumping the gun to buy this.

Harold

Thank you Ranga. And before you get to the other question, I know there’s, here’s one relating hosting. Whoever just asked that question, could you just turn, turn your mic on and ask the questions directly to Ranga because these snippets keeps fading out on me. I guess. I think that person’s away from the mic. So if you emailed that question directly to Bob, he’ll get it out to us. And anybody who’s looking for the presentation, if you emailed Bob, we’ll get that out to. So go ahead, Ranga.

Ranga

The other question I had was, what are the other migration tools that are offered either by Oracle or for Centroid. Yes, we are proud for the EBS or the ERP we have got this admin tools that are available, but what else do I have if I have to provision, like say move a database over or like moving my virtual VM ware workloads onto the cloud. Oracle offers many migration tools that are there. Like you know you can bring in your existing workloads, VM ware workloads using Ravello or you’ve got like an API using some containerization like docker based containers. You can use that or if you’ve got Kubernetes based ones you can move that as well and if you’re running a non Oracle or non Linux or Unix based systems, if you’ve got Microsoft based systems you can move that or we are partnered with a company called Rackspace and RackWare that helps us to migrate non Oracle non Linux based systems or using a single click.

Ranga

And then it keeps it in sync it that shows all the different migration strategies become, but let us be very clear. Every customer’s migration to cloud will be different based on that specific environment and Centroid has always adopted that every customer’s migration is unique and it’s going to be designed and it’s going to be developed using customer’s priority as the key and the customers input. Because we always emphasize on developing a strategy which will be a collaborative effort we have with the customers.

Harold

Okay. I just found the question relating to the hosting question. What are you seeing from Oracle in terms of the existing licenses moved from a third party cloud? I’m not sure-

Ranga

You want to take that licensing question. Right. So I mean I, I’m not too sure about how do you want, what specific license they have got, that the user is talking about here. If it’s for EBS or if it’s for a database or if it is for other services. When you’re going to bring that license then I think it has to be converted into a universal license model.

Harold

Okay. Thank you. Is Oracle cloud more or less expensive than AWS? That’s a question that came in from Bob here. So, the answer on that one really, when you look at it, Oracle’s core factoring, that’s kind of why we talked about the core factor at the beginning of this. Oracle uses, their core factor 0.5. when you come over. Right? So, basically one oh, CP who covers to two processor licenses verse when you’re looking at AWS it is a 1-1 ratio. I don’t know if you want to elaborate any more on to that Anga

Ranga

Yeah. Two things to note here. The first thing is in terms of the cost wise, if you are running on an Oracle workload on an AWS compared to an OCI environment, given the fact that, for argument’s sake, let’s say the shape of the machines are like for like, okay, and you’re running a typical workload on it, which has got like an average of 200,000 IOPS. And if you look at the costing, it could be about probably Oracle cloud will be eight times cheaper compared to the nearest on a public cloud provider. That’s number one. The second thing when we should also talk about is, the additional price that the customer pays for faster performance of AWS storage or faster for your network. When you’ve compared those two, the Oracle cost is about 50% cheaper compared to your other cloud provider vendor.

Harold

Okay. Well thank you. I’d like to thank you, Anga, for all your help here on this and I like to thank all the attendees for joining. I know it’s five minutes at the top of the hour, and we’re trying to stay on schedule here. I know you all have busy days, so I’d like to thank you all for attending the Webinar. Anyone who would like a copy of the presentation, please email Bob Huggins directly. He will get out a copy to you. Anyone who wishes to have further discussions on any of the points can reach out to Bob Huggins and he will coordinate setting up a meeting with us and you at a convenient time. Or if there are any further questions that you have, please send it to us and we’ll respond via email. Again, thank you for attending and enjoy the rest of your day. See you later.

Ranga

Thank you everyone.

Break the Boundaries of Possible with Oracle Linux Support

Learn how to reduce downtime, increase security, and save money with Oracle Linux support. Plus, learn how to enforce security compliance with zero downtime.
Minimize your business risk by maximizing flexibility. Learn about how to use Oracle with Linux and the tools and offerings from an open source perspective.

Also learn how to reduce risk and exposure while maintaining productivity with Ksplice, learn how to manage your systems using Spacewalk or Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM), and learn how the new Cloud Native can help with your devops.

Read the transcript

Brian Boyd

We’re going to start now. First of all I wanted to say thanks for everybody joining the call, I know all of you are very busy.

Brian Boyd

My name is Brian Boyd, I’m a sales director for Centroid Systems and co-sponsoring this event with Oracle today.

Brian Boyd

For the purpose of this presentation, please put your phones on mute. For the presentation, we’d like to encourage you to ask any questions in the chat session. Mary you can put that in the bottom right hand corner as well. At the end of the presentation, we can answer them.

Brian Boyd

The speaker would like to encourage you though to ask questions during the event at any point, and it’s okay to come off mute and to ask questions if you feel it’s easier as well.

Brian Boyd

Lastly Centroid and Oracle are having a follow up event at Dallas Cowboy Headquarters in Frisco Texas on February 13th. If you’re local to Dallas area, and you would like more details please email me, my email address is listed here, or your local Oracle rep who may have invited you. You’ll also receive a recorded link of this entire session.

Brian Boyd

With that I’d like to give you a quick overview of Centroid systems. Centroid is a twenty year old Oracle Platinum Cloud Select partner. We’ve been doing Oracle applications and technology projects as well as in the last 4 years, many Oracle Cloud projects including lifts and shifts, upgrades, disaster recovery as a service etc.

Brian Boyd

Centroid is well versed in theory and implementations of the products that we’ll be discussing today. Centroid has saved tens of thousands of dollars in helping drive down customers’ Linux OS cost versus traditional vendors.

Brian Boyd

We’ve also educated and implemented multiple implementations of Ksplice, which will be discussed today enabling them to remove the burden of downtime for OS patching that impacts business frequently.

Brian Boyd

The other thing I just want to highlight is that Fortune 5000 companies are using these technologies on a daily basis, and they’re proven solutions so there’s no reason not to look at them to drive your cost down.

Brian Boyd

With that we’d love to work with you and are available at your convenience to work with you to solve these business and IT problems.

Brian Boyd

With that I’d like to hand it over to our lead presenter Akshaya Shah from Oracle, and we will be doing Q&A at the end so again please don’t hesitate to ask questions either in IM window session of you can come off mute and ask them as well. So Akshaya I’m going to pass it to you.

Akshaya Shah

Thank you Brian. Good morning to everybody. My name is Akshaya Shah. I’m a sales consultant, more like a pre-sales engineer at Oracle, and I work in the Linux and the Virtualization group. This group basically has a lot of tools and offerings from the opensource perspective. Linux and Virtualization being one of the 2 that, of course is part of the name of the group as well.

Akshaya Shah

But there are many other tools that we’ll be talking about such as how can you secure your system using Ksplice without having to reboot your systems. How can you manage them using Spacewalk or Oracle Enterprise Manager for that matter. And then the new offerings such as Cloud Native that can help you do your DevOps related stuff as well.

Akshaya Shah

But before we move forward, I just want to call out and as Brian said let’s make this very interactive, so feel free to ask questions either on chat or come off mute and ask me questions. And before I go ahead I just want to make sure you guys can hear me clearly. Brian was that clear?

Brian Boyd

Yes, I can see your screen very clearly.

Akshaya Shah

Perfect, sounds good. So I’m going to move in and then here’s the topics that we’re going to cover today.

Akshaya Shah

We’re going to talk about the products that we have, the tools that we’ve got, that we offer as part of our opensource offering. We’ll specifically get into the zero downtime patching using Ksplice. That’s a unique offering and also one of the only products, there are competing products in the market out today, but the only product that we recommend that you can use it in production.

Akshaya Shah

None of the other competing products, the companies who make them, can recommend using it in production. We not only recommend it, we use it in production. We’ll get into the details of what are the benefits and how we can use it.

Akshaya Shah

I mentioned that there’s a Cloud Native offering, so Oracle has this on Cloud Native DevOps environment, so we’ll be talking about that as well.

Akshaya Shah

Very briefly we’ll touch upon if you were to switch to Oracle Linux support, what is the effort from your perspective. Apparently that is not good. And we’ll talk about that.

