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Pella Optimizes IT Infrastructure and Reduces License Costs With Oracle Linux and Virtualization

In this article, we will discuss how Pella transformed their IT infrastructure with a newly virtualized environment. The Pella Corporation is a privately held window and door manufacturing company headquartered in Pella, Iowa.  They have manufacturing and sales operations in a number of locations in the United States. Pella Corporation employs more than 8,000 people  with 17 manufacturing sites and 200 showrooms throughout the United States and select regions of Canada. Pella’s continuous business growth has proved to be a big challenge for the IT department.  As the company’s needs increased, its older infrastructure, which was based on Unix physical servers, struggled to keep pace.  Pella needed a more flexible platform that would allow them to easily build out capacity and improve functionality. This provided a unique opportunity for the IT team. The team wanted a reliable infrastructure that could support both the current capacity, and easily expand to accommodate growth while keeping costs to a minimum. For these reasons, the IT team decided to move to a virtualized x86-server environment.    As a long time Oracle customer, Pella was already using Oracle applications and Oracle Database.  Therefore, Pella was inclined to  evaluate Oracle’s Virtualization and Linux solutions to facilitate their IT transformation.  Oracle Linux was an obvious choice for Pella primarily because it is optimized for existing Oracle workloads.  They also decided to virtualize their environment with Oracle VM mainly for the license structure advantages. With Oracle VM, Pella is able to pin CPUs to specific VMs, which in turn translated to saving on licensing costs for Oracle applications. Today, Pella’s IT departments uses Oracle Linux in 95% of their Linux environment and Oracle VM to run all of their Linux VMs. This combination has proven to be very advantageous for multiple reasons. First, Pella has significantly reduced their IT costs, including a savings of 75% on licensing costs by switching to a virtualized environment. It also saved nearly 5x on what would have been spent on purchasing physical hardware. Second, Pella saved on CPU utilization. In its previous Unix physical environment, the utilization was 50%, now it’s down to 5%.   Thirdly, Pella has simplified its operations and streamlined their support ticket process. Because they run a large number of Oracle workloads, the team has been able to use one portal to share tickets between the DBA, Linux, and applications teams.  Having a single vendor has improved their support experience and ensured their mission-critical applications are running at their best. With its new IT platform based on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, Pella now has the ability to scale up and out as needed. It also has a reliable platform to support its manufacturing. We are proud to help customers like Pella transform their IT landscapes! Watch this video to learn more.  

In this article, we will discuss how Pella transformed their IT infrastructure with a newly virtualized environment. The Pella Corporation is a privately held window and door manufacturing company...

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Announcing Ubuntu as a supported Guest OS for Oracle Linux KVM

Oracle is pleased to announce that Oracle Linux KVM now supports Canonical Ubuntu as a guest Operating System (OS) on top of Oracle Linux KVM. Working to provide a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution, Oracle continues to introduce support for third party Linux distributions on top of Oracle Linux KVM and, today, we're announcing support for: Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Canonical Ubuntu is the latest addition to the list of supported Guest OSs, which includes Oracle Linux/CentOS/Red Hat Linux 5/6/7/8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12/15 and Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server releases. For the complete list of supported Guest OSs you can refer to the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 documentation. Consistent OS Support Having the same supported Operating Systems is crucial in a hybrid cloud solution where data and applications need to easily move between public and private clouds for greater flexibility and more deployment options. The new Canonical Ubuntu and recent SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Guest-OSs supported on top of Oracle Linux KVM means there are no gaps between Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in term of supported Guest Operating Systems; Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Platform Images, available today: Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Canonical Ubuntu 16.04 Minimal Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Canonical Ubuntu 18.04 Minimal Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Canonical Ubuntu 20.04 Minimal CentOS 6.10 CentOS 7 Oracle Linux 6.10 Oracle Linux 7.7 Oracle Linux 7.8 Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Windows Server 2019 Standard Additionally, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Partner Images, configured with BYOS (Bring Your Own Support), provide: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 For SAP SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 For SAP bringing you the same list of Operating Systems as are available on-premises with Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Hybrid Cloud Solution Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Linux KVM introduce the option to access all of the advantages of a hybrid cloud solution: Ease - Moving your workloads from Oracle Linux KVM to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is virtually seamless and allows you the opportunity to gradually migrate to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cost-effectiveness and flexibility - With Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, your organization has the ability to scale to the public cloud, whenever required, and to pay for extra computing power only when needed. Control - Your organization can control where to run workloads and services and to maintain sensitive assets on a private cloud solution with Oracle Linux KVM. Oracle Linux Resources Documentation Oracle Linux KVM User's Guide Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows Blogs Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Community Pages Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Product Training and Education Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Learning Path Data Sheets, White Papers, Videos, Training, Support & more Oracle Linux Social Media Oracle Linux on YouTube Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter

Oracle is pleased to announce that Oracle Linux KVM now supports Canonical Ubuntu as a guest Operating System (OS) on top of Oracle Linux KVM. Working to provide a best-in-class hybrid cloud solution,...

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Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers. What's New with Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5? The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5 offers both new features and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.4 release. The notable enhancements with this release include: New guest Operating System support: Support has been added for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 as a guest Operating System in Oracle VM. Performance improvements: Updates have been made to increase TCP throughout performance across the WAN and to minimize package drops under some conditions when TCP receive checksum offload is enabled. Microsoft Windows Server certification: The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.5 release has been certified in the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog and Microsoft signed drivers are included with this release. This release of the Oracle VM Windows PV Driver replaces the previous 3.4.4 release. The 3.4.5 release is fully supported with Microsoft Windows guest Virtual Machiness in Oracle VM release 3.4.6. The full list of Microsoft Windows operating systems supported, bug fixes, known issues and upgrade considerations can be found in the Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers User Guide. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.5  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3  Oracle VM Server Virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS/PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. Today we are pleased to announce Oracle VM Manager release 3.4.6.3. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3 offers an updated Oracle VM Manager (3.4.6 Build 2622) with new feature support, and security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.2 release. The notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.3 release are: Export VMs to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): Using the new Oracle VM Exporter Appliance, users will be able to migrate their Virtual Machines from their OVM environment into OCI. A new OVM Exporter Appliance is available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud that can be imported into OVM and then used to create an Exporter Appliance Virtual Machine. Users can select any of their VMs from the Manager User Interface and the Exporter Appliance VM will convert the selected VM into the OCI format and move the memory and vdisks into their tenancy account in OCI. April 2020 Critical Patch Updates added for embedded components: MySQL Oracle WebLogic Server Oracle Java With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.3,  the Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC are unchanged: For Oracle VM Server, the build version 3.4.6-2105 must be installed, then packages can be updated using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. The Oracle VM Agent for SPARC is not updated with this release and remains at the 3.4.6.2 release level. For additional information,please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Note. Oracle VM Supported Upgrade Path Oracle VM customers can easily upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.6.3 from the 3.4.x and 3.3.x releases. The steps required to complete the Manager and Server upgrades to these releases are covered in the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide. Oracle VM Product Support Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.3 replaces the previous 3.4.6.2 release on My Oracle Support. Oracle continues to support Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Lifetime Support Policy: Coverage for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.3  Oracle VM Server Virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise...

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.4.  Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager versions 4.3.6 and 4.2.8 are certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 base platform and agent using Enterprise Manager for Virtualization Plug-in version 13.4.1.0.0. This enables the registration and monitoring of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager releases 4.3.6 and 4.2.8. This support and certification includes the recent release updates for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is registered and monitored using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Cloud Administration Guide. For further details on the monitoring of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager using Oracle Enterprise Manager please refer to this whitepaper. For further information on the exciting features of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please refer here. For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 please refer here. For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.4 release update 1 refer here and for update 2 refer here.    

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 13.4.  Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager versions 4.3.6 and 4.2.8 are...

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Announcing Oracle VM 3 Extended Support

Oracle is pleased to offer Extended Support for Oracle VM 3. The Extended Support period will become effective at the end of the Premier Support period in March, 2021 and will end on March 31, 2024. This new Oracle VM lifecycle phase can be reviewed in the updated Lifetime Support Policy. What is included with Oracle VM 3 Extended Support: 24/7/365 support Unlimited service requests Critical security errata and select high-impact bug fixes What is not included with Oracle VM 3 Extended Support: New hardware support Backport of fixes Full details on what is covered by the Premier Support and Extended Support options can be found in the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support Policies document. Oracle VM is covered by Oracle's Lifetime Support policy and even at the end of Extended Support, Oracle VM customers with a Premier Support subscription will continue to be covered with Sustaining Support. Oracle VM 3 Extended Support coverage has a surcharge over the Oracle Premier Support subscription pricing. Pricing and additional details can be found in the Oracle Linux Support and Oracle VM Support Global Price List. Oracle server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. As part of our commitment to openness and providing customers with flexibility, Oracle VM 3 Extended Support gives greater choice about when to move systems to a new generation of Oracle server virtualization software. Oracle VM Storage Connect Program The Oracle VM Storage Connect Program is no longer open to development of new vendor-specific plugins. Customers are encouraged to use existing storage plugins from third-party vendors, as listed on Oracle VM Storage Connect Plugins website, or the Generic Oracle VM Storage Connect plugin. Oracle VM Software Download Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download Oracle VM, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Download page. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost.

Oracle is pleased to offer Extended Support for Oracle VM 3. The Extended Support period will become effective at the end of the Premier Support period in March, 2021 and will end on March 31, 2024....

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Oracle Secure Global Desktop Solaris Support

The current version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.50.093 requires Oracle Linux 7.6+ as the only supported installation platform. Previous versions of Oracle Secure Global Desktop provided binaries to also install on Solaris x86 and SPARC. The last version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop to support Solaris x86 and SPARC as installation platform is 5.40.935 which is out of premier support by the end of April 2020. It is important to note that Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.x will continue to support Solaris x86 and SPARC as application servers and continues to provide the enhancement modules for these operating systems and architectures. For more information please see the Knowledge Management article Support for SGD Deployments on Solaris Platforms (Doc ID 2664975.1) References that may also be helpful: (Doc ID 2093579.2) - SGD Release Announcement Reference "An index of all available updates for any version of SGD." (Doc ID 2556032.1) - Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.5 for Oracle Linux is Now Available Provides an overview of new features / changes in this release. (Doc ID 2629926.1) - Maintenance Updates for Secure Global Desktop 5.5 Includes a summary of latest fixes delivered for the 5.5 product family. (Doc ID 1478170.1) - Oracle Desktop Virtualization Software Lifetime Support Schedule

The current version of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.50.093 requires Oracle Linux 7.6+ as the only supported installation platform. Previous versions of Oracle Secure Global Desktop provided binaries...

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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, release 4.3. This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. This release is based on the 4.3.6 release of the open source oVirt project. New Features with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 In addition to the base virtualization management features required to operate your data center, notable features added with the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 release include: Self-Hosted Engine: The oVirt Self-Hosted Engine is a hyper-converged solution in which the oVirt engine runs on a virtual machine on the hosts managed by that engine. The virtual machine is created as part of the host configuration, and the engine is installed and configured in parallel to the host configuration process. The primary benefit of the Self-Hosted Engine is that it requires less hardware to deploy an instance of the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager as the engine runs as a virtual machine, not on physical hardware. Additionally, the engine is configured to be highly available. If the Oracle Linux host running the engine virtual machine goes into maintenance mode, or fails unexpectedly, the virtual machine will be migrated automatically to another Oracle Linux host in the environment. Gluster File System 6.0: oVirt has been integrated with GlusterFS, an open source scale-out distributed filesystem, to provide a hyper-converged solution where both compute and storage are provided from the same hosts. Gluster volumes residing on the hosts are used as storage domains in oVirt to store the virtual machine images. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is run as the Self Hosted Engine within a virtual machine on these hosts. GlusterFS 6.0 is released as an Oracle Linux 7 program. Virt-v2v: The virt-v2v tool converts a single guest from another hypervisor to run on Oracle Linux KVM. It can read Linux and Windows Virtual Machines running on Oracle VM or other hypervisors, and convert them to KVM machines managed by Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. New guest OS support: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager guest operating system support has been extended to include Oracle Linux 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, CentOS 8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12 SP5 and SLES 15 SP1. oVirt 4.3 features and bug fixes: Improved performance when running Windows as a guest OS. Included with this release are the latest Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows. Higher level of security with TLSv1 and TLSv1.1 protocols now disabled for vdsm communications. Numerous engine, vdsm, UI, and bug fixes. More information on these features can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library which has been updated for this release. Visit the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training website for videos, documents, other useful links, and further information on setting up and managing this solution. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premise data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor available on Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. This 4.3 release is an update release for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2. Getting Started Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.3 can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Customers that have already deployed Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2 can upgrade to 4.3 using these same sites. Two new channels have been created in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to install or update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: oVirt 4.3 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager oVirt 4.3 Extra Packages - additional packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 hosts can be installed with installation media (ISO images) available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Step-by-step instructions to download the Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 ISO can be found on the Oracle Linux Community website. Using the "Minimal Install" option during the installation process sets up a base KVM system which can then be updated using the KVM Utilities channel in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories. These KVM enhancements and other important packages for your Oracle Linux KVM host can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server and the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network: Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 UEK Release 5 - Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 packages for Oracle Linux 7 KVM Utilities - KVM enhancements (QEMU and libvirt) for Oracle Linux 7 Optional Latest - Latest optional packages released for Oracle Linux 7 Gluster 6 Packages - Latest Gluster 6 packages for Oracle Linux 7 Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Resources Oracle Linux Resources Oracle Virtualization Resources Oracle Linux yum server Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Training

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager, release 4.3. This server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor,...

