A quick introduction to Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Jon Lingard Sep 15, 2017 1:42:43 PM

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is an Engineered System designed to simplify the installation, deployment and support of Oracle and non-Oracle Application and Database workloads on a guest OS. Built with Virtualisation and scalability in mind, the PCA is a solution for organisations that are looking to consolidate general purpose workloads and virtualise each environment to drastically reduce infrastructure and operational cost.

If Public Cloud isn’t the right platform for you, then the odds are that Private Cloud is going to be an attractive proposition instead. The PCA is not to be confused with Oracle’s recent push at promoting “Cloud at Customer”, which is a completely different Engineered System solution designed to solve problems mostly seen in the Public Sector.

I often find that customers looking for converged infrastructure have a penchant for Vmware as their Virtualisation tier; an understandable choice seen as how it’s still the #1 product in that space. However, given that we often have dialogue with customers running Vmware we know for a fact that most customers don’t fully utilise all the features that they’re paying for. I’d say that 6 out of 10 customers of ours are only using the core Virtualisation features for isolation, consolidation and simplified VM management. Why are they paying so much for an Enterprise Virtualisation solution and not using an alternative?

OVM is Oracle’s license free VM software and is at the core of the Private Cloud Appliance. By using OVM, organisations can slash the cost of Vmware support or even remove it completely whilst still benefitting from the core principles of Virtualisation. Another benefit? Remove the risk of non-compliance that many customers find themselves in by deploying Oracle software on Vmware Virtual Machines.

Let’s focus on some of the headline benefits of PCA and use these as a check point to see if you would benefit from a free Proof of Concept;

  • Scalability – VM’s can be scaled up or down with ease
  • Guest OS: Windows, Linux & Solaris OS are all supported
  • Multi-tenant groups: Isolate workloads and different environments
  • Trusted Partitions: only pay for the cores that you are using
  • High Availability and Live Migration: Full redundancy throughout the appliance
  • Infiniband networking – High bandwidth, low latency network fabric
  • “Cloud” in a box – all the agility benefits of Public Cloud on premise
  • Rapid deployment – From powering on to production ready in less than 4 hours
  • Expansion – Incrementally add compute and storage nodes when needed
  • Manageability – Use OEM to orchestrate your Private Cloud, apply full system patches with no downtime and simplify day-to-day “BAU” operational tasks.


Is the PCA the right platform for you?

Let’s do some numbers… Simply put a score of +1 or 0 next to each of the following questions. Scores over 5 mean that you should seriously consider a demo or proof of concept. Scores of 0 suggest this isn’t for you! Somewhere in-between suggests that there might be another Engineered System worth considering.

Do you use Vmware? Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
Do you currently support more than 10 Servers/VM’s running Oracle software? (DB, MW & Apps) Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
Do you run multiple OS types? Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
Do you support a mix of Database Versions? (10g, 11g, 12c) Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
Do you support non-Oracle Databases? Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
Do you want to consolidate multiple workloads onto a virtualised platform? Yes = 1 No = 0 Score =
      Total =

Ready to learn more? Why not book a workshop to dig into the detail and understand how the PCA will impact your Cloud strategy. Contact a member of the Engineered Systems team to discuss further.



Author: Jon Lingard

Job Title: Practice Director

Bio: Jon is a member of the Oracle sales team and works with customers from start-ups, SMEs to large corporations to gain maximum value from their investment in Oracle technology. Jon works with the technical and development teams to shape solutions based on customer demands and develops long lasting customer relationships based on his open and trustworthy approach.