Friday Apr 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates Economic Impact Assessment

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring your attention this week to a brand new paper called "Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates—An Economic Impact Assessment." In the paper, Evaluator Group took a look at Oracle VM Templates with Oracle RAC versus user-created VMware templates. From the paper:

"Evaluator Group studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment—a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

• Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration we used Oracle Virtual Machine (Oracle VM) and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, we tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.

• We also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed."

One of the really cool things in this paper is some real world data from a customer using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and the total cost of ownership reductions they were able to achieve. Have a read of the full paper.

Have a great week!


Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux at Collaborate 15

Happy Friday!

If you’re headed to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Collaborate 15 in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to learn a lot about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. We will have a demo pod in Oracle’s demo area (booth #955) where you can talk to our experts and get your questions answered. The demo area is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the show.

Also, be sure to attend our "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Strategy, Update, and Roadmap” session at 4:30PM on Monday, April 13 in South Seas A. The conversation will include information on OpenStack, Docker, and other exciting things relating to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

April 12-16
Las Vegas, NV

We hope to see you there!

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Press release: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

A new Oracle press release this morning highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Partners Announce Support for Oracle Linux

Scores of leading technology partners -independent software vendors, hardware vendors, and system integrators- support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Several independent software vendors and SIs recently announced their support for Oracle Linux:

  • SAS for SAS 9.4 TS1M2 (9.4 M2) application platform
  • Symantec for its Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 client for Linux
  • Symantec Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.2 product suite 
  • Capgemini has certified its OCommerce solution on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
To see full list of Partners supporting Oracle Linux, visit our Oracle Linux Partners page.

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server

EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Hitachi Continues Its Support for Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux team and Hitachi have been collaborating for many years. As a result of this partnership, Hitachi continues to support Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on their storage platform including products like:

  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000
  • Virtual Storage Platform
  • Hitachi Unified Storage VM

For more information check the Hitachi support document

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Webinar(Nov 11):How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS

Title: Boost Performance and Cut Deployment Time with Nimble SmartStack for Oracle  

When: November 11, 11am PST/2pm EST


Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage 

For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.

In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.

SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

Register today

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Re-Cap: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and September Partner Activities and Announcements

This year Oracle OpenWorld 2014 had been a busy one for us and our Partners. It had been one of the most successful showcases we had organized so far with 15 Partners actively demonstrating their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  Many of our ISV and IHV partners announced solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. During the Showcase, we recorded some of our partners who talked about their solution:

Here's the list of announcements and updates in September from our partners which shows the collaboration and joint engineering efforts of Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams with the key ISV and IHVs:

OpenStack Solutions

Mellanox CloudX Platform now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – MarketWatch Publication

Nuage Networks Delivers SDN Integration with Oracle OpenStack with Oracle Linux – Press Release

SolidFire Announces support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – Press Release

Software Solutions

Acronis Backup Advanced is certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Requirements; Description

eG Innovations Delivers End-to-End Performance Management for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Press Release

IBM Infosphere Server pack for Siebel 3.2 has achieved Oracle Linux Ready Status

Intel – Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, “The future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World. Check out this blog.

SAP certifies Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) – Check out the blog.

SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release

Hardware Solutions

Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release

Nimblestorage unveils JD Edwards EnterpriseOne SmartStack – Publications on: InfoStor ; CNN Money; Virtual Strategy Magazine

Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays supports Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, are part of the Oracle Validated Configurations.

As you can see from the updates and participation from our partners, our ISV and IHV ecosystem is growing very rapidly with exciting offers and new certifications.

Visit our Partner pages if you want to know more about solutions from Oracle Linux Partners and Oracle VM Partners.

See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

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. 


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!


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.


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