Akshaya Shah

And then we of course summarize why Oracle Linux and some of the helpful links. We will be sharing this slide back right after this presentation, so I just wanted to call that out.

Akshaya Shah

A safe harbor statement, this is a legal requirement. There are a couple of things that are on the Cloud Native specifically that I’ll be talking about that is futuristic. This is to tell you guys what our development team is working on, what is coming out.

Akshaya Shah

Again, this is not something new, it’s not something that I created. It is all that was declared at the Oracle’s OpenWorld last October, but I still need to go ahead and call this out because anything that I mention for futuristic product development or releases, it could change. So this is something that I need to have you guys understand.

Akshaya Shah

I’m going to move on very quickly and then directly jump into the 4 different pillars that we have to offer from our opensource perspective.

Akshaya Shah

We of course have the operating system, now 1 of the key things about our operating system is it is free to download, free to use. The only time that you would need all these add-ons, that we have added as part of our support, is when you come to Oracle.

Akshaya Shah

You can call in to Centroid or Oracle and then we can work with you to actually identify what would be the support requirements for your environment and then we can come in and talk about that.

Akshaya Shah

Now we’ll get into specific details of what are the different offerings of Linux but a very high level. We have 2 specific kernels that we have as part of our Linux offering. We have Red Hat Compatible Kernel, which essentially is nothing but exactly the same as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. And we have our own kernel that is called Red Hat Compatible Kernel, so it’s bit by bit compatible with Red Hat.

Akshaya Shah

And then there is another kernel called UEK, the unbreakable kernel. That unbreakable kernel is the 1 that we’ve taken the most recent mainline kernel and then we’ve included as part of our offering as well. We’ll talk about the benefits of each as we go ahead.

Akshaya Shah

The second piece of the second pillar that we offer is, if you were planning to set up your own private cloud on-prem then the OpenStack has been the defacto standard for a very long time, trying to set that up as your own private cloud.

Akshaya Shah

Now of course things have changed a little bit, the industry has shifted, and a lot of people are adopting the Container technology and using Kubernetes and then a lot of these CI/CD kind of offering and that’s the far right pillar that we have, that’s the DevOps environment.

Akshaya Shah

We are actively working on it, we already offer and distribute the Container that’s Docker and the Linux Containers. We distribute the Kubernetes as well, and a couple of other things are in up here as well, and we’ll talk about that as we move forward.

Akshaya Shah

One of the other pillars that we have besides the DevOps and OpenStack and Linux, is the Virtualization. Oracle has offered Virtualization solution for about 8 to 10 years now. It is based off of the Hypervisor called Xen, the X E N Hypervisor.

Akshaya Shah

Xen was a very powerful hypervisor, it still is a very powerful hypervisor. It’s been around for a very long time. Recently what we’ve seen is that the industry has moved to where it’s adopting KVM as the default hypervisor.

Akshaya Shah

There are a lot of projects and a lot of new companies and start-ups that are actually not only consuming that as a product for their own defacto virtualization standards, but they’re also contributing projects towards it.

Akshaya Shah

So there’s a lot of interest in the community towards KVM so what Oracle has decided is they have not come out with the product yet, it is something that’s in the works, it is for this calendar year sometime. They are going to come out with the KVM based and oVirt based Virtualization solution. And there will be a choice for our customers, they can actually continue to deploy Xen as their defacto hypervisor, or they can actually move over to using KVM.

Akshaya Shah

There is also Virtualization on the desktop side, which is called Virtual Box (VBOX). One of the interesting facts about Virtual Box is that at times it is one of the most downloaded software in the world, where it helps you use, basically it’s the Type 2 hypervisor. You can actually create it as a process on your desktop and then you can actually create virtual machines inside it for your development purposes.

Akshaya Shah

It’s very helpful for a DevOps kind of a scenario . What Oracle is doing is it’s providing these templates that you can just import it and it might already have the Oracle Linux or maybe in some cases database specific versions already prebuilt. So you really don’t have to spend time in trying to build all these things, you can just import the template and there you go, you just start using it.

Akshaya Shah

It’s really powerful and Oracle still continues to provide these templates for Virtual Box as well. One of the key things as part of our offering is there is zero lock in. I don’t know if you’ve worked with some of our competitors, but they have a lot of lock in language in their contract.

Akshaya Shah

We really don’t have any of that, it’s very simple. We honor the perpetual license from GPL and that’s what we offer in turn to our customers as well. It’s the only support that we provide.

Akshaya Shah

Moving on, just a brief into where we are from the markets race perspective. We are now the number 2 Enterprise Linux provider in the world, we’ve got about 16 000 plus unique customers using our support.

Akshaya Shah

We’ve been shipping our product for almost 11 years. We in turn use it for all of our engineered systems, so if you’ve got Exadata, Exalytics and ODA’s and all these systems, we already prebuilt our images with Oracle Linux in Oracle VM on those engineered systems.

Akshaya Shah

We also use it in our cloud environment. That’s one of the first default operating systems. Of course customers have a choice to go to any other operating system as well in the cloud, but we use it pretty widely. In fact all of the employees, almost 120 000 employees use all the applications in the cloud, so Oracle is a cloud first company in that all the applications are deployed in the cloud.

Akshaya Shah

We all use our applications that are deployed on Oracle in eXo. If you are looking at the level of what is the quality of support, what is the enterprise grading of this software that we distribute, it is foolproof. It is actually being used internally at Oracle, so it’s very good.

Akshaya Shah

Now we talked about the Containers, we’ve seen a shift from Virtualizations and the OpenStack solutions where customers have started adopting Containers as the defacto standards.

Akshaya Shah

Again they’re not exclusive, they can actually work with each other as well where Containers can be deployed in a virtual environment as well as in the OpenStack environment but what we’ve realized is that customer now wants a Container with all our applications.

Akshaya Shah

So there is a registry that we’ve created container-registry.oracle.com, that’s one of the links that is on the last slide. You can actually go and browse what are the different available Containers. There are tons of them for the applications, you can actually download a container with Oracle Linux built into it of a specific version.

Akshaya Shah

We are also distributing a lot of containers and ports for the Kubernetes as well. I think this 1 million is a little bit older number we might have surpassed 1.5 times of that already. It’s a direction in which we see the industry moving as well, so we already made sure that we are also offering the same Docker, downloadable Docker Container that you see to our customer.

Akshaya Shah

Now one of the big things about being a part of the Opensource community is that you not only consume the products that are being distributed by these different projects, you also become a contributor and that’s what we do.

Akshaya Shah

We are platinum board members for the Linux foundation as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. We not only actually consume this and distribute it and provide it as part of our support umbrella, we actually have created multiple projects, and we distribute it back into the industry.

Akshaya Shah

It’s good to see that some of the projects that we’ve created are going all the way to the mainline and then coming back to the community as well. That’s where we stand, it’s a commitment, it’s a complete cycle and Oracle is involved all the way.

Akshaya Shah

A brief at a very high level, I did talk about that we have two different kernels, which is something unique to Oracle Linux only. I’m not aware of any other community based Linux provider in the enterprise space that provides these 2 options.

Akshaya Shah

Now the main reason is, I tell a lot of my customers that many of them actually stay on Red Hat because it’s an enterprise grade solution, but they also have Ubuntu or Suse or some of the other ones because they are much closer to the mainline.

Akshaya Shah

Now staying closer to the mainline means there are certain specific improvements that you get as part of the defacto mainline kernel. And now that Red Hat doesn’t have those, Red Hat has to quote them back on the version that where they are.

Akshaya Shah

Currently if I remember, Red Hat kernel is at 3.9 whereas the mainline kernel is 4.4. So you will find the UEK, the unbreakable kernel, to be more closer to the mainline in terms of the version. So by default you will get something that is a little bit more modern. It’s going to have some improvements, sometimes performance, sometimes security whereas Red Hat will have to actually quote it back.

Akshaya Shah

What we’ve realized is that there’s a large install base for our products out there in the market for Red Hat so we’ve created a Red Hat compatible kernel, which as I said before is bit by bit compatible. So if customers wanted to shift over from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to start using Oracle Linux and they wanted to start deploying the products on that, it’s as simple as just switching over and start calling a different support number.

Akshaya Shah

That’s what is the Red Hat compatible kernel. What we do is, we use unbreakable enterprise kernel, the UEK on all of our engineered systems and in the cloud, and we do extensive testing on that as well as on the Red Hat compatible kernel giving a choice to our customers.

Akshaya Shah

I do tell them that this is a consolidation strategy so if you wanted to stay closer to the mainline, use UEK. If you wanted to stay something that is closer to CentOS, Fedora or maybe you want Red Hat because they’re all the same binary at the end of the day, it’s exactly the same thing for Oracle and eXo support. So you can actually just have one single with Oracle support and have multiple different options from your kernel perspective. It’s pretty powerful, it’s very good.

Akshaya Shah

Moving on, Ksplice is a technology that actually allows you to patch your kernel without a need to reboot so this is a very strong capability. Imagine that if there is a patch that is available, like I think if I remember Hublead was something that happened lots last year. It was a userspace patch, and we released a Ksplice patch for that.

Akshaya Shah

A lot of times users would have to provide a fix for that, rectify it and reboot the system. But with Ksplice, you can actually go in and patch not only the kernel, there are two packages on the userspace as well, that will allow you to actually patch it and not have to reboot. What it does is basically patches you kernel in memory. I’ve got a couple of slides that gets into a little bit of detail and then we’ll talk about that as well.

Akshaya Shah

Moving on there is Dtrace, that’s a very powerful tracing tool. If you come from a Solaris world, this was the defacto tracing tool that you provide of you either used it. It was extensively adopted during the Solaris case. So what Oracle has done is because they own Solaris, they have quoted over the entire Dtrace package and made it available to Linux.

Akshaya Shah

It is very resource intensive, but it has parameter setting where you can actually go ahead and use only specific feature, but it traces all the way from the hardware, so you can actually see that if there’s a network issue, you can actually trace that as well all the way to the application. So entire stack from top to bottom can be traced by one single tool. That’s a very powerful tool.

Akshaya Shah

I’ve had a lot of customers who stay on Solaris just because there’s Dtrace availability and when you go talk to them that we’ve taken the entire package and made it available to Oracle Linux, they still upgrade. That’s easy decision for them to move from Solaris to Oracle Linux just because of Dtrace. So it’s as powerful as that. That’s what I wanted to call out.

Akshaya Shah

We talked about Docker Container Technologies, Kubernetes for orchestration of these Containers. From the management perspective we have twice again just like the kernels, we’ve got the OEM. OEM is the defacto management tool for database and applications at Oracle but what we’ve also done is we’ve extended that to be able to include Linux management as well.

Akshaya Shah

So if you were using OEM, great you can go ahead and extend that to Linux management as well, but the community is standing behind Spacewalk. Spacewalk is a Linux management tool. Again a community based project where people have contributed towards it. We’ve taken the project, we’ve created it, we call it exactly the same, it’s a Spacewalk for Linux management. It’s an opensource tool, we distribute it and support it as well.

Akshaya Shah

Again we talked about OpenStack as well for open cloud management. I did mention it is binary compatible with Red Hat and it powers our engineered systems in the Oracle Cloud.

Akshaya Shah

Now at this point I would like to take a break and then see if anybody has a question, comments, anything.

Akshaya Shah

Okay I’ll take that as a no, move on.

Brian Boyd

Yeah.

Akshaya Shah

Sure go ahead.

Brian Boyd

No questions, this is Brain Boyd from Centroid.

Brian Boyd

I just wanted to highlight on the Ksplice, we found this incredibly helpful. We have a top 30 retailer in the country that we put this in front of about 2 years ago.

Brian Boyd

You know they hade a lot of maintenance windows for a lot of their applications and to be able to basically eliminate the need for all these downtime reboots and impacting business and applications really was helpful for them. They’re a big proponent of it now.

Brian Boyd

Just a lot of people they’re just aren’t used to understanding these advanced technologies. So I know you’re going to talk about it later on a little deeper but it’s a great tool that is definitely unique in the marketplace.

Brian Boyd

So back to you Akshaya.

Akshaya Shah

Sure, thank you. I’m going to move on and I’m going to highlight some of the benefits. Now these benefits are just because Oracle Linux development happens internally at Oracle as well as the database development happens at Oracle.

Akshaya Shah

So what we do is basically when we are developing some of the new features, some of the new tools that are going to be part of the database, the defacto testing standard for all of these in the platform perspective is going to be Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

So when the database Smart Flash Cache feature was rolled out from the software perspective, how do we leverage that when the Smart Flash Cache is connected to your hardware level? It’s something that was by default tested with the Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

Similarly, for the data integrity or the encryption, redaction, the Oracle database firewall. All of these features that we come out with from the database perspective or an application perspective, they’re first tested, integrated and made available with Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

We’ve also made these pre-installed scripts, there are like 13 steps that you need to perform before you install the database. That is available on our EM channels so you could actually just code and download a script and execute it and not have to do those 13 different steps because it takes care of all of them for them.

Akshaya Shah

So we’ve kind of made a lot of headway in terms of automation, trying to make life easy for our customers. Not that some of these technologies are not available with the competing Linux offerings, Red Hat can also leverage all of these. But the first defacto standards where we do all of the testing, go through it and make sure it’s all available and tested for our customers is going to be Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

So there is a lot of integration just because both the development teams can talk to each other and then make some adjustments based on that recommendation. Then we go ahead and change the same software to whatever is applicable for that application.

Akshaya Shah

I’ll very briefly talk about the products, I did mention some of these. From management and patching perspective, we’ve got Spacewalk, OEM, we talked about OpenStack, we’ll touch upon Ksplice, we talked about Dtrace.

Akshaya Shah

From high availability perspective, Clusterware has been around for a while. It is the defacto clustering technology that is also used for Oracle stack offering but last year we also introduced Corosync and Pacemaker as well.

Akshaya Shah

Again those are the community based HA solutions for Oracle Linux, we’ve adopted that and we made it available and now we are supporting it as well.

Akshaya Shah

We’ve got Ceph, Gluster, XFS and OCFS2 from storage and file system perspective. If you’ve used RAC and Clusterware in the past, you’ve probably used either XFS or OCFS2 for the file system as well.

Akshaya Shah

All of these offerings are available from us. We talked about the Virtualization, we’ve got Containers from Dockers and Linux perspective, we’ve got Kubernetes and some VM perspective, we already have Xen and KVM is coming.

Akshaya Shah

I also mentioned that Cloud Native technologies which are coming soon. We already offer as I said Dockers and Kubernetes but then the coming soon pieces are the Jenkins X or CI/CD.

Akshaya Shah

We’ll be able to give you a pipelines as well. Istio for microservices, Envoy as the UI, Prometheus for monitoring your Kubernetes environment and a few more other technologies are coming.

Akshaya Shah

They will all be supported as part of our premiere support offering under 1 single as I said 1 single. So imagine so many different products, offerings and we keep on adding more for our customers it’s included just as part of 1 single premiere offering.

Akshaya Shah

So just wanted to call that out. This is in the works, it’ll keep on extending but this is what we offer today.

Akshaya Shah

Moving on, let’s get into the details of Ksplice. First, we talked about it, Ksplice is a rebootless patching. That’s a big thing for a lot of customers because think about it, you’re running your database, you’re running your applications on a system and that system has a kernel defect or a kernel that needs to be patched.

Akshaya Shah

What happens is when you have to patch that, currently in the Yum update kind of scenario, you do a Yum update and then because it is on the file system you have to flash it back into the memory. You have to reboot the system. But that reboot requires you to reboot your application, your database, your middleware. Every individual from that team needs to be made available so that he can actually follow the entire change request process.

Akshaya Shah

And again this happens only on Dev, you have to do it on test, you have to do it on staging and then production. Oh man this is really a nightmare when you have to do this just for 1 small change that needs to be applied on the kernel.

Akshaya Shah

So this product called Ksplice was founded by 6 MIT graduates, it was acquired by Oracle 6 years back, this was founded 10 years back. They realized that okay what we do for Yum update is great and that needs to happen but there should be a way by which we can actually secure and make all the servers compliant as soon as a patch is made available rather than having to wait for the next release cycle of 3 months to 6 months.

