Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

eSTEP Newsletter July 2012 now available

Dear Partners,

We would like to inform you that the July issue of our Newsletter is now available.
The issue contains information to the following topics:

Notes from Corp
Oracle in Magic Quadrant for CRM; Oracle's "Big Data, Bigger Opportunities" Report: Smart Grids Increase Utilities' Data Collection 180x; Oracle FLEXCUBE 12.0 to Help Banks Meet the Needs of Gen Y Customers; Oracle Buys social monitoring company

Technical Corner
Virtualization @ Oracle (Part 8: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - OVDI); The overall Oracle cloud strategy - Oracle Unveils Industry Broadest Cloud Strategy; Special Report on Cloud Computing; Welcome to the Oracle Cloud; Machine to Machine - the Internet of Things - about the Data; Oracle Database Appliance - series of White Papers: Migration Strategies, Tape Backup with Oracle Secure Backup, Backup and Recovery Best Practices; Deploying Oracle Data Guard; Integrated Load Balancer at Solaris 11 Zones;  Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure; SL 150 StorageTek SL150 Modular Tape Library System

Learning & Events
eSTEP events schedule; Recently delivered Techcasts; Learning & Events; Exalogic Elastic Cloud partner resources; Oracle Application Management Pack for Oracle Utilities; What's new in Oracle Solaris 11; New OPN Guided Learning Path - Oracle Database Appliance Presales Specialist; Webcast Series: Accelerate Business-Critical Database Deployments with Oracle Optimized Solutions

How to:
How we improved SAN and NAS Performance with Oracle Database Hybrid Columnar Compression; How to select a remote Development mode in Oracle Solaris Studio; Which tool should I use to manage which Virtualization Technology; How to deploy Oracel RAC; How I got started with the Btrfs File System for Oracle Linux; How to set up a Load-Balanced Applications Across two Oracle Solaris Zones;

To your attention (one time extra section):
Change in the naming of the x86 Oracle Servers; Repetition at System Codes for all Sun/Oracle products in the last 15 years

You find the Newsletter on our portal under
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URL: http://launch.oracle.com/

Previous published Newsletters can be found under the Archived Newsletters section and more useful information under the
Events, Download and Links tab. Feel free to explore and any feedback is appreciated to help us improve the service and information we deliver.

Thanks and best regards,

Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Virtualization @ Oracle (Part 8: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - OVDI)

Having finished the overview of individual virtualization technologies from Oracle using Hypervisors and Operating System features, now it's time to look at the desktop product, also known as

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (OVDI)

Before diving deeper into Oracle's offering, lets define, what VDI is. Therefore lets again quote Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Desktop_Infrastructure):

“Desktop virtualization involves encapsulating and delivering either access to an entire information system environment or the environment itself to a remote client device. The client device may use an entirely different hardware architecture from that used by the projected desktop environment, and may also be based upon an entirely different operating system. The desktop virtualization model allows the use of virtual machines to let multiple network subscribers maintain individualized desktops on a single, centrally located computer or server. The central machine may operate at a residence, business, or data center. Users may be geographically scattered, but all must be connected to the central machine by a local area network, a wide area network, or the public Internet.”

Or short:

“Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a hosted, centralized or remote server.”

To simplify the understanding, lets put this into a picture:

In order to achieve such an environment or such an infrastructure, multiple pieces are needed. End user devices to access the centralized hosted desktops, tools to transport (encode) the desktop via the network to the end user devices, and tools to virtualize the desktop operating systems so that they can be encoded and transported via the network. Oracle has all the pieces, some of them have already been touched on in former articles. But users want choice, so even the use of non-Oracle products is possible in setting up an OVDI.

