Monday Oct 13, 2014

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hands on Lab - Now Available

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. 

@Ronenkofman 

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

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.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Sep 19, 2014

SEP - Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

SEP sesam – ONE backup and disaster recovery solution for heterogeneous environments of any size 

SEP Corp has partnered with Oracle to deliver an all in one backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous enterprise environments. SEP's flagship solution, SEP sesam, uses its patented Multi-Streaming technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous data streams to provide a high performance backup solution for demanding enterprises.

SEP sesam is certified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, and has achieved Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle VM Ready certification.

Stop by the SEP Software Corporation kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack (#611) at Oracle OpenWorld to discuss your backup and disaster recovery needs.

Be sure to also check out SEP’s 20 minute session at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313). SEP’s lead technical engineer, Christian Ruoff, will be discussing “Backup and Disaster Recovery for Oracle in Physical and Virtual Environments.” Additionally, SEP will be hosting a webinar on the same subject,  on September 23rd at 11:00a.m MDT, to register - click this link.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 2:00PM-2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SEP Software Corp. Kiosk is located at SLX-009. The exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st.

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Dell To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Is your business being challenged to quickly and rapidly deploy critical enterprise applications?  Do you want to automatically provision entire application stacks instead of individual components? Imagine the advantages you can realize through integrated management of the complete IT stack including Oracle VM and the applications running inside the VM!

An example of such integration is the integration of Dell Compellent Live Volume and Oracle VM Live Migration capability, which can be effectively used for planned migration of virtual machines between homogeneous storage arrays with zero downtime. The migration across heterogeneous storage arrays is not so straightforward and a joint solution developed by Dell and Oracle to address this challenge will be demonstrated. You will have an opportunity to discuss other Dell storage solutions developed by Dell Storage Engineering Solutions team.  In addition, you will also learn about the zero downtime heterogeneous storage migration solution leveraging the Dell Software SharePlex database replication solution with ZeroIMPACT migration methodology.

Furthermore, Dell’s latest generation of PowerEdge servers have been certified for support on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM; similarly the PowerEdge Oracle Validated Configurations offer pre-tested and validated Dell/Oracle architectures that serve as an assurance for customers.

Join Dell at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, at Oracle OpenWorld, for live demonstrations, and discuss how Dell can help you with Oracle solutions.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Dell Kiosk is located at SLX-010, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Fujitsu To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of IT products and services, focusing on providing solutions to support the modernization of existing business systems, business innovations and social innovations.

As such, Fujitsu will feature the latest member of the vShape family of  systems that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - “vShape for x86 enterprise”.

This new system offers a converged compute, storage, network and management platform (“a data centre in a box”) which is optimized for virtualized deployment of Oracle applications and databases. The modular hot-pluggable architecture, based on the latest generation of high density blades and solid state storage, makes the solution uniquely adaptable and ultra-scalable while the pre-installed complete management stack allows for ultra-fast deployment.

Make sure you stop by the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, where Fujitsu will be exhibiting, ready to answer your questions and provide you insights about enabling modernizations and innovations in your IT infrastructure in support of your business needs.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fujitsu Kiosk is located at SLX-017, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Get OpenStack Savvy at OpenStack Silicon Valley

OpenStack Silicon Valley is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky few attending today, please stop by and visit the Oracle OpenStack team. Chat with Ronen Kofman, director of product development and get the scoop on what he and the team has been up to.

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - Now Available

On May we announced the technology preview of the OpenStack Havana release with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, today we are releasing the technology preview of the Icehouse release. This release is a fast and easy way to deploy OpenStack giving customers an excellent starting point to deploy Icehouse and test it in their environment. We made sure that the deployment process remains the same as it was for Havana using few simple steps so anyone ,even with no prior experience with OpenStack, can install and try it out. The Icehouse release is an important step in the process of making OpenStack a first class enterprise solution, it continues the strong maturity curve of OpenStack and introduces more plug-ins , more bug fixes and around 350 new features.

Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Linux will become part of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM premier support subscriptions at no additional cost. Like Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers can use it for free or, shall they choose to, purchase support from Oracle and receive a complete production support for their deployment. As we stated previously, Oracle will support deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with any distribution of OpenStack the customer chooses and we will continue working with third party vendors to assure that we can integrate with their solution.

Please join us at Oracle OpenWorld on September 28th where we will have a special focus on OpenStack. At Oracle OpenWorld customers will have a chance to hear more about Oracle’s OpenStack strategy and products as well as see live demos and try them in the hands on labs.