Akshaya Shah

They realized that this kernel that they’re patching is available in memory so why not go ahead and patch it in memory and that’s exactly what Ksplice does. What it does is basically it creates a jump for that specific call that is going to be patched and it creates a patch in memory itself. It creates this jump references so that next time the request goes in, it goes in through the new patch that you’ve put in memory itself.

Akshaya Shah

Now again, it doesn’t patch your file system, so if you wanted to patch your file system, you will still want to follow the same Yum update cycle. But if you wanted to bring your systems compliant without having to reboot in memory patching, then Ksplice is the technology that you should be looking forward to. As I said it’s no reboot, huge benefits, it improves your security, it brings your systems in compliance.

Akshaya Shah

Again, the beauty of this product is you can not only just apply it, you can remove it without any reboot required because every patch might have multiple dependencies. If you find that there is certain dependency that you need to backtrack, you can actually go ahead and do that in memory without having to reboot as well.

Akshaya Shah

So it’s a very powerful tool not just 1 way but also be able to back out as well. It’s all been built into it so you don’t have to really plan out. You of course want to do your backups and all that stuff in place but you specifically don’t have to plan it for this activity because it has all the capabilities built into to apply and then back out as well.

Akshaya Shah

Again, it saves you a ton of money because you no longer have to come on the weekends, weeknights to perform these scheduled upgrades and maintenance things that you’re going to perform on its systems. It can take care of you during the weekdays without having to reboot and of course your systems are compliant so no embarrassing exploits are existing in your system.

Akshaya Shah

And then of course people who have the CSO’s on their back, they will really appreciate this tool, how it works. So it’s very powerful. In fact, I have a few slides that kind of talks about what I just mentioned.

Akshaya Shah

Whenever you have existing, the way of patching your system is that you create a change request. You have Linux admin, database person, the middleware application and the business user all lined up. They give you the go ahead, let’s go ahead and do it on a specific weekend.

Akshaya Shah

You schedule the downtime, all the people come in, you perform the shutdown and then the only person who’s going to do the activity is the Linux admin, go ahead and patch it. Then you bring it up and then you go ahead and test all of that.

Akshaya Shah

Then if everything is fine, then you validate and release it into the next environment. As I said this is just Dev. Then test stage in queue and then you might have production. So 4 or 5 times I think she will repeat the entire cycle right.

Akshaya Shah

Then if you plan all of that in 1 single weekend then probably all your weekends, Saturdays, Sundays, weeknights, everything is gone just doing this 1 single activity.

Akshaya Shah

With Ksplice you can actually reduce 60% of your effort because you still want to go ahead and inform all the users that okay, we’re going to apply this patch at a certain time, maybe during the weekday or maybe whatever works for you guys right.

Akshaya Shah

But then there’s no downtime, no shutdown required. You just go ahead and apply the patch and then you just go ahead and validate everything works fine. If not, then just back it up in memory as is.

Akshaya Shah

So it’s really powerful and we’ve seen customers save 60% of their costs, it’s soft savings right. You’re already saving on acquiring these technologies but you’re also saving on operational expenses. So there is long-term benefits and there is immediate benefits in both ways from the cost savings perspective as well.

Akshaya Shah

As well as this is the only tool that we recommend that we can use in production. One of the big things about this thing is that, as I said, we use it in our cloud environment. We test it across thousands of applications, thousands of servers. So before we release it to the industry, it has been tested at the enterprise grid in our cloud and tons of servers have been deployed at that.

Akshaya Shah

In fact there is video on the Oracle website. So if you go to oracle.com/linux, there is a video where Marshall Weymouth who is a senior manager of platform engineering at United Airlines, talks about how Ksplice has enabled them to eliminate the vulnerabilities and enforce a security compliance.

Akshaya Shah

They are now holding out patches without having to reboot their systems. So it is a very powerful tool, I would really recommend looking into it. There is a trial version as well so if you are interested in using that, you can go to ksplice.oracle.com and see how it works, sign it up and then try it out in your environment.

Akshaya Shah

Of course there’s only thirty days allocated so don’t rely on it, it will back it out automatically but if there’s something that you can see how it can allow you to patch your kernel without having to reboot.

Akshaya Shah

So again, I’m going to take a break. I’m going to ask if anybody has a question or a comment on this topic or anything else.

Akshaya Shah

Okay if you have any questions of course you can ask anytime, on chat or just come up and talk.

Akshaya Shah

Let’s talk about the Cloud Native environment. So as I mentioned Oracle has constantly adopted new products that are available in the industry. We see where the industry is moving and we adopted those products. We’ve brought it to our support and we make it available as part of our premiere support to our customers which is again great for our customers because many of our customers go to Enterprise Grade Docker to get their support. They go to Kubernete for another company to get their support. They wanted to do orchestration PIP they can go to Jenkin.

Akshaya Shah

So all of these different tools which can help you do the DevOps and the Cloud Native kind of development, customers are going to different companies to get their support and these have multiple different contracts. Whereas we offer all of that as part of our 1 single premiere support.

Akshaya Shah

So this is really a ton of value and again it is tested at the enterprise grid because we made sure that it is available in the cloud, people are using it, we use it for our deployment and there’s inclusive hand to market with DevOps.

Akshaya Shah

So it is a completely integrated framework. We’ve identified certain set of tools because CNCF has thousands of projects right. We have a very specific curated set of software and tools that we’ve included as part of our DevOps software stack. That allows our customers to do and end to end from DevOps perspective so it is very powerful.

Akshaya Shah

I’ll directly get into journey to DevOps. Basically how we see it. Traditionally in the early 90s everybody used to fault the waterfall model right. It was all SDLC, it was a bit more analytic application with physical servers so if you had to make 1 change, you had to redeploy the entire application or reboot the entire serve. That was very taxing and people would never want to do that.

Akshaya Shah

Since then onwards, we’ve seen that people have started moving towards the agile method where you fail fast and then you come back and fix whatever the bugs were and then actually move on to going to next development or go ahead and fix what you have.

Akshaya Shah

And from that point onwards is what we see now is everything is all about DevOps right. You do your development and everything about DevOps is all about automation. So directly your feedback from user goes to development, you put your product into development and then push it out and then operationalize it for your user.

Akshaya Shah

So your feedback channel from users to your development and back from development to users has become so fast that your time to market has been improved drastically with DevOps technologies.

Akshaya Shah

What enables DevOps is a ton of microservices because and in fact 1 of the examples of microservices I would give is, if you’re using the banking application you might have multiple accounts like a savings account or a checking account and some credit cards attached to the same application that you use on your phone or on your laptop.

Akshaya Shah

At times, some of these features are, I can’t see my balance for my credit card, I can’t see my balance for my savings because these are all microservices. Even though I can log in, I can do everything else, I can make my bill payment, I cannot just look at 1 specific area or module that is available because they are now all created as part of microservices.

Akshaya Shah

So if you had to redeploy something, you don’t have to break down the entire application, customers can continue to do what they are doing for the rest of the pieces and some customers who want to do that very specific activity, they can wait it out because that just take a couple of minutes versus hours of having to reboot the entire application.

Akshaya Shah

So that’s what the power of microservice is. Just very specifically you update 1 feature or 1 module of your entire end-user experience. How do you do that? You use technology such as containers and Kubernetes and CI/CD, Jenkins X and all of those great things that come as part of the DevOps. You use all of these technologies.

Akshaya Shah

Again how we’ve seen the industry has evolved is, now we look at your offerings as a service. So cloud plays a big part in that everything is hosted as a service in the cloud.

Akshaya Shah

But now these days what we look at is, how do you make your products available as a service so that it boasts consumption model. Now it might not be applicable for everybody and every industry but that’s how you’ve got to start thinking.

Akshaya Shah

No matter what the product is, you have to start thinking how you can actually make your product a service based product for your consumers. So that you can actually create these small containers and microservices and cater to their requirements very specifically.

Akshaya Shah

Customization is a big thing right and that’s exactly what thinking of your products as a service really means. That’s the journey of DevOps.

Akshaya Shah

I’m going to move on and very quickly show you guys this 1 screen which has ton of products and I’ll call out. I’ve mentioned that Docker is already there. Kata Containers is something that G8 think so last June, it is supposed to be more secure and it works around some of the resource constraints for Docker.

