Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Announcing Weblogic 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Oracle has made available the latest in our series of VM templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris. The newest templates let you get an installed and configured Weblogic 12.1.3 instance up and running quickly and with minimal effort. You can download instances for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones here.

These templates contain pre-installed Weblogic on Oracle Solaris 11.2, and are available in Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) .ova format for use with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and in Unified Archive format for creating zones.

VM Templates bring a preconfigured, pre-installed, readly to go, deploy in minutes environment to use as is or as a base you can adapt for your production environments. This Weblogic template is the latest addition to the family, and enhances the ability to quickly and repeatably deploy applications on virtualized Oracle systems.

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Resource to Plan Business Continuity with Oracle VM

Many customers rely on Oracle VM to virtualize enterprise applications and realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. It's important to have a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place for your enterprise infrastructure. There are multiple areas that must be taken into consideration when planning an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, has prepared a comprehensive set of documents to serve as the one-stop guide to help you plan business continuity with Oracle VM. For more details, read the note at My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1959182.1).

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Thursday Aug 13, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2 Available

    Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

    See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

    The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

    Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

    The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

    Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

    You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

    Thursday Aug 06, 2015

    Oracle is Hiring an OpenStack Curriculum Developer

    With Oracle OpenStack, you can simplify your enterprise cloud operations through a centralized web-based portal, and accelerate application deployment with self-service virtual machine creation.

    Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to design and develop technical customer training on OpenStack. 

    Successful candidates will:

    • Have knowledge of technologies including Linux, networking, virtualization and storage
    • Have the technical competence to create, administer and support complex training environments and passion to learn new technologies
    • Be skilled at applying instructional design principles to training content and be able to write clear and concise directions in fluent professional-level English

    If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's career site, searching for requisition number 1500132H or 15001353.

    For more information on Oracle's OpenStack, go to http://oracle.com/openstack.

    Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

    Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

    Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

    This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

    Read more.

    Monday Aug 03, 2015

    Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America


    LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

    This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

    LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:


    Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

    Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

    Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

    There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

    Friday Jul 31, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: The July 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

    The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
    • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
    • Oracle Solaris 11.3 beta
    • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
    • And much more!

    You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

    -Chris 

    Thursday Jul 30, 2015

    Book Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Now

    The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview has just been released

    Through lecture material and an extensive selection of demos, this 1-day seminar introduces you to essential concepts for administration and operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you to manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

    This seminar prepares you for creating, deploying and managing virtualized servers in an installed Private Cloud Appliance by providing an overview of the preconfigured hardware and software features.

    Now is the time to influence the schedule for this seminar by registering your interest in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.

    To learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

    Friday Jul 24, 2015

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

    • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
    • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
    • From power-on to production in few hours
    • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
    • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

    It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

    In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

    There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

    In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

    Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

    By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

    We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

    Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

    Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.3.3 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes.  You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
      Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

    Download Instructions

    See the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Monday Jul 20, 2015

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.5 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications.

    You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 21288160 from My Oracle Support.

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

    Friday Jul 17, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

    Happy Friday!

    We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

    Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

     Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

    -Chris

    Friday Jul 10, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

    Happy Friday!

    It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

    • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
    • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
    • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

    It’s just a great tool.

    There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

    If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

    And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

    Have a great week!
    -Chris

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