Customers have successfully run their business-critical Oracle workloads with high performance demands on VMware vSphere for many years.

Customers deploying business-critical Oracle workloads have requirements such as stringent SLA’s, continued high performance, and application availability. It is a major challenge for business organizations to manage data storage in these environments due to these rigorous business requirement. Common issues presented when using traditional storage solutions for business-critical application (BCA) include inadequate performance, scale-in/scale-out, storage inefficiency, complex management, and high deployment and operating costs.

With more and more production servers being virtualized, the demand for highly converged server-based storage is surging. VMware Virtual SAN aims at providing a highly scalable, available, reliable, and high-performance storage using cost-effective hardware, specifically direct-attached disks in VMware ESXi hosts. Virtual SAN adheres to a new policy-based storage management paradigm, which simplifies and automates complex management workflows that exist in traditional enterprise storage systems with respect to configuration and clustering.

Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster enables active/active data centers that are separated by metro distance.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables customers to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service integrates vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with VMware vCenter management, and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. ESXi hosts in VMware Cloud on AWS reside in an AWS availability Zone (AZ) and are protected by vSphere HA.

A feature called Stretched Clusters for VMware Cloud on AWS is designed to protect against an AWS availability zone failure. Applications can span multiple AWS Availability Zones (AZ) within a VMware Cloud on AWS cluster.


Solution Overview

With Virtual SAN Stretched Cluster for VMware Cloud for AWS available as Stretched Clusters for VMware Cloud on AWS, business-critical Oracle workloads that have stringent requirements such as very high SLA’s, continued high performance, and application availability can now take dual advantage of being deployed on the cloud along with having high availability across multiple AZ’s in the Stretched Clusters for VMware Cloud on AWS deployment model.

This paper describes the deployment, migration and configuration of  business-critical Oracle workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS and  Stretched Clusters for VMware Cloud on AWS.

Key Results

The following highlights describes the deployment and migration strategies for moving Oracle workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Deploying Oracle workloads on VMware on-premises SDDC
    • Deploying Oracle Standalone Database
  • Migrating Oracle workload to VMware Cloud on AWS
    • Migrating Oracle Standalone Database
  • Deploying Oracle workloads on Stretched Clusters for VMware Cloud on AWS
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