Akshaya Shah

Oracle is bringing in under the support umbrella. Again it is not available today but is going to be made available very soon.

Akshaya Shah

We already have Kubernete. CRI-O is container runtime orchestration tool. That is something that we are working on. Istio and Envoy is also something that we are working on. They are going to come very soon.

Akshaya Shah

Flannel is already existing as part of our Kubernetes networking platform. Calico is something that we are working on. I mentioned Ceph, Gluster, they are already there.

Akshaya Shah

Docker users the Container Storage interface as well so a part of it is already existing in some of the additional features that we are working on. Jenkins X, we are going to bring, it’s a community based offering for Jenkins.

Akshaya Shah

Helm, MySQL is already there. Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. That is in developer preview. Spark and Kafka have been around for a while.

Akshaya Shah

For the provisioning, now that is not something that we’ll be supporting and none of these are our products but it is already available, we distribute it. It is available as part of our EM channel.

Akshaya Shah

From the observability perspective, monitoring, we’ve got Prometheus, Fluentd and Cashcart also is going to be added. So I’m not going to spend a lot of time here.

Akshaya Shah

This is something that we can do it as a follow up but I just wanted to throw this out and say that there’s a ton of work that Oracle is doing from DevOps and Cloud Native perspective and then I’m going to move on.

Akshaya Shah

I’m going to also very quickly highlight that. Anything that you do with Cloud Native on your existing environment on-prem that gives you the capability to actually move it as is, lift and shift into the cloud. Now currently I know that it is already working and supported.

Akshaya Shah

If you were on the Oracle Cloud and if you’re using our Cloud Native technologies, but I know that this is not something that limits you, that you have to go to 1 specific cloud because this technology is coming from the community and it is very agnostic so you can actually use our tools, take the stock containers and then just move it on-prem wherever you want to move it in the cloud as well.

Akshaya Shah

So this is very powerful. If it makes you cloud ready, future ready and again as I said, there’s a lot of value because we bring all of this under 1 single umbrella of premiere support and that said we’ve seen the industry is moving as well.

Akshaya Shah

So again I’m going to take a break, I’m going to give an opportunity if anybody has a question or a comment go ahead.

Akshaya Shah

Okay I’m going to take that as a no and then move on.

Akshaya Shah

So I did mention we’re going to talk about how to switch to Oracle Linux now. This is specifically catered towards customers who are using Red Hat. It is as simple as this, as we said Red Hat compatible kernel is bit by bit compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux so there is no different between any binaries that is there in Red Hat Enterprises and next to us is Red Hat compatible kernel of Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

So you can actually stay on Enterprise Linux, you can change your support contract, you can change your EM to point to Oracle Linux and then that’s it. You just start calling Oracle for support. You don’t need to do any reboots, no changes. Nothing is required in your environment, you just start calling a different number, make your EM point Oracle’s ULM and you’re good to go.

Akshaya Shah

It’s as simple as that, it is so powerful. So if you’re looking at bringing all these new things and tools and save cost in turn, this is the most compelling argument out there. You’re getting exactly the same thing from Oracle and you’re getting a lot more where you have to pay less.

Akshaya Shah

I shouldn’t say this but I know that Larry Ellison said this on stage during the OpenWorld that to get all these benefits, you should be willing to pay less. That’s exactly what it is. You should be willing to pay less to get all these benefits out of Oracle Linux.

Akshaya Shah

Okay I’m going to move on and very quickly summarize the things that we’ve seen right now. We’ve got a choice of 2 kernels, we’ve got tools such as Ksplice, HA, Cloud Native, Dockers, Kubernetes, along with some of the other tools like Dtrace, XFS, OCFS2 and much more included as part of our premiere support.

Akshaya Shah

And as I said we keep on adding as well. One of the key differentiators is a lot of our competitors, they charge for individually all of these features. They don’t even have something equivalent to Ksplice. But if you were to do the HA in Red Hat world or if you had to do the Cloud Native, they have something called OpenShift I think som that is a combination of Open Stack and Containers and a couple of other things, which is all included as part of our premiere support. You don’t have to pay anything additional. It is all included.

Akshaya Shah

Again, 1 of the key things Oracle’s Virtualization Solution is also 1 of the only solutions that recognizes hardware partitioning at the database level. So if you’re looking to reduce your database licensing cost, then this is the way to go. Then again as I said you have current solution based of Xen, KVM is coming so there’s going to be more options, more choices and you can choose where you want to be from Virtualization perspective.

Akshaya Shah

I already mentioned this, we test our patches, solutions across thousands of servers and thousands of applications in the cloud because we are all cloud first company and we use it in the cloud so we get an opportunity to test it.

Akshaya Shah

So anything that releases in the community, is tested at the enterprise grid. Then again I’m going to repeat that. It all is available and you should be willing to pay less for all these features.

Akshaya Shah

It’s a very compelling argument if you’re already on Linux and if you’re looking to adopt something that has a lot more features and it costs less so that your organization can save some money, then Oracle Linux is the way to go.

Akshaya Shah

That’s it, I really don’t have a lot more than that. This is all the helpful links, you can always take a look at it when I send it out but if you have any questions you can always email Brian Boyd, that’s his email or call him. He signed up for this so I’m sharing this but again open for questions and answers, comments, anything that anybody has anything.

Brian Boyd

Yeah this is Brian, again wanted to call out and see if anybody wanted to ask any questions, any of the callers, you can come off mute.

Brian Boyd

So let me ask a general question Akshaya just to throw a question out to you. Some people are always, everyone use case scenario is different right when it comes to subscriptions and things of this nature. In our experience we’ve had some practical experience on if you were to move from Red Hat to Oracle, are there some general ranges that you’ve seen in just dollars and cost savings in your experience?

Akshaya Shah

Of course as I said I would not be the best person to give you dollar amounts but I can say that the best way to determine what would be your cost savings is to take a look at the list price available for these products on Red Hat website and Oracle website.

Akshaya Shah

You will straight away see that when you include some of these products and tools, your savings could be almost about 50% or even higher than that so very difficult to put it in terms of dollars but I can say it could be up to 50% is what I would say. When you include all these different tools that we include as part of our support.

Brian Boyd

Yeah I would generally agree with that statement. One of the other features that I know with Oracle Linux versus some other competitor offerings out there are about the number of VM’s and unlimited VM’s. Oracle has no cap on that, when it comes to Oracle Linux whereas some of the other pricing and how they do it and whatnot is much more expensive.

Brian Boyd

So I would agree with that, generally 30 to 50% is the general situation. The other part about it is with Ksplice, when you’re getting the premium offer, you get both Linux and Ksplice. If you wanted the Ksplice functionality and you were going to Red Hat as an example, you’d have to pay Red Hat subscription plus the Ksplice so why do that if you don’t need to spend those extra dollars. Do you agree with that?

Akshaya Shah

I agree, yes that’s totally true.

Brian Boyd

Perfect. Okay so that was my general question. Any questions from other callers out there?

Brian Boyd

All right I think we’re good. So again I will send a copy of this out to anybody that signed up of this so if you had to drop off or you want to review anything. And again a friendly reminder that if you are in the Dallas area, and you’re interested in coming out to Dallas Cowboy headquarters and getting a deeper dive on this stuff, we will be doing that on February 13th. So just send me an email note and we can catch up then.

Brian Boyd

Again we’re going to wrap up. Thank you very much for your time. Thank you Akshaya and I appreciate the time.

Akshaya Shah

Thank you. Have a great day. Bye.

Apps in a Box

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Jennifer Goodri

Hi everyone who’s on, this is Jennifer Goodrich. Thanks for joining a few minutes early. I think we will give everybody a couple minutes more here to join, but if everyone could go on mute during the presentation that would be great. We will have time for questions and answers after.

Speaker 2

Hey.

Jennifer Goodri

Again, thank you to everybody who’s joined so far. We’re going to give everybody else just a couple more minutes, until one o’clock to get the presentation started, but if everybody could go on mute during the presentation that would be great. Then at the end we will have time for questions and answers, so you could take yourself off of mute at that point.

Jennifer Goodri

So, one more time just for those that just joined, thanks everybody for joining. We’re going to give it another minute, or so, for everybody else to join. If you could go on mute until the questions and answers portion of the presentation, that would be greatly appreciated.

