October 31, 2012
May 24, 2011
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Nearly a month behind original indications from the AWS Oracle guys but Oracle RDS is here (released 23rd May).
Below are some quick calculations for a months continuous usage (excluding storage) in EU Ireland for the On Demand model. You will see the cost doubles each time you in theory double the power
|On Demand (License Included)||High Mem/Extra Large DB Instance||$699.36 per month|
|High Mem/Double Extra Large DB Instance||$1,398.72 per month|
|High Mem/Quadruple Extra Large DB instance||$2,797.44 per month|
|On Demand (BYOL)||High Mem/Extra Large DB Instance||$550.56 per month|
|High Mem/Double Extra Large DB Instance||$1,101.12 per month|
|High Mem/Quadruple Extra Large DB instance||$2,202.24 per month|
The Reserved model still remains significantly cheaper over a year period – $305.05 per month as opposed to $699.36 but with upfront year 1 cost of $1,850 – so year 1 costs £5510.48 for reserved as opposed to $8392.32 for on demand for the example of high mem/extra large instance.
Some of our Customers have been keen to see progress on the AWS-Oracle roadmap and whilst any progress will always be welcome news, one of the key observations on ‘first-glance’ of the Oracle RDS service is that there is a multi-AZ option but that the only current available selection is ‘No’ - this is not the case for the MySQL RDS service. This will be a limiting factor particularly for our enterprise Customers when considering a highly resilient/highly available database solution. Some digging is required into this but it is likely to be a consequence of the underlying AWS architecture and the ‘new ways’ of thinking in terms of having a ’shared nothing’ architecture - this currently prevents mutli-node Oracle RAC implementations on AWS.
Based on the recent AWS outage (see previous blog posting here) and the re-enforced message to implement your solution across AZ’s to ensure high resilience/availability, then this Oracle release may not be enough to impress enterprise-level Customers – it may be a case of continuing to ‘watch this space’ on the progress along the AWS-Oracle roadmap……
September 21, 2010
Jeff Barr has posted some info here on the AWS blog which provides links to other AWS pages describing how some core Oracle Applications products are now certified and supported on Amazon EC2, including eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel and Fusion Middleware. It feels like Oracle have joined the party at last, and not before time. The key barriers to sticking Oracle Applications on AWS before were that:
- You had to create/customise/maintain your own AMIs (a hassle but doable)
- More importantly, when you ring Oracle with a support issue, they might not play ball
The removal of the second barrier is the key thing. Some barriers still exist – customers still have to be happy with the data security aspects of public IaaS hosting, so that’s still a barrier, maybe mainly an emotional rather than real one. Also, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployments are not currently supported – so that’ll put most enterprises off for now I’d have thought though.
It’s been almost exactly a year since Larry Ellison’s infamous rant against cloud computing. And clearly a year is a long time in the world of cloud computing…
June 16, 2010
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It’s been a while since Oracle’s spending spree – including Sun and BEA – something that i’m still in shock about. To get some clarity on the SOA offerings from Oracle a colleague and I recently attended an Oracle partner day in Reading. As the day was ran by 2 presales guys we got an interesting incite into what they were picking out as the differentiators to the other main player IBM – some of their opinions are reflected below – all of which i take with a pinch of salt.
After everybody nodded to the question “does everybody know what SOA is?” the instructors continued on to tell us about SOA for a couple of hours. Nevertheless there was an interesting slide in this period with the average project cost and staff size for SOA projects; Basically, the message was ‘too big’ and doomed and ‘too small’ and it’ll just fade away. Also, they noted that the audience and the questions asked were testament to how the market has matured: their presentations have moved more from ‘how it works’ to ‘how to roll it out and support it’.
One contradiction I noted was how often they talked about the importance of interoperability and the use of industry standards but at the same time were really playing up how well integrated the Oracle SOA Suite 11g is. Perhaps this itself isn’t a contradiction – it’s more the incongruity of vendors on the one hand sell you the standardisation but at the same time tut-tut and teeth-sucking at the idea of using open source in some instances.
