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My Experiences with Oracle Cloud and Oracle VM technology   9 comments

It was a great honor for me to recieve the  industry prestigeous award “2012 Oracle Excellence Award: Technologist of the Year for Cloud Architect  ”  from Oracle Mazgine. Although I received this award at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 in San Francisco in early Octorber 2012, the award was officially announced on the  Oracle Magzine’s January/Feburary 2013 issue . im08t0-awards-tech-yu-1875816 - Copy

My original backgroud was Oracle DBA and Oracle Applications DBA. My experiences was mainly  on managing large Oracle RAC databases and Oracle E-Business applications suite running on complex muitple nodes environment such an Oracle Grid.  In late 2008, as a part of addtional responsibilites of  my job, I  started  working on Oracle virtualization technology  specifically   Oracle VM  for X86-64 platform .  Since then Oracle VM has become of one of my favour technologies. Natually I started looking at the best practices of running and deployment Oracle RAC databas, Oracle E-Business  suite applications on the Oracle VM enviroment.  The Oracle OpenWorld 2009 confernece allowed me to give three presentation sessions about  my work on Oracle VM technology:

And the contents of these presentations were also published in three whitepapers:

In 2010, Oracle Introduced the Oracle E-Business Oracle VM template. I was working on  a  project  for which I needed  to  deploy Oracle E-Business Applications on Oracle VM environment . However I noticed that the Oracle EBS VM template downloaded from Oracle was a general template for the Oracle EBS vision instance. For the project, I needed to find out a way to virtualize the exisiting  production Oracle E-Business suite system that currently ran on the physical environment . That is the backround that I came up the solution to  migrate the Oracle EBS suite t to a virtual environment. As a result of the project, I put toegther a whitepaper about this solution:

and also presented this solution at several Oracle conferences:

I also worked on provisioning database and applications using Oracle Enterprise Manager’s Software library and provisioning procedures  It can be considerred the early version of Oracle Cloud application provioning methods. Built in with Oracle Enterprise Grid control 10g, this  method can  quickly provision multiple node Oracle 10g RAC . Some of the early projects were presented at Oracle OpenWorld and Collaborate conferences:

As a  part of Oracle Enetrprise Manager 12c cloud beta efforts, I worked with Oracle EM12c product engineers and product managers on a Dell | Oracle joint Oracle cloud project. This project aimed to architect and implement a privare cloud solution based on Oracle VM and managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  By importing Oracle VM templates into the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c’s software library, on this project we were able to  implement  the self service provisioning of applications  in the Oracle cloud environment using Oracle VM templates. The result of this project was presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, right after Oracle officially announced Oracle Enetrprise Manager 12c, total cloud control solution. 

In 2012, as Oracle released new version of Oracle VM 3.0, we upgraded this cloud  to Oracle VM 3.1.1 and implemented the self provisioning multiple tier applications   using Oracle virtual assembilies. the newer version of Oracle cloud was presentated at Oracle Openworld 2012:

Another area I have worked on is the Oracle database cloud based on Oracle RAC technology with or without Oracle VM:

These are some of presentations that  I have given on this area:

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2012 Kai Yu’s Oracle Activities Summary   4 comments

Today is the last day of year 2012 and maybe  be the best time to summarize my Oracle related activities in the year.

In 2012, I  have  focused on the following technologies:

  1. Optimizing Oracle database performance using Solid State Drive, specifically the PCIe Flash SSD.
  2. Oracle RAC on Oracle Linux 6.x and Red Hat Linux 6.x
  3. Oracle VM 3.11 and Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1
  4. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
  5. Oracle Infrastructure Cloud
  6. Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.

As the result of the research and study on these areas, I wrote these five technical whitepapers:

1.  Optimizing OLTP Oracle Database Performance using Dell Express Flash PCIe SSDs, Dell TechCenter Blogs, July 31st, 2012

2. Virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite  through  Oracle OVM , Modified version of the Original conference whitepaper Oracle E-Business Suite: migration to Oracle VM Template Based Deployment.

3.  Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c,  IOUG Collaborate 12 Conference whitepaper, April ,  2012.

4. Virtualizing Oracle 11g/R2 RAC Database on Oracle VM 3.0: Methods/Tips, IOUG Collaborate 12 Conference whitepaper, April ,  2012.

5. Virtualizing Oracle 11g/R2 RAC Database on Oracle VM 2.2: Methods and Tips, published in IOUG SELECT Journal Q, 2012 issue.

