Dell and Oracle have partnered to deliver end-to-end solutions that integrate data and processes across organizations of various sizes. This new x86 reference architecture continues a long history of joint support and cooperative engineering that has resulted in a stable and pervasive portfolio of database implementation guidance, automation, and optimization making both Dell and Oracle a forerunner in x86 database solutions.
Dell has expanded its portfolio to offer validations and solutions around Oracle VM server virtualization. This white paper focuses on a new reference architecture that is targeted for those end-users who are:
  • Looking to deploy Oracle VM on top of Dell’s latest 12th generation x86 blade servers, and
  • Looking to deploy Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel paravirtualized guest VMs (PVMs) running instances of Oracle Database 11g Release 2 or Oracle Database 12c Release 1.
The reference architecture that is covered in this white paper is validated using the Oracle Validated Configurations (OVC) program - a partner vendor program from Oracle. The solution combines Dell’s best-in-class hardware with Oracle’s industry-leading software, enabling organizations to deploy and manage applications faster than ever before with increased performance, flexibility, and value.
This white paper describes the following:
  • Architectural design of the offered reference architecture
  • Overview of the Oracle Linux Test (OLT) test suite used to stress and validate the reference architecture
  • Best practices and recommendations for implementing the reference architecture
  • Details of the hardware, software, test suite configuration, and tuning details that are relevant to this study