Training

Easy Steps to Use Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

To get you up and running with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager training, we offer a series of free, short videos.  The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager system is based on the oVirt project and provides an easily deployed server virtualization management platform supporting configuration, monitoring and management of an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager delivers high performance with a modern web UI. It provides a suite of virtualization management features required to operate your data center, and includes snapshot and role based access management functions. Oracle Linux KVM is the hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future. Get started on your learning path today with: Installing the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager engine Deploying the virtualized components of your server platform Managing user and group security and permissions Networking your environment components Implementing various common storage solutions for your virtual data center Videos are updated and added on and ongoing basis so check back regularly to see what's new. Resources: Oracle Linux Curriculum Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Announcement Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Oracle Virtualization Blog

To get you up and running with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager training, we offer a series of free, short videos.  The Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager system is based on the oVirt project...

Events

Join the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team in London at Oracle OpenWorld Europe

The Oracle OpenWorld Global Series continues with our next stop at ExCeL London, February 12–13, 2020. With just 5 days left to register, you’ll want to sign up now for your complementary pass and reserve your place. Across the two days, you can immerse yourself in the infinite possibilities of a data-driven world. Wednesday, 12 February | Insight Starts Here | Outpace Change with Intelligence Explore how leading companies—faced with an ever-accelerating pace of change—are unlocking insights with data to re-engineer the core of their business, elevate the value they deliver to customers, pioneer new ways of working, and drive completely new opportunities. Thursday, 13 February | Innovation Starts Here | Technology-Powered Possibilities Dive deep into the transformational and autonomous technologies fundamentally changing work and life. Fuel innovation by pulling value from vast amounts of data at scale and unleashing opportunities with AI and machine learning and a long list of featured speakers and luminaries. We look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to add these two sessions to your agenda: Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Software Development, will present a Solution Keynote: Cloud Platform and Middleware Strategy and Roadmap [SOL1194-LON] Thursday, Feb 13 | 09:00 - 10:20 | Arena F - Zone 6 In this session, Wim Coekaerts will discuss the strategy and vision for Oracle’s comprehensive cloud platform services and on-premise software. Customers are on a number of journeys to the cloud: moving and modernizing workloads out of data centers; transitioning off on-premises apps to SaaS; innovating with new API-first, chatbot-based container native applications; optimizing IT operations and security from the cloud; and getting real-time insight leveraging big data and analytics from the cloud. Hear from customers about how they leverage Oracle Cloud for their digital transformation. And hear how Oracle’s application development, integration, systems management, and security solutions leverage artificial intelligence to drive cost savings and operational efficiency for hybrid and multicloud ecosystems. Simon Coter, Product Management Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, delivers a Breakout Session: Tools and Techniques for Modern Cloud Native Development [SES1270-LON]  Thursday, Feb 13 | 13:05 - 13:40 | Arena C - Zone 2 Simon Coter will explore the tools, techniques, and strategies you can apply using Oracle Linux to help you evolve toward a cloud native future. On-premise or in the cloud, you'll learn how Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment enables you to deploy reliable, secure, and scalable applications. You will also discover how Kubernetes, Docker, CRI-O, and Kata Containers, available for free with Oracle Linux Premier Support, and Oracle VM VirtualBox deliver an exceptional DevSecOps solution. Explore all of the conference’s content through the detailed content catalogue and attend keynote sessions and other sessions of your interest. Join Us at The Exchange | Zone 3 Talk with product experts and experience the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization technologies first hand. You’ll find us at two stands in Zone 3 of The Exchange. Don’t miss the Raspberry Pi “Mini” Super Computer search for aliens!  @ Groundbreakers Hub | Zone 3    Mini is the sibling of Super Pi, the super computer demonstrated at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco in October, 2019, and among the top 10 Raspberry Pi projects last year.  Mini is a portable Pi cluster in a large pelican-like case on wheels with 84 Raspberry Pi 3B+ boards running Oracle Linux 8. Check out Mini as it searches for aliens with SETI@home.   Bold ideas. Breakthrough technologies. Better possibilities. It all starts here. Register now. We look forward to meeting you in London. Join the conversation: @OracleLinux @OracleOpenWorld #OOWLON #OracleTux

The Oracle OpenWorld Global Series continues with our next stop at ExCeL London, February 12–13, 2020. With just 5 days left to register, you’ll want to sign up now for your complementary passand...

Announcements

Announcing the First Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM

We are proud to announce the first Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. The new Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager supplies powerful automation. It is built on cloud-init, the same technology used today on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The template has been built with the following components/options: Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 x86_64 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 - kernel-uek-4.14.35-1902.5.2.2.el7uek.x86_64 Red Hat Compatible Kernel - kernel-3.10.0-1062.1.2.el7.x86_64 8GB of RAM 15GB of OS virtual disk Downloading Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM is available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Search for "Oracle Linux KVM" and select "Oracle Linux KVM Templates for Oracle Linux" Click on the "Add to Cart" button and then click on "Checkout" in the right upper corner. On the following window, select "Linux-x86_64" and click on the "Continue" button: Accept the "Oracle Standard Terms and Restrictions" to continue and, on the following window, click on "V988166-01.zip" to download the Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and on "V988167-01.zip" to download the README with instructions: Further information Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM allows you to configure different options on the first boot for your Virtual Machine; cloud-init options configured on Oracle Linux 7 Template are: VM Hostname define the Virtual Machine hostname Configure Timezone define the Virtual Machine timezone (within an existing available list) Authentication Username define a custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine Password Verify Password define the password for the custom Linux user on the Virtual Machine SSH Authorized Keys SSH authorized keys to get password-less access to the Virtual Machine Regenerate SSH Keys Option to regenerate the Virtual Machine Host SSH Keys Networks DNS Servers define the Domain Name Servers for the Virtual Machine DNS Search Domains define the Domain Name Servers Search Domain for the Virtual Machine In-guest Network Interface Name define the virtual-NIC device name for the Virtual Machine (ex. eth0) Custom script Execute a custom-script at the end of the cloud-init configuration process All of those options can be easily managed by "Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager" web interface by editing the Virtual Machine and enabling "Cloud-Init/Sysprep" option: Further details on how to import and use the Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM are available in this Technical Article on Simon Coter's Oracle Blog. Oracle Linux KVM & Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network for additional resources on Oracle Linux support. Oracle Linux Resources Documentation Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Documentation Blogs Oracle Linux Blog Oracle Virtualization Blog Community Pages Oracle Linux Product Training and Education Oracle Linux Administration - Training and Certification Data Sheets, White Papers, Videos, Training, Support & more Oracle Linux Social Media Oracle Linux on YouTube Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter

We are proud to announce the first Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. The new Oracle Linux 7 Template for Oracle Linux KVM and Oracle Linux...

Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager support with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4

We are excited to announce support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager within Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4; for further details on the 13.4 release please refer to the following resources: Press Release, Documentation and Software Download. For further details on Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please refer here. This support is for registration and monitoring of multiple Oracle Linux Virtualization Managers with active management coming in a later release. The registration process is similar to that currently supported for Oracle VM Server using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c. Once registered all logical entities such as Data-centers, Clusters, Servers and Guest VM's within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager are modeled within the Target Navigation View.   Each layer is modeled as a target within Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Datacentre View: Cluster View: Virtualization Server View: Guest VM View: Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager View: All available metrics from each layer are captured within the portal with easy integration within the existing incident rules framework within Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c: Datacenter Metrics: Cluster Metrics: Virtualization Server Metrics:  

We are excited to announce support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager within Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.4; for further details on the 13.4 release please refer to the following resources: Pr...

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 with these two releases. The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.6.2; use the various patch readme files for further information. Some of these bundle patches are November 2019 and at the time of writing are the latest available. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203518 EMBP Patch Set Update 13.2.0.0.191015 - 30444214: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.191031 For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 30341254: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.191031 - 30444046: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.191031 (Agent Discovery) - 29893662: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203475 EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.191015 - 30543906: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.191130 For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 30435104: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.191130 - 30437794 EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.191031 (Agent Discovery) - 29906157 EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle VM is registered, monitored and managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide. For further information on the exciting new features of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 please refer here. For further information on Enterprise Manager 13c please refer here.

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.2 w...

Announcements

Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2 offers an updated Oracle VM Manager with security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.1 release. The notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.2 release are: Additional Linux guest OS support—Oracle Linux 8.x, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x, and CentOS 8.x guest operating systems are now supported MySQL—October 2019 Critical Patch Update (CPU) Oracle WebLogic Server—October 2019 CPU Oracle Java—October 2019 CPU The Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.2 release includes cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6.1 release. With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.1 a new release model was established, which resulted in the following changes to the release process: Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.2 (Build 2424) and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.2 (Build 2232) are released as new build versions, which can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, My Oracle Support, or the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. For Oracle VM Server, the build version 3.4.6-2105 must be installed, then packages can be updated using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. Oracle VM Server will stay at build version 3.4.6-2105, with updates delivered via yum. For additional information, please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Notes. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle VM Downloads page on oracle.com. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.2  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 now available!

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This release enhances the tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on premise and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks. Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 introduces the option to "Import from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure" which allows an Instance or Virtual Machine (VM) environment to run locally on your x86 desktop system. A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop. Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle Linux KVM, or other server virtualization solutions. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems. What's New with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 ? The 6.1 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 include: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Support for Import Appliance: Oracle VM VirtualBox supports the import of VMs from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure by launching the Import Appliance feature. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Enhanced Support for Export Appliance: Extended support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing the creation of multiple VMs without re-uploading. The ability to export a VM to the cloud using the more efficient "paravirtialized" variant, and to specify free-form tags for cloud images. Enhanced Support for Nested Virtualization: Support for nested virtualization enables you to install a hypervisor, such as Oracle VM VirtualBox or KVM, on an Oracle VM VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows Oracle VM VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment. Intel processors starting with 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i (Broadwell) are supported. Previously, this feature was only available on host systems that use an AMD CPU. Graphics: Improved 3D support (VBoxSVGA and VMSVGA). Older 3D support (VBoxVGA) has been removed. GUI: Embedded editors, mouse pointer improvements, improved Virtual Machine Groups, enhanced Storage Settings and more. Linux Host/Guest: Support for Linux Kernel 5.4. EFI for Virtual Machines: Updated firmware, NVRAM support, support for APFS filesystem, support for non-standard SATA/NVMe devices, support for Legacy OS X releases. Virtualization core: Drop recompiler, i.e. running VMs now needs a CPU supporting hardware virtualization. Technology Preview Features Shared Clipboard: Experimental feature for file transfers (Windows hosts/guests only at the moment) between VMs. This feature needs to be enabled by VBoxManage (it is disabled by default) and it's not officially supported (Tech Preview). For the complete list of enhancements and further details check the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 Release Notes. Oracle VM VirtualBox Upgrade Path Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded to the 6.1 release from prior supported releases. Oracle VM VirtualBox Product Support Oracle VM VirtualBox supports a variety of "Host" and "Guest" operating systems. Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1 Release Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle VM VirtualBox on Twitter Oracle Linux on Facebook Oracle Linux on Twitter Additional Resources VirtualBox 6.1 in Action: Import Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Instance to Oracle VM VirtualBox VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet Oracle Linux Vagrant Boxes: Official Repository Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This...

Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 & 13.2 support for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.2

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.2 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c versions 13.3 and 13.2. For further details on the new features of PCA 2.4.2 please refer to the release notes within the PCA documentation. PCA 2.4.1 provided support for updated compute nodes as well as new network switches within the PCA X8 rack only. PCA 2.4.2 provides support for the PCA X8 and X5 racks. OEM 13.3 with patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.2 for PCA X8 and X5. OEM 13.3 supports PCA versions: 2.4.2, 2.4.1 and 2.3.x OEM 13.2 with patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.2 for PCA X5 only. Therefore, if you have a PCA X8 and are currently running OEM 13.2 then you need to upgrade to OEM 13.3. OEM 13.2 supports PCA versions: 2.4.2 and 2.3.x For further details on OEM and PCA discovery and monitoring please refer to the documentation. Step 1: Update the following Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-ins For OEM 13.3, the following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.3.1 or later, Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.3.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.3.2 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.3.2 or later. For OEM 13.2, the following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.2.3 or later, Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.2.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.2.3 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.2.2 or later. To download a later version, follow the documentation; check the versions of the VT, CFW, SI and SSA plug-in and if required update to the latest version. Step 2: Install patches on the Oracle Enterprise Manger Server (OMS) and PCA management node agent: Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU’s (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following document to determine the version of your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM 13c: How to Determine the Patch Set Update (PSU) Applied to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS and the Bundle Patch applied to Plug-ins and Agent. This document also refers to a master document: Master Note for Enterprise Manager Proactive Patch Program Doc ID 822485.1 which has links to documents for the latest PSU (Patch Set Update), agent and plugin patches. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and Agents are at the latest PSU, plugin and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches. The following patches have been tested for use with PCA 2.4.2. Use the various patch readme files for further information. OEM 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203475 [EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.191015] - 30401335 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.191031] - 30401343 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.2.0.191031] Note: Both oms plugin patches listed above are required. For the PCA Management Agent: - 30341194 [EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.191031] - 29906157 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)] - 30437794 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.191031 (Agent Discovery)] - 30435795 [EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.2.0.191031 (Agent side monitoring)] OEM 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 30203518 [EMBP Patch Set Update 13.2.0.0.191015] - 26726315 OMS one off patch - 30444214 [enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.191031] For the PCA Management Agent: - 23171535 [EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.191031] - 22972354 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190630 (Agent Monitoring)] - 30444046 [EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.191031 (Agent Discovery)] - 23023945 [EM SI Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190731 (Agent side monitoring)] Step 3: Follow the PCA 2.4.2 discovery process within the documentation.    

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.2 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c versions 13.3 and 13.2. For further details on the new...

Announcements

Updated Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud now available!

We are proud to announce the updated Images for Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle Restart (SIHA) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, for test and production environments. The automation is driven by the same framework that powers the decade long Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database which have thousands of downloads and customers using it. Automatically deploy a fully functional Database environment by pasting a simple cloud-config script. The deployment allows for basic customization of the environment, further configurations, like adding extra disks, NICs, is possible post-deployment and the framework allows for simple cleanup and re-deployment. This updated release includes ALL the latest bits for Oracle Database Releases: 19.5.0.0, 18.8.0.0 and 12.2.0.1 patched to October 2019 PSU/RU (.191015) Oracle Linux release 7 Update 7 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 Update 2 Same updated images are also available, on-premise, as Oracle VM Templates for the Oracle Database and further information are available on "VM Templates for Oracle Database" webpage; additional Oracle Database Template releases for Oracle VM are also available and details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration 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 and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Cluster instance. Both solutions, based on same kind of automation, can really help to build your automation for Hybrid Cloud solution for the Oracle Database.   To get further details on Oracle Cloud Images or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle Cloud Images for Oracle Database Oracle Database - Oracle Cloud Marketplace Technical article: Oracle Database deployment on Oracle Cloud Oracle Database Cloud Services Oracle Database Documentation   Oracle VM Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper

We are proud to announce the updated Images for Oracle Database on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Oracle Database Images for Oracle Cloud provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle...

Join Wim Coekaerts, Oracle SVP, for a webinar: What you need to know about Oracle Autonomous Linux

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 In this webinar, Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Software Development at Oracle will discuss the world's first Autonomous Linux and the benefits it offers customers. Today, security and data protection are among the biggest challenges faced by IT. Keeping systems up to date and secure involves tasks that can be error prone and extremely difficult to manage in large-scale environments. Learn how Oracle is helping to solve these challenges. Automation is driving the cloud Automating common management tasks to greatly reduce complexity and human error Delivering increased security and reducing downtime by self-patching, self-updating, and known exploit detection Freeing up critical IT resources to tackle more strategic initiatives Full application compatibility How to configure automation in your private clouds - reducing cost This webinar will be held at three times on November 19, 2019, to accommodate global locations. Please use the link below to register for the session in your region/local time zone. APAC | 01:00 PM Singapore Time | Register EMEA | 10:00 AM (GMT) Europe / London Time | Register North America | 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time / 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time | Register During the webinar you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. Please join us.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 In this webinar, Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Software Development at Oracle will discuss the world's first Autonomous Linux and the benefits it offers...

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 & Oracle Code One – It’s a Wrap!

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and Oracle Code One went by in a flash. It was a wonderful week, packed with great content. There was a fun new vibe at the conference, lots of learning, and much to inspire and celebrate. Below are some of the Oracle Linux and virtualization highlights. We launched Oracle Autonomous Linux, which marks a major milestone in the company’s autonomous strategy. Oracle Autonomous Linux, along with the new Oracle OS Management Service, is the first and only autonomous operating environment that helps greatly reduce complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security, and availability for customers. For more details, watch the highlights from the keynote announcement, listen to an interview with Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, and read the news release, blog, and website. Go to Oracle Cloud Marketplace to get started. We learned more about Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment; container orchestration with Kubernetes and Kata; how to use the Developer Image for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; setting up a kernel-based VM with Oracle Linux; securing systems with zero-downtime using Oracle Ksplice; developing for the cloud with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox, the impact of selecting the right infrastructure software from first-hand customer experiences, and more. In this interview, Wim Coekaerts talks about what Oracle is doing to help make things easier for developers – across apps, database, and infrastructure – whether the target is deployment in the cloud or on premise. Hardware partners Dell Technologies and Lenovo, who work with the Oracle Linux and virtualization team to certify their hardware through the HCL program to run our software,  showcased joint solutions, while in a session about optimizing environments, Cisco shared how the company uses Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux. Several sessions covered more about the interconnect collaboration between Microsoft and Oracle, in which our team is closely involved. We celebrated our amazing customers! To all those who joined us at the conference, we appreciate your time and hope you found the demonstrations, sessions, keynotes, and 1:1s valuable. Sharing your experiences helps drive innovation. Your feedback, knowledge, and perspectives are vital in helping us deliver industry-leading products and services. Making you successful with your Oracle Linux and virtualization deployments – on premise or in the cloud – is among our most important goals and a tremendously rewarding achievement. It was a pleasure to host the Developer Appreciation Event where we shared some brews, casual conversation, and demos including Oracle Linux, Oracle VM VirtualBox, GraalVM, Helidon, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle Integration Cloud, and Oracle Content and Experience. Oracle CloudFest.19 at the Chase Center was a big hit. The performers and the venue were superb! It was a special honor to recognize eight of our customers with the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards for their leadership in infrastructure transformation. Congratulations! Tell us about your Oracle OpenWorld and Code One highlights via the comments section. Until next year, it's a wrap!   #OOW19  #CodeOne #OracleLinux  #OracleAutonomousLinux

Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and Oracle Code One went by in a flash. It was a wonderful week, packed with great content. There was a fun new vibe at the conference, lots of learning, and much to inspire and...

Announcements

Updated Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM, for test and production environments. This updated release includes ALL the latest bits for Oracle Database Releases (19.4.0.0, 18.7.0.0, 12.2.0.1 and 12.1.0.2) patched to July 2019 PSU/RU, Oracle Linux release 7.7 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 Release 2 (4.14.35-1902.5.2). The latest bits now available are: [Sep 2019] Patch number 29940043 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 19c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (19.4.0.0.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 29990708 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.7.0.0.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 29990707 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.190716) Oracle Linux 7 Update 7 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Sep 2019] Patch number 30050001 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.190716) Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 with UEK Release 4 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs Additional Oracle Database releases are available. Details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration 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 and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Cluster instance.   To get further details on Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper In related news, we are also working to get updated Oracle Database image on Oracle Cloud MarketPlace, making it easy to deploy updated Oracle Database releases on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This solution offers the same easy, automated deployment experience as with Oracle VM Templates, which have been proven and available for many years.

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of...

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Oracle Announces 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. This year, our 8 award recipients were selected from among hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 8 different countries: Australia, Austria, China, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk Oracle is pleased to honor these leaders who have delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. This year’s winners are Jan-Pier Loonstra, enterprise infrastructure architect, KPN; Laszlo Beres, engineering manager, GVC Holdings; Prasanta Kumar Nayak, deputy general manager (systems), State Bank of India; Ryan Lea, solution consultant, CCL: Together with Revera; Sumesh Vadassary, software development director, PayPal, Inc.; Suping Dong, CEO, Bowmicro Ltd.; Yasushi Taki, CEO, CTO and founder, JustPlayer Co., Ltd.; Vivek Jaiswal, group general manager DevSpecOps Shared Services, National Roads and Motorist Association Australia. More information on these winners can be found here.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle...

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Oracle VM Ksplice patches available

Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. Oracle VM and Ksplice Oracle VM was enhanced last year to offer additional support for Ksplice technology.  In addition to the base Ksplice kernel patching support, Ksplice on Oracle VM was extended to add patching for the Xen hypervisor, glibc, openssl and QEMU packages.  All of these components can now be patched in Oracle VM without rebooting your server.  This an important feature for many data center managers that need a high level of security and up-time for all of their Virtual Machines. Latest Ksplice packages released for Oracle VM The Oracle VM team continues to deliver security patches to the Oracle Yum site and the Unbreakable Linux Network as soon as possible depending on the complexity and embargo period for the vulnerability.  Ksplice aware versions of the security patches are delivered to ULN for customers that have Oracle VM Premier Support.  As few recent examples of these OVM Ksplice aware packages include: Xen (OVMSA-2019- 0016) - security patch for XSA-297, XSA-284, CVE-2019-11091, CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12130, CVE-2018-12127 (Micro-architectural Data Sampling fix for Intel x86 processors) Openssl (OVMSA-2019-0040) - security patch for CVE-2019-1559 UEKR4 (ELSA-2019-4739) - UEK version 4.1.12-124.30.1 for CVE-2019-13631. Additional Oracle VM and Ksplice Information For the latest Oracle VM product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization. For the latest Oracle Ksplice product information, please visit https://www.ksplice.com/

Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as...