And I also gave 16 technical presentations on several  technical conferences  including Collaborate 12 (C#12), Oracle OpenWorld 2012(OOW12), Oracle Technology Network Architect Day keynote , EMEA OUG Harmony 2012 , OAUG Connection Point®–Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Fusuon applications in Austin, , OTN Expert+ Conference @NUCES/FAST, 2012 East Coast Oracle Users Group  Conference (ECO#12) , IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium

  1.  Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control: New Features and the Best Practices for Installation, Configuration and Upgrade of Enterprise Manager 12c, C#12,
  2. Virtualizing Oracle 11g/R2 RAC Database on Oracle VM 3.0: Methods/Tips, C#12,
  3.  Alternative options to enhance the High Availability, session #840 (HA bootcamp), C#12,
  4. Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, C#12
  5. High Availability Infrasturcture for Cloud Computing,  OTN ArchDay Keynote
  6. Oracle 11g R2 Clusterware: Architecture, Configuration, Troubleshooting,  EMEA#12, Finland, 
  7.  Oracle E-Business Suite: Migration to Oracle VM & template based deployment,   EMEA#12, Finland, .
  8.  Oracle E-Business Suite: Migration to Oracle VM & template based deployment,  EMEA#12,  Latvia. 
  9. Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Enterprise Manager 12c , IOUG Webinar
  10.  Oracle on Oracle VM: Expert Panel,  OOW12
  11. High-Availability Infrastructure of the Database Cloud: Architecture and Best Practices, OOW12
  12. Simplify App Deployment in the Cloud with Virtual Assemblies and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, OOW12
  13. Oracle VM &  Cloud Computing 360 Degrees,  OTN Expert+ Conference @NUCES/FAST
  14. Virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite through Oracle VM,  ECO#12
  15. Simplifying Application Deployment in Cloud Using Virtual Assemblies and EM 12c, IOUG vSIG
  16. Oracle on Oracle VM – Expert Panel, IOUG vSIG

In last few months of the year, my focus has been on the new Apress Oracle book “ Expert Oracle RAC” which I co-author with three  industry well-known RAC experts and Oracle ACE directors: Syed Jaffar Hussain, Riyaj Shamsudeen  and Tariq Farooq . I have been working on  the contents including RAC architecture overview, Storage and ASM, Clusterware, Network,   Application Design Issues , Challenges in a Complex RAC Environment.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, I was granted the industry prestigious award: 2012 Oracle Excellence Award : Technologist of the Yeafor Cloud Architect by Oracle Magazine.   This award will be officially announced  on Oracle Magazine ‘s January/Feb 2013 issue.

My Activities at Collaborate 12 conference: Sessions and Panels   Leave a comment

The biggest annual Oracle community event IOUG/OAUG/QUEST Collaborate conference will be held from April 22-26, 2012 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year, I was asked to organize two educational events during the conference for IOUG: Oracle EM12c Deep Dive and High Availability Boot Camp. In addition I will give  three technical presentations and attend a few panel discussions. Here are the detailed agenda.

1.   Lead the Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control Deep Dive, Session #920, 9:am-3:pm, Sunday ,April 22nd, Room 8,  

Title: New Features and the Best Practices for Installation, Configuration and Upgrade of Enterprise Manager 12c, Akanksha Sheoran(Oracle),  Bala Kuchibhotla(Oracle),  Mathew Mckerly (Oracle), Roger Lopez(Dell), Kai Yu (Dell)
Abstract: Recently Oracle released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c cloud control as a total cloud control solution that provides a complete lifecycle management of the entire IT infrastructure. This deep dive will provide an educational opportunity focused on this new management solution. First you will learn the best practices of how to install and configure Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c along with how to upgrade your current Enterprise Manager grid control to the new 12c cloud control. Then you will learn how to leverage some of the best features of Enterprise Manager 12c to manage your IT infrastructure. Finally, you will explore how to use Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 to manage a provide cloud infrastructure.

 2. Manage IOUG Collaborate 12 High Availability Boot Camp at Room 8, Monday, April 23, 9:45am-Tueday 24 5:30pm for12 HA Boot Camp sessions:#334, #548, #840, #225, #649, #184, #371, #633, #544, #711, #492, #373.

 3. High Availability Boot Camp presentation: Alternative Options to Enhance the High Availability of your Oracle Database, Session 840, Room 8, Mon, Apr 23, 2012 (12:15 PM – 12:45 PM)

Abstract: You want to run your database in a high availability configuration; Oracle RAC provides the great solution to achieve the high availability against the server failure. However Oracle RAC license can be very expensive especially if your database is running on a physical server with a high number of CPU cores. Are there any other alternative options to achieve high availability for your database? This presentation will examine two practical solutions to this problem: Oracle Real Application Clusters One Node, and running database in a virtual environment such as Oracle VM. Both these solutions allow you to run a single node Oracle database with the capability to migrate or fail over to other server in case a server failure. Come to this session to learn how to implement and manage these solutions:

 4. Virtualization Boot Camp presentation: Virtualizing Oracle 11g/R2 RAC Database on Oracle VM 3.0, Room 17, Mon, Apr 23, 2012 (03:45 PM – 04:45 PM)

