If you are thinking about building Oracle Linux or Oracle VM based systems for your Oracle databases, for example building a private cloud type of system to consolidate your databases,. have you thought about the hardware infrastructure that your rest of platform will be built upon. One thing that you need to make sure is that the infrastructure stack is certified and validated for the software platform stack such as Oracle Linux/Oracle VM and the Oracle database.
The nice thing about this is that as a customer, you should not spend your resources for this complex and time consuming certification and validation process as various hardware vendors will partner with Oracle to establish the validated configurations. But you need to make sure that you select the proper infrastructure and OS based on the validated configurations. Since starting working on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM in 2009 , it has been my team’s responsibility to work with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM team to certify and validate Infrastructure such as Dell servers, storage and networking components with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Unbreakable Kernel (UEK). And we posted the validated configurations on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Validated Configuration (OVC) website : http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/linux/validated-configurations-085828.html .
This website documented pre-tested , validated configurations and best practices of running Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on various infrastructure such as Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage and Network. With each of the validated configuration, customers can run their production Oracle database either with Oracle Linux or Oracle VM as a database platform.
You can get a completed list of the configurations with this link: http://linux.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=102:1. On this link, you can type a Hardware vendor name and you can get a list of the validated configuration with various hardware. For example,. if you type Dell to search, it will come back with 55 configurations as today (10/19/2016). The list consists of the latest servers such as Dell PowerEdge R930 and various Dell Storages.
This is what a specific configuration looks like: