Friday Feb 05, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Learning Objectives for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the engineered system for all your applications.  You can get up and running on the remarkably quickly.

To learn about using this product, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.The learning objectives for this short and comprehensive seminar are:

  • Explain the advantages of virtualization
  • Describe characteristics of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe access and usage of the Private Cloud Appliance interfaces
  • Describe the general architecture of Oracle VM in the Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe the importance of ISO files to the creation of virtual machines
  • Describe the importance of virtual disks to the operation of virtual machines
  • Define a VLAN and its purpose
  • Explain how to configure a VLAN segment for guest virtual machines
  • Define virtual machine–related terms
  • Describe the purpose of the Virtual NICs tool
  • Describe the logical view of a virtual machine
  • Explain the virtual machine life cycle
  • Describe the steps to create a virtual machine
  • Explain the process of cloning a virtual machine or template
  • Describe the general features used to set up the Self Service Portal for the Infrastructure Cloud
  • Describe the steps to provision a server (VM) from a template or an assembly

You can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar through one of the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material and instructive demos at your own pace through streaming video.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk.There is currently an event scheduled for 6 May 2016.
  • In-Class Events: You can travel to an education center to take this class.
To request an event be added to the schedule, or to learn more about this course, go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar course page.

Friday Jan 29, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle VM VirtualBox Takes the Spotlight

This Friday we will focus on Oracle VM VirtualBox because we just heard that G2 Crowd, a platform for users to share business software reviews in real-time, published a report where VirtualBox is the leader among a broad list of the VDI (Virtual Desktop Integration) products, ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact).

"VirtualBox has been named a Leader based on receiving a high customer satisfaction score and having a large market presence. VirtualBox has the largest Market Presence and received the highest Satisfaction score among virtual desktop infrastructure products. 95% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars and 84% of users believe VirtualBox is headed in the right direction." 

Read more about the report here.

Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems, then quickly deploy their applications to Cloud. VirtualBox is an evolving product that Oracle continues and will continue to improve and add new features and enhancements.

Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page. 

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Your Virtualization Objectives Met by Oracle VM Training

If you are planning to use server virtualization and your learning objectives correspond to the following, Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration is the course for you:

  • Install the Oracle VM Server for x86 and the Oracle VM Manager
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager UI and CLI
  • Discover and manage Oracle VM servers
  • Add networks and storage to support the Oracle VM environment
  • Create and manage server pools
  • Create and populate repositories with virtual resources
  • Perform the steps to create and operate virtual machines
  • Use cloning with templates and assemblies to create additional virtual entities
  • Exercise high availability, live migration and anti-affinity policy

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform hands-on activities when suits your schedule.
  • 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 timezones including 10 and 17 February, 2, 18 and 29 March, 20 and 26 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
16 March 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 April 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
Reading England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Lyons, France
15 March 2016 French
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Toulouse, France
30 March 2016 French
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Ljubijana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden
25 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
11 April 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 7 March 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

Live Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016

In-Class Events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Brisbane, Australia 15 February 2016 English
Melbourne, Australia 21 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia 28 April 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador 23 February 2016 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Singapore 1 February 2016 English
To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jan 22, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Happy Friday, everyone!

Earlier this week we released an important set of Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Secure Global Desktop (SGD) in parallel with Oracle's January 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU).  PSUs are maintenance patch roll-ups, and include strategic security and stability fixes for identified maintenance platforms.

For SGD 5.2 release, support for following platforms has been added in this PSU:

  • Clients - Microsoft Windows 10
  • Applications servers - Microsoft Windows 10 and Oracle Linux 7

Patch Set Updates (PSUs) are available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS)

The following reference documentation includes detailed information regarding the content of these updates for various platforms, as well as instructions for procuring and installing the patches in existing SGD deployments:

  • SGD 5.2
  • SGD 4.71
  • SGD 4.63
  • Also announcing the availability of JVM Updates for all maintenance platforms of SGD.  The following reference documentation includes instructions for procuring and installing these updates within existing SGD deployments.

    The following link is SGD Release Announcement Reference: a one-stop-shop for the latest available updates for all versions of SGD!

    • Oracle Secure Global Desktop, Release Announcement Reference (Doc ID 1597467.1)

    Thursday Jan 21, 2016

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3.0.1 Released

    We just released a maintenance update 3.3.0.1 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.3 beginning with SRU 4.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 2045311.1].

    For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

    Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.14 available!

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 14.

    This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find two important and very hot items:

    • USB Fixes for MAC OS X - El Capitan
    • Audio regression 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 Jan 15, 2016

    Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager

    Oracle VMOracle VM Manager provides an easy-to-use and centralized management environment for configuring and operating your Oracle VM server, network, and storage infrastructure from a browser-based interface, and it is accessible from just about anywhere. Oracle VM Manager 3 is an Oracle Fusion Middleware application, based on the Oracle Weblogic application server. Oracle VM Manager uses the bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition as the management repository beginning with Oracle VM Manager 3.2 release. The Oracle VM Manager 3 runs on 64-bit Oracle Linux.

