In the past, several teams would work to provision an Oracle ERP environment, and it took weeks.
Now, it takes hours.
Whether a new environment is being created or an existing one is refreshed, it literally takes one person a few mouse clicks to initiate an entire environment, and it takes about 10 hours for the complex installation, configuration, and data-restore to run by itself.
Like many companies, one of the most important systems inside VMware is our Oracle ERP system. It has 7 terabytes of data in the transactional database and records all transactions related to order management, service contracts, install base, customers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and more. When our IT team set out to start using vFabric Application Director, we decided that this ERP application would be one of the critical places to automate deployments. At the end of the day, our main goal was to have a repeatable, fully automated process for provisioning and configuring an EBS instance. For those who are interested, we are running: Continue reading