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DH2i 2017 Predictions: The Year of Containers and Oracle Databases

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Don Boxley Jr, co-founder and CEO, DH2i

The Year of Containers and Oracle Databases

Business Challenge

Many organizations using Oracle today are faced with having to support and manage multiple Oracle deployments models. Most of which were implemented as one-offs on a project by project basis without regard to any meaningful standards.  The result of is an Oracle environment characterized by: 


In 2017 a new class of stateful containers will emerge that will solve these business challenges. With these new stateful containers users will be able to implement Oracle Database Utilities with an optimal mix of enterprise and standard edition based on a flexible heterogeneous - physical server/virtual machine/Cloud - infrastructure.

These container-based utilities will provide a unified deployment model with 100% support for all Oracle Database instances including mission-critical instances.  These new containers will support new and existing Oracle Database instances without an additional programming. These utilities will enable instances to be move freely host-to-host or site-to-site with near-zero downtime to support instance high availability and disaster recovery.  These stateful container utilities will enable all instances to meet performance and availability requirements, defined in service-level agreements (SLAs) enforced through utility controlled quality-of-service (QoS) policies.  The utility will enable the realization of substantial cost saving through consolidation of infrastructure, increases in productivity and optimization of software licensing and maintenance costs.

The utility will enhance performance by helping users to establish optimum Database instance - to -server consolidation ratios.

Business Outcome

These new class of stateful containers will improve an IT organization in four key areas with respect to Oracle:


Single operational model for Oracle application management between on-premise and cloud for an optimized physical - virtual infrastructure

Optimized performance by letting the Oracle Database instance dictate the best infrastructure choice

Shared Data to consolidate storage for all Oracle Database instances into an easy to manage single shared pool


Portability by moving Oracle Database instances dynamically from P2P, P2V, V2P or V2V-anywhere in near-zero downtime

Reduce the cost of Oracle with no-risk instance stacking maximizing server and license utilization

Tech refresh can happen anytime with a hot-add, Oracle instance drag and drop workflow


No VM vendor lock-in, use any combination of VMware, Hyper-V and Xen

Smart Oracle license management that does not force the use of any edition or version of Oracle

Mix and match servers from different vendors, with different processor types, speeds and memory configurations

Enterprise Ready

High Availability for four+-nines (99.99+) availability for every Oracle Database instance

Guaranteed SLA's for performance & availability that Intelligently ties Oracle Database instance QoS to service levels

Simple instance-level DR for reliable and cost-effective site-level disaster protection

The introduction of stateful containers will fundamentally change how users deploy not only Oracle but any stateful application workload.  Enabling IT to exploit containers as a bimodal bridge to the future.


About the Author

Don Boxley Jr is a DH2i co-founder and CEO. Prior to DH2i, Don held senior marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard where he was instrumental in sales and marketing strategies that resulted in significant revenue growth in the scale-out NAS business. Don spent more than 20 years in management positions for leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, CoCreate Software, Iomega, TapeWorks Data Storage Systems and Colorado Memory Systems.  Don earned his MBA from the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.  


Published Monday, January 16, 2017 9:16 AM by David Marshall
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