Top 10 Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2019

The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team welcomes you to Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One 2019, September 16-19, in San Francisco. We look forward to bringing you – our customers and partners – together with product experts, executives, and industry luminaries to discuss the future and highlight new developments. The lineup of keynotes and sessions will help answer your questions and enable you to bring your best ideas to bear on your business strategies. Hands on Labs and Developer sessions will offer deep dives into the technologies you need to drive innovation. Remember to register for sessions ahead of time to make sure you have a seat.  To help you plan your time, below is a sampling of the Linux and Virtualization sessions.  Top 10 Sessions, and a few more… Date Session Title/Speaker Time Location Monday, September 16 Building Government-Grade Secure Systems Using Open Source Customer Case Study Session Speakers: Kai Martius, Chief Technical Officer, secunet Security Networks AG Honglin Su, Senior Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 09:00 a.m. - 09:45 a.m. Moscone South Room 155A   App Development with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure/Oracle Autonomous Database: Get Started Developer Session Speaker: Sergio Leunissen, Vice President, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development 01:30 p.m. - 02:15 p.m. Moscone South Room 201   Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Behind the Scenes: Deep Dive into the Software Conference Session Speaker: Rita Ousterhout, Senior Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 155A   Using Oracle's Cloud Native Environment to Kickstart Your Private Cloud Conference Session Speakers: Michele Casey, Senior Director, Oracle Linux Product Management Tom Cocozzello, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Development David Gilpin, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Linux 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 155B   Open Container Virtualization: Security of Virtualization, Speed of Containers Customer Session Speakers: Katsuaki Shimadera, Security Architect, Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd. Simon Coter, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 02:45 p.m. - 03:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B Tuesday, September 17 Oracle’s Open Cloud Infrastructure Strategy  Executive Session Speaker: Ajay Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization, Oracle 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 210     Cloud Platform and Middleware Strategy Roadmap  Executive Session Speaker: Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle 12:30 p.m. – 01:15 p.m. YCBA Theater   Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin  Executive Session Speaker: Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 01:45 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 210   Strategic Considerations to Achieve Business Impact with Cloud Native Projects Conference Session Speaker: Mickey Bharat, Senior Director, Worldwide Embedded Sales, Oracle Linux and Virtualization 03:15 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B   How to Get Started with Cloud Native Theater Session Speaker: Karen Sigman, Vice President, Product and Partner Marketing 04:00 p.m. - 04:20 p.m. The Exchange, Moscone South  Theater 1   Securing Oracle Linux 7 Conference Session Speakers: Erik Benner, Vice President of Enterprise Transformation, Mythics, Inc. Avi Miller, Senior Manager, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 04:15 p.m. - 05:00 p.m. Moscone South  Room 210   Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox: The Enterprise Cloud Development Platform Product Overview and Roadmap Session Speaker: Simon Coter, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 05:15 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. Moscone South Room 152B Wednesday, September 18 Oracle's Infrastructure Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises Executive Session Speakers: Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering Ali Alasti, SVP, Hardware Development, x86 Management Ajay Srivastava, SVP, Operating Systems and Virtualization 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   YCBA Theater   Oracle Linux: A Cloud-Ready, Optimized Platform for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Customer Session Speakers: Ryan Volkmann, Senior Manager IT PMO, Nidec Julie Wong, Director, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Product Management 04:45 p.m. - 05:30 p.m. Moscone South Room 152D   Understanding the Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment Developer Session Speaker: Michele Casey, Senior Director, Oracle Linux Product Management 05:00 p.m. - 05:45 p.m. Moscone South  Room 206 Add these sessions to your schedule and don't forget to bookmark the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Program Guide for more details on these and all of our other sessions. #OOW19 and #CodeOne will provide opportunities to discover innovative technologies, get answers to your most important questions, and foster ideas with like-minded peers. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on Hands-on-Labs (HOLs) and demo areas in The Exchange in the coming days. We look forward to spending time with you at Oracle OpenWorld 2019!

The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team welcomes you to Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One 2019, September 16-19, in San Francisco. We look forward to bringing you – our customers and partners –...

Training

Learn to Fast-Track Oracle Private Cloud At Customer Goals

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through key tasks. Private Cloud at Customer is a flexible subscription model for on-premises IaaS. With Private Cloud at Customer, you can achieve control over regulatory issues, data privacy, and governance; tight integration with your network security; and low latency for on-premises applications and data. Administrators and users work with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, which provides monitoring, metering, and self-service portal, enabling IaaS out of the box.  Oracle Private Cloud at Customer enables rapid application deployment of Oracle products with prebuilt Oracle VM templates. You can deploy Oracle applications such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) and middleware in minutes. The Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path training provides: Training for the customer administrator covers tasks to: Create artifacts for launching virtual machines, or servers Allocate storage, network, CPU and memory resources by setting quotas for users Monitor resource usage across the environment Set up plans for charging users for consumed resources Training for the customer user covers tasks to: Deploy virtual machines, or servers Support virtual machines with adequate storage, CPU, and memory resources Implement network connectivity as decided by IaaS administrators Design and employ policies that control virtual machine operation Manage personal library space for storing virtual machines and related artifacts Monitor charges for consumed resources Resources: Private Cloud at Customer documentation Private Cloud at Customer product pages Private Cloud at Customer datasheet Oracle VM Virtual Appliances

Put your private cloud deployment goals on the fast track with the Oracle Private Cloud at Customer learning path, a series of short video that walk customer administrators and users through...

Announcements

Getting started with Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.  Installing the new Manager and getting Oracle Linux KVM servers connected for your test or development environment is simple and can be done very quickly. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.8 can be installed from the Oracle Linux Yum Server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network.  The steps to get up and running from these two sites are outlined below: Oracle Linux Yum Server. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine. # yum install https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/ovirt42/x86_64/ovirt-release42.rpm # yum install ovirt-engine Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines. Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Install Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 on the host machine. Log in to https://linux.oracle.com with your ULN user name and password. On the Systems tab, click the link named for the host registered machine. On the System Details page, click Manage Subscriptions. On the System Summary page, subscribe to the following channels: ol7_x86_64_latest ol7_x86_64_optional_latest ol7_x86_64_kvm_utils ol7_x86_64_ovirt42 ol7_x86_64_ovirt42_extras ol7_x86_64_gluster312 ol7_x86_64_UEKR5 Click Save Subscriptions. # yum install ovirt-engine Run the engine-setup command to configure Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. Add Oracle Linux KVM Compute Hosts, Storage and Logical Networks - and then create your new Virtual Machines. For additional information on setting up your Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager please review the Installation Guide and the Getting Started Guide which are available from the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

Oracle recently announced the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage...

Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 support for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.1

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c version 13.3.  For further details on the new features of PCA 2.4.1 please refer to the release notes within the PCA documentation. PCA 2.4.1 has updated compute nodes as well as new network switches. OEM 13.3 with the following patches provides full support for the discovery and monitoring of PCA 2.4.1 and its updated components. For further details on OEM 13.3 and PCA discovery and monitoring please refer to the documentation. Step 1: Update the following Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-ins The following plug-ins should be at the following versions: Virtualization (VT) 13.3.1 or later,Cloud Framework (CFW) 13.3.2 or later, Systems Infrastructure (SI) 13.3.2 or later and Oracle Cloud Application (SSA) 13.3.2 or later. To download a later version, follow the documentation; check the versions of the VT, CFW, SI and SSA plug-in and if required update to the latest version.  Step 2: Install patches on the Oracle Enterprise Manger 13.3 Server (OMS) and PCA management node agent: Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU’s (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following document to determine the version of your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM 13c: How to Determine the Patch Set Update (PSU) Applied to the Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control OMS and the Bundle Patch applied to Plug-ins and Agent. This document also refers to a master document: Master Note for Enterprise Manager Proactive Patch Program Doc ID 822485.1 which has links to documents for the latest PSU (Patch Set Update), agent and plugin patches. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and Agents are at the latest PSU, plugin and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches. The following patches have been tested for use with PCA 2.4.1. Use the various patch readme files for further information. The EMBP PSU is recommended with all other patches being mandatory. For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): -29433931– EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU)13.3.0.0.190416 -29893537– Enterprise Manager for oms plugins -29893547 – Enterprise Manager for oms plugins Note: Both oms plugin patches listed above are required. For the PCA Management Agent: -29816797- EM-Agent bundle patch -29906157- EM VT Plugin Monitoring patch  -29906178- EM VT Plugin Discovery patch -29929696 – EM SI Agent Monitoring bundle patch Step 3: Follow the PCA 2.4.1 discovery process within the documentation.  

We are pleased to announce the support and certification for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.4.1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) 13c version 13.3.  For further details on the new features of...

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Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release is now available

Announcing Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. What's new with the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release? The Oracle VM Manager errata release adds in the Weblogic patch for CVE-2019-2729.  This is the only change from the 3.4.6.1 Manager release announced on June 18, 2019  Errata release download  This errata release is Build 2265 and it has replaced the previous Build 2207 that was first posted for Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1.  The Manager software ISO's available from My Oracle Support, Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud have all been updated to Build 2265. Customers that already upgraded to Build 2207 can do a simple Manager upgrade with Build 2265 to patch their Manager.  Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6 can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 errata release  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability...

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 Certification with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 with these two releases. The following patches are recommended and have been tested for use with Oracle VM 3.4.6.1; use the various patch readme files for further information. Some of these bundle patches are May 2019 and at the time of writing are the latest available. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.2: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 29433916: EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.2.0.0.190416 - 29762593: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.2.3.0.190531   For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 29682896: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.2.0.0.190531 - 29047635: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.181231 (Agent Discovery) - 29389403: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.2.3.0.190228 (Agent Monitoring)   Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3: For the Enterprise Manager Server (OMS): - 29433931: EMBP Patch Set Update (PSU) 13.3.0.0.190416 - 29762579: enterprise manager for oms plugins 13.3.1.0.190531   For the Oracle VM Manager Agent: - 29683457: EM-AGENT Bundle Patch 13.3.0.0.190531 - 29389796: EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.190228 (Agent Monitoring) Oracle VM is registered, monitored and managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide. For further information on the exciting new features of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 please refer here. For further information on Enterprise Manager 13c please refer here.

We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.6.1 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.3. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.6.1...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1? Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1 offers updated versions of the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, delivering security updates, and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.6 release. Notable updates in the Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 release are: MySQL—April 2019 Critical Patch Update (CPU). Oracle WebLogic Server—April 2019 CPU and Overlay Patch 29694149. Oracle Java—April 2019 CPU. With Oracle VM Release 3.4.6.1, a new release model has been established, which results in the following changes to the release process: Oracle VM Manager 3.4.6.1 (Build 2207) and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC 3.4.6.1 (Build 2217) are released as new build versions, which can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, My Oracle Support, or Oracle Technology Network. For Oracle VM Server, ensure that build version 3.4.6-2105 is installed, then update the packages using the appropriate channels of the Oracle VM repository on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) or the Oracle Linux yum server. Oracle VM Server will stay at build version 3.4.6-2105, with updates delivered via yum. For additional information, please review the Oracle VM 3.4.6 Release Notes. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6.1  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

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Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database or an Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM, for test and production environments. This updated release includes ALL the absolute latest bits for different Oracle Database Releases (19.3.0.0, 18.6.0.0, 12.2.0.1, 12.1.0.2) patched to April 2019 PSU/RU, Oracle Linux release 7.6 with Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 5 Update 2 (UEK5 R2); latest bits now available are: [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770003 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 19c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (19.3.1.0.0) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770008 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.6.0.0.190416) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770010 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.190416) Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with UEK Release 5 Update 2 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs [Jun 2019] Patch number 29770001 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux, including: Oracle Database Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.190416) Oracle Linux 6 Update 10 with UEK Release 4 Documentation: Oracle VM 3 Deployments Template Basic Info & FAQs Additional Oracle Database releases are available. Details can be found in the My Oracle Support Note ID 1185244.1 Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provide a framework that automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configuration 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 and deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA), or Oracle RAC instance?? with any number of nodes. To get further details on Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper In related news, on May 14, 2019, we announced the availability of an Oracle Database image on Oracle Cloud MarketPlace, making an easy to deploy a database image on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It offers the same easy, automated deployment experience as with Oracle VM Templates, which have been proven and available for many years.

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 19c, Single Instance, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Oracle VM Templates provide a fast and easy way of...

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Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager  Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Based on the open source oVirt project, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premises data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor already available on Oracle Linux 7.6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. Oracle Linux KVM is a feature that has been delivered and supported as part of Oracle Linux for some time. With the release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5, the Oracle Linux server virtualization solution with KVM has been enhanced. Oracle Linux KVM is the same hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager release 4.2.8, the first release of this new management platform, supports multiple hosts running Oracle Linux KVM. The heart of the manager is the ovirt-engine which is used to discover KVM hosts and configure storage and networking for the virtualized data center. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager offers a web-based User Interface (UI) and a Representation State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API) which can be used to manage your Oracle Linux KVM infrastructure. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager delivers high performance with a modern web UI. A REST API is available for users that need to integrate with other management systems, or prefer to automate repetitive tasks with scripts. For most day to day operations, many users will rely on the administrative portal or the lighter weight VM portal. These portals (and the REST API Guide) can be accessed from the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager landing page when first connected with a browser: After logging in from the main landing page, users are presented with a dashboard view which shows all of the key information about their deployment (VM counts, Host counts, Clusters, Storage, etc.), including the current status of each entity, in addition to key performance metrics: From the dashboard, users can move to the Compute view for Hosts, Virtual Machines, Templates, Data Centers, Clusters and Pools, to configure or edit their virtual environments. Additional menus and sub-menus for Network, Storage, Administration, and Events provide full control, with logical workflows, in an easy to use web interface. Notable Features In addition to the base virtualization management features required to operate your data center, notable features in Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager include: Snapshot - create a view of a running virtual machine at a given point in time. Multiple snapshots can be saved and used to return to a previous state, in the event of a problem. The snapshot feature is accessed from the Virtual Machines view: Role Based Access - define different users with different levels of operational permission within Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: More information on these features can be found in the Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Document Library. Additional features will be described in more detail in future blogs. In addition to these supported features, planned features may first be made available as technology previews, to allow users to test them in a development environment and offer feedback before the feature is supported. Getting Started Users can take either a previously deployed version of Oracle Linux and turn the OS into a KVM host, or a KVM configuration can be set up from a base Oracle Linux installation. Instructions and reference material can be found in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Release 7. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager 4.2.8 can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server or the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network. Two new channels have been created in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories that users will access to install or update Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager: oVirt 4.2 - base packages required for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager oVirt 4.2 Extra Packages - extra packages for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Oracle Linux 7.6 hosts can be installed with installation media (ISO images) that is available from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Instructions to download the Oracle Linux 7.6 ISO can be found on Oracle Technology Network. Using the "Minimal Install" option, during the installation process, sets up a base KVM system which can then be updated using the KVM Utilities channel in the Oracle Linux 7 repositories. This and other important packages for your Oracle Linux KVM host can be installed from the Oracle Linux yum server and the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network: Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 UEK Release 5 - Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 packages for Oracle Linux 7 KVM Utilities - KVM Utils for Oracle Linux 7 Optional Latest - Latest packages released for Oracle Linux 7 Both Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager and Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager Support Support for Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is available to customers with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription. Refer to Oracle Linux 7 License Information User Manual for information about Oracle Linux support levels.

