Oracle Cloud Reference Design
This guide presents Mokum's Oracle VM Private Cloud Reference Design. The Oracle VM Private Cloud Reference Design encompass the software, hardware, storage, network, and management components required to deploy a scalable, secure, and supportable Oracle VM 3.x private cloud.
The Mokum Oracle private cloud reference design is a field-tested best-practice standard, designed with simplicity, reproducibility, usability, scalability, supportability and security. The Mokum Oracle private cloud reference designs represent a complete Oracle Private Cloud standard that can be leveraged as a vanilla solution or modified to more accurately reflect organization-specific needs.
The Mokum Oracle private cloud reference design provides a well defined starting point for each Oracle private cloud implementation. It also serves as a baseline upon which all solution additions, revisions, and tools will be based. As such, there is an increasing value to Mokum Oracle private cloud reference design in keeping implementations as close to the reference design as possible.
Support is an integral part of any Oracle private cloud and includes a combination of Oracle support agreements and on-site and off-site support from the implementing party. Administrators will have several options for support, including live assistance, phone support, and web forums.
The following sections provides the decision matrices for the Mokum Oracle private cloud reference design. Implementers of the Mokum Oracle private cloud reference design can use the decision matrices as quick reference guide to identify settings and configuration decisions to be implemented in the environment.
The server hardware for your Oracle VM environment is a critical component in the success of your Oracle private cloud project. Oracle’s virtualization portfolio includes software only solutions that fall into the build your own option with Oracle VM for x86 software and OpenStack on commodity x86 hardware, and the buy option with select Oracle VM enabled Oracle engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata X5-2, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Exalogic, and the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.
The first step in selecting an Oracle VM hardware platform is to size the server hardware, followed by calculating the total number of servers required to be in each Oracle VM server pool. The formula to calculate Oracle VM server sizing is: The total aggregate virtual machine CPU, RAM and Storage requirements plus your N+x availability requirements provides the total server count along with the server hardware and storage requirements.
Oracle VM uses the concept of a server pool to group together and centrally manage one or more server pools from one or more Oracle VM Managers. If more than one location exists, Oracle VM server pools may be dispersed to different locations and be managed via a local installation of Oracle VM Manager, or centrally managed from a single Oracle VM Manager.
The security controls used to secure Oracle VM are similar to the security controls used to protect your existing physical and virtual IT resources. As with physical and virtual IT resources, securing Oracle VM is dependent on the security posture of each of its components, from the design, hardware, hypervisor, network, and storage to the virtual machine operating systems and installed applications. In short, if the organization has a security policy for virtualization, networking, storage, operating systems and applications, the security policies could and should be applied to Oracle VM.
For decisions that rely on preexisting factors or specific organizational needs, the appropriate best practice will be discovered in the infrastructure assessment (IA) and gap analysis (GA). The best practices should be analyzed carefully and decisions should be made based on organizational needs, existing architecture, and budget resource availability.
A key component of a successful Oracle VM deployment is acquiring and vetting new releases, patches and updates for production systems. New Oracle VM releases, patches and updates must be researched to identify which release, patches and updates are applicable to your environment. Newly released versions, patches and updates should be vetted before being deployed into production.
This table outlines the decision points for the for virtual machine operating systems hosted on Oracle VM. For decisions that rely on preexisting factors or specific organizational needs, the appropriate best practice will be discovered in the infrastructure assessment (IA) and gap analysis (GA). The best practices should be analyzed carefully and decisions should be made based on organizational needs, existing architecture, and budget resource availability.
The best practices should be analyzed carefully and decisions should be made based on organizational needs, existing architecture, and budget resource availability.