I know we're here on the Oracle Linux blog, but we know a lot of our users are also using Oracle VM. The Oracle VM product management team has put together a very short (just a few minutes) survey that would really help them get some feedback on how people are using it in their environments.
The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.
Of course, this is the Oracle Linux blog, so why am I referencing new Oracle VM Templates? Because these templates of course run Oracle Linux! Here are the highlights of the new templates:
NEW in 2015 Templates:
Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK3) 3.8.13-55, seamless transition to HVM mode
The OpenStack hands-on Lab event at Oracle
Open World was completely sold out. People who have had no prior
experience with OpenStack were able to easily launch instances, setup networks and storage, and exercise various OpenStack features. Given the high demand for the hands-on lab and the positive feedback from the
participants, we are making the lab publicly available, all you need is a
laptop and the document available here.
The lab is designed to run inside a VirtualBox VM and takes you through installing and exercising
OpenStack. It goes through basic operations, network, storage and guest
communication and demonstrates how to use them. You can go through the installation and configuration process but if you would like to skip the installation and configuration part and jump right into OpenStack operation we have created a pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine exactly for that. The virtual machine is an all-in-one OpenStack deployment, it has all the control and compute components needed to start creating instances. It also has an image already uploaded to make the whole process faster and simpler.
This virtual machine and setup can be used to further explore OpenStack features, and doing so on your laptop without the need for any additional equipment or software.
If you wanted to get started with OpenStack and didn't know where to begin this will be a great starting point. The lab assumes users have basic Linux skills but does not assume any OpenStack experience or understanding.
Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.
You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.
Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B
Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap
Today we announce the
general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this
announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers.
The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle
VM Premier Support at no additional cost.
In December 2013 Oracle joined the OpenStack foundation, In
May, during the OpenStack conference in Atlanta, we have released the
technology preview version which was based on the Havana release. Since then we
have refreshed the tech preview to support Icehouse and continued improving it
by making install process simpler and fixing bugs. The GA release, which is
available today, is based on the latest Icehouse release.
Our goal is to help make OpenStack an enterprise grade
solution, capable of operating an entire datacenter including all types of
workloads meeting all the requirements including reliability, security and
performance. We would like OpenStack to become first class solution and the cloud operating system of
choice for customers of any size. One of
the ways Oracle can help make this a reality is to test and enable demanding enterprise
workloads to run on OpenStack. Making sure that those workloads can run on
OpenStack in a reliable and supported way is an important step in making
OpenStack an enterprise grade, general purpose cloud management solution. With experience in deploying and managing enterprise workloads in virtual environment we are in a good position to drive such enabling activity forward, and that is what we
plan to do.
Some resources and pointers to learn more about Oracle
OpenStack for Oracle Linux:
Oracle OpenStack for Oracle
Linux (aka O3L) is available for download from the Oracle Linux public yum
repository at http://public-yum.oracle.com
The Oracle Technical
Network (OTN) page for O3L is located here
and includes documentation, links and also a virtualbox VM which has O3L fully
installed, configured and ready to use on your own laptop
Next week is Oracle OpenWorld, at OpenWorld we will showcase
Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0 and also have sessions and hands on lab
to discuss OpenStack, you are welcome to join us. Here are links to our sessions
Featuring Showcase Partners with proven Infrastructure and Management Solutions for Customers using Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.
These partners will be exhibiting their solutions at Oracle OpenWorld’s Oracle Linux and Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase-Booth #611. Make sure you stop by, as you would not want to miss an opportunity to discuss how they can help make your infrastructure more manageable, more secure and more reliable.
amitego is not new to Oracle Infrastructure products, nor to Oracle OpenWorld. Its mission is to make IT a safer place, by addressing secure access by privileged users, and this through its Remote Access Control and Management Solution Suite, VISULOX.
VISULOX is based on the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Software, offering customers a flexible and powerful way to control and document all activities of the privileged users in the IT environment.
Amitego will be demonstrating their VISULOX product and show how easy it is to integrate without any modification to server or client, delivering a complete audit trail about who did what and when in the system. Including demos showing the user activities. Visit amitego at Booth 611, Moscone South, Kiosk: SLX-008.
