Configuring Amazon RDS as the Oracle SOA Suite Database by Fabio Douek

imageWe are proud to announce that RDS support is fully integrated and certified against MyST 3.8.2, which was released on 15/Jun/2016. To know more about MyST visit: http://myst.rubiconred.com

1. Overview

We started to provision Oracle Fusion Middleware platforms against AWS in anger about three years ago. From the beginning we took advantage of the ability to create the AWS infrastructure within minutes. We could also use MyST to provision complex Oracle Fusion Middleware EDG (Enterprise Deployment Guide) Compliant platforms in less than an hour.

One challenge that we faced, was that we couldn’t use Oracle RDS as the database for our Oracle Fusion Middleware installations. This was primarily because the RDS master user didn’t have the database privileges required to run the Oracle Repository Creation Utility (RCU). As a result, we implemented our own automation for provisioning the Oracle Database running on EC2 instances.

Whilst this works for running Dev and Test workloads in AWS, when it comes to implementing Production workloads, Oracle RDS provides a number of additional benefits. This includes simplified administration tasks, including backups, software patching, monitoring, and hardware scaling.

In addition, the Multi-AZ deployment option simplifies the implementation of a highly available architecture, as it contains built-in support for automated fail-over from your primary database to a synchronously replicated secondary database in an alternative Availability Zone in case of a failure.

This all started to change late last year, with a number of our customers looking at running Oracle SOA workloads in Production on AWS. Being an AWS Technology Partner, we provided this feedback to AWS, who in return invited us to collaborate with the RDS team.

We spent the last 4 months of this year working with the AWS Oracle RDS Team (a big thank you to Michael and Jinyoung) to test the RCU capability within MyST. This went extremely well, and the RDS team worked closely with us to support the go-live of our first customer on Oracle SOA 12.2.1 on AWS using RDS – what we believe to be a world first!

Our very first customer go-live on RDS was a few weeks ago in June-2016. More recently, Amazon has now announced that RCU is officially supported by Oracle RDS. This is great news for us and our customers. We can can now provision an Oracle Fusion Middleware EDG HA compliant environment within minutes and take advantage of RDS to simplify on-going operations.

The following diagram depicts a typical highly available Oracle Fusion Middleware deployment in AWS. Note that the number of compute nodes, as well as the components may vary depending on the requirements.

2. Oracle RDS Compatibility

Before getting started with Oracle RDS, its important to check its compatibility with RCU and the corresponding Oracle Fusion Middleware components. The following AWS Oracle RDS edition/version options support RCU. Read the complete post here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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