Abstract: Virtualization technology provides the solution to enable the server partition and consolidation for improving the resource utilization and archiving the great flexibility and high availability. Combining Oracle VM with Oracle RAC provides the Database Cloud ready architecture to consolidate the data center infrastructure. The new Oracle VM 3.0 release not only improved the scalability, but also introduced the new Oracle VM Manager to provide centralized management and simplify and automate network and storage configuration. This session will share the experiences of author’s experience on Oracle VM 3.0 through beta program to the production release and give a step-by-step guild to configure such a virtual infrastructure for Oracle 11g R2 RAC database You will learn the basic Oracle VM architecture as well as the tips and tricks of configuring networks and shared storage through Oracle VM Manager 3.0 on the Oracle VM server layer as well as the Oracle virtual machine level to support 11g R2 RAC database deployment and operation. This presentation also discuss the Oracle RAC VM templates for the rapid deployment of Oracle RAC cluster on Oracle VM and some configuration best practices and methods to monitor and manage the performance of RAC database on Oracle VM with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

 5. Configuring and Managing a Private Cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Session #312 Room 17 , Tue, Apr 24, 2012  4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Abstract: Recently released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control provides a complete, out-of-the-box integrated solution for total private cloud management. This session will have a step-by-step walk-through for cloud and self-service administrators who are setting up a private cloud based on Oracle VM 3.0 provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). You will learn the experiences from our private cloud project that helps speed your cloud deployment and minimize risk. The presentation also shows how to provision application services by using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c self-service capabilities and manage application capacity dynamically.

 6. Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Customer Advisory Board meeting: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM

 7. Oracle on Oracle VM – Expert Panel, Oracle VM Expert Panel, Wednesday, April 25, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, Location, Room 14, Panelists: Tariq Faooq, Honglin Su(Oracle), Mike Adult, Kai Yu   

Description: Virtualization is the foundation stone in the Cloud Computing era.
The speakers will present, detail & elaborate Comprehensive Concepts Overview, Insight, Recommendations,  Best Practices, Current Strategies, Pros & Cons, Relevance/Role in Cloud Computing, Prevalent/Dominant Paradigms & Technologies and, a whole lot more about Virtualization as, it relates to Oracle DBAs from the perspective of Oracle on Oracle VM.

8. Oracle RAC Expert Panel: schedule not confirmed.

9. Oracle RAC SIG Birds of a feather Panel: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:00pm – 12:30pm

My Collaborate 11 Presentations:   Leave a comment

The Collaborate 11 conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on April 10-14, 2011, At this conference, I will be giving the following three presentions:

1. Title: Oracle E-Business Suite: Migration to Oracle VM & template based deployment:  

  •    Conference: The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Forum
  •    Time:  Monday, April 11 at 2:30pm-3:30pm.  
  •  Abstract:Oracle VM provides the server virtualization that not only enables high availability and scalability, also simplifies and standardizes the deployment for Oracle E-Business Suite.  To leverage Oracle VM, the existing Oracle E-Business systems on physical servers need to be migrated the VMs and a new development needs to start on the VMs.  Attend this session to learn some best practices for such an migration and  also to learn how to create and use the VM templates of customers’  own project specific Oracle E-Business systems for on-going project. The session will also examine how to leverage the benefits of Oracle VM such as high availability and scalability and server partitioning for Oracle E-Business suite R12.1 infrastructure

    2. Title:  Automated Provisioning Oracle 11g R2 RAC using Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g  Provisioning Pack

  •  Confernece: The Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) Forum
  • Time:  Tuesday, April 12 at 11:45am – 12:15pm
  •   Abstract : Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g provides an end-to-end solution for automated provisioning and lifecycle management of the entire system stack.  This session covers how Oracle Enterprise Manager Provisioning pack can save the time and cost for IT organizations by automatically  provisioning Oracle Real Applications Cluster (RAC).  Attend this session to learn how configure the latest Oracle enterprise manager version 11gr1 and how to enable its provisioning pack including the provisioning deployment procedures and the software library ,and  how to automate some time consuming and error prone  tasks such as provisioning Oracle 11g R2 RAC database,  extending RAC database by adding an additional node and how to save the gold image of the 11g R2 RAC based on the existing RAC environment.

3. Ensure the RAC High Availability: Storage and Network Side Story

  •    Conference: The independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) forum, High Availability Bootcamp
  •     Time: Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Abstract: While Oracle RAC technology provides the high level of availability and the great scalability for the database , the stability of the central piece of RAC technology: Oracle clusterware largely depends on its underneath system infrastructure: network and shared storage. Come to this session to learn some architecture of RAC and clusterware in 11g R1 and 11g R2 and the best practices of configuring the network and shared storage to ensure the stability and high availability of the Oracle clusterware and RAC. The session will also cover the troubleshooting tips of some clusterware stability issues such as node eviction which is frequently related to the network and the share storage.

I also will be attending the following panels as the moderator or a panelist:

1. IOUG High Availability Panel:    Time: Wednesday April 13,   11:45am-12:15pm

2. Oracle RAC SIG panels: 

  •     RAC SIG BOG Panel: Monday April 11,  9:15am-10:15am
  •      RAC customer Panel: Teusday April 12, 9: 15am-10:15am
  •      RAC Expert Panel, Wednesday, April 13, 8:00am-9:00am