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase “aka.Pavilion" at Oracle Openworld will be amazing this year. You can find us in a spacious area in Moscone South (Booth #611), featuring many of our key partners. New this year in the Showcase, you will also find Oracle demopods showcasing Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization. In addition, we are also featuring OpenStack. A lot of exciting technologies and solutions in one stop! Oracle Linux and Virtualization partners will be on the floor with their latest integrations and solutions to help you better accelerate your infrastructure investments. Come by the Showcase to network, win some prizes and walk away with:
Insights and real world implementation examples from participating ISV, IHV and SI partners
Deeper knowledge on the latest developments of Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization and the Oracle OpenStack integrations
Broader view of how Oracle and Partners are implementing OpenStack
Whether you are modernizing your IT or planning an OpenStack deployment, join us in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and our experts will help you visualize your future, simplify your IT life and realize further profitability for your business.
Starting next week here on the Linux and Virtualization blogs, we’ll go into detail about the partners that you can visit in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase. In the meantime, don't forget to mark Moscone South, Booth: 611 as a place to visit this year.
Hope to see you in our Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase!
Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.
EMC World 2014 returns to Las Vegas May 5-8 at The Venetian!
As data growth explodes, EMC creates the infrastructure that enables you to
manage your business and your career. Come to EMC World 2014 to find out how we
collaborate with EMC on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux products. Here’s just a
summary of the sessions and activities that will involve our products:
Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High
Availability with MySQL (registrations will open later in the month, please bookmark this date and visit Oracle pages later for registration url)
Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight today is a bit unique in that we're putting the same information on both the Oracle Virtualization blog and the Oracle Linux blog. The reason is that we want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux administrators.
On January 28, Oracle is hosting an event called Virtual Sysadmin Day. If you haven't attended one of these before, you're in for a treat. These events let you attend a virtual version of the hands on lab sessions that we run each year at Oracle OpenWorld. So, if you've ever wanted to go to one of those sessions but couldn't get to San Francisco or the other Oracle OpenWorld locations around the world, now is your chance to attend from the comfort of you desk!
The format is really cool. The materials for the lab are provided for you, you just need to have Oracle VM VirtualBox (it's a free download), and download the pre-configured virtual machines for the labs. You should do this ahead of the event, but all the information to help you do it is available to you when you register.
On the day of the event, you login and watch some intro content that sets up the labs, and then you follow the steps for the labs on you own system. Oracle experts will be in the chat area to help with issues you might run into.
Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014 January 28, 2014 9AM - 1PM Pacific Standard Time
Oracle is proud to be a Gold sponsor at Dell World 2013. Join Oracle Linux and Virtualization experts and discover how you can benefit from Oracle software integration with Dell hardware. Our activities include:
Session: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments
Details: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Room 17AB
Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle
Find out how Oracle Linux is optimized for Oracle Database and the benefits of deploying them together on an integrated and fully tested infrastructure.
Theater Presentation: Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications with Oracle VM
Details: Thursday, 11:00-11:25am, Expo area (Theater on the right)
Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle
Realize the true potential of virtualization beyond server consolidation using Oracle VM’s application-driven virtualization approach.
Theater Presentation: Dell/Oracle Active Infrastructure
Details: Thursday, 2:30-2:55pm, Expo area (Theater on the right)
Speaker: Tom Kopec, Oracle
Get a high level review of the recently announce Dell / Oracle Active Infrastructure.
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.
This is an exciting development for Oracle customers because it gives them more choice in how they want to deploy their Oracle software, including Oracle Applications, Oracle Database, and more, with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The combination is especially interesting in small to medium sized businesses for a number of reasons.
First, there is an extremely low barrier to entry. With zero license cost for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, there are never any upfront fees to take into consideration. This helps small to medium sized businesses do all of their architecting, testing, and even implementation without needing to worry about license fees. Another factor that reduces the barrier to entry isOracle VM Templates. There are over 100 of these ready to run virtual machines, pre-tested, pre-configured with popular Oracle software requiring near-zero OS, or application knowledge, ready to deploy from point of download. For SMB’s with slim IT resources, Oracle VM Templates help to radically reduce deployment time so companies can focus on growing their business.
The last piece of the puzzle for small and medium sized businesses is affordable support costs. With some of the lowest support costs in the industry, if a customer chooses to purchase support for their deployment, they are assured of a low cost, high value investment. Affordable support costs paired with zero license fees means that overall costs stay incredibly low.
And now, all of this is certified for use on Lenovo’s ThinkServer Systems!
When you look at these factors, the combination of Lenovo ThinkServer Systems and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux is a very compelling option.