    To make the Oracle VM management components highly available, the built-in management database repository and the Oracle Weblogic Server that come with Oracle VM Manager must be protected in case of a server or application failure. To understand the steps to set up a clustered environment by using Oracle Clusterware to provide fail-over capabilities for Oracle VM Manager 3.3, read the white paper authored by Simon Coter

    Friday Jan 08, 2016

    Friday Spotlight: Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM

    Happy New Year! With more partners who endorse Oracle VM, customers benefit from the growing ecosystem to choose a variety of partner solutions to enable their cloud infrastructure.

    I'm pleased to share that Acronis announces Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM - to protect your entire Oracle VM environment with efficient backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery — all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard. The solution is delivered beginning with Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM Version 11.5.  In addition, Acronis has launched its all-new Sleepless Gold Backup Solution powered by Acronis technology with backup capabilities for Oracle VM customers.  

    Visit the partner page for more information.

    Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

    Virtualization Training in Oracle Systems Learning Subscription

    The Oracle Systems Learning Subscription is now available. In this portfolio of digital training, you learn to administer virtualization technologies such as Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VirtualBox and Engineered Systems such as Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This Learning Subscription also brings you learning opportunities on Oracle's operating systems, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, as well as on Servers and Storage solutions. Preview the training available in this subscription.

    In this learning subscription, Oracle experts provide you with learning tracks as well as easily consumed learning nuggets on product offerings, insights into product releases, best practices and more.

    Access information on all Oracle's Learning Subscriptions at http://education.oracle.com/subscriptions.

    Thursday Dec 24, 2015

    Season's Greetings

    Our best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe holiday season and New Year! We look forward to sharing more exciting developments in 2016.

    Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c and Private Cloud Appliance

    Oracle Enterprise Manager offers complete cloud solution including self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environments from applications to disk. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c further improves enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management.

    Among the new and exciting features integrated into Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c, the Oracle Virtualization (VT) plug-in has been extended to support monitoring and management of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Through EM 13c, the various hardware components of the Oracle PCA rack (such as compute nodes, InfiniBand switches, and so forth) can be monitored.To learn more, read the documentation


    Friday Dec 18, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.12 now available!

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 12.

    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 Spotlight: Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs now available via OTN!

    Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

    The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. Just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it.

    This year the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 had been:


    • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM

    In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

    • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

    Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

    • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

    Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

    You can find all the information and download the HOLs packages (OVA format) and step-by-step documentation here.

    HOLs laptop/desktop hardware requirements are:

    · 1 CPU quad-core (dual-core minimum)

    · 16 GB of RAM

    All the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 are marked with “New“.

    Have fun and feel free to post your feedback on this blog entry comments.

    Friday Dec 11, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

    This Friday spotlight announces new blog articles on Oracle VM performance. This series of blogs, started in September, discusses how to evaluate and optimize Oracle VM performance. The articles that have already been published are:

    1. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1 - introduced the series and gave a perspective on virtual machine performance.
    2. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 2 - discussed performance measurement and evaluation, and reviewed Oracle VM CPU, memory, and I/O architecture for both x86 and SPARC.
    3. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 3 - discussed performance goals, use cases, and policies for virtual machines and cloud environments.
    4. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4 - provided an in-depth view of CPU and memory optimization for Oracle VM Server for x86, with details on how to optimize NUMA latency, CPU sizing and over-subscription, and hyper-threading.
    5. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 5 - discussed the different Oracle VM Server for x86 domain types and how to choose between them for performance and flexibility, and how to leverage huge pages and Oracle VM's CPU scheduler controls.
    6. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 6 - (new) discusses tuning network and disk I/O performance, which is critical to most workloads.

    Upcoming articles will discuss tuning for other aspects of Oracle VM performance, followed by Oracle VM Server for SPARC performance topics.

    In summary, while Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" performance can be enhanced by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

    Thursday Dec 10, 2015

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.1.1 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.1.1 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance which simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. The latest  release delivers enhanced networking, improved flexibility and better security. 

    • Custom networks at the appliance level are enhanced by adding custom networks at the appliance level, thus enable additional connectivity.
    • Memory configuration is more flexible by supporting the installation of additional physical RAM. New RAM modules will be detected during reboot and the appropriate configuration will be changed automatically.
    • Component firmware upgrades are automatically performed for the ZFS Storage Appliance as part of the Oracle PCA software update. The storage configuration is now updated to active-active for storage head cluster. This makes the storage hardware easier to service and maintain.
    • Authentication management has been improved with a finer-grained and robust password management functionality.
    • The Oracle PCA Command Line Interface (CLI) has been enhanced with the integration of the controller software update and password management functionality.
    • Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server have been upgraded to Release 3.2.10, to include the latest security and errata bug fixes available.

    You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes of the documentation set. To download the software update, search patch ID 22185511 from My Oracle Support. To attend a training offered by Oracle University, read the news here.

    Thank you to the readers of the UK IT news V3.co.uk who voted the best products for 2015. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance won the award as the Best virtualisation Product under Cloud Computing category.

    Best Virtualisation Product

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

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