Announcing Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager  Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be...

Partners

New Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers and Storage

Check out the latest Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo, published on the Oracle Validated Configurations website. These configurations use Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650/SR850/SR950 Servers with ThinkSystem Storage DM5000F.     Through Oracle Validated Configurations and the Hardware Certification List (HCL), Lenovo has performed thorough testing of its hardware in real-world configurations with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. This helps assure mutual customers that Lenovo hardware is qualified on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and the combined solution can provide optimal performance and reliability, with faster, lower-cost implementations. Additionally, the validated configurations can help minimize risk for enterprises by reducing deployment testing and validation efforts. The three latest validated configurations are qualified on Oracle Linux 7 and Oracle VM. These pre-tested, validated reference architectures - including software, hardware, storage, and network components are: Lenovo ThinkServer SR950 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkServer SR850 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkServer SR650 with ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 Server The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 is a 4U Rack server supports up to 8 processors and 96 DIMMs. It is designed for your most demanding, mission-critical workloads, such as Oracle in-memory databases, large transactional databases, batch and real-time analytics, ERP, CRM, and virtualized server workloads. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 Server Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 is a 4-socket server that features a streamlined 2U rack design that is optimized for price and performance, with best-in-class flexibility and expandability. Built for workloads like general business applications, server consolidation, and accelerating transactional databases and analytics. Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Server Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 is an ideal 2-socket server for small businesses up to large enterprises that need industry-leading reliability, management, and security, as well as the ability maximize performance and flexibility for future growth. The SR630 server is designed to handle a wide range of workloads, such as databases, virtualization, and cloud computing. Lenovo ThinkSystem DM5000F storage array Lenovo ThinkSystem DM5000F is a unified, all flash entry-level storage system that is designed to provide performance, simplicity, capacity, security, and high availability for medium to large businesses. Powered by the ONTAP software, ThinkSystem DM5000F delivers enterprise-class storage management capabilities with a wide choice of host connectivity options and enhanced data management features. The ThinkSystem DM5000F can handle a wide range of enterprise workloads, including big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, engineering and design, enterprise applications, and other storage I/O-intensive applications. Validated Configuration Summary:  Two Lenovo Think System SR650/SR850/SR950  Lenovo Think System Storage DM5000F  Lenovo Rackswitch G8272  Lenovo Think System Storage switch 32 GB FC SAN Switch DB620S  Intel Quad 10 GbE SFP+ adapter  QLogic 32 GB FC Dual-port HBA Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Oracle Database 12c Release 2 These tested configurations, along with the benefits of reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features from Lenovo Think System Server and Storage, are an excellent choice for business-critical Oracle deployments. These Oracle Validated Configuration -- from 2 Socket SR650 to 8 Socket SR950 -- provide flexibility for enterprises to choose the configuration that suits their enterprise workload demands. To learn more about the benefits of Lenovo Think System Servers and Storage, visit: Lenovo Servers for Mission Critical Workloads.

Check out the latest Oracle Validated Configurations on Lenovo, published on the Oracle Validated Configurations website. These configurations use Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650/SR850/SR950 Servers with...

Events

Join the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team at Oracle OpenWorld Asia

Singapore is the next stop on our world tour! Join us for Oracle OpenWorld Asia, March 26-27, at the Marina Bay Sands. At Oracle OpenWorld Asia, you can gain enterprise expertise and start-up ingenuity directly from experts across retail, manufacturing, financial services, technology, the public sector, and more. Join innovators as they challenge assumptions, design for better outcomes, and leverage transformational technologies to create future possibilities now. Oracle OpenWorld Asia speakers are the innovators, disruptors and thought leaders of tomorrow. From a pioneer in the mobile and data analytics industries, authors, futurists and many more. Discover your tomorrow, today. Register now, and be sure to attend these sessions: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions Wednesday, March 27, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Session Speaker Time & Location Jumpstart Your Development with Oracle Linux and Oracle Cloud [SOL1993-SIN] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM | Arena 8 (Level 3)  How Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment and VirtualBox Can Make Developers Life Easier [SES2155-SIN] Avi Miller, Director of Product Management, Oracle 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM | Arena 8 (Level 3) Build a Cloud Native Environment with Oracle Linux [SES2223-SIN] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle 01:05 PM - 01:40 PM | Arena 5 (Level 3) The Exchange: a Showcase for Attendees to Connect, Discover and Learn Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization experts will be at The Exchange to answer your questions, update you on the latest product enhancements, and demo the latest software releases. Let us know about your experience -- #OOWSIN #OracleLinux @OracleLinux Enjoy the conference!

Singapore is the next stop on our world tour! Join us for Oracle OpenWorld Asia, March 26-27, at the Marina Bay Sands. At Oracle OpenWorld Asia, you can gain enterprise expertise and start-up ingenuity...

Events

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 – Call for Speakers is Open!

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming up fast! Oracle customers and partners are encouraged to submit proposals to present at either or both of the conferences. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended until 4pm ET on Friday, March 22, 2019. Whether you’re focused on securing your enterprise, operating in a hybrid cloud environment, finding ways to optimize cloud native or DevOps solutions, using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies, these conferences are ideal for sharing best practices, case studies, lessons learned, how-to’s, and deep-dives. We’re excited to have you join us, to make these the ultimate cloud and developer learning conferences of 2019. Don’t wait! Submit your proposal by 4pm ET on Friday, March 22. Details and submission guidelines are available on the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One websites below. Important Links Oracle OpenWorld Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 22, 2019 Oracle Code One Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 22, 2019

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming...

Oracle VM Server integration with Oracle Management Cloud as part of Infrastructure Monitoring

We are please to announce that Oracle VM Server is now integrated with Oracle Management Cloud release 19.1.5 as part of Infrastructure Monitoring. This initial integration is based upon monitoring of the key targets of Oracle VM Server with integration with Oracle VM Server logs and Oracle Management Cloud Log Analytics in a later release.  The new target is the Oracle VM Virtual Server which is representative of an Oracle VM Server Guest or virtual machine. From the Enterprise Summary view it is possible to extend monitoring to key high level areas for summary viewing. These views are flexible and can be changed. The other target properties for Oracle VM are listed in the Others Section which like the Oracle VM Virtual Server target can be edited for high level summary viewing. The Oracle VM Virtual Platform is representative of the Oracle VM Server hypervisor. All of these main targets and metrics can be viewed in more detail with further rich monitoring available. To enable this integration there are three steps required.  Step 1 - Prerequisites Oracle VM Server version 3.4 and above  User name and password for the Oracle VM Server console, for example the admin user password We need to explicitly add the Oracle VM Manager Weblogic certificate to the Oracle Management Cloud keystore Step 2 - Decide on the option to add an Oracle VM Server target Via the Oracle Management Cloud UI OR Using the omccli and master JSON file  Step 3 - Set up alerts (this is optional but recommended) By setting up alerts this enables lights out monitoring and also the ability to setup alerts to notify users of any performance issues relating to the Oracle VM Server target. Within the Oracle Management Cloud documentation, details on the integration of the Oracle VM Server target are here; details on setting up alerts are here.    

We are please to announce that Oracle VM Server is now integrated with Oracle Management Cloud release 19.1.5 as part of Infrastructure Monitoring. This initial integration is based upon monitoring of...

Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 – Call for Speakers is Open!

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming up fast! Oracle customers and partners are encouraged to submit proposals to present at either or both of the conferences. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Whether you’re focused on securing your enterprise, operating in a hybrid cloud environment, finding ways to optimize cloud native or DevOps solutions, using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies, these conferences are ideal for sharing best practices, case studies, lessons learned, how-to’s, and deep-dives. We’re excited to have you join us, to make these the ultimate cloud and developer learning conferences of 2019. Don’t wait! The submission deadline is a week away – submit now. Details and submission guidelines are available on the Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One websites below. Important Links Oracle OpenWorld Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019 Oracle Code One Conference website Call for Speakers – proposal deadline: March 13, 2019

This year, Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Code One San Francisco 2019 are taking place Sunday, September 15 – Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Call for Speakers is now open, and the deadline is coming...

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10 Leaders Share Their Infrastructure Transformation Stories

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT leaders accelerated innovation and drove business transformation.  Each of these leaders ultimately delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. Each story includes the use of at least one, if not a combination of several, of the below:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, VirtualBox) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk The stories feature Michael Polepchuk, Deputy Chief Information Officer, BCS Global Markets; Brian Young, Vice President, Cerner, Brian Bream, CTO, Collier IT; Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO, cons4u GmbH; Heidi Ratini, Senior Director of Engineering, IT Convergence; Philip Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; JK Pareek, Vice President, Global IT and CIO, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation; Baris Findik, CIO, Pegasus Airlines; Michael Myhrén, Senior DBA Senior Systems Engineer and Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center Solutions and Services (TELUS Corporation). Learn more here.

The detailed use cases in this paper are of the 2018 Winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership In Infrastructure Transformation” category. In these 10 individual stories, you'll learn how IT...

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Updated Oracle VM Virtual Appliances now available!

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Virtual Appliances eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations. Oracle VM Virtual Appliances can be deployed to: Private Cloud Appliance Private Cloud at Customer Oracle VM We are pleased to announce Updated list of Virtual Appliances that now includes: Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7 Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 for x86 Oracle GoldenGate 18.1.0.0.0 Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Products Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Coherence 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Infrastructure 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle HTTP Server 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle SOA Suite 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Internet Directory 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Access Manager 12.2.1.3.0 Oracle Business Intelligence 12.2.1.4.0 Oracle Database Single-Instance / Real Application Cluster Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 18c Update (18.4.0.0.181016) Oracle Database Release 18c Update (18.4.0.0.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 12cR2 Update (12.2.0.1.181016) Oracle Database Release 12cR2 Update (12.2.0.1.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 12cR1 Update (12.1.0.2.181016) Oracle Database Release 12cR2 Update (12.1.0.2.181016) Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release 11gR2 Update (11.2.0.4.180417) Oracle Database Release 11gR2 Update (11.2.0.4.180417) Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.2.0.0 When migrating enterprise applications to a private cloud you can rapidly deploy standardized and pre-configure software components in the form of software appliances. Oracle VM Virtual Appliances minimize risks and variation across multiple instance enterprise deployments and, at the same time, allows to deploy Oracle Solutions with  Oracle Best Practices. For further information: Oracle VM / PCA / OCC Virtual Appliances Homepage Oracle VM Templates - Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning (PDF) Oracle VM Enabling Rapid Migration to a Private Cloud Environment (PDF) Oracle VM 3.4 Documentation Library Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Documentation Library Oracle Private Cloud at Customer Documentation Library

Oracle VM Virtual Appliances provide an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. Use of Oracle VM Virtual...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 now available!