Jennifer Goodri

All right Ajay and Mary, I know it’s one o’clock, should we give a couple people a few more minutes, or should we get started?

Ajay Arora

I’m thinking one more minute.

Jennifer Goodri

Okay.

Mary

I had already muted myself, so you couldn’t hear me.

Ajay Arora

Okay, Jen, you’re on.

Jennifer Goodri

All right. Perfect. There might be some people joining a little bit late, so no worries. Thank you to everybody who’s joined so far, we appreciate you guys taking the time out of your afternoon to join this session with Centroid, and Oracle today. Before we get started if I could just remind everybody to go on mute during the presentation, just to try and eliminate any background noise that could be a distraction, that would be greatly appreciated. Then at the end of the session we will have a questions and answers portion, where people can go off of mute and ask any questions that they have.

Jennifer Goodri

If during the session anybody has any questions that they would like to write down, you can send it in the chat, and I can bring that up during the questions and answers session as well. If that’s a little bit easier, so that you don’t forget your question.

Jennifer Goodri

All that being said, we will get started. This is the voice of Jennifer Goodrich. I am a Sales Director here with Centroid, on the phone with us we also have Ajay Arora, who will be doing the technical presentation. He’s one of the managing partners at Centroid. I’ll allow him to introduce himself after.

Jennifer Goodri

Basically, Centroid is an Oracle platinum partner. We work closely with the Oracle teams, the ODA teams, and some of the other teams as well in order to educate our customers on the benefits, and features of the Oracle database appliance, as well as other Oracle technology. For today’s intents and purposes we’re going to review the database appliance, and some of the higher level features and benefits in use cases. We’ll also at a high level go through who Centroid is, but just as a quick background. We just celebrated our 20th year anniversary, always within the Oracle space. I myself, I’m an ex-Oracle employee, as is the majority of our company. So, definitely what we like to call ourselves the experts of Oracle, but are not Oracle.

Jennifer Goodri

All of that being said, we appreciate everyone’s time here today, and as I mentioned for those that just joined if anybody feels like they would like to shoot a question in the chat window, I’d be happy to keep a log of those. Then bring those up doing the questions and answer session. In the interim, if everybody could go on mute, that would be greatly appreciated. So, Ajay I’ll take it off to you to start the presentation.

Ajay Arora

Great. Thanks Jennifer, and thanks everyone for joining the session. Today the session is about apps in a box with a database appliance. We’ll focus on not only you can have custom applications, but we’ll focus more on the Oracle applications. We’ll go into detail, along with a customer use case. Then of course, if there’s any questions we can talk about it, like Jennifer mentioned, at the end of the session as well.

Ajay Arora

What are we going to cover today? We’ll cover again, like Jennifer’s mentioned, who we are. So, give a brief introduction on what Centroid is. What is an ODA? If you have experience with ODA that’s great. For people who are not experienced with ODA, and what ODA does, and where does it fit in the overall engineered system family, we’ll talk about that. What does the ORA family looks like? What are the configurations available? Then the app certifications. We’ll talk about the apps on ODA use case also, and how the customer was able to successfully utilize it. Then followed by some application links, and of course the most important, the Q and A session. The slide deck will be sent to you guys at the end of the session, so you don’t have to … If you want to take notes, that’s great. If you want to take a screenshots and all that, that’s completely on you, but this slide deck will be sent to you afterwards.

Ajay Arora

So, who we are. We’ve been in the Oracle field for over 20, 21 … 22 years now actually, they’re getting there closer. 100% focused on Oracle technology and Oracle applications only. We came into the whole engineered systems, and the appliance since about six years ago. When we started a brand new team, which is focused on engineered systems deployment, and best practices around technology. All 270 employees are focused on one single vendor, that’s Oracle in this case. We are not only just a platinum partner for the last seven years, we are also the Oracle cloud select partner, and also having the top five partners in the Oracle partner community.

Ajay Arora

We do cover complete stack, so starting with Oracle E-Business Suite, and the fusion engineered systems, going in the technology side, OEM, and database slide. So, it’s a complete catalog of our collect we can cover from end to end. Both applications, functionally and technology.

Ajay Arora

We do go deep and wide, so we not only do the consulting services, we also do the resell, and managed services as well. I mean 100% of our clients who are hosted with us, are on Oracle hardware. We do have Oracle hardware in our data centers, along with the latest versions of the Oracle hardware in our lab environments as well. We basically, as one of my partners says, “We cover from apps to item.” In this case not just tech, it’s apps to item because we go from applications, all the way down to the severs and storage layer.

Ajay Arora

We’ve been here, like Jennifer mentioned earlier, we’ve been around for about 20, 21 years. 270 employees, so we need to update that slide, with the headquarters in Detroit, and offices in Dallas, San Francisco, L.A., New York, and Hyderabad. We’ve just opened a new office in Ireland as well, in the EU. We are focused on consulting, managed services, cloud services, and resell of software and hardware. We do cover about 100+ certifications across the 12 different industry specializations, with the apps and technology side.

Ajay Arora

Our goal is for every customer who we engage with, to become a trusted advisor, and suggest them on the right road map. The first customer we started our business with is still one of our customers, so we haven’t lost a customer yet in our tenure. It’s been good so far.

Ajay Arora

That’s on the workforce side. We still need to update the Ireland office, so we’ll update that.

Ajay Arora

This is about me. I’m a Managing Partner responsible for the Cloud Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Technology Consulting Teams. Feel free to send me a Linkedin, or browse the profile, and things what we have done. Most of my blogs, and also the video chats that we do, along with Oracle are all published on my Linkedin page as well.

Ajay Arora

Okay, so that was all about Centroid. Let’s talk about topic on hand, which is the Oracle database appliance. So, what is it? When we look at the overall database and deployments, we look at multiple challenges, and those challenges are number one, performance. What kind of hardware, or software are in mind when we need to deploy, so we can get the full performance out of the database deployment.

Ajay Arora

The end-to-end-support, not just the database because a lot of the times we have seen basically finger pointing going on between the visualization layers, with the database, and the OS, and then the hardware and firmware underneath. So, when we need to look at holistic approach of end-to-end support for our database deployment.

Ajay Arora

Then how do we do maintenance and patching, which is a very critical task in this case. Overall data protection. Path to cloud. Cloud is not just a buzz word. I mean it has over the last four or five years, it has caught about 18% of the market, and Gardiner’s statement on that is that cloud is the next wave in the IT. We’re almost one or two out of two or three customers, is moving either their non-production or the backup solutions to cloud, if not production. We have luckily our team has been engaged in a lot of engagements, as of today where we are migrating, or actually deploying new workloads from either On-Prem to cloud, or brand new native cloud native workloads also. So, we need to look on the path to cloud.

Ajay Arora

Now, finally of course at the end of the day what’s the cost model for that database deployment look like? When we look at all these pieces … Let’s look at them one by one.

Ajay Arora

For performance side, what does an optimal database deployment looks like? When I look at that our first will be, “Okay, I’m on SSD based storage.” Gone are the days where we want to have a spinning disk, and we want to look at the spindles, look at the cylinders, where we need to actually keep the data on our access windows, our passive retrieval. In necessity which is becoming very, very cheap these days, and it’s in everybody’s reach. So, SSD based storage for database deployment. Also, what we look at the overall hybrid column compression, which is a space and query optimization, with the latest release of firmware on the ODA. The HCC is now certified.

Ajay Arora

Overall, from end-to-end support. Phone home, certified configurations, I don’t have to worry about it. Like Jennifer said, most of us came from Oracle. I can tell when Oracle was not a hardware company we were asked by the customers all the time is, what is a certified configuration for a data warehouse, or things like that. We had to do a lot of analysis, and within Oracle, they look at what the database growth looks like? What the database size looks like, and then give them recommendations from different vendors. Now, if we have a certified configuration, means, let’s say oracle E-Business Suite are people soft. This is what you need, and those certified configurations are now published publicly for everybody to see. So, we don’t have to go, we basically do not fall out of support.

Ajay Arora

Number three is again like I said, there’s a lot of finger pointing going on when you do, do it yourself solution or not, a non-engineered system solution, where basically OVM operating system, firmware, database patches. There’s a lot of moving parts in that. There should not be any single point of failure, and database and the hardware security, I don’t now need to think about it, it should be enabled by default.

