IOUG Virtualization SIG – Day 1

So, Day 1 of the Virtualization SIG on is over. All by all an interesting day.
The schedule was :

Session 1 – Oracle on Oracle VM – Expert Panel
Session 2 – Maximizing your Virtualized Environment with Oracle VM
Session 3 – The RAC OVM Templates and the new DeployCluster tool on OVM3
Session 4 – The Latest on Oracle VM
Session 5 – Simplifying Application Deployment in Cloud Using Virtual Assemblies and EM 12c

The first session was a general session about Cloud, Virtualization and introduction to OVM.

Roger Lopez talked about OVM and it’s features in detail in the second session. I had the pleasure of seeing Roger on OOW with this session. It was very well structured and provided a look at how you deploy RAC clusters on OVM with the new templates and DeployCluster tool. A perfect introduction for the next session off course where Saar Maoz talked really enthusiastic about this tool and explained in detail how it worked and how you could go to a very low level and perform the commands yourself. It was no surprise to me that the tool used the same OVM API as I blogged about here. It was a surprise however to see how robust the application was written and how well it adjusted to reruns and failures. There was even some time for demo’s that I really appreciated.

Xsigo was something I talked about in my presentation aswell and was glad to see it in the presentation of Ronen Kofman ( Latest on OVM ). It really simplifies your whole Network topology. I have no idea on prices yet though. The rest of his presentation handled the new features in the 3.2.1 open Beta.

The last session of the day handled the Virtual Assembly Builder, A pretty powerful tool to create, manage and deploy your assemblies as fully functional interconnected Virtual Machines. It’s on my todo list to play around with it.

Tonight is Day 2, the VMWare day. I hope this time it will talk a little bit more about best practices on running Oracle Databases Virtualised, but from the titles of the sessions, I’m sure that will be the case.

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