Some technical details about the Icehouse tech preview release:

The download instructions are available here and the getting started guide is available here, for convenience we outline the few additional steps needed to complete the deployment
When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle VM users have to perform two additional steps as part of their post-install steps. The two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type xen

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle Linux the two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type kvm
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none

In both cases the operation needs to completed by restarting the nova-compute service:

service openstack-nova-compute restart

@RonenKofman 

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at OCCCIO Conference 2014

The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers is hosting their yearly conference at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting this Wednesday, and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event, and if you're going to the conference, please stop by the Oracle booth and say hi. Also, please attend our joint session with Mohawk titled "Mohawk VDI & OVM/Banner Virtualization" on Friday at 10:30AM in room i224.

Our team in Canada hopes to see you there!

-Chris

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Oracle at Cisco Live Conference in San Francisco on May 18-22

Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Oracle will be part of the largest gathering of Cisco customers, experts, and partners anywhere in the world, on May 18-22 in San Francisco.

Cisco is one of our closest partners with more than 20 years of partnership, which covers engineering, joint solutions, sales engagement, support for mutual customers and more. As part of our engineering engagement, Cisco is constantly qualifying and supporting Cisco UCS hardware on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. 

Oracle had been collaborating with Cisco and Netapp to validate the FlexPod solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization. In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to Cisco products. You can get more information about these solutions as well as other key advantages of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM if you visit our booth.

Come and see us at Booth 2229 – Cisco Application Partners Pavilion. 

Register today

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Oracle Announces OpenStack Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Today we are announcing OpenStack support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. This support will be included as part of Premier Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at no extra cost.

Existing customers can deploy OpenStack with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and receive support for the entire software stack. This support includes base operating system which OpenStack installs on, the OpenStack bits, hypervisor and guest operating system with Oracle Linux. This complete end to end support which includes all the components of the stack is a key requirement for enterprise customers and therefore we will be providing it as part of Oracle Linux / Oracle VM Premier Support.

Today we are releasing a technology preview which allows customers and partners to test OpenStack with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The technology preview is available here. Together with the tech preview we are providing a Getting Started guide which walks the user through the steps of setting up an OpenStack deployment, the Getting Started guide is available here. The technology preview and Get Started guide give users a simple and easy way to deploy OpenStack and make their first steps exploring the features available with it. The technology preview is also suitable for vendors who would like to integrate with OpenStack from Oracle.  

As OpenStack matures and evolves it provides a solution which can meet the growing need for standardization in the IT infrastructure. With the wider adoption of OpenStack customers are looking to leverage it to a broader set of applications including enterprise applications. One of our main goals is to work with the community and help OpenStack take the next step into the enterprise application space, allowing customers to deploy enterprise applications in a reliable, supportable manner.

The press release is available here

To those of you at the Atlanta OpenStack conference we will be happy to discuss this further, we are located at booth D14 and we are looking forward to see you there. 

Contributed by Ronen Kofman, Director Product Management, Oracle VM

Monday Apr 28, 2014

Oracle is Coming to EMC World on May 5-8

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 VM and Oracle Linux related session:

Wed     4:00- 5:00 PM EMC & Oracle Simplifies Cloud Infrastructure Deployment       

Room: Lido 3005      

Speaker : Ken Crandall

Oracle customer meeting room: everyday

Theater presentation:  5 minute overview presentation given twice a day (Mon-Wed)

Oracle Linux and Virtualization presenter: Ken Crandall

This will be in a presentation area located in one of EMC’s booth

Register today and meet us at EMC World to understand how you can benefit from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM collaboration.

Oracle also has Oracle Enterprise Manager and Solaris sessions and kiosk. Visit this Everything Oracle @EMC page for more information on all of Oracle presence in EMC World.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: COLLABORATE14

Happy Friday!

If you’re an Oracle customer, you’re probably familiar with the yearly COLLABORATE conference put on by the IOUG, OAUG, and Quest user groups. It’s a fantastic conference where lots of real world Oracle use cases are discussed, and this year's show is happening next week in Las Vegas.

If you’re going to the show, be sure to check out the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM content there. First, there is an Oracle Linux / Oracle VM booth in the demo area, where you can talk to some knowledgable folks. If you have questions on using Oracle Linux or Oracle VM in your environment, this is the place to go!

Second, there are two sessions that will be very interesting for you:

998: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin 
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Level 3, San Polo 3501A

997: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Date: Tuesday, April 8
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Level 3, San Polo 3501A 

Also, there are several sessions related to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM that aren’t being done by our team, but would still be valuable for you. In the agenda tool, search for “Linux", "Oracle Linux", “Virtualization", and "Oracle VM”.

If you’re going to the show, we hope to see you there!

-Chris

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014

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

Register Now

Virtual Sysadmin Day is one of my favorite events, I hope you have time to check it out! 

-Chris 

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be Featured at Dell World 2013



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.  

Booth  #401G
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.

We hope to see you at Dell World.

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