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This release provides tight integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, enabling organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create applications on premises and deploy to the cloud with a few clicks. A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud native environments from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop. Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle VM Server, or other server virtualization solutions. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems. What's New with Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0? The 6.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Support Added for Export Appliance:  Oracle VM VirtualBox supports the export of VMs to an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service by launching the Export Appliance feature. Support for Nested Virtualization: This release adds support for nested virtualization on certain hardware platforms that enables you to install a hypervisor, such as Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM Server or KVM, on an Oracle VM VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment. Moving a VM or a Disk Image to a New Location: With this release, you can not only move a disk image to a different location, but also move a VM to a different location.  Improved Export and Import of Appliances in OVF/OVA Format: The export and import of appliances in OVF and OVA format have been improved by selecting additional options that affect the size and content of the exported file archive as well as selecting additional options for the imported appliance.    Enhancement for Cloning VMs: A new option enables you to retain the hardware UUID when cloning a VM. User Interface Improvements: A number of usability and accessibility improvements have been integrated into this release.  Guest Control File Manager: This feature enables a guest VM user to transfer files between the guest and host. Improved 3D Graphics Support: performance improvements for displaying 3D graphics and adds support for emulating VMware SVGA graphics devices. FUSE Mounting of Virtual Disk Images: vboximg-mount is a new command line utility for Mac OS X hosts that provides raw access to an Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual disk image. Improved Integration with Microsoft Hyper-V: Oracle VM VirtualBox can now be used on a Windows host where Hyper-V is running. No configuration is required. Oracle VM VirtualBox detects Hyper-V automatically and uses Hyper-V as the virtualization engine for the host. This is an experimental feature.   For the complete list of enhancements and further details check the Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Notes.   Oracle VM VirtualBox Upgrade Path Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded to the 6.0 release from prior supported releases. Oracle VM VirtualBox Product Support       Oracle VM VirtualBox supports a variety of "Host" and "Guest" operating systems. Resources  Documentation Oracle VM VirtualBox Software Download Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Blogs  Oracle Virtualization Blog Simon Coter's Blog Social Media Oracle VM VirtualBox on Facebook Oracle Virtualization on Twitter Oracle Virtualization on Google+ Additional Resources Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Data Sheet VirtualBox 6.0 in Action: Deploy your own machines on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Pre-built Developer Virtual Machines for Oracle VM VirtualBox Oracle Vagrant Boxes Repository: for ready-to-run Oracle products on VirtualBox

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software. This...

Announcing External Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Management Support For Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Using Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Version 13.3

We are excited to announce the release of a bundle patch for the Enterprise Manager 13c 13.3 Virtualization (VT) plug-in. This bundle patch delivers the ability to manage and associate external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances with the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Also, this patch delivers an enhancement to the Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switches providing a serial number metric to enable these switches to participate in Oracle Auto Service Request (ASR). This functionality is provided for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c version 13.3 and above and will work on the latest version (2.3.4) and earlier of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance software. The following patches for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 Server (OMS) are recommended and tested for this functionality: 28646935 - EMBP Patch Set Update 13.3.0.0.181016 28947416 - Enterprise Manager for OMS plugins 13.3.1.0.181130 Both of these patches require the latest version of Opatch and OMSPatcher; please refer to the README files for information on how to obtain and install these. The application of these patches will require downtime for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 Server (OMS). The following patches for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 agent which runs on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Management nodes are required and tested for this functionality: 28814703 - Enterprise Manager Base Platform - Agent 13.3.0.0.0 28947311 - EM VT Plugin Bundle Patch 13.3.1.0.181130 (Agent Monitoring) It is recommended and tested to use the latest version of Opatch; please refer to the README files for information on how to obtain and install opatch. The application of these patches will require downtime for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 agent. Once the above patches are applied the process for associating an external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance with an Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is as follows: Discover the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance using the Systems Infrastructure (SI) plug-in using the following documentation Associate the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance from the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack home page using the following documentation Once associated, any external Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances appear both in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance rack home page and Target Navigation. The following screenshots show these views: No additional configuration is required to enable the serial number metric for the Oracle Fabric Interconnect switches. The following screenshot shows the summary panel with the additional serial number metric: From the Oracle Fabric Interconnect Switch home page menu > All Metrics we can see this new metric from the following screenshot: For further information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c refer to this documentation. For further information on the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.4 software release refer to this documentation. For further information on Oracle ASR refer to this documentation. Enterprise Manager has the concept of PSU's (Patch Set Update), plugin patches and agent patches. From My Oracle Support (MOS) use the following documentation to determine the version of your your Enterprise Manager environment: Doc ID 2319892.1 EM13c: How to Determine the PSU applied to the Enterprise manager 13c OMS and the bundle patch applied to plug-ins and agent. Oracle recommend that the Oracle Enterprise Manager Server (OMS) and agents are at the latest PSU, plug-in and agent patches. For the agent patches it is recommended to deploy any bundle, plugin, discovery and monitoring patches.      

We are excited to announce the release of a bundle patch for the Enterprise Manager 13c 13.3 Virtualization (VT) plug-in. This bundle patch delivers the ability to manage and associate external Oracle...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1 now available!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 3 release: Audio: added support for surround speaker setups (e.g. used by Windows 10 Build 1809) Storage: added utility vboximg-mount on OS X to access the content of disk images on the host. Documentation: complete rewrite. In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Linux Additions: fix for building vboxvideo on EL 7.6 Red Hat Compatible Kernel, contributed by Robert Conde Shared folders: performance improvements Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Release Candidate 1. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 3 release: Audio: added support for surround speaker setups (e.g. used by...

StorONE S1 Software with Oracle VM Offers Versatile Hyperconverged Solution

StorONE S1 Software Defined Storage (SDS) is a unified enterprise storage solution. It is hardware agnostic and can be deployed on bare metal or as a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). StorONE S1 provides enterprise-class storage performance, resilient data protection, unlimited snapshots, and data retention in a single software stack. StorONE S1 comes with all storage protocols included; Fiber Channel, iSCSI, NAS, and Object and can run on the same or different storage media in a single server. This makes it an ideal and cost-effective software defined storage solution for mixed enterprise workloads. Oracle VM and StorONE S1 provide a highly versatile hyperconverged solution with comprehensive enterprise data protection. Deployment is fast (less than 30 minutes) and easy with Oracle VM Templates and StorONE’s S1 VSA. Storage volumes can be managed through Oracle VM Manager or Oracle Enterprise Manager once provisioned and mapped to the hosts. Oracle VM and StorONE S1 complement one another in private cloud architectures by simplifying storage design and application requirements. StorONE S1 VSA can coexist in the same server hardware with Oracle application VMs or on separate VMs outside of the virtualized environment. StorONE S1 storage resources are also accessible by other physical servers or applications in the same storage network. This architecture is not only flexible and easy to manage, but also offers high speed and low latency virtual networking for compute and storage resources. For Oracle VM customers, StorONE S1 provides TRU™ Unified Enterprise Storage services for cloud native business applications (containers and microservices) in a single solution. This combined solution offers a comprehensive set of capabilities and functionality in a self-contained storage environment. Learn more about StorONE S1.

StorONE S1 Software Defined Storage (SDS) is a unified enterprise storage solution. It is hardware agnostic and can be deployed on bare metal or as a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). StorONE S1...

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers. What's New? The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4 offers both new features and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.3 release.  The notable enhancements with this release include: Increased scalability:  Support for up to 64 vCPUs and 1024GB of virtual RAM per Windows guest Performance improvements: Supports X86_64 ABI to allow for higher disk IOPS, similar to that of Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems Support for configuring Windows guest operating systems using OVMAPI Support for setting Windows MTU in 100-step increments instead of 500-step increments The drivers have been certified in the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog and Microsoft signed drivers are included with this release This release of the Oracle VM Windows PV Driver replaces the previous 3.4.3 release. The 3.4.4 release is fully supported with Windows guest VMs in Oracle VM release 3.4. The full list of Windows operating systems supported, bug fixes, known issues and upgrade considerations can be found in the Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers User Guide. Oracle VM Software Download  Instructions to download the Oracle VM, Windows PV drivers, tools and utilities can be found on Oracle Technology Network. For the latest information, best practices white papers, webinars and training, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

Announcing Oracle VM Windows PV Driver release 3.4.4  Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows are a component of Oracle VM and provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 released!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 2 release: OCI integration: exporting a VM is now possible from the command line interface (VBoxManage) OCI integration: all virtualized shapes are supported, e.g. VM.Standard2.* Devices/graphics: enable support for VMSVGA graphics device emulation by default VBoxManage: support for DHCP options Windows guests: support VMSVGA in the Windows Additions In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Serial: allow changing the serial port attachment while the VM is running (bug #6115) Linux guests and hosts: support Linux Kernel 4.20 (thank you to Larry Finger) Linux guests: support VMSVGA in the Linux and X11 Additions Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 3 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes since Beta 2 release: OCI integration: exporting a VM is now possible from the command line...

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Oracle VM release 3.4.6 is now available!

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.  Today, we are pleased to announce Oracle VM release 3.4.6. What's New with Oracle VM release 3.4.6? Oracle VM release 3.4.6 offers updated versions of the Oracle VM Manager, Oracle VM Server for x86, and Oracle VM Agent for SPARC, delivering performance improvements, security updates, and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.5 release. The notable enhancements and updates with this release are: Updated Xen hypervisor — The Xen hypervisor used in the Oracle VM x86 Server has been updated for additional performance and scalability. Update to the dom0 kernel — The dom0 kernel for Oracle VM Server is updated to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 Update 7. This updated kernel adds support for new hardware drivers, as well as additional security and bug fixes. Additional information on this version of UEK can be found in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Update 7 Release Notes. Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Server for x86 packages — User space packages have been updated to deliver additional performance or bug fixes. Security and patch updates for Oracle VM Manager components — Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Application Development Framework, MySQL, Java SE Development Kit (JDK) and many of the open source software products used in Oracle VM Manager have been updated. A full summary of the updates and enhancements available in Oracle VM 3.4.6 can be found in the Oracle VM Release Notes for 3.4.6. Oracle VM Software Download  Oracle VM 3.4.6 has replaced the previous 3.4.5 release on My Oracle Support and the Oracle ULN/Yum sites have been updated with the latest Server packages.  OTN and OSDC download sites will be refreshed with 3.4.6 soon. Oracle VM can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, and all updates and errata are freely available. Instructions to download the Oracle VM Release 3.4.6, Oracle VM Windows PV drivers, tools, and utilities can be found on the Oracle Technology Network. Oracle VM Support Oracle VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle continues to support the Oracle VM 3.x releases according to the Oracle VM Lifetime Support Policy. Additional Oracle VM Information For the latest product information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization. The latest education and training information for Oracle VM can be found on the recent blog here: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/learn-how-oracle-vm-is-a-key-part-of-your-it-infrastructure

Announcing Oracle VM release 3.4.6  Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure and delivers leading performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise...

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 released!

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes: User interface: a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy file objects between host and guest. OCI Integration: implemented support for exporting a VM to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure GUI: Design improvements User Interface: greatly improved HiDPI and scaling support, including better using host HiDPI support, HiDPI icons, improved detection and per-machine configuration User Interface: major rework of interface style with improved ease of access for application and machine set-up In addition, the following items have been fixed and/or added: Oracle Cloud Integration: fixes and improvements User Interface: many improvements Audio/Video: recording fixes and improvements Devices: new BusLogic ISA variant Devices: serial port fixes BIOS: fixes API: transparently resize disk images when merging if possible Solaris: installer fixes Windows Guest Addiitons: fix incorrect tablet co-ordinate handling with recent Windows 10 builds Guest Additions: improved shared folder auto-mounting OS/2 Guest Additions: initial shared folder support User Interface: video and audio recording can now be separately enabled Audio: implemented support for attaching / detaching VRDE audio drivers at runtime Guest Control: various new APIs and features were implemented (see SDK documentation for more) Networking: Added a workaround for older guests which do not enable bus mastering for the virtio PCI device Other unlisted fixes and improvements Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes. Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2. You can download the binaries here. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash from this list. For further details on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integration, you can follow up on this blog article. Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 2 release. Here is an incomplete list of changes: User interface: a new file manager enabling user to control the guest file system and copy...

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Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 18c now available!

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters 18c. Oracle VM Templates are designed to provide a fast and easy way of deploying Single Instance or Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM for test as well as production environments. This updated release includes ALL the absolute latest bits for different Oracle Database releases (18.4.0.0, 12.2.0.1 / 12.1.0.2 October 2018 PSU/RU), Oracle Linux release 7.5 and Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release (UEK4); latest bits now available are: [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 18c Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (18.4.0.0.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888888 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 2 Enterprise/Standard Edition, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Release Update (12.2.0.1.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500210 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs [Oct 2018] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition , including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set Update (12.1.0.2.181016) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 25500209 for 64-Bit Oracle Linux DOC: Oracle VM 3 Deployments; DOC: Template Basic Info & FAQs Older Oracle Database 11.2.0.4.180417 is also available here. 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. To get further details on Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Main Page Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance, Oracle Restart (SIHA) and Oracle RAC - MyOracle Support Knowledge Base DeployCluster tool for Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Deployment Guide Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle VM Environment - White Paper

We are proud to announce the updated release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters 18c. Oracle VM Templates are designed to provide a fast and easy...