From a product perspective the day was a really useful insight in to how the suite has evolved and into what’s new and exciting about Oracle SOA Suite 11g (r1 patchset 2 – the 3rd big release in a year). Here are some specific notes I made which may or may not make sense:
- No prizes that the winner in the application server shoot out between Oracle App Server and WebLogic was… WLS. The current version of SOA Suite won’t support running on WebSphere or JBOSS AS but this is on the roadmap.
- One important piece of consolidation with the release is that SOA Suite and Oracle Service Bus can now run on the same application server platform (previously in 10G you needed different versions/instances).
- Aqualogic ESB is called Oracle Service Bus (OSB) and now fulfils the ESB function. The product formerly known as Oracle ESB is actually still part of the product set – but is called Mediator. There is clearly some overlap between the products but mediator should be used only for the basic routing and transformation tasks.
- BPM Suite for 11g is the completely re-written Aqualogic BPM which is for business modelling, supplied as part of the Dev Suite and includes some coding ability and allowing closed loop development (BPM is not as powerful or feature rich as the BPA Suite and not intended as a competitive product). The BPA Suite is pure modelling.
- BPA Suite is targeted at analysts and contains 3 licensed modules of the ARIS product from IDS Scheer. The message was clearly made that Oracle don’t feel it is their business to create business process design software. I think this was a poke at IBM.. who recently bought Lombardi. BPA is much cheaper then the pureplays, example he gave was Pega PRPC but delivers on the promise of being able to integrate this rather then run it is as a homogeneous blob.
- List of what’s included in SOA suite: OSB, Adapters, B2B, BPEL, BAM, EM, WSM, Service Reg, JDeveloper, CEP. –maybe missed a couple – all running on top of WebLogic with AQ/JMS and JRockit
- BPM, BPA Suite and Enterprise Repository (ER) are licensed separately, the later under the ‘governance suite’. The ER assists governance from an assets perspective and provides the repository to store all artefacts.
- The process server now supports BPMN 2.0 as well as the existing BPEL. There is an aim to provde BPMN round-tripping
- Oracle have invested a lot in the adapters – making them all JCA compliant again (BEA had focussed on making them fast and not standardised). Lots of them, and there are lot’s of partners providing even more (Attunity and iWay were mentioned)
- Event Driven Architecture aka Event Delivery Network is JMS based of course, thankfully on weblogic JMS and not Oracle AQ. Apparently, you can use another JMS provider if you want, there is a JMS bridge (though I’m not sure that is really the accurate answer to my question)
- The B2B product is really just an endpoint and not B2B network provider software
- Oracle business rules (OBR) is a basic product – again the distinction was drawn out between IBM buying ILOG JRules and the OBR. No desire to create BPMS software which they say can hide implicit process within complex business rule structures. However, they have added handling for the basics of decision tables. OBR is integrated into JDeveloper.
- Oracle policy admin (OPA) provides a sophisticated tool for managing your internal policy related data, e.g. VAT.
- Application Integration Architecture (AIA) are all about making the Oracle Applications harmonious with the SOA suite and providing reference and process integration packs (PIP) are about providing standard processes across these applications.. rather then developing your own ‘order to pay’. Another distinction was drawn to IBM – who “don’t do applications”. Although predominantly Oracle Applications currently, the architecture is intended to support any cross application integration (e.g. connectivity to SAP http://www.oracle.com/applications/aia-plm-to-sap-erp-data-sheet.pdf). A list of the currently released PIP is at http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/application-integration-architecture/054232.html
- JDeveloper is the development tool and is very well integrated and includes Unit Test Framework in 10.1.3.
As I said before – if you have noticed the Oracle instructor references to IBM above – clearly the competition is fierce between the 2 application integration stacks. A couple of other points were made which I regurgitate for the reader to make up their own minds: IBM products aren’t well integrated like the Oracle suite now is, and rational are holding back BPMN development within the System Architect tool.
June 2, 2009
Following the recent acquisition of Sun by Oracle an interesting discussion kicked off via email within our WebSphere practice. The general consensus was that it probably wouldn’t change things that much but that it would be interesting to see how they handled their new toys while the BEA ones were still pretty shiny.
Today I came across this article http://www.infoq.com/news/2009/06/g1-paid. Whilst consisting of nothing more than speculation it raises some questions and elevates this a little higher up my list of things to keep an eye on.
Is there anything in this? Have Oracle got a masterplan to make money out of Java where Sun failed?