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FAQ on ROAD for Oracle VM

ROAD for Oracle VM - Availability Protection, Disaster Recovery and Operations Automation, Ready for Business Reporting and Operations Toolkit

How does ROAD for Oracle VM work?

ROAD for Oracle VM consists of two modules. One module is installed on the Oracle VM Manager hosts, and the second module is installed on the Oracle VM servers.
 
The Oracle VM Manager modules utilize the Oracle VM CLI, runbooks, and native Linux commands and shell scripts to provide Oracle VM Manager Availability Protection, and Oracle VM Disaster Recovery and Operations Automation. ROAD for Oracle VM may be driven manually via the command line, or be executed from an Orchestrator.
 
ROAD for Oracle VM takes a fundamentally different approach to Oracle VM Manager availability, recoverability, and operations automation by capturing the running Oracle VM configuration, and operations automations in runbooks. The runbooks are completely portable and can be moved between any ROAD enabled Oracle VM Manager host to quickly and efficiently recover Oracle VM Manager and its objects without interrupting mission critical Oracle VM servers and virtual machines. ROAD for Oracle VM can recover a corrupt Oracle VM Manager instance on the same host, or recover the running configuration onto a different host with return to normal operations (RTO) in minutes, not hours.
 
The Oracle VM server modules provides the Oracle VM Ready for Business Reporting and an Operations Toolkit. Oracle VM Ready for Business Reporting and the Operations Toolkit use native Linux commands and shell scripts to provide in depth Oracle VM server, cluster, and server pool reporting, along with a toolkit for IT operations to pro-actively respond to issues before they impact the business.
 
ROAD for Oracle VM takes a fundamentally different approach to Oracle VM reporting compared to Oracle VM Manager, and Enterprise Manager. Oracle VM Manager forwards only a limited set of hypervisor (Xen) monitoring statistics to Enterprise Manager that in turn can generate alerts and notifications. ROAD for Oracle VM ready for business reports filter a set criteria directly from the source, i.e. the Oracle VM server log files. The reports are in a dashboard format showing leading security and availability indicators. The dashboard have been designed to allow the recipients to quickly determine if there are any actionable items. ROAD for Oracle VM ready for business reporting focuses on giving operations visibility into issues before they impact the security and availability of the Oracle VM servers, server pools, and their business critical Oracle workloads.
 

How does ROAD for Oracle VM Availability Protection compare with Oracle Clusterware?

Over the years we learned that Oracle's Oracle VM Manager [1]availability solution, Oracle Clusterware, is high-maintenance, and still does not address the root cause of the majority of Oracle VM Manager outages, database corruption. Oracle's Oracle VM Manager database [2]recovery option is time consuming, and error-prone, often resulting in prolonged outages and total cluster rebuilds.
 
ROAD for Oracle VM takes a fundamentally different approach to Oracle VM Manager availability and recoverability by capturing the running Oracle VM configuration in runbooks. The runbooks are completely portable and can be moved between any ROAD enabled Oracle VM Manager host to quickly and efficiently recover Oracle VM Manager and its objects without interrupting mission critical Oracle VM servers and virtual machines. ROAD for Oracle VM can recover a corrupt Oracle VM Manager instance on the same host, or recover the running configuration onto a different host with RPOs and RTOs of < 15 minutes. ROAD for Oracle VM eliminates the need for high-maintenance, and overly complicated Oracle Clusterware, and time consuming, and error-prone Oracle VM Manager database recoveries.
 

How does ROAD for Oracle VM Compare with Oracle Site Guard?

Oracle Site Guard is an Oracle Enterprise Manager site level disaster recovery solution for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Fusion Applications, and Oracle Databases. Oracle Site Guard is deployed using a multi-site (primary and failover) Oracle Enterprise Manager configuration with intra-site replicated data via Oracle ZFS storage appliances or NetApp MetroCluster. Oracle Site Guard is licensed with Oracle Enterprise Manager WebLogic Server Management pack licenses, and an Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Lifecycle Management pack licenses.
 
Oracle Site Guard is complicated, and requires hundreds of thousands, or more in Oracle licenses, and consulting services, and full time opertaional support. Oracle Site Guard does not offer Oracle VM Manager availability protection, Oracle VM CPU pinning and reporting, Oracle VM operations and disaster recovery automation, and Oracle VM business readiness reporting.
 
ROAD for Oracle VM is 100% focused on Oracle VM availability protection, disaster recovery and operations automation, resolving CPU performance and Oracle licensing inefficiencies, and ready for business reporting.  ROAD for Oracle VM can be placed into production quickly without consulting services. 
 
There is no overlap in Oracle Site Guard and ROAD for Oracle VM functionality. 
 

How does ROAD for Oracle VM Compare with the Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle VM Plug-in?

ROAD for Oracle VM is focused on Oracle VM availability protection, disaster recovery and operations automation, CPU performance and Oracle licensing optimization, and ready for business reporting.

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides centralized monitoring and management of Oracle VM environments using the Enterprise Manager for Virtualization Plug-in. Once Oracle VM is enabled in Enterprise Manager, Oracle VM server pools, and resources can be centrally managed, and monitored using Cloud Control. The Oracle Enterprise Manager Oracle VM Plug-in does not have Oracle VM availability protection, disaster recovery and operations automation, CPU performance and Oracle licensing optimization, and ready for business reporting.

 

Does ROAD for Oracle VM have Storage Replication Functionality?

ROAD for Oracle VM does not have storage replication functionality, but it does have extensive automation to be able to failover OCFS2 and NFS Storage Repositories, RAW Disk Mapping (LUNS), network mapping, and VMs between Oracle VM Server Pools.
 
Mokum implements Oracle VM disaster recovery for the majority of our customers, and we have modeled ROAD for Oracle VM to automate the process to failover OCFS2 and NFS Storage Repositories, RAW Disk Mapping (LUNS), and VMs at disaster recovery sites including editing the virtual machine disk and network attributes in vm.cfg files, then pinning, and starting the VMs on the appropriate hosts.
 

Oracle VM DevOps Availability, Recoverability, and Operations Automation Options

  • Puppet: There is no out-of-the-box, or community support for Oracle VM.
  • Chef: There is no out-of-the-box, or community support for Oracle VM.
  • Ansible: There is no out-of-the-box, or community support for Oracle VM.
 

Veeam Oracle VM Support

Veeam does not offer an Oracle VM solution.

 

Appendix

[1] Oracle VM 3: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/ovm3-clusteredmanage...
[2] Oracle's recommended Oracle VM Manager recovery process: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E50245_01/E50251/html/vmadm-manager-backup-re...