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Oracle Announces 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards – Congratulations to our “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Infrastructure Technologies to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. This year, our 10 award recipients were selected from amongst hundreds of nominations. The winners represent 5 different countries: Austria, Russia, Turkey, Sweden, United States and 6 different industries:  Communications, Financial, Government, Manufacturing, Technology, Transportation. Winners must use at least one, or a combination, of the following for category qualification:   •    Oracle Linux •    Oracle Virtualization (VM, Virtual Box) •    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance •    Oracle SuperCluster •    Oracle SPARC •    Oracle Solaris •    Oracle Storage, Tape/Disk Oracle is pleased to honor these leaders who have delivered value to their organizations through the use of multiple Oracle technologies which have resulted in reduced cost of IT operations, improved time to deployment, and performance and end user productivity gains. This year’s winners are Michael Polepchuk, Deputy Chief Information Officer, BCS Global Markets; Brian Young, Vice President, Cerner, Brian Bream, CTO, Collier IT; Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO, cons4u GmbH; Heidi Ratini, Senior Director of Engineering, IT Convergence; Philip Adams, Chief Technology Officer, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; JK Pareek, Vice President, Global IT and CIO, Nidec Americas Holding Corporation; Baris Findik, CIO, Pegasus Airlines; Michael Myhrén, Senior DBA Senior Systems Engineer and Charles Mongeon, Vice President Data Center Solutions and Services (TELUS Corporation). More information on these winners can be found at https://www.oracle.com/corporate/awards/leadership-in-infrastructure-transformation/winners.html.  

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Oracle Excellence Awards “Leadership in Infrastructure Transformation" Winners. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using...

Events

Key Happenings on the First Day of Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. The temperature was in the mid-60’s, the sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. The forecast is for similar weather all week – just in time for Oracle OpenWorld 2018. I flew in to cloud cover, but it burned off between baggage, finding my ride, and the drive from SFO to the city. I made my way to the convention center and the hustle is on!   It’s remarkable how the expanse of Moscone South can transform from an empty hall to the booming venue that tomorrow will be The Exchange – and I thought SFO was a busy place. Monday, October 22, is the first day of Oracle OpenWorld and there are several key things you’ll want to do… Register. If you haven’t already, use the advance check-in option. It’s a breeze. Sign-up for Sessions. Be sure to register for the ones you must attend to be sure to have a seat. Here are some links to help you finish building your Monday schedule:   Monday, Oct. 22        11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin [PRO4720] – Moscone West - Room 2000 Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle   1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Keynote: Cloud Generation 2 [KEY3784] – Moscone North – Hall D Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO, Oracle   3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises [PKN5901] – The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Ali Alasti, Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Oracle Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle   As you exit The Arena at 4:45, you conveniently have to walk by the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120. Take a few minutes to see what’s going on. If the demos and product experts don’t keep you enthralled, the VR game will. Apparently, shooting widgets with a bow and arrow in VR is a lot of fun – hope you’ll give it a try – you could win a prize.   For more session information, visit the Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page.

Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. The temperature was in the mid-60’s, the sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. The forecast is for similar weather all week – just in time...

Don’t Miss the Theater While in San Francisco or at Oracle OpenWorld

There’s a lot to see and do in San Francisco. If you’re joining us for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, be sure to partake in some of the wonderful attractions and culture that the city has to offer. If you like theater, you’ll find lots of options from large world-renowned venues such as the Orpheum Theater and the Golden Gate Theater to smaller ones like the SF Playhouse on Union Square, offering a variety of productions from Broadway hits to comedies and locally written pieces. You can also find some great content in the theaters of The Exchange @ Moscone South while you’re attending the conference. After walking the streets (and hills) of San Francisco, not to mention the halls of Moscone, who wouldn’t want to take a seat?  For 20 minutes, you can rest your feet and gather some knowledge. Here are a few sessions in Theater 6, located in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, to mark on your schedule: Monday, October 22 12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud [THT6914] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President - Oracle Linux, Virtualization and Linux and VM Development, will outline the many infrastructure technologies that Oracle designs, builds, and optimizes that power Oracle Cloud. Learn about the inner workings that make Oracle Cloud unique. Tuesday, October 23 1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Oracle Linux/Oracle VM VirtualBox: An Enterprise Development Platform for Oracle Cloud [THT6912] Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, will discuss the advantages of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox as an enterprise development platform for Oracle Cloud. 5:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Building a Cloud Native Environment with Oracle Linux [THT6913] Avi Miller, Product Management Director, will delve into the open, integrated operating environment that Oracle Linux offers, with application development tools, management tools, containers, and orchestration capabilities, which enable DevOps teams to efficiently build reliable, secure cloud native applications. Learn how Oracle Linux can help you enhance productivity.

There’s a lot to see and do in San Francisco. If you’re joining us for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, be sure to partake in some of the wonderful attractions and culture that the city has to offer. If you...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2018? Then come see HPE. We're excited to have our partner returning to the conference this year! And they’re ready to help you learn how the right HPE hardware running Oracle Linux and Oracle VM can provide an optimal solution for your most demanding workloads. Whether your requirements are for increasing database performance or keeping critical applications available, HPE can help you optimize your investments in Oracle. HPE participates in Oracle’s HCL program to qualify hardware on Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle VM. Qualified solutions can be found here. Meet with HPE compute and storage experts in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, # 120. Learn about HPE's all-flash 3PAR and Nimble Storage with extreme performance, predictive analytics and robust data protection, or, for your mission-critical compute, the unparalleled scale-up server capacity offered by HPE Superdome servers with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. HPE provides a full portfolio of right-sized server and storage solutions allowing IT organizations to match processing power and scale with current and future needs, from small to large enterprise deployments, at price points that fit within almost any IT budget.        

Coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2018? Then come see HPE. We're excited to have our partner returning to the conference this year! And they’re ready to help you learn how the right HPE hardware running...

Join Pure Storage at the Infrastructure Technologies Showcase, #120, at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Learn how Pure Storage empowers Oracle customers to maximize the value of data We’ve shared a lot of information about key sessions and the showcase to help Oracle OpenWorld attendees map out how to best spend time at the conference. There’s more… Our Partners. This year, we welcome AMD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Pure Storage, and Symantec who are joining us in the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, in Moscone South. Here are some key things to know about Pure Storage. #1: Pure Storage hardware is qualified and supported on Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM. It is also a good selection for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance customers that need external storage for business continuity and rapid restore solutions. The Pure Data-Centric Architecture for Oracle, the all-flash storage platform, is virtually effortless to use, efficient from end-to-end, and evergreen to upgrade - delivering real-time data to power customers’ mission-critical Oracle databases, data warehouses, development activities, and modern analytics environments. Thousands of Oracle customers use Pure Storage to help them deliver faster performance, improved simplicity, and lower economics for their Oracle environments. A case in point: An insurance company in Latin America recently selected Pure Storage to improve the performance and simplify operation of their mission critical Oracle databases that run on Oracle Linux. Pure’s embedded Oracle Copy Automation Tool (CAT), based on space-efficient snapshots, helped this customer speed up development activities by over 150x. Copy, clone and refresh workflows that were taking up to 3 hours to complete are now conducted in as little as 1-2 minutes. Now that’s a benefit that’s hard to pass up. #2: You can hear more from Pure Storage product experts: Customer Case Study Session: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Pure Storage: An Integrated Disaster Recovery Solution Thursday, Oct 25, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Moscone South - Room 214 Theater Session: Accelerate Development with Database Automation Tuesday, Oct 23, 1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  The Exchange @ Moscone South - Theater 1 #3: At the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120, Pure will be highlighting hardware support on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, and demoing tools including: Oracle Database Copy Automation Tool Accelerate Oracle DB Development with Automation using Ansible Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for Pure Storage Space Efficient Oracle snapshots Pure ActiveCluster - Simple and cost-effective Sync Replication    Pure Storage is an OPN Gold member.  

Learn how Pure Storage empowers Oracle customers to maximize the value of data We’ve shared a lot of information about key sessions and the showcase to help Oracle OpenWorld attendees map out how to...

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Q: What do penguins, pop sockets and VR have in common? A: The Oracle Infrastructure Technologies Showcase at Oracle OpenWorld

It’s refreshing to be in San Francisco in the fall. The weather is typically “temperate” but can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to bring layers, just in case. Joining the throng of people heading to Oracle OpenWorld adds an even more energizing buzz to the city by the bay. I enjoy a walk in the Howard and 3rd St. neighborhood as I grab a cappuccino and head to Moscone Center. Like the convention center, which is undergoing an expansion and transformation, so too is The Exchange, this year’s demo grounds at Oracle OpenWorld, located in Moscone South. With a focus on attendees’ experience, there are several new things to make navigating the exhibit floor easier. A wayfinder application provides an easy, self-service portal for finding demos and product experts. On-demand demos join always-on demos to provide time savings, and meetings can be booked on the spot to fit your schedule. Also new this year is the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, #120. This showcase, located on the right side of the show floor, near the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database showcases, is a stop you'll want to make. Attendees will find a wealth of information and an opportunity to have some fun. Here’s an outline of what will be covered in the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase. Products, technologies, and training: Servers: X86 Servers, SPARC Servers Storage: Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, StorageTek Tape Automation Operating Systems: Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris Virtualization: Oracle VM for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Tools and Platform: Oracle Containers, Oracle OpenStack, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Kubernetes Converged Infrastructure: Oracle MiniCluster, Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Partners: AMD, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Pure Storage, and Symantec Fun with VR: Join us for some fun in this virtual world (with all of the gear), where you’ll transform into the role of a solution architect. Shoot down the Oracle Infrastructure Technology product(s) that best fit your IT requirements and you could win an Oracle penguin pop socket.  And there’s more… More fun at CloudFest. 18 and if you’re planning to extend your stay in San Francisco, be sure to check out all of the Halloween parties – this city knows how to do them right! Finally, back to Oracle OpenWorld -- don’t forget to register for sessions now, they’re filling up fast. Enjoy fall in San Francisco and your time at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

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Events

Six Must-Attend Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Building your Oracle OpenWorld 2018 schedule? You won't want to miss these six sessions. Our executives will share details on architecture and technical directions, the latest innovations, business strategies, and customer successes. You’ll come away with a better understanding of the unique capabilities Oracle Linux, Virtualization and other Oracle Infrastructure Technologies are delivering now and going forward – whether you want to deploy on premises, in the cloud or integrate between. Register now to ensure you have a seat!  Day/Time/Location    Session Title   Speakers Monday, Oct. 22     11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2000 Oracle Linux: State of  the Penguin  [PRO4720] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. The Exchange @ Moscone South - The Arena Oracle's Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises [PKN5901] Ali Alasti, Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Oracle Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle Tuesday, Oct. 23     11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2000 An Overview of Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud [PRO5904] Robert Shimp, Product Management Group Vice President - Oracle Linux, Virtualization and Linux and VM Development, Oracle Ajay Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization, Oracle 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Moscone West - Room 2009 Kubernetes, Docker, and Oracle Linux from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud with Ease [DEV6015] Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle Wednesday, Oct. 24     11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Moscone West - Room 2000 The OS Factor: Advice for the Technology Buyer from IDC [BUS4729] Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, IDC Karen Sigman, Vice President, Product and Partner Marketing, Oracle Thursday, Oct. 25     9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Moscone West - Room 2003 Oracle Linux Is Really the Ideal Linux for Oracle Cloud Developers [DEV6017] Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Operating Systems and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle   To learn more about these sessions and to register, click on the session title above, in the search box enter the session code, click "+" to complete your registration. Visit and bookmark this Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page to access the full list of our general sessions and hands-on labs. Check the Oracle Linux and Virtualization blogs regularly for news and updates. And, while at Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to stop by the Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase). Featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, at the showcase you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners.  

Building your Oracle OpenWorld 2018 schedule? You won't want to miss these six sessions. Our executives will share details on architecture and technical directions, the latest innovations, business...