Before we describe these parts in more detail, here's an overview picture taken from the documentation (http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26217_01/E35769/html/architecture-intro.html):

Lets start with the end user devices:

Some fifteen years ago Sun created the Sun Ray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Ray), which now is in its third generation, and is also available as a software only product (the OVDC, the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client), which can be run on the iPad, MacOS, Windows and Linux. With this, a broad variety of end user device solutions are possible, ranging from Zero Admin Devices (the physical Sun Ray itself) over classical desktop systems running software to access the VDI desktop, up to mobile devices like the iPad, allowing instant access to a user's desktop anywhere on this planet.

Moving on from the end user device closer into the datacenter, lets look at the network part:

As the above mentioned Desktop to Network Virtualization needs an encoding tool on the server side, the Sun Ray Server Software is the corresponding counterpart for these client devices. The protocol used is called Appliance Link Protocal (ALP, which is a Sun Ray specific protocol), and is particularly well suited for wide area networks, so massively centralized infrastructures can be build in large global enterprises.

Moving again closer to the “desktop run in a datacenter”, lets look at the virtualization components:

Somehow the desktop operating systems per se need to be virtualized. This can be done via a variety of so-called desktop providers/connectors, one of which is the aforementioned VirtualBox product. Providers/connectors for Citrix XenDesktop, Vmware vSphere, Vmware View, or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 2008 also exist.

Moving away from the underlying enabling technologies, lets look at the management part:

As such VDI setups are accessed by thousands of users and host thousands of individual desktops, access management to all these possible mappings between users and their sessions/desktops needs to be handled. This is done by the desktop broker, which is an integral part of Oracle VDI and allows connection to an enterprise database containing such information, like Active Directory or LDAP, and stores its internal information in a MySQL database. This allows for easy management and migration of already existing corporate desktop infrastructures into an Oracle VDI environment.

Then there is the storage space:

Here the setup and provisioning of new user desktops needs to be managed as all of these are stored in the desktop operating system disk images. This also uses other Oracle technologies to speed up the process, like cloning of existing desktop “golden images” via storage subsystem methods. The cheapest VDI solution then would be a single x86 server with a bunch of internal disks. But also setups of many x86 servers with external storage like the Oracle S7000 series is possible.


With Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, there is a complete VDI solution from Oracle, making intelligent reuse of already existing technologies.

Further Reading






This series already had the following articles:

  • December 2011: Introduction to Virtualization (Matthias Pfützner)
  • January 2012: Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Matthias Pfützner)
  • February 2012: Oracle VM Server for x86 (Matthias Pfützner)
  • March 2012: Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers (Detlef Drewanz)
  • April 2012: Resource Management (Detlef Drewanz)
  • May 2012: Network Virtualization and Network Resource Management (Detlef Drewanz)
  • June 2012: Oracle VM VirtualBox (Detlef Drewanz)

The series will continue as follows (tentative):

  • August 2012: OpsCenter as Management Tool for Virtualization (Matthias Pfützner)

If you have questions, feel free to contact: Uwe Strahlendorf

Read more:

<<< Part 7: Oracle VM VirtualBox >>> Part 9: Ops Center as a Management Tool for Virtualization

Monday Jul 09, 2012

eSTEP TechCast - July 2012 Material available

Dear Partners,

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to those of you who attended our TechCast on
"StorageTek Tape Analytics and,Tapedrive Technology"

The materials (presentation, replay) from the TechCast are now available for all of you via our
eSTEP portal.  You will need to provide your email address and the pin below to access the downloads. Link to the portal is shown below.

URL: http://launch.oracle.com/

The downloads can be found under tab
Events --> TechCast. We have provided a number of useful links to additional information under "Further Reading".

Feel free to explore also the other delivered TechCasts and more useful information under the
Download and Links tab. Any feedback is appreciated to help us improve the service and information we deliver.

Thanks and best regards,

Partner HW Enablement EMEA

Tuesday Jul 03, 2012

New Hardware Systems E-Books available

We want to point you to three new E-Books that are made available for public use. Have a look and show them to your customers. All books are full with information and lot of links to more resources.


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