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Leveraging the best of Hitachi and Oracle for Virtualizing Oracle Databases for Cloud Services

By Purva Shinde posted 04-07-2020 07:40


With the release of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, it has never been easier to leverage the best of both hardware and software worlds to deploy an on-prem virtualized Oracle environment rich of feature and capabilities, Oracle VM Manager also provides similar feature and capabilities.

Hitachi Solution for Databases - Oracle XaaS Cloud Foundation provides reliability, high availability, scalability, and performance while processing small to large virtualized Oracle workloads.


Hitachi’s new VSP 5000 provides improvements in performance and scale over previous generation of VSP enterprise storage arrays. A full-size Hitachi VSP 5500 array is equivalent to six single-controller Hitachi VSP G/F 1500 or three dual-controller Hitachi VSP G/F 1500.

Oracle XaaS Cloud Foundation is fast, agile, and provides better resource efficiency. Cloud deployments propel IT transformation. You want a fast and flexible journey to reduce cost, quickly scale up or down, and—most importantly—be easy and intuitive.This solution integrates many innovative technologies from Hitachi Vantara and Oracle. To create an Oracle database cloud service, environment uses Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI with Oracle Virtual Machine and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) Cloud Control 13c. Unified Compute Platform CI includes Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP 5000), Hitachi Advanced Server DS220 with Intel Xeon Platinum 8276 processors for storage and computing resources, and Hitachi Advanced Server DS120 with Intel Xeon Silver 4110 processors for the management servers. It provides a base of the following to migrate to Oracle database cloud service:

  • Quick database deployment in the cloud
  • Validation of virtual machine configurations
  • Enterprise level data management capabilities at the storage and server level

Business Benefits

Oracle XaaS Cloud Foundation has been tested with Oracle VM as well as Oracle KVM  

Oracle VM Manager provides the foundation for the cloud infrastructure. It provides fully integrated enterprise management from disk to applications to cloud. It enables rapid enterprise application deployment with Oracle VM templates.

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager (OLVM) is a new server virtualization management platform that can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle

Solution uses an (Oracle VM server pool/OLVM cluster) created with multiple Hitachi Advanced Server DS220 servers to deploy virtual machines for an Oracle RAC database. Oracle Cloud for a XaaS foundation provides the flexibility to add or remove servers in the (Oracle VM server pool/OLVM cluster), based on business requirements.
Configure Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c to self-provision and administer the integrated technology stack, including storage, Oracle virtual machines, and Oracle databases.


Storage Configuration

The solution’s storage configuration takes into consideration Hitachi Vantara for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Oracle recommended practices for the design and deployment of database storage.

The high-level storage configuration diagram for Oracle VM Manager is shown here:

The high-level storage configuration diagram for OLVM is shown here:

To learn more details,
  • Reference Architecture for Oracle VM Manager solution can be found here
  • Reference Architecture for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager solution can be found here
  • Jigisha Pathak
  • Amol Bhoite
  • Purva Shinde




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