Events

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Hands-On Labs at Oracle OpenWorld

We have a great selection of hands-on labs for Oracle Linux and Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld. To join the product experts for these sessions at the Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Level) - Salon 12/13, add the following six sessions to your Oracle OpenWorld calendar.   Session: Container Orchestration Using Oracle Linux (Kubernetes/Docker) - HOL6334 When: Monday October 22, 3.45 - 4.45pm Speaker: Avi Miller, Product Management Director, Oracle   Session: Build a High Availability Solution with Oracle Linux: Corosync/Pacemaker - HOL3137 When: Monday October 22, 5.15 - 6.15 pm Speaker: Jeff Savit, Director, Oracle   Session: Provide Zero Downtime Update for your Cloud Infrastructure - HOL6340 When: Wednesday October 24, 8:00  - 9:00 a.m Speaker: Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant, Oracle; Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, Oracle   Session: Infrastructure as Code on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with Terraform - HOL5139 When: Thursday October 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m Speaker: Simon Hayler, Sr Principal Technical Product Manager; Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant, Oracle; Paul Bramy, CEO reloca; Matthieu Bordonne, Oracle Solution Center Sales Consultant   Session: Observing and Optimizing your Application on Oracle Linux with DTrace - HOL6339 When: Thursday October 25, 12.00 - 1.00pm Speaker: Jeff Savit, Director, Oracle   Session: Oracle Database 18c: Reliable DevOps with Vagrant, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Oracle Linux - HOL6394 When: Thursday October 25, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m Speaker: Simon Coter, Director of Product Management, Linux and Virtualization, Oracle; Gerald Venzl, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle   At Oracle OpenWorld, to learn more about Oracle Linux and Virtualization, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase, booth #120, located in Moscone South, on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase.

We have a great selection of hands-on labs for Oracle Linux and Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld. To join the product experts for these sessions at the Marriott Marquis (Yerba Buena Level) -...

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Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM Deployments - Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Interested to hear the latest information on Oracle VM and see how a global enterprise application services provider optimizes Oracle VM infrastructure with automation to ensure higher reliability and predictability?  Please plan to join the us on Day 1 of OpenWorld at the Customer Case Study Session: Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM deployments [CAS4728] Monday, Oct 22, 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Moscone West - Room 2000 John Priest (Oracle VM Director of Product Management) will share the latest Oracle VM product information and roadmap, including: Oracle VM latest releases Ksplice for Oracle VM The future of Oracle VM Alain Campos (Architect - Cloud Services Engineering, IT Convergence, Inc.) will present information on how IT Convergence has automated their service delivery using Oracle VM: Oracle VM and Oracle Linux use case at IT Convergence Oracle VM Build Automation and Optimization: Goals --> Challenges --> Solution Short video demo of the automation infrastructure that IT Convergence has built around Oracle VM. To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase), where you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!

Interested to hear the latest information on Oracle VM and see how a global enterprise application services provider optimizes Oracle VM infrastructure with automation to ensure higher reliability and...

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Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

It’s time to plan your schedule for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. You won’t want to miss the lineup of Oracle Virtualization sessions. This year’s content includes product roadmaps, tips and tricks, product training, customer case studies, and more. The highlighted sessions below are ones in which you’ll hear from our executives. Register now to be sure you have a seat. At the conference, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with other Oracle customers, product experts, and partners, to help you make the most of your time. Read on and register for sessions now! The Sessions: Monday, Oct 22: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM VirtualBox: The Enterprise Development Platform, Simon Coter, Sergio Leunissen [PRO4724], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Tips for Securing Your Cloud Infrastructure, Jan Hendrik Mangold, Jeff Savit [TIP4727], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Oracle Linux and Oracle VM: Get Trained for Cloud, Hybrid, and On-Premises, Avi Miller, Anotinette O’Sullivan [TRN5828], 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. -- more from Antoinette Optimizing and Automating Your Oracle VM Deployments, John Priest, Alain Campos [CAS4728], 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  Oracle Linux: State of the Penguin, Wim Coekaerts [PRO4720], 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Automating Workload Migration to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Simon Coter, Gilson Melo, Alessandr Pilotti [PRO5796], 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Oracle’s Systems Strategy for Cloud and On-Premises, Ali Alasti, Wim Coekaerts, Edward Screven [PKN5901], 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Perform In-Place Upgrade for Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure, Jeff Savit, Jeffery Yoder, Rodolfo Martinez [CAS5088], 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.   Tuesday, Oct 23: An Overview of Oracle Infrastructure Technologies in Oracle Cloud, Robert Shimp, Ajay Srivastava [PRO5904], 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Best Practices: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Julie Wong, Simon Coter [PRO4721], 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Maximize Performance with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, Greg Marsden, Jeff Savit, Kevin Tribbey [TIP4725], 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.    Wednesday, Oct 24: The OS Factor: Advice for the Technology Buyer from IDC, Karen Sigman, Ashish Nadkarni [BUS4729], 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Thursday, Oct 25: Oracle Linux is really the ideal Linux for Oracle Cloud Developers, Wim Coekaerts [DEV6017], 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Practical DevOps with Linux and Virtualization, Simon Coter [DEV5029], 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Embrace Open Source Projects on GitHub for Cloud Automation, Avi Miller, Simon Coter [TIP5795], 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.    Add these sessions to your schedule and don't forget to bookmark our Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization page. And, there’s more…   The Showcase, Moscone South – Booth #120 To learn more, visit the Oracle Infrastructure Technologies showcase featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization technologies, booth #120, located in Moscone South (on the right side, just past the Autonomous Database showcase), where you can experience demos, a virtual reality game, and speak with product experts and partners. Stay tuned to this blog for more information on #OOW18 in the coming days. We look forward to sharing this open world with you!

It’s time to plan your schedule for Oracle OpenWorld 2018, in San Francisco, CA. You won’t want to miss the lineup of Oracle Virtualization sessions. This year’s content includes product roadmaps, tips...

Oracle VM Server for x86

Ansible: Automate and Accelerate Deployments on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

We are excited to announce that you can now use Ansible playbooks to automate repeatable IT tasks (like creating and deleting Virtual Machines, deploying databases and applications) on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.3.1 and Oracle VM 3.4 and newer. Automation is a key requirement for achieving cloud like agility and Ansible is the tool of choice to automate and accelerate provisioning, configuration management and application deployment on remote systems.  Ansible is an open-source IT automation engine that automates provisioning, configuration management, application deployment on remote systems. It is an agentless automation solution that works by executing code blocks called "modules" on remote systems over SSH and uses YAML based "playbooks" to describe automation jobs. Why Ansible? Ansible is the de-facto tool for cloud automation and can be used for automating deployments across Oracle PCA, Oracle VM and Oracle ZFSSA. It is Agentless, which means it just needs to be installed on a central “Control Machine” and interfaces with the Oracle VM REST API to control deployments on PCA It saves time and effort, so reduces OpEx – One of our retail customers saw savings of up to 90% in database deployment times on PCA with Ansible Ansible playbook are a lightweight evolution of Oracle VM Templates How does it work? Ansible manages configuration and application deployment on the Oracle Private Cloud Applinace by connecting to the REST APIs for Oracle VM Manager (accessible by HTTPS over port 7002 as shown in figure). Fig: Architecture diagram for Ansible managing Oracle PCA (Oracle VM 3.4) The setup requires the following components: Control Machine: The central machine where Ansible is installed. It is an Oracle Linux 7 system with Ansible package installed from ol7_developer_EPEL yum repository Managed Nodes: The remote machines that Ansible communicates with and automates tasks on. PCA Management Node would be the managed node in this case. You must have a PCA 2.3.1 or newer for using this version of the REST APIs Automating Infrastructure Lifecycle Management on PCA The first custom Ansible module in a series of planned Infrastructure Lifecycle Management modules is now available for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle VM. The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks automate Creation of VMs attached to VNICs and disks of desired specifications Deletion of an existing VM along with all the attached disks Starting and stopping VMs  Step-by-step procedures to execute the module on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance are in this whitepaper Results/Benefits Deploy a VM with 2 disks and 2 VNICs in 9 seconds as opposed to ~50 seconds using OVM GUI Reduce DB deployment times by 90% This module can be used in conjunction with playbooks to automate deployment of DBs and applications. Where to download from? The Ansible module and accompanying playbooks can be downloaded as an RPM from OTN

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Announcements

Announcing Ksplice Enhancements for Oracle VM

Ksplice patching for Xen and User space now available for Oracle VM release 3.4.5! We are excited to announce an important enhancement to the Oracle VM product. Oracle VM Server release 3.4.5 now supports Ksplice patching for the Xen hypervisor and critical user space packages. This product enhancement extends the Ksplice kernel patching support already offered on the Oracle VM Server to cover the following Oracle VM components: Xen hypervisor glibc openssl QEMU Oracle Ksplice technology allows you to update systems with new security errata (CVE) patches without the need to reboot. This enables you to remain current with operating system vulnerability patches while minimizing downtime. Oracle Ksplice actively applies updates to the running images instead of making on-disk changes that would take effect only after a subsequent reboots. With the addition of Xen patching and user space patching, Oracle VM administrators now have an enhanced set of tools to cope with security threats and other issues without impacting running systems. To install Ksplice support on your Oracle VM Server, please review the updated documents that give additional information on these new enhancements: Oracle VM Administrator's Guide for Release 3.4 - Information on accessing the Oracle VM ULN channels, Configuring Yum for Oracle Ksplice, Installing the Ksplice Enhanced Client, and Installing Oracle Ksplice Updates on Oracle VM Server. Oracle Linux Ksplice User Guide - Overview of Oracle Ksplice, and Ksplice Enhanced Client support for Oracle VM. For Oracle VM users that are setting up Ksplice for the first time, follow the instructions in the Oracle VM Administrator's Guide to install the Ksplice Enhanced Client and to configure the Ksplice channels. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel updates will continue to be located in the Ksplice for Oracle Linux 6 (x86_64) channel, ol6_x86_64_ksplice. The Ksplice Enhanced Client and user space updates for Oracle VM are in a new ULN channel in Oracle VM 3.4 latest, ovm34_x86_64_ksplice. For Oracle VM users that already have support for Ksplice kernel patching, you will need to switch from the Uptrack Client to the Enhanced Client to patch the Xen and user space updates. Instructions to switch between the clients is located in the Oracle VM Administrator's Guide. And as noted above, you need to be on Oracle VM Server 3.4.5 or higher to take advantage of the new Ksplice enhancements. Ksplice patching for Oracle VM is available for customers with Oracle VM Premier Support. You can read more about the Oracle Ksplice technology in Ksplice Overview in the Oracle Technology Network. And when you’re ready to try it out, point your Oracle VM Manager to the updates on the Unbreakable Linux Network and start patching your Oracle VM Servers while keeping your business applications running.  

Ksplice patching for Xen and User space now available for Oracle VM release 3.4.5! We are excited to announce an important enhancement to the Oracle VM product. Oracle VM Server release 3.4.5 now...

Oracle VM Server for x86

Oracle VM adds Windows 2016 to Microsoft SVVP Certification

  Oracle VM 3.4 SVVP Certification  Oracle has been a part of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) and previously certified Oracle VM 3.4 with Windows 2008 and 2012.  The Oracle VM team is committed to continuing our support for users that are running Windows Server guests on Oracle VM Server for x86.  With the introduction of Windows 2016 support on Oracle VM, a new test certification was completed to validate the following components under the Microsoft SVVP:  Oracle VM 3.4 Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.3 Windows 2008/R2, Windows 2012/R2 and Windows 2016 guest OSs Oracle VM 3.4 has successfully passed all of the test requirements and is a validated virtualization product to support Windows guests.  Certification details can be found on the Windows Server Catalog site. Microsoft SVVP Overview  Microsoft launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) to improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server operating systems on virtualization technologies. This validation program is open to vendors that deliver machine virtualization products and have customers that run Windows Server-based workloads in their virtualization environment. Customers can benefit from the regular Windows Server technical support provided by Microsoft when running currently supported versions of Windows Server on validated machine virtualization solutions. All testing for this program is done by the virtualization product vendors, with the results of that testing submitted to Microsoft for review and approval. Oracle VM and Windows PV Driver Overview Oracle VM Server virtualization software is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications. The Oracle VM Windows PV Driver is a component of the Oracle virtualization solution and provides a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM x86 Servers.

  Oracle VM 3.4 SVVP Certification  Oracle has been a part of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) and previously certified Oracle VM 3.4 with Windows 2008 and 2012.  The Oracle...