Tuesday Jul 26, 2016

Learn About Rapid Software Deployment with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance supports many pre-built Oracle templates available to speed deployment of Oracle software, including middleware, database, and business applications.

To learn more, you can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following the course at your own pace through streaming video.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend take this course.

To register for the training-on-demand format, to request an event or to learn more about the curriculum for Oracle's engineered systems, go to http://education.oracle.com/engineeredsystems.

Friday Jul 22, 2016

Enhanced Oracle VM Utilities

The Oracle VM Utilities are a collection of command line scripts that allow you to perform certain tasks in an Oracle VM environment, such as collecting metrics about the Oracle VM Server host on which virtual machines run and configuring CPU pinning.The Oracle VM Utilities were updated to accompany the recent Oracle VM 3.4 release.
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Friday Spotlight: Easily Create 3rd Party Hardware Driver for Oracle VM Server

Oracle VM Server for x86 is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. More and more partners are endorsing Oracle VM to help customers transform their legacy data centers to cloud, and there are great demands to support a broad range of hardware platforms. Oracle VM Server 3.4 is the latest release which has been updated to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 to bring not only performance improvements; but also rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux.

As many of you know that the run-time of Oracle VM Server dom0 (management domain) only contains a minimum set of packages, and it does not provide the additional development packages needed for building modules and/or drivers.

We are pleased to release a step-by-step guide to easily create an SDK (Software Development Kit) platform for those customers/partners who are using Oracle VM Server 3.4 or 3.3.x. This guide provides all the instructions needed to create an environment for third party drivers to be built for the Oracle VM Server for x86.

The Knowledge Management (KM) note is available on "My Oracle Support":

Oracle VM Server SDK is designed for independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and independent software vendors (ISVs), in creating applications on or porting them to Oracle VM Server x86.

Note that Oracle provides support for third party drivers which have been developed by partners in the Oracle Partner Network. For drivers compiled by customers or partners using the SDK but that are not a part of the Oracle Partner Network, Oracle will provide a "reasonable effort" level of support. However, Oracle does not provide updates for any drivers built for Oracle VM Servers that have not been distributed by the Unbreakable Linux Network.

To become an Oracle Partner, please refer to the page of Oracle VM Knowledge Zone for Partners. For more information on Oracle's partner program or assistance in certifying your applications with Oracle VM, contact the partner team at ol-ovm-info_ww@oracle.com.

Thursday Jul 21, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.2 now available

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 2.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes from first release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Ensure Application Availability with Oracle VM Training

Virtual environments introduce challenges for isolating and solving problems. In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course, ensure the availabliity of applications by learning to detect problems at every layer of the Oracle VM environment. You will capture a configuration snapshot of your environment before you make changes. This is a useful way to communicate vital information about your environment to Oracle support.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course in the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 15 August, 7 and 13 September, 21 November and 21 December 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-class events already on the schedule include Jakarta, Indonesia on 3 October 2016 and Bangkok, Thailand on 7 November 2016.

If you are new to Oracle VM, you might like to start by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course or the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Monday Jul 18, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.26 now available

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 26.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight: New and improved compute nodes and Software for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance now available

Private Cloud Appliance delivers enhanced flexibility for support of multiple tenant groups, improved compute performance and a rich disaster recovery methodology with the new PCA 2.2 software and improved compute performance with the Oracle server X6-2 compute nodes[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 12, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.0 is now available!

Latest release provides improved multimedia support, increased Linux integration and new bug reporting helper tool.

To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software.

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 technologies such as Docker and OpenStack from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Oracle Linux and other Linux operating systems, 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.

With thousands of downloads for each day, Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 continues to remain the best virtualization solution available for standard desktop and laptop computers and, at the same time, addresses the challenges to enable the use of a wide range of virtual machine environments and operating system with emulation of latest technologies available, improved performance and increased integration.

The 5.1 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New main capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 are:

  • Improved Performance: Significantly improved performance for multi-CPU virtual machines and networking.
  • Bug Reporting Tool: New utility able to collect all the information and logs related to the host and guest operating system, for debug or analysis purposes.
  • Improved Logging Window: New logging functionalities to highlight and filter information related to guest Virtual Machines.
  • Improved multimedia availability: Improved support for different USB devices and multi-channel audio availability.
  • Flash storage emulation: New NVMHCI storage controller emulation available, able to emulate NVME devices - Flash storage - on guest Virtual Machine.
  • Improved Linux integration: Automatic modules deployment in case of a Linux Kernel upgrade and improved systemd integration for the latest releases of popular Linux distributions.

Supporting Resources

Friday Jul 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Ease of Use Enhancements

This is another blog in the series to give the Oracle VM community some additional information on the 3.4 release that we delivered earlier this year. The topics that we covered in previous Oracle VM 3.4 blogs include:

This week, we are going to share a little more information on some of the Ease of Use Enhancements that were delivered with this updated version of Oracle VM.