Ajay Arora

From the cloud migration, the database should be able to migrate lift and shift easily to database cloud service, or to any cloud provider. Also, I should be able to … Since, we’re going to talk about the engineered systems, it means it comes with a premium price because it’s a bundled solution for absent tech. We should be able to take backups. I don’t want to access the storage for taking backups of the ODA. What we can do to actually utilize the cloud platform available from Oracle, and have it available to ODA for backup purposes.

Ajay Arora

The cost model. The biggest thing is as Oracle is following intel roadmap very closely. So, as intel moves forward, Oracle is keeping with the Chipset, including some of the future releases like X8, and coming out in a couple of days. The overall dependability Chipset, the number of calls coming on a Chipset are increasing by every six months to in a year. If you are applying a database solution today, it’s great in actually deploying that on eight calls, or ten calls. Why do I need to buy 60 calls of the R40, or something like that? Why can’t I do capacity on demand? So, our optimal database can do deployment, needs to look like that as well. Also, while deploying that it should reduce our complete operational effort as well. The operational team should be able to easily and seamlessly pick it up, and go with it. That’s the optimal database deployment looks like.

Ajay Arora

Then we look at, “Okay, how do we achieve it?” Well number one, we can build our own. Absolutely, which we have been doing for quite number of years. Where we, again, there are a lot of choices, it’s multiple vendors. I could have storage from IBM, I could have servers from Cisco, or Dell. I could have virtual firmware. I could have database from Oracle. So, there’s multiple vendors. If there’s a … I mean gone and behold there is a ticket open for any of the performance tuning or some issue, you have to basically … customer is responsible for now opening four tickets with four different vendors, and trying to arrange one between the other, to see where the actual errors are. Those hardware optimizations are great, but those multiple vendor solution is not optimized database.

Ajay Arora

Second, then comes a little bit much easier where vendors recognize the gap in the market. They started deploying what they call a hyperconverged infrastructure, which is basically generic. It’s a complete generic workload consolidations, still multiple vendors, but integration is basically stopping at hypervisor, not at the hardware level anymore. The question is, “Okay, great. It’s multiple workloads, but is it optimizing database?” Does it have specific features that it can actually help the database to run faster? The answer is no, and because of the gap in the market to look from Oracles perspective, to get an appliance which has a good entry point, they looked at the overall engineered systems.

Ajay Arora

ODA, where Oracle database appliance. We’ll talk about it, and what a engineered system is, but it actually starts with the basic entry point into the engineered systems market. It’s a fully integrated hardware and software solution built for databases, but overall if you look at the ODA itself, there is much more capacity, and capability available. So, with the X4, and X5 Family of ODAs, Oracle decided to actually virtualize the ODA as well. We’ll look at it in a second, so that I can actually go host the applications and database on the same appliance. It becomes a turnkey solution, especially for the ISV’s, which were trying to bundle the application and database together. Now and again put that in a single appliance, and shift the appliance very easily to different locations.

Ajay Arora

With that let’s look at what’s available in the ODA. The entry point is a single UM which is called the X7-2S, which is a small model. It starts with the 10 cores, it’s now available virtualizer as well, supports the Oracle database, standard and enterprise editions. If that fits your need, and this is all SSD based.

Ajay Arora

If this does not fit the need then we can go to the next level, which the high performance X7-2, which is the medium. It went from 10 cores to 36 cores, application, virtualization is all available, and supports Oracle enterprise edition, and the standard edition. Some customers would like to ask me not just one node database cluster, they want to run two node database cluster, or more. Well, for more you’ve got to go into the higher level of engineered systems. When two node clusters, Oracle did introduce a new model called X7-2-HA. There are two nodes available, it’s rack, or rack one, which ever you want to use, it’s available to you. Overall, the main perspective is that it’s a rack, not only just in a database appliance, it’s a rack in a box. I remember my days of being it being pain. When we start to screw up the rack severs, or the paddle servers, trying to do the cabling was a nightmare. This is all pre-labeled also, so when you get it, you get three different, or four different pieces depending on how much you ordered, and it basically says, “Insert cable, one here, and insert cable to there.” Has a full labeled cable diagram, so you can get a rack opponent in a matter of some hours.

Ajay Arora

From the configurations’ perspective there are two configurations available. Of course, bare metal that has been available from day one, but like I said X4 and X5 version forward, they start also shipping with virtualization, which is OVM. In OVM, why OVM, and what’s the benefit of it? I can actually now slice and dice my application tier and database tier. I can actually control how many CPU, or cores I need to give to the application tier, and the database tier. Each node in the HA cluster mode, or a ODA mode. I have two nodes which have DOM 0, and also ODA base which runs the overall appliance manager. It runs the Oracle database and the Oracle Grid infrastructure also. DOM 0 is what gives us access to our firmware, and the hardware level, and also gives us access to other domains, which host the Guest VM’s.

Ajay Arora

I am able to create an appliance very easily, by using this terminology where I can have a single node, or two node database cluster, multiple application VM’s, as long as we can predict the storage, and the compute. Sorry. Also, look at how we going to deploy it by using Oracle Grid infrastructure, and database. The best part of this is, all the bundle patches that come for ODA, they have patches for everything from top to bottom. Starting from firmware, to the hardware, to the operating system, to the OVM, and then the grid and the database. It keeps up-to-date, 18.2 was just released on an ODA a couple of days ago. There’s a one off patch, where you can 18.2 available on the ODA, if you want to have 18.2 database up and running. It gives you complete flexibility also.

Ajay Arora

Some of the benefits like I talked about the virtualization is, we have now the database, and the applications on this appliance. We used to worry about, “Okay. I don’t have a bigger footprint, I don’t need 10 application servers. I don’t need a two or four node cluster. My application is very small, or a decent sized appliance. I can put it next to the database. In this case there’s a hardware solution available, which can actually put the database, and the applications on the same box itself. There’s a complete capacity on demand available, which means I can scale up, or scale down, for both database and appliances depending on my growth, or the business demands.

Ajay Arora

The Oracle applications are certified for HA deployment on the ODA. We’ll talk about that in one of the slides, which talks about how ODAs are available with the HA commands, for what EBS and for PC software. The best part is, we talked about multiple moving piece, but when I look at the overall ROI on this, if you have a commodity hardware, and you buy Red Hat, Linux, or you buy VM’s by themselves, now everything is included. The Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Linux, that licensing are included within the ODA for all the Guests you want to create on the ODA itself. Like I said earlier within a matter of hours we can have the ODA with a full two node rack cluster, virtualized, and application running on it in a couple of hours. So, it makes it faster, easier to deploy, and also becomes a dream come true specifically for the vendors who are trying shift bundled applications with a database, and applications on a same box because now we can actually do it in a more certified fashion.

Ajay Arora

I’ll take an example of apps on an ODA, especially your E-Business Suite. This is one of the examples. We can actually, like we said, DOM 0 has the VM repository, and it gives access to the firmware as well. Then ODA based appliance, the ODA Base actually has the OAKCLI, the appliance manager, the grid infrastructure, the ASM instance, the database file system, which the ACFS file system available, and a full, either a rack or a single node, or rack zero available as well. Then you can have one, or many EBS applications DM’s on top of it. I’ll give you guys links of where these diagrams came from, what’s the process behind it.

Ajay Arora

So, let’s talk about one of the customers who was our customers based out of Michigan. They had applications and databases on different servers running AX platform, and they were looking to refresh it. We’ve suggested them to one ODA as an environment for production, DR test and their core ODA, the DR and the QA will exist on one ODA, and production by itself. So, that only we are able to now in the ODA. Now we are able to host database, but also the application servers, and the multiple copies of the application tier are now existing on the ODA itself. It makes our life much easier because from the ODA to ODA, we can use data refreshes, and from the application tier.

