Oracle Validated Configuration – Beyond Just Hardware Certifications

We are pleased to announce a new Oracle Validated Configuration with the Lenovo x3950 X6 servers and a new Lenovo Press guide titled Oracle and Lenovo X6 Validated Configuration Guide. Oracle Validated Configurations are configurations that have been defined, tested and validated by Lenovo and Oracle.

A previous blog Powering Diverse Oracle Workloads spoke about Lenovo servers listed on the Oracle Hardware Certification Lists (HCL) that are qualified to run Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Several Lenovo servers are Oracle HCL certified.

Validated configurations go beyond hardware certification with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM by stress-testing an integrated solution. Client deployments are greatly simplified because interoperability issues are identified, resolved and documented in advance. These guidelines reduce the client’s testing and discovery efforts during implementation and enable customers to deploy solutions more quickly and efficiently.

The objectives of the Validated Configuration are three-fold. First: To convey the value of scaling up a small cluster of Lenovo X6 servers for performing workload-intensive operations, rather than scaling out distributed servers. Second: To provide a validated reference architecture for a clustered Oracle configuration. Third: To describe the setup procedures and validation processes, from software and hardware stack, to servers, storage and network components

Benefits of the validated configuration:

  • Achieve standardization and reliability with lower cost
  • Accelerate and simplify deployment of Oracle software on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Lower cost for end users by reducing deployment testing
  • Mitigate customer risk

Configuration summary – hardware:

  • Two Lenovo System x3950 X6 systems
  • IBM Storwize V7000
  • Lenovo Rackswitch G8124E
  • Brocade 16 GB FC SAN Switch 6510
  • Emulex VFA5 ML2 Dual Port 10 GbE SFP+ adapter
  • QLogic 16 GB FC Dual-port HBA

Configuration summary – software:

  • Oracle Database 12c
  • Oracle Linux 7
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernal Release 3

By applying the guidance from this paper, using the products and technologies discussed and running the OLT tests successfully, you can be confident that your environment is validated by Lenovo and Oracle.

Visit the Lenovo System x3950 X6 web site for more information. You can also read these X6 blogs, Business Productivity and IT Benefits of Upgrading with Lenovo X6Why Consolidate Databases on Lenovo X6 and Supporting Mission-Critical Workloads.