Virtual Appliance Import/Export

With Oracle VM 3.4 we enhanced our ability to fully support the importing and exporting of Virtual Appliances (.ova/.ovf files). Previous releases supported Virtual Appliances as Assemblies, but required a multi-step process to import them.  Now you only need to execute a single step to import either a Template or a Virtual Appliance:

Virtual Appliances can be created in Oracle VirtualBox or other hypervisors and easily imported into Oracle VM to create new VMs. To export a Virtual Appliance from Oracle VM, you can create a VM and simply export it as an .ova file:

Saved preferences and Context sensitive help:

User preferences (login, columns, refresh intervals, order) are now persisted across user sessions. And if a user needs help anywhere in the UI, links will take them to the locations in the online help files to address their specific need:

Database backup options and Exporting inventory to XML :

The MySQL database in Oracle VM Manager is backed up using an integration with the MySQL Enterprise Backup product. With Oracle VM 3.4 a user now have the options to select the database backup interval and the number of database backups that should be retained.

As another backup solution, you can now generate XML based reports for Virtual Machines, Oracle VM Servers, server pools, and storage. These files can be used for configuration management or as backup files:

Oracle VM is engineered for the Open Cloud Infrastructure to increase datacenter flexibility, meet your price/performance needs, and make applications easier to deploy, manage, and support.

For more Information - Oracle VM 3.4 documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E64076_01/index.html

If you have any questions, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday Jul 07, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Release Candidate 1 now available.

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.1 Release Candidate 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 01, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Re-cap from RedHat 2016 Summit

This Friday we want to give you a quick snapshot from Red Hat Summit where Oracle was one of the silver sponsors.  At our booth, we have showcased Oracle Linux, OpenStack, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Private Cloud Appliance and Software Defined Networking products. Our engineers and experts talked about the building blocks needed for Cloud; Linux, OpenStack, Engineered Systems and virtualization solutions from Oracle. 

Our session was about "Implementing Platform Security for Cloud Computing" where we talked about The Linux Risk Assessment. As clients move their sensitive information, data and business operations to the cloud, the platform on which these critical applications run must be proven to be secure. In order to achieve this, Oracle offers a Linux Risk Assessment program free of charge to those under Oracle Linux Support. The Linux Risk Assessment offering works in concert with procedures identified by NIST; using OpenSCAP and STIGs. Assessment team identifies, isolates and reports security vulnerabilities. Working with you, the Linux Risk Assessment Team establishes remediation procedures to mitigate these security vulnerabilities in accordance with your specific Corporate Security Posture and Standard Operating Procedures for System Administration. 

We would like to thank our customers that have visited our stand and attended our session.

See you next time! 

Tuesday Jun 28, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.24 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 24.

This release is a major improvement which include a list of improvements and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Monday Jun 27, 2016

Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7 Released

We are happy to share that the upstream development from the Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation. As many of you know that the Xen Project Hypervisor has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server - Oracle VM Server for x86. Oracle's contributions to Xen Project and the collaboration with the community have demonstrated Oracle's commitment to help our customers build their open cloud infrastructure.

Xen Project 4.7 is the latest release that minimizes downtime and improves the user experience with non-disruptive security patching, and includes security enhancements for embedded, automotive, IoT and new security use cases.The Xen Project powers more than 10 million users across enterprise and cloud computing in addition to embedded and mobile devices. Major contributions for this release come from AMD, ARM, Bitdefender, Bosch, Broadcom, Citrix, Fujitsu, GlobalLogic, Huawei, Intel, Linaro, Netflix, Novetta, NSA, Oracle, Red Hat, Star Lab, SUSE, Xilinx, and a number of universities and individuals. Xen Project’s functionality continues to evolve to serve new compute infrastructures such as mobile, hyper-scale computing, massive workloads, security-intensive applications, embedded computing, cloud computing, hosting providers, and hardware appliances.

For more details about the Xen Project 4.7, read the announcement.

Friday Jun 24, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC - virtual HBA (vHBA) enhancements

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 was released in May with enhanced scale and features. One of the areas enhanced was virtual HBA (vHBA), which provides advanced virtual device capabilities and scalability. See the blog entry on enhancements to vHBA. along with a note on controlling  LUN assignment.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC, visit

Friday Jun 17, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle is Sponsoring Red Hat Summit on June 27-30

This year Oracle is silver sponsor at the Red Hat Summit 2016. With more than 420,000 customers and deployments in more than 145 countries, Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, infrastructure and services for private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

Next-generation cloud data centers require robust, secure and flexible infrastructure to support a huge variety of cloud applications and use cases, and developers need cutting-edge tools to create dynamic applications. Visit our booth #221 at Red Hat Summit to learn how Oracle Linux, OpenStack, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Private Cloud Appliance and Software Defined Networking products power the needs of the modern cloud data center, from development to deployment. 

Our engineers and experts will be there to answer your questions about the building blocks needed for Cloud; Linux, OpenStack, Engineered Systems and virtualization solutions from Oracle. Visit our Booth #221 at the exhibit hours of:

  • Tuesday June 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday June 29, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

We would like to also invite you to:

Session about cloud security:

Title:  Implementing Platform Security for Cloud Computing

Partner Pavilion Theater on Tuesday 6/28 at 7pm

Speaker:  Philip Morano,  Principal Sales Consultant 

See you at Red Hat Summit!


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