Ajay Arora

I can take an ODM machine and bring it management it on the either, and either it, or do a sync, or just import that in, which makes life much, much easier, and also since we had a three-tier approach, we can actually pass the environments separately without impacting production. Production will be the last moment to patch, and these are all similar same version, so if they’re gonna find something, before it hits the production environment. This the actually physical explanation of the ODA, where we actually look at what are the database on the bottom there the database is running for the EVS and the app nodes, and also we wanna have a separate VM to run when other tasks for E-Business Suite for example some people who like to have a confirmed manager separate severs, absolutely you can do that now, and we can slice and dice how many virtual Cps were assigned to each application tier. Once we testing into product, then we will be shutting it down, and the last one is of course the DN and the as well.

Ajay Arora

I just took an example of E-Business Suite on an ODA. You also have the white paper available, which is called solution in box, where you can have the E-Business Suite on a ODA, the PeopleSoft on ODA, and J D Edwards on an ODA as well. It’s a full explanation about 18-20 pages per white paper, about how to set it up, what does ODA brings to you in that environment, and what are the options.

Ajay Arora

I ran through that. So, now that gives us an ample amount of time for the Q and A sessions. Overall, basically ODA is a nice engineered solution level, entry level. It does not have special sauce like what X-data brings to the table, but it actually is a very nice entry level, and also for the rack cluster it’s three cabled. We don’t need to cable it again, or do some funky stuff. We used to do that earlier. Now, everything is available right out of the box, and within a few hours I can have a full ODA up and running with a default database. Then we can start migrating data and application tier on top of it.

Ajay Arora

So Jen, any questions on the chat window?

Jennifer Goodri

No questions that I can see so far, but since we have some extra time there was one point that I was hoping to hit home, or focus on as well, which is the cost savings of an engineered system. I know Ajay went through some of it, but just as a summary. Basically, when it comes to database licenses you can often see a large cost savings on the licensing side from Oracle. We all know that Oracle licensing isn’t cheap, but by being able to only light up, and license the amount of cores that you require for your workload, instead of having to license the entire hardware box. We often see clients saving a lot of money there, as well as with the Linux, and virtualization licenses, and support being included with the purchase of the hardware. We often some from a TCO, or an ORI perspective, a lot of bating’s on those two sides as well. Overall, between the operating system, the virtualization layer, and the database layer, is usually where you see a lot of the cost savings.

Ajay Arora

Absolutely.

Jennifer Goodri

Go ahead.

Ajay Arora

No, that’s fine, go ahead.

Jennifer Goodri

I was just going to say, one thing I forgot to mention at the beginning is that in terms of follow up from this session, as Ajay mentioned. We’ll be sending out both the slide deck as well as the recording of this session. Then from Centroids perspective depending on what region you sit on, and that you sit in within the US, a representative from Centroid, whoever covers that region, will be following up individually to make sure that you don’t want to … If you want to set up a one-off follow up session, and continue the conversation as it pertains to your specific environment, and requirements. Basically, there will be a followup from a rep within Centroid.

Ajay Arora

So, there’s a question on the chat window. Can you activate only a subset of cores on the lower models of X7, other than the HA model? Absolutely, yes you can.

Ajay Arora

The minimum node requirements for the X7-2S, is two cores, and M is a four cores. That’s the minimum requirements, so absolutely you can actually activate any number of cores, as long as you meet the minimum requirement.

Ajay Arora

You’re welcome Eric.

Jennifer Goodri

I see a second question as well. The question is, with the purchase of hardware is configuration, and setup covered, or the customer has to take care of those two things themselves. Ajay, if you don’t mind me answering. Basically, the configuration and the installation is sold separately by Oracle, but that is also a service that Centroid provides. If you were to work with Centroid on architecting an ODA solution for your organization, Centroid can come in and do … We do these day-in and day-out, so we definitely have the expertise level. We can do the rack and stack config, and installation, and then hand it off to you guys, ready to go for your database migration.

Ajay Arora

Yeah, and we do have the same ODAs in our lab as well. What we prefer to have one of the customers with us, so that they can actually learn how the ODAs set up, so they can do it by themselves in future their self.

Ajay Arora

[Baljeet] has a question about, how the Oracle database license works, as we may be using only subset of cores. Absolutely. So, Baljeet, whatever the number of cores are activated, that’s the only number of licensing you need. You do not need to license the full ODA, or all the cores in the ODA itself. That’s the end point, most of the customers have taken who have deployed an ODA, is out of the X8 and the X7, with the 72 cores, 12-14 cores for the database, and rest everything goes to the application VM’s. You can have whichever way you want.

Jennifer Goodri

To add to that a little bit Ajay as an example. Let’s say for example you decided to run eight cores on an ODA, given the intel core calculation being point five licenses needed per core, you would only need four database licenses … Sorry, four database licenses for an eight core running on an ODA. That’s the mathematical equation behind it, if it made sense?

Ajay Arora

Yeah. So, Chris has another question. Is the ODA a good platform for entry level data nodes, or data warehouses? Absolutely, and Chris we’ll be more than happy to help you on the looking at the AWR analysis, or what’s your looks like, but yes overall for the general purposes and even for high performance available on the ODA, it can affect the needs of a customer database deployment quite easily.

Ajay Arora

Brian has a question about, do we need to purchase Red Hat? No, you do not need to purchase like Linux licenses Brian anymore, ODA does come with Oracle VM, and also Enterprise services, including the support. That’s part of the ODA hardware bundle itself.

Ajay Arora

Okay, I’m ready with a question. Has ODA and Exodar interchangeable? Okay, that’s a question we’ve been asked a lot. So, ODA like I mentioned earlier, on multiple times I talked about. So, ODAs an entry level, very entry level in the systems. It does not have secret sauce, or the x8 storage sauce, which actually has the database running on the storage servers. It’s an entry level database, rather high level, or HA rack cluster database. Oracle is certifying some of the pieces that’s available on Exodar, and ODA. Like when we used to talk about the capacity on demand, and also the FCC, so hybrid column capacity is the second thing that has come from X8 onto the ODA.

Ajay Arora

At this point, Exodar is very tailored for high performance, or consolidation, or high performance database platforms, which needs more than two nodes, and unfortunately for ODA the limit is two nodes. That’s the maximum you will get on all these rack and stack multiple together to make a single cluster. It’s one ODA by itself, so if your demand is very high performance consolidation, and you want to use the overall Exodar storage software, then yes you would start with X-data, otherwise for the general purpose database workloads, and applications you’re going to use ODA very easily.

Ajay Arora

Can you describe roughly how many customers purchase SM and HA model by percentage? We don’t have the answer to that, we can certainly get it from Oracle, Jonathon, but most of the customers who are deploying ODAs are going mostly with the HA units. The SM and N model are mostly for customer or ISVs, who are actually bundling the application and database together, and shipping it to, let’s say, warehouses, and things like that. Where very small footprint, 1U to 2U, and everything in the box is a good fit. We don’t have the breakdown of what the person digits are, we can certainly ask Oracle the same question.

Ajay Arora

[Seyad’s] question is, Is table partition included, or is converse separate service? Now, table partitioning is a database option, whether you’re running on commodity hardware ODA, or X-Data? It’s a separate licensable product, so you have to buy it depending on how many cores the database is deploying on.

Ajay Arora

Can you use ODA for managed … Brian’s question is, can you use ODA for poor man’s DR type solution? Absolutely. We have some customers who have actually either their own commodity hardware, or Exodar’s, and they are using ODA as their DR solution. It’s not Apples to Apples. It won’t give you the same performance as an Exodar, or your very tailored hardware, but ODA itself is right out of the box. Can at least fit the need, and you can actually do a capacity on demand, so you don’t have to spin up all 72 cores for the database. You can actually do minimum number of cores required to have a database in a pilot light mode. Absolutely, Brian.

Ajay Arora

Okay.

Ajay Arora

Okay, sorry. Kurt’s question is, if you want the X7-S. Okay, Kurt. I don’t know whether it’s a question, or you’re making a statement. Okay, thanks Kurt. That’s true.

Ajay Arora

Okay. Any live questions we could answer?

Ajay Arora

Okay, Jen.

Jennifer Goodri

Awesome, so thank you again to everybody for joining today’s session, and as we mentioned we will all be following up, and seeing if you’d like to continue the conversation further. So, hope you all have a great rest of your day.

Ajay Arora

Thanks everyone for joining.

Jennifer Goodri

Thanks Ajay.

Ajay Arora

No problem.

Jennifer Goodri

Thank you.

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