By uwes on Apr 08, 2014
On April 8th, Oracle announced the new Sun Server X4-4 system, based on the latest Intel® Xeon® Processor E7-8800 v2 Family, also known as Ivy Bridge-EX processors.
On December 3, 2013, all of the RoHS 2013 non-compliant HBAs and CNAs listed below reached EOL. Due to inventory consumption, most reached LOD on December 3, 2013 as well.
On 12th of September, Oracle announced its new line of two-socket enterprise class Sun x86 servers, delivering, once again, the industry’s best x86 platform for running Oracle software. The new Oracle Sun Server X4-2, Sun Server X4-2L and Sun Blade X4-2B systems are built with the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processors, also known as the Intel Ivy Bridge-EP processors. These servers are available immediately for quoting, ordering and shipment.
Oracle is excited to announce continued upward as a second year “Challenger” in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report. Oracle believes that its application driven virtualization strategy, along with product optimizations, easy software access, and low cost have resulted in strong customer momentum gains.
Read the full report "Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure" for Gartner's take.
With the release of Oracle Virtual Networking Drivers for Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Virtual Networking now supports Oracle SPARC T-series servers, M5 servers, as well as Oracle Solaris 10 on x86 servers.
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After the SPARC virtualization coverage in January we will now cover the x86 side by looking at the
Oracle VM Server for x86
Oracle VM Server for x86 is a technology that’s been inside Oracle even before the Sun acquisition, and is a virtualization product based on the Xen hypervisor.
Just like its SPARC counterpart it is a thin Type-1 Hypervisor and performs Hardware Virtualization on a x86-based system and uses para-virtualization.
To put it into perspective, let’s reuse the image from the first article:
As we can see and has been mentioned above, there is a similar product called Oracle VM Server for SPARC, which was covered in the last episode. Some of the general remarks there also apply to Oracle VM Server for x86, so, even if you’re only interested in the x86-side of things, it’s a good idea to recheck that last episode.
To start with the description, I shamelessly copied the introduction section from the docs at: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E20065_01/doc.30/e18549/oraclevm.htm#CACJHBGJ which reads:
Oracle VM is a platform that provides a fully equipped environment with all the latest benefits of virtualization technology. Oracle VM enables you to deploy operating systems and application software within a supported virtualization environment. The components of Oracle VM are shown below:
Going back to the terminology and order used in the last episode, we still need to provide some information on the
in use here. Xen started as a university project and its architecture is similar to the architecture of the logical domains on SPARC, with one important difference. On the SPARC side the hypervisor is part of the OBP, whereas on the x86-side the hypervisor is a separate software entity and needs to be installed as a complete system directly from CD/DVD onto the server. This is usually just a matter of a few minutes. Once that’s done, the virtualization server platform is available. After that we need to look at the
side of things. Also unlike the OVM Server for SPARC approach here we need an additional management server called OVM Manager. Contrary to the way the server part is installed, the manager part is installed on top of an already installed operating system.
Both installation steps (Server and Manager) are described in detail in the documentation (link at end). Also the usage of OVM Manager is described there in detail.
Types of domains
In the last episode we had been describing different types of domains. Here, there is no such distinction, we’re only dealing with the dom0 (Control, Service and I/O Domain) and a domU (Guest Domain) (definitions see last episode).
The ease of use is even more simplified by additional tools like “OVM Templates” or “Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder”.
OVM Templates are pre-installed and pre-configured ready-to-run images of diverse software stacks. These can also be downloaded (currently more than 90 such templates exist) directly from the same page were Oracle VM for x86 can be downloaded (link below). With this it gets real easy to setup and run for example a single Oracle Database server in less than 15 minutes. Download, import into OVM Manager, deploy and run.
Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder
In many cases single server environments aren’t enough, as multi-tier environments consist of many servers. So, the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder is the tool to create such multi-virtual-server environments out of single systems, and allows such an assembly to be exported as one single building block and then be imported into OVM Manager. This then makes even the management of complex multi-tier environments very easy.
Things to consider
With features like Server Pools, virtual network switches and more, the setup and management of large virtualization environments gets complex. Therefore again here careful planning is needed. Specifically careful evaluation and TCO and/or ROI analysis is a good thing. Keep in mind, that over time the underlying infrastructure becomes more and more a commodity, therefore elements on higher levels become more and more important in the decision making progress and getting the “commodity” part from the same vendor supplying the higher level elements might become an advantage.
Oracle VM for x86 offers a complete, easy-to-use and affordable environment for all server virtualization requirements.
With that we'd like to close this article on Oracle VM Server for x86 and hope we've kept you eager to read the ones coming in the following newsletters.
With that we'd like to close this article on Oracle VM Server for SPARC and hope we've kept you eager to read the ones coming in the following newsletters.
This series already had the following articles:
The series will continue as follows (tentative):
If you have questions, feel free to contact me: Matthias PfütznerRead more:
|<<< Part 2: Oracle VM Server for SPARC
||>>> Part 4: Oracle Solaris Zones and Linux Containers
Welcome to the first articel of our series Virtualization@Oracle. In the following months we want to discuss several aspects of Virtualization and what can be used with Oracle technology.
Let us know what you think, give feedback.
Thanks in advanced
As a starter let's see, what Virtualization means.
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtualization) describes it as:
"Virtualization, in computing, is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system, a storage device or network resources."
Virtualization areas can then be categorized:
In order to describe that, let’s first define, what a desktop is. Also Wikipedia has articles on that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_virtualization, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desktop_environment). Let's stick to the term: A Desktop is, what a person sees on his computer monitor and interacts with a keyboard and mouse.
Desktop Virtualization then in turn describes technologies, that separate the "provider of the desktop" from the system, that controls the monitor, keyboard and mouse. More on that also in articles to come.
To finish, let’s add a small picture to help to understand the positioning:
With that we'd like to close this first introductory article and hope we've made you eager to read the ones coming in the following newsletters.
The series will continue as follows (tentative):
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 as Enabling Technology for Virtualization (Detlef Drewanz)
May 2012: Network Virtualization (Detlef Drewanz)
June 2012: Oracle VM VirtualBox (Detlef Drewanz)
July 2012: Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) (Matthias Pfützner)
August 2012: OpsCenter as Management Tool for Virtualization (Matthias Pfützner)
If you have questions, feel free to contact me: Matthias Pfützner
|>>> Part 2: Oracle VM Server for SPARC|